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 Posted:   Jan 2, 2009 - 9:21 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

... but I can still manage a few words of high praise.

I've just listened to Doctor Who (Series 3) and I'm flabberghasted by the brilliance of most of this work. What treats are in store if this man gets some big movies to score. I've only seen a couple of episodes of Doctor Who, but this is music that doesn't need specific visuals – it allows you to conjure up your own images, of excitement and drama. Wonderful.

I bought this on the basis of having heard Gold's first Doctor Who disc, which I thought was very good. But this Series 3 CD is of a whole new level of excellence. I shall be buying Series 4 without a doubt.

Sorry if this is old news for those who already have this music, but it's revelatory to me. If you haven't heard Gold's stuff, get this CD and you'll hear a very special talent.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2009 - 10:27 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

... but I can still manage a few words of high praise.

I've just listened to Doctor Who (Series 3) and I'm flabberghasted by the brilliance of most of this work. What treats are in store if this man gets some big movies to score. I've only seen a couple of episodes of Doctor Who, but this is music that doesn't need specific visuals – it allows you to conjure up your own images, of excitement and drama. Wonderful.

I bought this on the basis of having heard Gold's first Doctor Who disc, which I thought was very good. But this Series 3 CD is of a whole new level of excellence. I shall be buying Series 4 without a doubt.

Sorry if this is old news for those who already have this music, but it's revelatory to me. If you haven't heard Gold's stuff, get this CD and you'll hear a very special talent.



I would suggest you also consider the soundtrack to TORCHWOOD by Ben Foster and Murray Goldsmith.

It has a more modern edge, but it's just as outstanding as the DOCTOR WHO scores im my view.

And you should also seek DOCTOR WHO SEASON #2 which contains excepts from the final episode of the second season entitled DOOMSDAY which underscores Rose Taylor's departure and her tearful farewell with the Doctor.

That is just flat out great scoring....


Ford A. Thaxton

 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2009 - 10:46 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

And you should also seek DOCTOR WHO SEASON #2 which contains excepts from the final episode of the second season entitled DOOMSDAY which underscores Rose Taylor's departure and her tearful farewell with the Doctor.


Doomsday is listed on my first Doctor Who CD, which features both Seasons 1 & 2. Haven't played that CD for some time... I'll have another listen over the weekend.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2009 - 11:09 PM   
 By:   joffa   (Member)

You'll love the series 4 soundtrack!

 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2009 - 11:17 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Is anyone familiar with his score for the BBC's VANITY FAIR?

I just ordered a copy... I hope it's good.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2009 - 1:22 AM   
 By:   franz_conrad   (Member)

I really like VANITY FAIR. The rambunctious brass-led waltzes gave the show a great sense of mischief.

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2009 - 5:36 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I really like VANITY FAIR. The rambunctious brass-led waltzes gave the show a great sense of mischief.

Another great score by Gold is for the BBC version of 'Casanova'. Superb stuff but sadly unreleased on CD but well worth watching the DVD for. The series was excellent.

Also, Gold would easily be my current choice of composer for the James Bond films.

P

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2009 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   dave norris   (Member)

For anybody interested in this music,the BBC showed the "Dr Who at the Proms" concert on New Years Day from the Albert Hall.
Ben Foster conducted the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir with composer Murray Gold on Piano.
It is still online on the BBC i-player and is still being repeated on the BBC HD channel in Europe.

I would urge anybody interested in Murray Gold's music to try and catch up with it. A great concert of exceptional music.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2009 - 5:46 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

For anybody interested in this music,the BBC showed the "Dr Who at the Proms" concert on New Years Day from the Albert Hall.
Ben Foster conducted the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir with composer Murray Gold on Piano.
It is still online on the BBC i-player and is still being repeated on the BBC HD channel in Europe.

I would urge anybody interested in Murray Gold's music to try and catch up with it. A great concert of exceptional music.


The Royal Albert Hall Concert is presented as a 50 minute extra on the 2008 Christmas Special DVD. As Dave stated, a great concert.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2009 - 5:47 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Scorenotes.com has uploaded an audio interview with Doctor Who composer, Murray Gold. Gold discusses both Doctor Who and Torchwood in the segment.

http://scorenotes.com/interviews.html

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2009 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

I've got Doctor Who seasons 2, 3, and four on my iPod and I've been listening to them quite a lot. My estimation of Gold has shot right through the roof as I'm really enjoying his stuff and noting how much better he got from season to season.

I've read he'll be doing the score to Hoodwinked 2, (now, that's an odd choice?) but I'd check it out just for him.

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2009 - 1:54 PM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)

Shear Brilliance I have all 3 Doctor Who cds and Torchwood, Love this music.
Im looking forward to what he does with the music for the DWHO specials this year.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2009 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Shear Brilliance I have all 3 Doctor Who cds and Torchwood, Love this music.

Yeah, I'm gonna pick up Torchwood, eventually. Just waiting for a deal.

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2009 - 3:10 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Wait'll ya hear Marty Gold and Morton Gould.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2009 - 12:09 AM   
 By:   ian642002   (Member)

All right, dissenting voice here. I think Murray Gold, overall, near spoils what is a pretty damn good re-boot of a classic British science-fiction favourite with his scores, which tend to pull off the neat trick of being intrusive, overbearing and forgettable, with the exception of the theme he wrote for the Martha Jones character, which is a grating, Victorian dirge-like atrocity which gives no hint whatsoever to the way that Freema Agyeman plays it, it may as well accompany a turgid Dickensian melodrama.

Sometimes, Gold has his moments, but, in the main, it's a pain in the arse listening to his bombast which always goes some way to spoiling others that should have a certain mood or demand a different approach, or to irritate with its relentless need to hype the pace of an episode with a pounding, frenetic fervour which, not only doesn't help anything move or offer a jolt of excitement, but just has this viewer insist that the BBC Orchestra of Wales, god bless 'em, take a break and go and put their feet up for a while instead of trying to irritate me beyond measure.

It's not even memorable. There's lots of choir, lots of orchestral sturm und drang and as much ostinati that the percussion section can handle, but it's just complete noise that slips, Teflon-like, from the memory as soon as it takes its leave. And I can't entirely get my head around their being Christmas concerts of this overhyping, unmemorable gubbins, but then who am I to argue if it fills the Albert Hall to capacity with families who enjoy this kind of thing?

I'm not asking for the return of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (which was of another time entirely), and I'm aware - as this thread proves - that Murray Gold has his admirers, but allow me to add one voice of critical contrast to the tide of praise. Where one hears flowing musical wonder, I hear forgettable, overrated noise.

Excellent television spoiled by musical crapulence.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2009 - 10:39 AM   
 By:   Tonto   (Member)

All right, dissenting voice here. I think Murray Gold, overall, near spoils what is a pretty damn good re-boot of a classic British science-fiction favourite with his scores, which tend to pull off the neat trick of being intrusive, overbearing and forgettable, with the exception of the theme he wrote for the Martha Jones character, which is a grating, Victorian dirge-like atrocity which gives no hint whatsoever to the way that Freema Agyeman plays it, it may as well accompany a turgid Dickensian melodrama.

Sometimes, Gold has his moments, but, in the main, it's a pain in the arse listening to his bombast which always goes some way to spoiling others that should have a certain mood or demand a different approach, or to irritate with its relentless need to hype the pace of an episode with a pounding, frenetic fervour which, not only doesn't help anything move or offer a jolt of excitement, but just has this viewer insist that the BBC Orchestra of Wales, god bless 'em, take a break and go and put their feet up for a while instead of trying to irritate me beyond measure.

It's not even memorable. There's lots of choir, lots of orchestral sturm und drang and as much ostinati that the percussion section can handle, but it's just complete noise that slips, Teflon-like, from the memory as soon as it takes its leave. And I can't entirely get my head around their being Christmas concerts of this overhyping, unmemorable gubbins, but then who am I to argue if it fills the Albert Hall to capacity with families who enjoy this kind of thing?

I'm not asking for the return of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (which was of another time entirely), and I'm aware - as this thread proves - that Murray Gold has his admirers, but allow me to add one voice of critical contrast to the tide of praise. Where one hears flowing musical wonder, I hear forgettable, overrated noise.

Excellent television spoiled by musical crapulence.


I must respectfully disagree with you. As a huge Dr Who fan I never really took notice of the music prior to the new series. It was just "there". I find Murray Gold's scoring to be brilliant and really adds to the overall atmosphere of the new series. I have purchased all the CD's of the new series and I enjoy them immensely. You are entitled to your opinion and the new scoring may not be to your personal taste but I think its pure genius. Given the meager budgets of the old series they did the best they could and comparing the new series to the old is like apples to oranges. They are totally different entities with the new one paying homage to its legendary predecessor. There is a much higher budget so the soundtrack is not just an afterthought. The radiophonic workshop did some incredible things given the technology of the time and the severe budget constraints. So as far as Murray Gold's scoring we will have to agree to disagree

 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2009 - 4:29 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Was there a soundtrack release to Death at a Funeral?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2009 - 4:38 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I'm kinda on the fence as far as Gold is concerned. I've been impressed by some of his WHO stuff (I think the Martha Jones theme is very haunting and not grating at all) and found other parts not so memorable.

However, I had always thought he was this ol' geezer who had been around since the early days of WHO (perhaps it's something with the name 'Murray Gold' that sounds kinda oldfashioned), and was surprised to discover that he's only 40 years old.

 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2009 - 6:20 AM   
 By:   The Cat   (Member)

Was there a soundtrack release to Death at a Funeral?

No, but I think I have a promo disc as a memento of a past interview.

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2010 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Music From The Movies has a new interview with Doctor Who composer Murray Gold, in which Gold confirms that he will be staying on to compose the music for the 2010 series of Doctor Who.

In the interview, Gold discusses composing and recording the scores for "The End of Time" and the other 2009 specials. He also mentions that he has already begun work on a new version of the Doctor Who theme for 2010, and that the forthcoming series will feature scripts by Mark Gatiss and Gareth Roberts.

http://gallifreynewsbase.blogspot.com/

http://www.musicfromthemovies.com/index2.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=67&Itemid=66

 
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