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Doctor Who

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An album by Original Soundtrack/Murray Gold

Personnel: Neil Hannon (vocals); Ivor Talbot (acoustic guitar); Adam Goldsmith (electric guitar); Perry Mason, Oliver Langford, Roger Garland, Boguslaw Kostecki, Gaby Lester, Emily Singleton (violin); Ivo Jan Vanderwerff, Rachel Robson (viola); Anthony … see full wiki

1 review about Doctor Who

Play for Me, My Lonely Angel

  • May 14, 2008
Rating:
+5
Pros: Murray Gold is gold.

Cons: Hmm? What?

The Bottom Line: In a CD full of gems, there are a few diamonds to be found. How can you go wrong?

I think several soundtrack reviews ago I said I wasn’t going to detail soundtracks that had over 25 tracks. I lied. Well, sort of. I’ll get to that.

When I saw the Doctor Who two-part piece (and by the way, David Tennant is adorable) made up of “The Impossible Planet” and “The Satan Pit,” some of the music I heard sucked me in completely. I loved it. Loved it. If you don’t know me, I’m a soundtrack junkie and have thus far written over 62 soundtrack reviews. Why stop there when so much good music keeps coming out?

Some soundtracks tend to get repetitive and annoying, and going through each track to give you a feel for them can get tedious and, well, annoying in those cases. However, Murray Gold does a fine job here, each track tailored to fit the specific episode and help add to the tension onscreen. Each song has its own style and sound, ranging from slow and sad, to eerie and spacey, to fast and action-packed. How can I not give you an inkling of each one? Especially when several of them simply demand attention. This CD, though it has just Billie Piper (Rose) and David Tennant on the cover, actually spans both seasons one and two. That way you won’t be totally confused when you hear some of the songs (I had no idea where track 2 came into play until I saw the very first episode of season one).

1.) Doctor Who Theme (0:41) If you’ve seen the show, then this is your opening. (If not, it might be a good idea to – it’s rather weird and with a lot of loopy, twisty sounds).

2.) Westminster Bridge (2:08) Like I said above, this is the music playing in the first episode as Rose goes through the motions of her normal, everyday life. It’s fast paced with a few weird little sounds only this show could pull off, ranging from violins to electronic noises popping in and out of the tune.

3.) The Doctor's Theme (1:18) One of my favorites, as short as it is. A very sad, mystical melody with almost no instrumentation, at most a harp, a flute, a piano, and some faint windy noises – that sound of emptiness. The best part? The soft vocalist singing the theme.

4.) Cassandra's Waltz (3:08) Waltz-like indeed, somehow. I’m not too sure about this one, because it’s very spacey with the weird little spacey noises thrown into the regular piano and the rest of the symphony (once it rises up). Quiet for the most part until it opens up. Rather odd piece, but what else should I expect, eh?

5.) Slitheen (1:22) Another fast song utilizing pretty much orchestra only. Flutes sound off and the drums go to town. One of those songs where you know everyone is running for their lives.

6.) Father’s Day (1:55) Another sad one you will likely remember from when Rose met her father. Mostly poignant piano until there’s a brief revelation.

7.) Rose in Peril (1:39) The last track almost seems to bleed into this one, but I’m not sure if that’s intentional or not. And when is Rose not in peril? It’s brief but strong, the strings doing most of the work, with a little extra flare near the end.

8.) Boom Town Suite (3:02) Almost like a weird waltz again, it starts off pleasant enough before going quiet, with a clarinet the focal instrument. Are we creeping around? Looking at something disheartening? Hard to tell; whatever it is, it’s not evil, but it’s not a good thing either.

9.) I'm Coming To Get You (1:12) Winding up into a fantastical melody that continues to sweep to higher plains before leveling off and tying up. Nice compilation of the orchestra.

10.) Hologram (2:15) Ah, do I hear chorus? This is a song that again uses the majority of the orchestra and has a hopeful sound and feel to it, like the sun finally coming out to shine brightly (sparkles included) after a long, dark time.

11.) Rose Defeats The Daleks (2:31) Somewhat similar to tracks 7 and 9 in terms of winding fanfare, but a little different as it includes more tension, awe, and chorus. I’ll let you guess which episode this song appeared in...

12.) Clockwork Tardis (1:18) Plucky strings and up and down instruments give the impression of a little machine’s gears working. Probably why the title fits so well. A brief, but fun piece.

13.) Harriet Jones, Prime Minister (2:13) Not so happy, but still hopeful. It grows in strength as it progresses. The ending is a little unsure of itself though.

14.) Rose’s Theme (2:14) Rose gets some nice piano, and then more of the orchestra as it continues. It’s a little sad, but still has that element of “But we had a great time, didn’t we?” before a parting.

15.) Song For Ten (Performed By Neil Hannon) (3:29) This is, ah, weird and random. I have no idea where this song fits in. It’s like a strange, upbeat song with lyrics (hence the performed part). It’s not bad, just unexpected. I’m not sure I like it though. Sounds kind of...old, like, the style is old. Hard to describe it, but I know it’s not really my bag of chips.

16.) The Face of Boe (1:16) Love this piece. I truly do. Echoing piano and sliding strings playing in the background makes it so sad and beautiful, I wish there was more.

17.) Unit (1:44) Fast and drumming with a few extra sounds not of the orchestra, one of those “The Doctor better do something pretty fast if we’re going to live through this” songs.

18.) Seeking the Doctor (0:44) Very similar to track 3. Done with the same sounds, just not in the tune of the theme.

19.) Madame De Pompadour (3:44) This is by far one of my favorite tracks ever. Very little instrumentation; essentially just strings, a piano, a little tinkling sound, and faint chorus. This is where my title is derived from. It’s an exquisite song that vaguely reminds me of an old music box...

20.) Tooth and Claw (3:50) A good one here; very tribal with men shouting and some powerful percussion. A song that takes no prisoners and just screams of battle. A few breaks that wind up to even better battles and finally the sweeping resolution of success.

21.) The Lone Dalek (4:59) Poignant strings start us off until we fade into softer notes of chorus and horn. One might not even think there’s a Dalek involved with the mystical sounds we get. I realized with some surprise that this was another song I’d thoroughly enjoyed because of the strings at the 3:00 mark (wish there were more of that particular bit), and a moving ending complete with chorus.

22.) New Adventures (2:19) New adventures indeed! Starting off with a punch and swinging right into the thick of things, full orchestra and then some! Short but intense!

23.) Finding Jackie (0:54) Foreboding strings dance back and forth with a few darker undertones, with a momentary climax.

24.) Monster Bossa (1:37) Pounding percussion start things, but they drop off to make way for a bit of sneaking around for the clarinet and strings. Watch out though, they’ll surge up once more near the end.

25.) The Daleks (3:01) Some dangerous-sounding chorus here, foretelling the darkness that is to come. End-of-the-world type stuff, exactly what the Daleks bring with them every time. The orchestra goes all out to bring it right to you.

26.) The Cybermen (4:32) A little quieter, but still has the same threatening feeling to it as the Daleks, only this time without the chorus. Almost seems like a few pieces spliced together, but once it gets going, it goes – and brings back the chorus as well. Instruments fly everywhere, an organized mishmash until finally things end on one final dark note.

27.) Doomsday (5:09) Yes! A mix of piano, bass (I think, low and faint), and the vocalist of tracks 3 and 18 bring us a nice intro until it gets into a fuller, steady paced piece complete with guitar and solid drums that has a shadow over it the whole way through. I love when the cello gets its solo. Another favorite track, this one will make you tap your feet the whole way through. I love the length and truly enjoy this song.

28.) The Impossible Planet (3:11) Yet another much loved song, I find myself infatuated with the viola (I think it’s too low to be a violin). It has an abrupt start, so watch your volume, but after that, oh, it’s so perfect. You can just close your eyes and immerse yourself in it. Again, not a happy song, but the second I heard this in the show, I decided I had to have it. Music you can touch, I tell you.

29.) Sycorax Encounter (1:13) Similar to our other alien encounters, dark and foreboding, even with a few of those creepy off-key notes.

30.) Love Don't Roam (Performed By Neil Hannon) (3:57) Another abrupt change that makes me think of a weird Las Vegas, Tom Jones style. However, this one managed to catch my interest and I’m tempted not to bash it. It’s a catchy tune and you just might find yourself singing the refrain. You never know...

31.) Doctor Who Theme - Album Version (2:36) If the first track wetted your appetite for the theme, look no further for the full song – here it is. What I love about this version is not only do you get to hear the whole thing (duh), but it’s the heroic part in the middle. I mean, the section just screams heroic deeds (done by the Doctor of course). It’s a lot of fun.

This is a good CD, full of all sorts of music for any number of random occasions. I’ve used a few of these while working out, others while hanging out, and stuck several on my MP3 player for listening anytime. Murray Gold, as I said before, did a fine job of coming up with numerous songs to fit the wacky situations Rose and the Doctor go through, whether it comes from hostile aliens, sad memories, or a little love. Awww. The one odd thing is that the tracks aren't in order - we go from Doctor 1 to Doctor 2 with no real attention to episodes. It's not a problem though, at least not for me. But I just thought I'd mention it.

Naturally, some of these songs just work better with that onscreen action, while others I simply never tire of (though I hold myself back from over-listening, that way I don’t get too used to them, haha). I’m sure you can figure out which ones they are. Aside from that, I really don’t have any complaints about this CD. I don’t really dig on songs under a minute, but these manage to make themselves strong and you forget they’re so short. Bonus? David Tennant is on the cover. Whoo hoo!

You have to be sure to like the music in the show before getting this because of the wide range of what you’ll hear. Watch a few of the more intense episodes (as they’ll have the best stuff) and go from there. Bear in mind this can mean anything in seasons one or two. Season 3? Well, that’s a whole other CD.

Speaking of which, I should look into getting that...

NT

Check out the next one! Doctor Who Soundtrack: Series 3

If you haven't already, take a look at Doctor Who - The Complete First Season where half this music came from!

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Label: Silva America
Release Date: February 13, 2007

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