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VINE VOICEon 30 December 2006
After waiting for 2 years the BBC have finally released the fantastic soundtrack to what is essentially their flagship television show.

Murray Gold, the British equivalent to America's Bear McCreary (check out the Battlestar Galactica CD's to see what I mean) weaves a collection beautiful scores which span seasons 1 and 2.

It's not until you listen to this soundtrack that you realise just how much of the series is affected by this music.

The CD consists of 31 tracks, starting with that unforgettable opening theme and launches straight into Westminster Bridge which is the first track from the episode Rose.

From there we launch into a collection of tracks from across the first two seasons and both Christmas specials. The only downside here is that they are not in episode order but for those with a keen ear you can work out what goes where.

Several tracks stand out from the rest; the touching Father's Day, the haunting Doctor's theme (one of my favourites), the militaristic UNIT, the dramatic scores for both the Cybermen and the Daleks and the bittersweet Doomsday are all excellent.

There are several great examples of leitmotif for certain characters which occur in other tracks and add an audio cue for the audience as to what's about to happen.

There are two songs by Neil Hannon, Song For Ten (from the Christmas Invasion as David Tennant goes through his clothes in the Tardis wardrobe) and Love Don't Roam (from the reception in The Runaway Bride) which are both good tracks as there are used as cues in other pieces of music.

All in all this CD gives you 75 minutes of great music and it's a must for any sci-fi collection. If you enjoyed this then check out any of the current Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Serenity and Alien Nation soundtracks for more good sci-fi music of similar quality.

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on 30 April 2007
Wow is the one word that sums up this sound track. I have never been a big fan of sounds tracks as so many have been poor in the past - so i was a little apprehensive about this one. However, i need not have been as this is to put it simply a brilliant sound track all round.

As past reviewers have said if you close your eyes on some tracks you can visualise the scenes in your head "The Daleks" and The Cybermen" being two tracks that do just that.

Then you get the haunting sounds of "Fathers Day", "Madam De Pompadour", "The Impossible Planet" and the incredible "Doomsday" used at the end of series 2.

However, the best track of all has to be the full version of the Doctor Who Theme it's brilliant really is worth the listen on it's own.

Murray Gold has done wonders in the world of Doctor Who with this outstanding album. If your a fan of Doctor Who or sound tracks then i urge you to buy this album as you'll not be disappointed.
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on 13 December 2006
Soundtrack CDs can so often be a let-down. Not so here - pretty much all of the music here is genuinely fantastic. It could be enjoyed in its own right, but if you've followed the two series of Doctor Who closely there's an added dimension as each track recalls favourite moments - some happy, some sad, some just downright exciting.

Plus, the two songs performed by the wonderful Neil Hannon (of The Divine Comedy) are a welcome addition, both being great, lively tracks which benefit from his versatile voice.

Highly recommended!
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on 20 April 2007
An excellent cd to accompany an excellent series! I had no idea that a cd of the music to series 1 and 2 had been released, it was only by luck I stumbled across this, but when I saw it for [...]. I thought it might be worth a look at.Even without paying extra for 24hr delivery it arrived on my doorstep the next morning so well done Amazon for that. The cd itself comes in a jewel case with a card outers sleeve also, inside is a booklet that gives you a little insight into each of the tracks and also contains some nice photos. The musical score itself is superb with some very moving and outstanding pieces, favourites of mine have to be Madame De Pompadour and Doomsday both of which tug at the heart strings. Hopefully another cd will follow as the music from series 3 is proving to be just as good.
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Since the first episode of the new series to the latest I've enjoyed the Murray Gold scores. Since getting an orchestra for the second series the music became even more powerful.

Who fans were desperate for this album since Song For Ten was first heard at the end of 2005 - it's been a long wait, and although Tim Phillips doesn't sing on this version, Neil Hannon (from the Divine Comedy) does a superb job.

Rose's Theme is very emotive, as are many of the tracks. I look forward to listening to further Murray Gold music during future series, and hopefully further albums! ;-)

Whether you're a DW fan or not, you have to appreciate that this is a set of very good quality compositions.
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on 22 June 2007
Utterly brilliant. This CD gives you the chance to listen to the music without the show and it is even more haunting and memorable. Murray Gold is a great composer, may he always write the music for Doctor Who. The emotional 'Doomsday" track is wonderful however and clear favourite but I think a true masterpiece comes in the form of 'The Impossible Planet'...spine chilling. Highly recommended for all DOctor Who fans and lovers of music in general
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on 11 December 2006
The one thing that has struck me about the new Dr Who has been the distinctive music by Murray Gold. As a keen soundtrack collector and Who fan I have waited for this to come out. It arrived this morning and it went straight onto my player. The second it starts you're right there in the TARDIS. It's quite wonderfull and an amazingly varied collection of music. With all the toys out this Christmas for the younger fans it's great that the older fans should have this CD.

Can I ask Santa for volume 2 next Christmas?
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on 2 December 2006
Murray Gold's music for the new series of Doctor Who is not occasional or 'incidental'--it's an integral layer of the show. If you love the show you'll love this CD. Beginning with synthesized and choral work in the first year, and benefiting from more extensive live orchestral arrangements in the past series, Gold has carried a syncretic but diverse vision for the series' music through the show's revival. The tracks on this CD, over 75 minutes of music, represent the scope of that vision and creative stamina.

There are heartbreakingly lyrical character pieces, such as "Rose's Theme" and "The Lone Dalek." Haunting solos express the alien-ness of the show's focus in cues such as "The Doctor's Theme" and "The Impossible Planet." The various monster-threat motifs such as "Rose Defeats the Daleks" and "Tooth and Claw" evoke the epic scale of this 43-year-old TV series that knows no limits in time or space. The work of moving the show's episodes through travel scenes is done by thumping good action tunes such as "Westminster Bridge" and "UNIT." Doctor Who has always had a sense of fun, and tracks such as the "Clockwork TARDIS" and "Monster Bossa" reflect a playful side often missing from science fiction shows.

The CD also includes Gold's compositions for the series that feel like tracks from pop albums. "Doomsday" is an angsty, heart-wrenching tune in rock ballad style--with an inspired instrumentation. "Song for Ten" and "Love Don't Roam" bring cheeky 'retro'-style pop songs into the series, while still staying relevant to the episode's focus.

It's not the same as the old Doctor Who music, and it is wonderful.
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on 5 December 2006
I have been an avid viewer of Doctor Who since it returned to our screens in 2005 and have been particularly fond of Murray Gold's music, which covers a whole range of emotions. Now to have it on CD is a lovely Christmas gift.

There are some very lively pieces like "Westminster Bridge", some thoughtful moments like "Clockwork TARDIS" and some real tearjerkers, particularly "Doomsday". It is all extremely rich and would be suitable for a major motion picture. However, this album is not as good as it could be. While Neil Hannon's jazzy "Love Don't Roam" is wonderful, his version of "Song For Ten", the song featured in the 2005 Christmas special "The Christmas Invasion" just doesn't suit Hannon's smooth voice. Personally, I would have preferred to hear a fuller version of Tim Phillips' version and the Phil Spector-like sound that accompanies him (fortunately, this can be found on the official Doctor Who website).

As well as this, the album version of the "Doctor Who" theme is a rather thrown together amalgamation of elements present in the 2005 and 2006 versions. The traditional sci-fi effects coupled with the huge orchestra in the middle eight don't seem to mix or compliment each other very well, and this is the one song which could have done with some extra touching-up and unification. Also, some fans will be disappointed that certain scores from episodes like "The Girl in the Fireplace" and "Army of Ghosts" are not present either.

Still, to get over 31 tracks for such a good price was well worth the wait, and both casual and longtime fans of the show won't be disappointed with the effort that has gone into making this CD. Highly recommended.
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on 6 December 2006
The first new series of Who was amazing. The second was certainly patchy but, fortunately, the music was one of the saving graces. Murray Gold got a lot of flak over the weeks, if I remember, but most of the complaints were due to how loud the music often was in the show's mix, which wasn't his fault at all. Yes it was loud but that didn't matter to me because it was so GREAT, especially for a TV show.

I loved the frantic electronic stuff he did for the opening episode, 'Rose'. It really made a statement, quickly letting everyone know that this was NEW Doctor Who and it was out to make an impact. What Murray Gold did so masterfully then was to treat each episode as it's own animal, so you've got dramatic choral arrangements one week (for the likes of 'Dalek'), quiet emotional tones for the more personal story of 'Father's Day', some big orchestra work in a few episodes (especially the climactic sword fight in 'The Christmas Invasion'), and, of course, the 'Doctor's Theme' (you know the one, it's a woman singing when strange stuff happens, known to the fans as President Flavia's Theme) it's all here.

I'm pleased to know this album contains a track called 'The Face Of Boe' because that theme is excellent, one of the most haunting in series 2. Also, 'Song For Ten' and the new one from this year's Christmas ep - 'The Runaway Bride' should be a great listen. All in all, you're not a fan if you don't want to own this!
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