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on 21 December 2011
Murray Gold has once again delivered the goods for this highly anticipated soundtrack to Series 6 of Doctor Who. In the same way that Moffat split viewers into those who loved the more complex story arc, and those who thought it was too complicated. I personally liked the more complex story arc because it shows Moffat respects the intelligence of the audience (both adults and kids alike). In the same way, Murray Gold's music also appears to split opinion. Some people think the show is overscored and the music is overpowering at times, whilst people like me (and I am assuming yourself as you are viewing this page) think that the music is phenomenal.

The two CDs comprise of the best music from all the episodes of the Series 6 run. I won't go into a track by track analysis because of the sheer number of tracks present. However, if you are after the best action tracks of the Doctor, and some of the slower themes which represent River Song and her pivotal scenes, these are all present on the album.

I feel I should make special mention for the finale track "The Majestic Tale (Of A Madman In A Box)". This is the finest piece of music in the series in my opinion (this is the music that plays over the Doctor and River's battle with The Silence in Day of the Moon, the second episode of the two part opener of the series in the USA). On album, this track is slightly disappointing - the album builds with the new main theme of the Doctor (carried over from Series 5). Towards the end, the choir really builds and it sounds amazing, but the track is cut too short in my opinion. The epic portion of the track starts to fade out too quickly for my liking and brings the second disk to a close on a slightly disappointing note, although fortunately it does reach epic heights before the track fades out completely. The rest of the tracks are in chronological order, with 2-4 per episode being the most common. This album does have a slightly more sombre feel than Series 5, but this I feel reflects the slightly darker tone of Series 6.

From a production perspective, the mix feels very crisp, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and choir have done a great job with their performances. Please note that this is a 2CD release, and whilst this is generous in terms of score releases, there will be a lot of music missing given the amount of music composed for each episode. I thought the track selection was generally excellent. Other reviewers have also commented on an over reliance of the Doctor's Theme from the last series. Whilst this is true, I would like to make a couple of counter points. Firstly, not everyone who buys this score may be familiar with the series 5 score (and the main Doctor's Theme) - thus there is a need for this to be present on the album. Secondly, there are a lot of variations of the Doctor's Theme across the two CDs and I didn't find it overly bothersome. A final point is that this release is currently being sold for 8.99 (at the time of 21/12/11). Given that this is 2CDs worth of music, this is great value for money and I think we should embrace the release, rather than pick apart aspects that are not perfect.

Overall, this is a fantastic release. It's important to remember that with a soundtrack that encompasses an entire series, you won't be able to keep everyone happy. I know a previous review commented on a missing track that they would have liked, and there were a couple of tracks that I would have edited differently particularly "The Majestic Tale (Of A Madman in a Box). However, given that 2CD releases are rare (I know the music for the last series also received the 2CD treatment), this is the best we could hope for in terms of an official release. I feel that Silva Screen (the company responsible for producing and distributing the album) should given credit for this, and shows their dedication for fans of the Doctor Who scores. So please enjoy - sure, this won't keep everyone happy. But if you enjoy this for what it is, which is essentially the best orchestral highlights across the series, on a very generous 2CD release, don't hesitate to buy this. Murray Gold continues to compose outstanding music for the Doctor Who series, and I hope he does so in the future. If you liked the music in this current series, you cannot go wrong in buying this score.
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on 1 January 2012
Murray Gold has once again delivered the goods for this highly anticipated soundtrack to Series 6 of Doctor Who. In the same way that Moffat split viewers into those who loved the more complex story arc, and those who thought it was too complicated. I personally liked the more complex story arc because it shows Moffat respects the intelligence of the audience (both adults and kids alike). In the same way, Murray Gold's music also appears to split opinion. Some people think the show is overscored and the music is overpowering at times, whilst people like me (and I am assuming yourself as you are viewing this page) think that the music is phenomenal.

The two CDs comprise of the best music from all the episodes of the Series 6 run. I won't go into a track by track analysis because of the sheer number of tracks present. However, if you are after the best action tracks of the Doctor, and some of the slower themes which represent River Song and her pivotal scenes, these are all present on the album.

I feel I should make special mention for the finale track "The Majestic Tale (Of A Madman In A Box)". This is the finest piece of music in the series in my opinion (this is the music that plays over the Doctor and River's battle with The Silence in Day of the Moon, the second episode of the two part opener of the series in the USA). On album, this track is slightly disappointing - the album builds with the new main theme of the Doctor (carried over from Series 5). Towards the end, the choir really builds and it sounds amazing, but the track is cut too short in my opinion. The epic portion of the track starts to fade out too quickly for my liking and brings the second disk to a close on a slightly disappointing note, although fortunately it does reach epic heights before the track fades out completely. The rest of the tracks are in chronological order, with 2-4 per episode being the most common. This album does have a slightly more sombre feel than Series 5, but this I feel reflects the slightly darker tone of Series 6.

From a production perspective, the mix feels very crisp, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and choir have done a great job with their performances. Please note that this is a 2CD release, and whilst this is generous in terms of score releases, there will be a lot of music missing given the amount of music composed for each episode. I thought the track selection was generally excellent. Other reviewers have also commented on an over reliance of the Doctor's Theme from the last series. Whilst this is true, I would like to make a few counter points. Firstly, not everyone who buys this score may be familiar with the series 5 score (and the main Doctor's Theme) - thus there is a need for this to be present on the album. Secondly, there are a lot of variations of the Doctor's Theme across the two CDs and I didn't find it overly bothersome. A separate point is that the CD release is currently being sold for 8.99 here Doctor Who: Series 6, and this MP3 version is currently 11.98 (at the time of 1/1/12). Given that CD quality is better, I would recommend buying it in that format instead unless you have a burning desire to download it.

Overall, this is a fantastic release. It's important to remember that with a soundtrack that encompasses an entire series, you won't be able to keep everyone happy. I know a previous review commented on a missing track that they would have liked, and there were a couple of tracks that I would have edited differently particularly "The Majestic Tale (Of A Madman in a Box). However, given that 2CD releases are rare (I know the music for the last series also received the 2CD treatment), this is the best we could hope for in terms of an official release. I feel that Silva Screen (the company responsible for producing and distributing the album) should given credit for this, and shows their dedication for fans of the Doctor Who scores. So please enjoy - sure, this won't keep everyone happy. But if you enjoy this for what it is, which is essentially the best orchestral highlights across the series, on a very generous 2CD release, don't hesitate to buy this. Murray Gold continues to compose outstanding music for the Doctor Who series, and I hope he does so in the future. If you liked the music in this current series, you cannot go wrong in buying this score.
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on 5 January 2012
Yet again, another brilliant Doctor who soundtracks, with essential listening such as I am the Doctor, Melody Pond, A Very Unusual Melody, 5:02PM and The Majestic Tale (Although, I haven't listened to the Tick Tock (Vocal Track) Yet, because those Dolls give me the creeps).

My only criticisms are the fact that there doesn't seem to be any of the music where they burn the Doctor in the boat. Part of it comes in the end of Melody Pond, but not the full version. The Majestic tale is also such a good track, it's amazing, possibly THE best track on there, but it is not a full version! It fades out! Please Murray Gold, at least uplod it onto your youtube (oh, yeah, he's got youtube now - TerrifiedDuck)! And the casing. As soon as I opened it, the casing broke, has anyone else had this problem?

Overall, a good buy, even if you are not a Whovian, this music is amazing! Just don't listen to the creepy "Tick Tock, Goes the Clock..." doll solo at night, what ever you do.
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on 3 January 2012
I bought this soundtrack as a present for a die-hard Dr Who fan. I thought it was niche enough that he wouldn't have it yet. With the greatest respect to the fans, frankly I thought it was barking madness but good for a laugh at Christmas. The recipient was a bit baffled and it was an entertaining talking point.

What surprised me was how well it worked as atmospheric background music *for me*, someone who has barely ever seen the show since the 1980s. Gold has done a fine job and produced highly palatable mood music, with or without the DW connection. Would I buy this for myself? Probably not, if I'm honest. But it is miles better than I'd expected purely as music, and makes for a nice present for a fan.
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on 29 December 2011
Doctor Who music has always been amazing, and I thought Series 5 was so amazing it would be impossible to top it. But this did. This is a must buy for anyone who likes Doctor Who. My favourite tracks are:

- I Am The Doctor in Utah
- I See You Silence
- Melody Pond
- The Majestic Tale (Of A Madman In A Box)

My advice is buy the CD set because, at least on Amazon, it's cheaper than the digital download. You can always upload the CD to iTunes after buying it.

Happy listening!
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on 7 June 2013
I could enthuse all day about the wonderful Murray Gold music. Great CD and a must have, to a great series. Mr Gold is a magician to go with the Doctor !
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on 13 December 2014
If you are a Dr Who fan then these are for you, brilliant.
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on 15 January 2013
great soundtrack for this series, love 'The Doctor in Utah' is my favourite, murray gold has done it again! must have for any dr who fan
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on 2 October 2014
Have always loved the music. Came punctually and sealed as described! Very VERY Happy, recommend to any Whovians!
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on 3 February 2016
Good
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