Hello all! Welcome back to another Songs of the “Week,” though at this point, I think it qualifies rather as a ‘Top __’ thing than a weekly update. I really underestimated how long I get stuck in music ruts when I started this thing. Ah well, the show must go on. This week’s theme, going a bit into the vault and my old Doctor Who days, the best of Murray Gold, composer for the 2005 reboot of Doctor Who!
1 – Song of Freedom and Captivity (2008)
Of all the songs on the Doctor Who soundtrack, this one has been my absolutely favourite from the moment I first heard it. It was heart-wrenchingly sad in ‘Planet of the Ood,’ magnificently triumphant in ‘Journey’s End,’ but my favourite performance of it comes from the Doctor Who at the Proms concert in 2008. Very beautiful, always worth a listen.
2 – This is Gallifrey, Our Childhood, Our Home (2007)
What a brilliant piece of music. Even without knowing the story, it calls to mind ancient alien civilizations, a sad, wistful nostalgia, a lonesome longing. Excellent use of the instrumentation as well, I love hearing the melody come through in the percussion and bass instruments.
3 – Vale Decem (2010)
Possibly the saddest music for the Doctor to regenerate on. I mean, ‘The End of Time’ itself is pretty sad, but this song! It’s like rubbing salt onto the wound. In a good way though. Impossibly sad, absolutely perfect.
4 – I Am The Doctor (2011)
It’s quite a nice little introduction song for the Doctor, especially after the show itself ‘regenerates.’ Watching that first Matt Smith episode, this song playing as he stepped through the faces of the previous Doctors really legitimized him as the Doctor. It’s full of confidence and drama, and paired with the scene, it’s a nice assertion of Doctor-ness.
I think that’s enough nerding out for now, so this is where I’ll leave you all. Do give these a try, they’re all great pieces, and they come out of great soundtracks too. Even if you’re not a Doctor Who fan, they’re pretty good musically, I think, and you could just appreciate them for their orchestration. That’s my pitch done, see you all next time!