Murray’s All Gold How did our little show with its solid history in the use of sound and music become this big television event, scored in such a wonderful way? It’s really an achievement.This is a lush soundtrack with Gold certainly remaining inventive even whilst fully embracing the use of orchestra and choir. It’s certainly worth getting this CD if, like me, you do want to hear the full range of the music which when married to the overall soundtrack often gets suffocated in the mix. You only get the tip of the iceberg on telly and I feel this is an opportunity to get closer to the music.The early highlights for me are certainly ‘All The Strange Strange Creatures’ and ‘Martha’s Theme’. The former a surging, building theme that underlines the nature of the journey and the battle between good and evil and the latter is so wonderful with those vocals from Melanie Pappenheim.’Boe’ is so lovely. Again, the choral motif really sells this along with the acoustic guitar and the string sections. It captures something about the wisdom and ancient foreknowledge of the character.I’m not so keep on the music for ‘Evolution Of The Daleks’. I just feel we’ve been here before with all the choral chanting, which is obviously a motif for those denizens of Skaro. I like the songs and feel they add a fresh dimension to the series and look forward to hearing more in the fourth series. Certainly, they work as period pieces like ‘Devil In Me’ used for ‘Daleks In Manhattan’. Although, I think I prefer the Miranda Raison vocal for some reason. ‘The Stowaway’ isn’t bad either and it’ll be intriguing to see how this fits into the Xmas Special.The centrepieces of the CD are for me the music for ‘Human Nature/Family Of Blood’ and ‘Utopia’, ‘Sound Of Drums’ and ‘Last Of The Time Lords’. For the former, Gold goes for an English pastoral feel with a romantic core, quite apt in the use of a smaller chamber orchestra. Very ‘Beatles’ influenced too if you listen hard enough. I’m all for the whistling – again this reminds me of the music for ‘Georgy Girl’ – very English psychedelia. ‘Only Martha Knows’ is brilliant as it goes from tenderness and Martha’s nonchalance to a restless, surging and dark undercurrent with those fantastic string sections and the percussion. An utter delight.The restlessness is further underpinned in the following two tracks, great use of driving percussion and strings, very reminiscent of Bernard Hermann and with some great brass flourishes too. The military feel of ‘Just Scarecrows To War’ with the drums and woodwinds is superb and really connects to themes in the story which is what a good composer should be doing.Gold gets the real tragedy into ‘Miss Joan Redfern’ with that treated piano. You can feel the longing of the character especially when the woodwind and strings come in. Lovely and very moving. ‘The Dream Of A Normal Death’ is again exquisite in its exploration of the themes of the story – unfulfilled longing, love and ‘what might have been’ – with distant choral sections and strings and that treated piano again.’The Doctor Forever’ opens a further series of tracks that stand out on ths CD. A reprise of themes, including Martha’s, with a great Irish jig motif, using some great brass, that captures the Doctor’s energy and optimism. This takes us through a real range of musical emotions and concludes with a great fanfare.’Blink’ is subtle and tender. Worth it just for the use of bassoon to represent the disturbing setting of the story. It then powers up with strident strings in the middle and then plunges us back into the threatening suffocation of the angels.’The Runaway Bride’ is plain Hollywood pizzazz, with nods to Hermann and Waxman with its brass and strings. There’s even a bit of Bondian Barry in there with the little trumpet motifs. And that incredible lift and soaring section when the TARDIS appears and the Doctor rescues Donna. It underlines that ‘punch the air’ moment. ‘After The Chase’ again has some subtle Barry like motifs and has his tenderness.’The Futurekind’ is fuzzy guitar, mad drums and pell-mell brass that forms the build up motif to the conclusion of ‘Utopia’ and I remember being impressed by this whilst watching the episode as it has the effect of building expectation into the audience. This is then echoed in ‘Yana’ with the return of the ‘All The Strange Creatures’ motif and some great wild vocals. ‘The Master Vainglorious’ is full of wild interpretations and devices, swirling strings, electronics and an almost ‘Looney Tunes’ simplicity with the underlying themes brought to a crescendo of brass, strings and those Oz like themes and rhythms.I love the graduating brass in ‘Martha’s Quest’ and the twinkling bits of percussion and the sweeping strings that fall and rise and then restart. There some nice woodwind and brass sections that give us that epic scope to…
Excellent! Is it me, or this even better than his work for series 2? How can you not fall in love with “Boe”, “Martha’s Quest”, “Only Martha Knows” and the most beautiful track on here: “This is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home”? You can hear the motion picture quality in tracks like “The Master Vainglorious” – and where would series three have been without these momentous melodies? The infamous “Yana” music, “Martha’s Theme”, ever-present and now forever tied in with “The Doctor’s Theme” from previous series to give us “The Doctor Forever”, the “Blink” suite, the complete snapshot that is “All The Strange Creatures”. Just ‘wow’.What a way to remember the entire series – the highs, the lows, the pure unadulterated joy of the fun and excitement that was series three.I agree with the other reviewers here – where’s the “Casanova” series CD? More of Mr Gold, I say, and quickly!
Outdoes the series 1/2 soundtrack by far. Great stuff. Unlike some others here, I’ll avoid the temptation to make a “Gold” joke about this. :)The revived Doctor Who’s third series (the 2007 one) is represented by this soundtrack. It contains a little beyond the third season, it has a song from the Dec 25, 2006 Christmas episode, as well as the Dec 25, 2007 Christmas episode (which at the time it came out was before the story had aired). This soundtrack, like the other one was done by composer Murray Gold, who has handled all the music for the new Doctor Who.It’s turned out to be fabulous. It’s orchestral unlike the old series. That could be down to budget, but the old show’s music never sounded like this, and I’m convinced it’s a large part of the overall feel of the series now. There’s all kinds of things on here. There’s a few actual songs (with lyrics), but most is soundtrack stuff – and it’s really good. As with the series itself, the third series (29th overall) soundtrack is better than the stuff that preceded it.If you were a fan of the 2007 series of Doctor Who, then you should be all means check it out. I know lot a lot of people like listening to soundtracks (mostly because of there being no lyrics), but this is fantastic! Even my two year old loves listening to this, and she’s never seen the show! When track 2 comes on, “Hey, it’s Martha’s song!”One minor nit, though.. The show tune number from the Dalek episode “Daleks in Manattan” is here (My Angel put the Devil in Me). Unfortunately, it’s not the original version. The woman who sang the song from the Christmas 2007 episode sings it here (Yamit Mamo), and while it’s a good version, it’s not the original. I really wish the original version was on here instead.
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