I’ve been wallowing in the new Murray Gold soundtrack album all afternoon (to the detriment of my studies). I was a bit disappointed in the Series 4 one, and the only track from it I ever really listen to is the Song of Freedom, but this is a stunner. What’s interesting about it is that it’s far more of a narrative – in effect, the story of the Specials told through music, and in my opinion Murray does a better job than RTD, somehow being absolutely true to his spirit whilst avoiding his excesses.
Some truly amazing music didn’t make the final cut of EoT and it’s worth purchasing the album for that alone. Other tracks were rather lost in the general sound and fury, not to mention the power of Tennant’s agony on screen. There’s an quiet little piece, Four Knocks, that underscores the moment Ten realises he’s doomed after all, and it’s utterly heartbreaking (Gold says in the sleeve notes he still can’t watch that scene). A desperately sad, slow recapitulation of Song For Ten was intended for the final scene with Rose, but lost out to Rose’s Theme (Julie G’s choice).
Vale Decem is of course the highlight, and the track that follows it, called simply Vale, begins softly with a solo voice, which was as far as it got in the show – but Gold’s original concept is revealed in all its glory here, when it morphs halfway into a full-choir anthem before crashing into the New Doctor’s rockout. The whole thing is a masterpiece and I recommend picking up the CD if possible just to get the usual copious sleeve notes and some gorgeous pictures.
I was inspired to put together a mammoth playlist for Ten’s whole character arc. At first it was going to be 100% Murray Gold but I found that a bit too emotionally draining so I put some of my other favourites in as well. I tried to reflect every stage of his journey, from the cheeky carefree S2 Doctor to the dark and broken man we ended up with, and courtesy of the Proclaimers – DT would approve, I hope – I added a coda that you can interpret as you wish – 14, 10.5 or whatever. It’s called That’s When He Told Her – you can find it on You Tube.
I have no idea how to embed a mix but if anyone’s interested I’ll send a link – it should be on iTunes by tomorrow.