On Tuesday night (February 26) in Liverpool, BBC Worldwide Showcase paid tribute to one of the BBC’s most successful and long-running global franchises, Doctor Who, as the series heads toward its 50th anniversary this November.
Mark Williams (who played Rory’s father Brian in Season 7) hosted the Doctor Who Showcase Symphonic Spectacular, a celebration of Murray Gold’s epic music score for the show. Led by the boyishly Tennant-esque Ben Foster as conductor, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Sense of Sound choir made Gold’s compositions sound even more mythic. The soloists Daniel Keating-Roberts and Elin Manahan Thomas lent their voices to a couple of the numbers; Thomas was particularly moving with her soprano renderings of “Madman with a Box” and the gorgeous “Abigail’s Song.”
HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! (With love from all of us at the DWFO!)
The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra are proud to present their sixth collaboration: “A Christmas Carol (Suite)”.
The suite contains the following themes: “Come Alond Pond”, “You Didn’t Hit The Boy”, “Fish”, “Babysitter”, “The Other Half’s Inside The Shark”, “He Comes Every Christmas”, “New Memories” and “Abigail’s Song” — all composed by Murray Gold.
The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra invites musical fans of Doctor Who to take part in an online collaborative celebration of Murray Gold’s music. Participants submitted recordings for this work from November to December 2012.
This final mix includes over 350 submissions from 241 individual participants, ranging in age from 12 to 80, and who are located in at least 25 different countries across the world.
The next piece will be “Amy’s Suite” - featuring some classic Amy themes as well as one or two surprises. To take part, look out for instructions in the upcoming promotional video.
Conductor Ben Foster, composer Murray Gold, and Dudley Simpson who composed the music for over 370 episodes of Doctor Who between 1964 and 1980.
Not only will we be treated to a ‘new’ TARDIS during The Snowmen (Christmas Day at 5.15pm), but the episode will premiere a revamped theme tune and opening title sequence.
We can’t give too much away about the new-look titles except to say they are wonderfully dramatic and striking, with a couple of unexpected touches. In short, they’re a perfect way to welcome back the Doctor!
And fans of the famous Doctor Who theme tune needn’t worry… This new arrangement remains true to the original, written by Ron Grainer back in 1963, but on Christmas Day you’ll hear it as it’s never sounded before. This latest version is more thrilling and powerful but retains that slightly scary quality that remains stirring no matter how many times you catch it.
Last night was the first performance of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular at the Sydney Opera House!
Get ready for an invasion as Sydney Opera House opens its doors to Doctor Who in a musical celebration of the iconic BBC series. Presented live on stage by special guests and Doctor Who stars Alex Kingston (“River Song”) and Mark Williams (“Brian Williams”), try and keep pace with the Doctor on the big screen whilst the concert hall is overrun by hordes of monsters - watch out for the Silence, Daleks and Cybermen!
Following sold out shows in Melbourne the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular features Murray Gold’s captivating music from the last two seasons of Doctor Who performed by The Metropolitan Orchestra, conducted by Ben Foster.
A wide range of Doctor Who merchandise is available including exclusive, limited edition items created by the BBC especially for this event. Stock is limited so pre-order a merchandise package with your tickets to ensure you don’t miss out and save $20 off the at-show prices!
Merchandise package includes:
Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular exclusive tote bag
Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular exclusive poster
Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular programme
Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular lanyard and laminate
The team and some of the members of the Doctor Who Fan Orchestra look back on pieces 1-5, with explanations of the “virtual orchestra” process.
All music composed by Murray Gold, performed by the Doctor Who Fan Orchestra.
Oooh… I see myself…
The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra are proud to present their fifth collaboration: “The Impossible Astronaut (Suite)”.
The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra invites musical fans of Doctor Who to take part in an online collaborative celebration of Murray Gold’s music. Participants submitted recordings for this work from June to September 2012.
This final mix includes a total of 316 submissions from 234 individual participants, ranging in age from 10 to 60, and who are located in at least 24 different countries across the world.
The suite contains the following themes: “I Am The Doctor in Utah”, “1969”, “Help Is On Its Way”, “I See You Silence”, “The Majestic Tale (Of A Madman In A Box)” and “Apollo 11”, as well as an unreleased cue used in Nixon’s final scene in ‘Day of the Moon’ — all composed by Murray Gold.
MP3 file download: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8058374/DWFO%20%235%20-%20The%20Impossible%20Astronaut%20(Suite).mp3
(right-click the link if you want to save it!)
I’m in this one too… *proud Whovian moment*
When a Whovian hears this they know that something’s about to go down.
Room of Your Dreams - Murray Gold
Doctor Who Series 6 Soundtrack
Growing up in the 1970s in Portsmouth, England, Gold would jam his fingers in his ears whenever the music - courtesy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop - was on television. More recently, the award-winning composer has written music for the cult sci-fi series.
On Saturday he will play piano with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular.
The concert is inspired by the BBC Doctor Who Proms at Royal Albert Hall in London in 2010. It will include appearances by Daleks, Cybermen, Judoon, Clockwork Robots and one of the doctor’s latest monstrous opponents, The Silence.
Gold has written soundtracks for the past two series of Doctor Who, and his music will be included in the concert.
The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra are proud to present their third collaboration: “Rose’s Theme / Doomsday” by Murray Gold.
MP3 file download
The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra invites musical fans of Doctor Who to take part in an online collaborative celebration of Murray Gold’s music. Participants submitted recordings for this work from November 2011 to January 2012.
This final mix includes a total of 177 submissions from 154 individual participants, ranging in age from 11 to 57, and who are located in at least 18 different countries across the world, including: United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Spain, France, Russia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Hong Kong, Israel, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland.
Doctor Who - ‘A mad man with a box’ by SaphireRain42
YAY!!! Finally finished! You are hearing 70 tracks, 65 of them violins.
A thanks to our awesome friend Megan for giving us the idea to do this song!
The singer and pianist in this video is my big sister.
I Am (not) The Doctor
(TerrifiedDuck on YouTube)
Murray Gold created a YouTube account. This just happened.