Slight spoilers for S9 to follow.
My husband reminds me, at the end of this season, of the props due composer Murray Gold.
Gold has written and arranged the music for Doctor Who since its return in 2005. A half dozen* or more albums have been released, and concerts of his work performed on three continents. This season, as the Doctor begins making music for himself, Gold gets to stretch a little – and in the finale, bring everything together.
Earlier this season we were treated to the Doctor’s rock-n-roll rendition of the show’s title music:
Other bits of music, including “Pretty Woman,” “Amazing Grace,” and Beethoven, have also appeared. But in ‘Hell Bent,’ we get a whole assortment of treats.
Two of them appear in Clara’s diner: Foxes’ “Don’t Stop Me Now” from ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’ plays over the radio, and the Doctor picks out Murray Gold’s “Clara?” from S7 on his guitar.
The other two take place in the Gallifreyan desert.
First, as the Time Lord gunship approaches, “The Doctor’s Theme” from Series 1 – not heard since the Tenth Doctor’s departure – is played. And after the bit with the spoon, the humor continues as the Doctor faces a firing squad to title music in the style of “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”
If I knew how to do video capture, you’d have it. It’s awesome.
The Twelfth Doctor’s theme, titled “A Good Man?” is another stirring piece of music we’ve been treated to these last two seasons.
The S8 soundtrack is available now. I look forward to S9.
*ETA closer to ten, actually, depending on where you try to buy them. S1-2, S3, S4, S4 – The Specials, S5, S6, S7, and S8 have all been released, as well as an album of music from ‘A Christmas Carol,’ an album from ‘The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe’ and ‘Time of the Doctor,’ and theoretically a 50th Anniversary Celebration collection. Their availability varies.