Doctor Who: Series 7
Musical Score By: Murray Gold
Distributed by: Silva Screen Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
The science fiction series known as Doctor Who has a fan base that spans decades. Airing from 1963 to 1989, the BBC series gained new life when it was resurrected in 2005 and has been a fan favorite ever since. As the show heads into its eighth series, we remind you of Series 7, the final series featuring Matt Smith as The Doctor, with a review of the Doctor Who: Series 7 Soundtrack.
The music of Series 7 was created by award-winning British composer Murray Gold, who has served as the program's musical director since the new incarnation of the series began. Having worked in television, film and stage, Murray Gold has created award-nominated musical scores for Vanity Fair, Queer as Folk and Casanova, he is nonetheless best known for his work on Doctor Who and for good reason.
Released in a two-disc format that contains seventy-four tracks, translating into two and a half hours of music, the Doctor Who: Series 7 Soundtrack may be the largest in the Doctor Who Soundtrack collection. The album is a study in variety, containing music of many genres and styles based on the locales and events that take place in the episodes. A Town Called Mercy, for example, features music with a country sort of flare, featuring banjos, sultry guitars and what sounds like an instrumental comb. Meanwhile, Asylum of the Darkness features some very powerful tracks including a beautiful piano solo in Dalek Parliament and the ultra modern sound found in Cubes. There are even some comedic moments, such as the quick, quirky paced orchestral sounds combined with electronic sound in A Probe in the Snow.
The Angels Take Manhattan introduces us to some blues before hitting us hard with a dramatically sad track in Goodbye Pond, featuring soft taps on piano keys segueing into a rich orchestral composition. The Bells of St. John features the first real use of the Doctor Who theme song in Spoonheads. In that same episode, the track Clara represents another beautiful piano solo defining a new character in the Doctor Who series. More dramatic tracks appear in The Rings of Akhaten which has a religious flare to it. One track in particular, God of Akhaten, features choral moments that begin in a childlike voice full of innocence that moves into a darker, almost sinister sort of ending, You realize that the innocence of the child's singing overshadows what is really going on in this episode.
As the season moves forward, the music becomes a tad bit darker, fitting when one considers that the season culminates in the end of this incarnation of The Doctor. The last few tracks are especially sad, including that of Remember Me in the final episode, The Name of the Doctor.
I've listened to quite a few Doctor Who Soundtracks, but I have to say that I do believe Murray Gold outdid himself when creating the score of Series 7. The Doctor Who: Series 7 Soundtrack features a variety of styles and genres that combine to form an incredibly moving score for an equally dramatic season. Fans of this television series will not be disappointed in the soundtrack's music, nor in the price tag which hovers around $20.00US. This soundtrack represents a plus to any Doctor Who fan's collection.