Music is an integral part of our lives. It speaks to us in a way that few other elements can do. It makes us feel happy, sad, scared and can even create tension. Music seems to be one of the basic actions of humans. With the BBC sci-fi show, Doctor Who, music plays an integral part in telling the various stories of The Doctor and his companions. The genius behind most of these amazing scores is musical legend – Murray Gold.
For this article, we will be discussing our Top 10 favourite (although there are loads more!) Doctor Who scores of the “new” series. These are in no particular order.
1. The mad man with a box (series 5)
“Amy Pond, there’s something you’d better understand about me ‘cause it’s important, and one day your life may depend on it: I am definitely a mad man with a box!” — The Doctor, Series 5, Episode 1.
This is such a heartfelt score. When listening to this song, can almost feel what the Doctor must be feeling – the confusion, sadness, excitement. I absolutely love this song.
2. Doomsday (series 2)
“Doomsday” is the 13th and final episode in the second series of the revival of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who. It was first broadcast on 8 July 2006 and is the conclusion of a two-part story; the first part, “Army of Ghosts”, was broadcast on 1 July 2006. The two-part story features the Daleks, presumed extinct after the events of the 2005 series’ finale, and the Cybermen, who appeared in a parallel universe in “Rise of the Cybermen” and “The Age of Steel”.
Both species unexpectedly arrive on Earth at the conclusion of “Army of Ghosts”. The plot consists mostly of the Daleks and Cybermen waging a global war, with humanity caught in the crossfire. The Doctor, the Tyler family, and Mickey Smith fight for their lives trying to reverse the situation. They are successful, but at an emotional cost to the Doctor and Rose, as they are left in separate universes.
3. Rings of Akhaten – Wake Up (series 7)
“Can you hear them? All these people who’ve lived in terror of you and your judgement? All these people whose ancestors devoted themselves, sacrificed themselves, to you. Can you hear them singing? Oh, you like to think you’re a god. But you’re not a god. You’re just a parasite eaten out with jealousy and envy and longing for the lives of others. You feed on them. On the memory of love and loss and birth and death and joy and sorrow. So, come on, then. Take mine. Take my memories. But I hope you’ve got a big appetite, because I have lived a long life and I have seen a few things.
I walked away from the last Great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe and I watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained. No time. No space. Just me. I walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a mad man. I’ve watched universes freeze and creations burn. I’ve seen things you wouldn’t believe. I have lost things you will never understand. And I know things. Secrets that must never be told. Knowledge that must never be spoken. Knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze. So come on, then. Take it! Take it all, baby! Have it! You have it all!” — The Doctor, Series 7, Episode 8.
4. I am the doctor (series 5)
“I Am the Doctor” is Murray Gold’s theme song for the 11th Doctor. It is usually played when the Doctor is being heroic or when a problem is being solved, and is heavily featured in advertisements for the programme.
5. Vale Decem (series 4)
Vale Decem is Murray Gold’s composition to mark the death and regeneration of David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor, and the whole of the Russell T. Davies era.
This song plays in the background as the 10th Doctor prepares to regenerate into the 11th Doctor. An Ood waits for him and tells him – “We will sing you to sleep”. Listen to the song here with subtitles explaining what they are singing.
6. Amy’s theme (series 5)
This song composed by Murray Gold, captures Amy Pond’s spirit perfectly.
7. The dream of a normal death (series 3)
This is another beautiful score. You can almost feel the pain of the 10th Doctor with this song. He is timeless – he can never grow old and die – he will regenerate when the time comes.
8. Life amongst the distant stars (series 4)
This song is beautiful and a little sad.
9. All the strange, strange creatures (series 3)
I just love this song. It’s full of energy and if you look at the various creatures in Doctor Who, it has a musical part for each creature. It starts off with the Cybermen and goes on from there.
10. This is Gallifrey our childhood home (series 3)
Gallifrey was the homeworld of the Time Lords. It was believed to have been destroyed in the Last Great Time War but was later discovered to be frozen in a pocket universe, surviving the war. The literal translation of Gallifrey was “They that walk in the shadows”.
Gallifrey was located in the constellation of Kasterborous, at galactic coordinates 10-0-11-00:02 from Galactic Zero Centre. Several accounts placed it more or less at the centre of its galaxy.
Nothing else to say – just listen.
The 50th anniversary Doctor Who song that was written and recorded by Murray Gold, administered by Universal Music, is also really beautiful. If you read the lyrics, it really describes what all fans must have felt one time or the other.
Song For Fifty: Lyrics
As I stand here waiting for my time to come, I follow in your footsteps,
I follow when you run. From the jaws of disaster, from a planet besieged by deadly ancient foes
And you still make me smile when you stop and turn and say: ‘This is a creature we can understand, a living being, it is just being. If we could find
what’s on its mind then perhaps We might survive.’
And as we stumble down our slow road I can’t but wonder what would it
be like. To run away with you through time, where would we go who might we find. But on we go, cutting our paths, only one way, one day at
a time, while you embrace the universe, spinning your way on the fast road, limitless endless.
So my dear friend you’re getting kinda old now (or maybe we are). And now our children watch you do the deeds we marvelled at wondered at.
From the jaws of disaster, from a planet besieged by deadly ancient foes.
It’s not the end yet there is no end. Fumbling and bumbling while all around is crumbling and stumbling
through time like you’re a mad man still it’s humbling to watch you reconcile divergent creeds without succumbing to the lure of weapons,
force or greed you only use intelligence and jokes and charm. Happy birthday. Doctor. You.
© Murray Gold, administered by Universal Music
Listen to Song for 50th here: