Music Composed by: Murray Gold
Formats: Digital Download
Number of Discs: 2 (32 tracks, approx. 1 hour 7 minutes)
Label: Silva Screen Records
At one time Christmas Day in the US meant the Yule log and It’s a Wonderful Life, a time for families to gather around the TV together. But in the modern era that mantle has now been taken by the Doctor Who Christmas Special.
This release brings together the music of the last two which were broadcast on Christmas Day 2011 and 2012 and were watched by a joint audience of close to 20m in the UK alone. This ninth release in the series brings the full canon of Murray Gold’s prolific output up to date, eight years of elaborate and dazzling scores for one of the BBC’s most popular shows worldwide. The booklet for this release is reversible to allow the display of a separate cover for The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe.
About the Composer:
Murray Gold was born in Portsmouth in 1969. He has worked primarily in the theatre, film and television. He has been round the world three times and now lives in London.
He is one of the most inspired and uncompromising composers in his field. From his ground-breaking, BAFTA-nominated score to Vanity Fair, to the RTS Award-winning soundtrack to Queer As Folk, Murray Gold has been the composer of choice when it comes to scoring the most innovative programmes on television. He provided the music to The Second Coming (starring Christopher Ecclestone),Servants, the BBC series of the multi-award winning Clocking Off and Channel Four’s controversial new drama series Shameless.
Yesterday we reviewed the Doctor Who: Series 7 Soundtrack, and a great companion to that is the soundtrack we have for you today titled Doctor Who: The Snowmen / The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, featuring 32 tracks from those specific two episodes.
I did completely love the Doctor Who: Series 7 Soundtrack, but what I love so much more about this one is that it is several songs for each of two episodes. This lends the songs to flow together organically. I barely notice when one stops and another begins. They flow together perfectly and you aren’t jolted out of your seat by a sudden change in theme.
This could not only be a soundtrack that could play in the background of your work at home or in the office, this could be a soundtrack for a dinner party (preferably with Whovian friends who would notice and pick up on the familiar melodies) or Christmas party.
While the tracks flow together nicely between one another, there is a distinction between the feelings of the two halves that separate the two episodes (what would amount to the two discs). They still maintain a Christmas, snowy feel bringing in the ominous Doctor Wholike struggle, but are completely different.
I do really love the Doctor Who: The Snowmen / The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe and am presently trying to think of a reason I can invite a group of people over for dinner so that we can enjoy it in the background.
Doctor Who: The Snowmen / The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe Soundtrack is available to order from Amazon now. Here’s the link: