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Lots of filler, lots of instant classics
on 14 October 2010
The recent specials that wrapped up Tennant's tenure as the Tenth Doctor (I'm sure I can tentatively fit another 'ten' in there somewhere, but I won't) don't appeal to every fan, nor do they feel particularly special, and the music isn't immune to this.
A lot of the tracks on this album are ones I highly doubt I'd choose to listen to without simply playing the entire album through. They are, quite simply, filler material. The other New Who OSTs have them too, but in my opinion, they have fewer of them - and they each have a series worth of music on one disc, not four or five episodes.
That said...I'd say there are tracks on here that blow Gold's previous hits out of the water, and the vast majority are on the second half of the album - the "disc" dedicated entirely to the two-part End of Time. Everybody seems to want to hear Vale Decem, and rightly so - it is beautiful, moving, powerful and subtle at the same time (but mainly powerful, especially if you can remember the imagery and events associated with the music) and I find myself listening to it over and over again.
The Clouds Pass is another equally epic, thumping orchestral action theme, but it too has an emotive core, triumphant, sympathetic and sad all at the same time - or maybe that's just because of the scene it's used in.
The New Doctor is actually even more fun to listen to without the sounds of the TARDIS exploding and the Eleventh Doctor's first words (and anatomical checklist) that becomes dark and desperate - easily one of my favourite tracks.
There are two tracks called Vale, and it's the one at the end of the album that is especially powerful, while being subtle and slightly reminiscent of Doomsday...for the first half. But it's perhaps one of the not so big or pounding tracks that probably takes my top spot, and I'm not entirely sure why - to me, A Special Sort of Bus is simple, effective, emotive and the urgency is palpable, as is the desperation.
This album has a lot of material that perhaps doesn't represent Mr Gold's best work, but I think it's worth it for the gems.