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on 9 March 2011
It has long been a bone of contention that russell t davies was allowed to overblow dr who into a massive pomp festival potraying the doc as a loud show-off saving the olympics and acting as a messiah in one episode actually flying!!!
Stephen moffatt has successfully rebooted the series with the clever use of a crack in time that undoes most of whats gone before (ie:the world cant remember a dalek invasion,no,two or a giant robot transformer in london town or indeed the titanic landing on the palace) He has taken it back to what made it great as a time travelling hero that saves the world but perhaps on a smaller scale. (we'll ignore the giant eyeballs in the debut)
The soundtrack captures that fairytale feel that moffatt wanted with the new doctor which some have balked at but i welcome the new theme tune may not have the same puch as the last series but it dose grow on you ,amy's theme is haunting perhaps revealing some as yet un disclosed relevance in her tale, the early track young amy is very haunting and chldlike in its execution reminding me somewhat of pan's labrynth or even earl tim burton when he was good.
some of the tracks are filler despite the huge double cd but some of these arent long enough! the pompous Victory of the daleks track had my daughter running for her supreme dalek toy as she recognised the tune...

however the main outstanding tune and indeed theme running through the album is the wonder ful "i am the doctor" the string riff is both haunting and sinister but uplifting at the same time melded with various other tunes throughout, the doctor's theme could get repetetive but it doesnt,i love it...
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on 13 January 2011
Murray Gold has started from scratch for this series of Doctor Who with a fantastic new musical identity for the Doctor. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a 1/3 of the running time of the first CD was comprised from "The Eleventh Hour". This episode introduced all of the new main themes, "I Am The Doctor" is the Doctor's new theme, and even Amy's Theme is one of the best written for a companion. The remaining tracks from the first CD come from the other episodes in the first half of the series and all sound amazing. The highlight of the whole release has to be the tracks used in "The Pandorica Opens" and "The Big Bang" which takes up 42 minutes on the second CD. The most poignant and epic tracks have all been included. The recording is amazingly crisp and hats off to the BBC Orchestra of Wales who sound fantastic as always. If you liked what you heard in the series when it was on TV, on album it sounds even better. The 2CD release makes this the best Doctor Who soundtrack to date.
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on 13 November 2010
New Who, new production team... And a relief to see Murray Gold return to score the series. After five series of extensive scoring, Gold's music has become as much part of the Who mythos as the good Doctor himself.

Gold goes from strength to strength and this double album shows that he hasn't been resting on his laurels. If anything, this surely counts as his best work to date - an album with new motifs and themes that offers a refreshing take on both the Doctor's universe and Gold's own abilities as a composer.

Likewise, series stalwart Ben Foster deserves his share of praise for directing a tight performance from his musicians. The BBC National Orchestra offer a clear and enthralling execution of Gold's score that leaves previous releases trailing far behind.

The Doctor Who soundtrack albums have become an end-of-year treat, like receiving a Beano annual as a child. And this certainly is a beano, with the traditional mix of character moments, action, comedy and terror we've come to expect from both series and score - along with a few surprises too.

Both Gold and Foster will find this a hard act to follow but will no doubt deliver the goods with the release of the next album. Until then, there's this. Soak it up, savour and enjoy.
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on 16 October 2014
The main I am the Doctor theme is of course superb in capturing simultaneously the heroic and the quirky character of the Doctor. But there are many other great pieces here, often using a variation of the Doctor theme. The Sun's Gone Wibbly,Sad Man with a Box and Vincent tunes are all excellent but different listeners will have their favourites. This disc has a high content of great tunes.
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on 30 March 2013
The Doctor Who series 5 soundtrack is in my opinion the best Doctor Who soundtrack yet, it contains many fantastic tracks such as: 'Doctor Who XI', 'Fish Custard', 'The Mad Man With a Box', 'Words Win Wars' and the very well known and extremely popular 'I Am The Doctor' (probably the best track on the album). Yes it would be nice to own the actual CD and have it to hold, but at least with an MP3 download it does not take up any physical space. At the time I bought this it was on offer at £3.99 (hopefully it will be reduced to this price again so other people can get such a bargain), but I would say it is worth the £10.98 it is selling for now. Thre is a total of 63 tracks, however if you go on Itunes you can get two bonus tracks which are also brilliant, giving the album a total of 65 tracks. I honestly suggest you buy it if you are a serious Doctor Who fan like myself.
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on 19 November 2010
This is by far the best doctor who soundtrack ever and whilst titles such as I am the doctor, onwards, words win wars and river runs through it the soundtrack does have a great variety of other styles from the zany fish custard to the rather depressing life and death of amy pond. Every song is instantly recognizable and 75% of them will give you goosebumps.

This album is incredibly well priced and works out pennies for each song. Buy this product you'll love it to bits, its great value, the cd is great for display with other who merch and of course the money helps towards doctor who.
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on 14 November 2010
I can't claim to have been anything but annoyed by Gold's repetitive jingle jangles in the previous series of Doctor Who, but everything was ramped up for Series 5. He got us straight into The Eleventh Hour with an absolutely spectacular accompaniment to the explosive opening, then enchanted us with Little Amy's theme. Whether it's the touching and honest 'With Love, Vincent', or the empowering and conquering 'Words Win Wars', this is a must-have for any Who fan for whom Series 5 was a real eye opener. This music would make a fine cinematic accompaniment, let alone a televisual one. Fine work.

(This has been superlative-laced and hyperbolic to say the least, but there are no simpler words to describe Gold's achievements here.)
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on 28 December 2010
This product was originally released with a fault. Of course those who chose to 'review' it pre release without having heard it, couldn't point that out and they also based their 'review' upon what they thought they were going to hear. That does not constitute a review - well would you give a product a 5 out of 5 rating if it had a fault?
The fault is remedied and this is my favourite Dr Who soundtrack release to date.
To those who have wanted to get their hands on it since the BBC started trailers for the 5th season of new Who earlier in the year, you will not be disappointed.
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on 28 October 2016
I like doctor who music but I was sad when it didn't come at all
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on 20 January 2011
This was bought as a christmas present for my son who's a doctor who nut. I was worried that the soundtrack wouldn't mean much without the visuals, but based on the amount of times I find the cd in the player it doesn't make any difference to him - which is all that matters.
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