he was in an Eighties punk rock band called the Dreamboys. He was the lead vocalist. And Craig Ferguson, one of the biggest chatshow hosts in the US, played the drums. (Some other people who aren’t famous - Roderick Murray! Temple Clark! Robert Livsey! - were in it too.)
Murray Gold interview: Doctor Who music, Matt Smith, 12th Doctor, Regeneration & more…
Composer Murray Gold has been one of the very few constants since the return of Doctor Who in 2005. His work on the world’s greatest show has been sublime, constantly delivering memorable themes, beautiful soundscapes and heartbreaking melodies each week. I caught up with Murray on the eve of his return to the Royal Albert Hall for the Doctor Who Proms and chatted all things Who, from series one to series eight…
What were your feelings when you hear Matt was leaving Doctor Who?
I thought, ‘Well that means a lot of work!’ [Laughs] I thought, ‘Oh my god, are we really not going to hear I Am The Doctor again?’ [Laughs] I instantly began to think. ‘Could we use it for the next one as well?’ Does it maybe capture something eternally Doctorish, does it have to not be there ever again until Matt appears again, as hopefully one day he will, on some new version of the multi-Doctor story. Are we never going to hear I Am The Doctor again until the 60th? [Laughs]
If we don’t, then what follows it has to be stronger. I think that, in a way, I Am The Doctor is stronger than the themes Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant had. So, I was thinking those thoughts. [Laughs]
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“And do one more thing for me. There’s a little girl waiting in a garden. She’s going to wait a long while, so she’s going to need a lot of hope. Go to her. Tell her a story. Tell her that if she’s patient, the days are coming which she’ll never forget. Tell her she’ll go to sea and fight pirates, she’ll fall in love with a man who’ll wait two thousand years to keep her safe. Tell her she’ll give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived, and save a whale in outer space.
Tell her, this is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends.”
not a ghost story // a mix for doctor who, series seven (listen)
As a composer I don’t have a protective shield against what’s happening. It goes right into me and sort of empathetic overdrive. I love this show, I mean it just puts you on the rack. One minute you’re flying around London, next minute you’re on some kind of go-kart in space, and then it just comes down to two people saying goodbye, quite often, and it’s tragic. It kills me every time, so yeah I really live that and it’s a great show to work on. (x)
We visited “Doctor Who" composer Murray Gold in his New York studio to discuss his work on the series since it was relaunched in 2005 under producer Russel T. Davies and Doctor Christopher Eccleston. Gold has since worked on every season of the show, changing the music to fit the personalities of each new Doctor.
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The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra are proud to present their seventh collaboration: “Amy’s Suite”.
The suite contains the following themes: “Little Amy”, “The Blush of Love”, “Amy’s Theme”, “Together” and “Amy Reprise (Two Years)” — all composed by Murray Gold. The latter two themes (from “The Angels Take Manhattan” and “The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe”) have not yet been officially released on a soundtrack, and have therefore been given unofficial titles.
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 March to April 2013.
This final mix includes 444 submissions from 292 individual participants, ranging in age from 10 to 81, and who are located in at least 26 different countries across the world.
The DWFO will take a short break, returning later in 2013 with the “50th Anniversary Suite”. We will advertise extensively nearer the time.
For more, please visit the DWFO Youtube Channel.
all boundaries are conventions | for star-chasers, time-travellers, saviours of worlds; the quiet courage of the ordinary people; and the kindest, weariest soul in the universe. all of time and space; everywhere and anywhere; every star that ever was: where do you want to start? (a Doctor Who fanmix)
1. Wintersleep Laser Beams
2. Does It Offend You, Yeah? Wrong Time Wrong Planet
3. Muse Starlight
4. The Postal Service Such Great Heights
5. The Crookes Afterglow
6. Laura Veirs Galaxies
7. Coldplay Us Against the World
8. Saxon Shore Marked with the Knowledge [instrumental]
9. Woodkid Conquest of Spaces
10. Imagine Dragons Look How Far We’ve Come
11. Matt Nathanson All We Are
12. UNKLE Lonely Soul
13. M83 This Bright Flash
14. Mercury Rev Holes
15. Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil All Boundaries are Conventions [Cloud Atlas soundtrack]
16. Orbital Doctor Who Theme (Orbital Remix)
Song from tonight’s episode of Doctor Who
Did I just make Doomsday 8-bit?
Yes I did.
do I regret it?
I always do.
Music has always been a vital part of Doctor Who and BBC Learning and BBC Proms today announced a competition to inspire all UK secondary school students (aged 11-16) to get involved with this side of the show. The challenge is simple – we’re asking young people to create a short soundtrack to accompany a scene from the Doctor’s adventures.
Entries will be judged by top composers, including Ben Foster (conductor and orchestrator for Doctor Who and composer for Torchwood) and winners will be mentored by professional composers. The winning soundtracks will be showcased within the Doctor Who Proms on 13 July and 14 July, 2013… but hurry! The closing date for entries is Friday, 24 May, 2013.
Feel you need help? Don’t worry! We’ve got a special film full of great pointers along with a suite of videos that provide an insider’s guide to music technology and don’t forget to watch the two scenes we’re asking your soundtrack to accompany. And if you need more inspiration, take a look at where your music could be heard… The winners will have their soundtracks premiered at the Doctor Who Proms on 13 July and at the following day’s Doctor Who Proms.
You can find all the information, clips and files on our competition page. You can download and fill in the all-important application form and please read the terms and conditions which also include details about age groups, how schools should get involved and what teams are allowed to take part.
The Competition is open to all UK secondary school students (including those resident in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.
Even if you don’t qualify, the videos from the Competition page are worth a view and their intro to Music Technology clips are interesting.
Had a great time with the brilliant #DoctorWho composer, Murray Gold and @MTVGeek. #MadManwithaBox
The Doctor Who Proms returns for the third time as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations and will feature special guests in two concerts.
Matt Smith said: “I love the Albert Hall. I love the Proms. I love classical music. I think it’s a great thing to see all of Murray [Gold]’s really brilliant score over the years come to life”
Saturday 13 July, 7.30pm and Sunday 14 July, 10.30am at Royal Albert Hall
Doctor Who returns to the Proms to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the popular BBC series. As well as showcasing Murray Gold’s music from the past eight years, the concert also journeys back to the early days of Doctor Who and the groundbreaking work of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
Featuring special guests from the series, big screens and a host of monsters ready to invade the Royal Albert Hall, this is not the year to be exterminated!