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And by “watch it” I mean this latest piece from the Doctor Who Fan Orchestra:
As he does each time, creator Stephen Willis outdoes himself with creative arranging and video effects. Participants get wild with costumes and settings. The music is gorgeous: composer, arranger, and performers are all to be commended.
It’s also a ridiculous amount of fun.
The tribute at the end of the piece is to an orchestra member who passed earlier this year. No group is immune to loss; a group this large, with this age range, even less so. We are grateful to Steve’s family for letting us know – he could have just vanished, as many do – and allowing us to acknowledge him. He played French horn and always wore a tux. His contributions will be missed.
Even insiders can’t say when the Orchestra will return, but if you follow Stephen’s youtube channel, you’ll be among the first to know.
Edited: The original video has been deleted, because “Donna’s Suite” is full.
Instead, here’s a little teaser:
“Donna’s Suite” is imminent. Stay tuned.
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.
In case I haven’t posted it before, here’s the Doctor’s rock-n-roll rendition of his own theme tune:
Once I found a stowaway
Upon my ship on Christmas Day
I was fair so I gave him a chance
“You shouldn’t be here, what’s your tale?
I ought to throw you to the whale,”
He just smiled and said, “Come here, let’s dance…”
So the Tenth Doctor charmed Astrid Peth, ill-fated serving girl aboard the Starship Titanic. She dreamed of seeing the Universe, but not like this. Not as servant to the posh and unpleasant, always wearing a smile in spite of their treatment of her, and hardly getting more than a glance through the window. But this handsome stranger wasn’t one of them. When he looked at her, she could believe he actually saw her, and he spoke to her as a fellow conspirator rather than mere staff. She didn’t know a thing about him; he could have been an escaped criminal, a murderer, a terrorist bent on destruction, and she still wouldn’t have cared. His smile snared her heart, and she could no more have turned him in than flung herself off the deck into space.
He told me of his girl back home
waiting patient all alone
As we danced I shed a little tear
He closed his eyes, all out to sea
I think he danced with her, not me
I’ll just have to wait another year
In him she sensed a fellow romantic. Together they yearned for what could not be: he for his lost love, she for the love yet to be found, each equally impossibly far away. She couldn’t be that love for him, nor he for her, but she could help him carry the burden. She could take away some of his loneliness and pain, if only for a while.
I think of him now and again
I wonder how his journey ends
As I sail upon my lonesome sea
The stranger with the haunting face
Here, then gone without a trace
Lying with his love, that’s where he’ll be
Astrid didn’t live to say goodbye. Instead, she drifted out among the stars, another speck of dust in the void. But in her last thought of him she wished for him to find what it was he sought, to have happiness again, to make her sacrifice worthwhile.
Beg, borrow, or steal, I’ll find a way
to be with my lover upon Christmas Day
and I’ll run and I’ll roam, I’ll cover the ground
Next Christmas I’ll see you, I’ll be around.
She would find the love she longed for. And someday, somehow, she would see the Doctor again.
Live concerts of Doctor Who music have become something of a tradition. Most lately, the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular has been touring the UK and Australia. Before that, Doctor Who at the Proms was a bit of a regular thing. But first of all of them was Doctor Who: A Celebration for Children in Need.
Doctor Who: A Celebration
The celebration took place at Cardiff’s gorgeous Millennium Center:
I wasn’t there, but I was there.
Performed in November 2006, and hosted by the Tenth Doctor himself, it included music from Series 1 and 2 with a sneak peek at ‘The Runaway Bride.’ A ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ of the production and performance – titled ‘Music and Monsters’ – shares a DVD with ‘The Runaway Bride,’ at least as part of ‘The Complete David Tennant Years’ collection.
Yes, I own this wonderful thing. (My husband loves me.)
I wish I had seen the concert in person, but I adore the behind the scenes material included on the DVD. I love hearing Julie Gardner talk about the work that went into it. I love Murray Gold talking about the heart behind ‘Doomsday.’ I love Nick Briggs’ worry about going on unscripted – and the ad lib that has since become a tradition. It’s a wonderful piece of video, and remains my favorite of all that I have seen.
Doctor Who at the Proms
The BBC Proms are an annual concert series held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. There have been three Doctor Who Proms, in 2008, 2010, and 2013.The first, hosted by Freema Agyeman, may be found, cut down and with ‘Confidential’-style background material, sharing a DVD with ‘The Next Doctor.’ The second, featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy, and Rory, is included with ‘A Christmas Carol.’
The 2013 Prom made up part of the year-long 50th Anniversary celebration. Hosted by Madame Vastra and Strax, it also featured the Doctor, Clara, Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, original companion Carole Ann Ford, and music from the classic series, played on synthesizer and reel-to-reel. It is supposedly included in the 50th Anniversary Collection DVD box set. We listened to this one live on BBC Radio, and it was a treat. Several members of the Doctor Who Fan Orchestra were able to attend in person; not only did they experience a wonderful live concert of music they loved, but a few got to meet Murray Gold himself, and Ben Foster reportedly joined the group at a pub after the show.
The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is a new concert series, very much in keeping with both the original Celebration and the Proms. It’s currently touring Australia and the UK. Parts may be found on YouTube, though there is no mention yet of DVD inclusion. Peter Davison hosts. I would love a chance to see it in the US – or the UK, for that matter – but for now I’ll have to enjoy it vicariously through the web.
As these concerts and the Doctor Who Fan Orchestra demonstrate, music is a major component of New Who. More than that, the original theme from 1963 remains one of the most memorable TV themes of all time. Music gives heart to film and television, as much as writing and acting do. Doctor Who is no exception.
Doctor Who music travels the world. Or at least Australia.
One fabulous fellow fan and DWFO member has provided a playlist of the most recent venture. This seems like a good place to put it.
There have been several versions of these concerts, from the first Children in Need venture in 2006, to the BBC Proms, and now the Spectacular. I’ve enjoyed every bit of them I’ve seen. With luck someday I’ll get to see one live. In the meantime, we have playlists, and DVD specials, and the DWFO, and that will have to do.