Symphonic Spectacular opens in LondonBookmark and Share

Saturday, 23 May 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The UK run of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular opened in London this afternoon, and images from the performance are now available. The Spectacular continues in London tomorrow, heading to Cardiff on Monday, Birmingham on Tuesday, Leeds on Wednesday, Newcastle on Thursday, and finishing in Glasgow on Friday.

Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Image: House PRDaleks on the screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Image: PRDaleks invade the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour. . Image: House PRThe Doctor Peter Capaldi on the screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Image: House PRThe Foretold invades the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour. Image: House PREleventh Doctor Matt Smith on the big screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales, with soprano Elin Manahan Thomas. Image: House PRThe Doctor Peter Capaldi on the screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales as Cybermen invade the audience. Image: House PRCybermen invade the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Image: House PRThe Ood join the chorus of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour. Image: House PRThe Doctor Peter Capaldi on the screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales with soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and The Ood. Image: House PR
The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour has launched, celebrating the music of the world’s longest running science fiction TV series. The tour takes place this week in six cities across the UK. For further information on tickets, please visit: www.doctorwhosymphonicspectacular.com.




Series 8 Soundtrack: track listings / competitionBookmark and Share

Friday, 24 April 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Silva Screen have now updated us with the complete track listings and lengths for the forthcoming soundtrack release of the music from Series Eight:

DISC ONE

  1. Doctor Who Theme (Series 8) (1:15)

    Deep Breath
  2. A Good Man? (Twelve’s Theme) (7:34)
  3. Something It Ate (2:38)
  4. Concussed (3:27)
  5. It’s Still Him (2:00)
  6. Pudding Brains (5:30)
  7. Breath (4:45)
  8. Hello Hello (3:17)
  9. A Drink First (2:00)
  10. Missy’s Theme (1:38)

    Into The Dalek
  11. Aristotle, We Have Been Hit (0:55)
  12. We’re Still Going To Kill You (3:55)
  13. Tell Me, Am I A Good Man? (4:00)
  14. What Difference A Good Dalek? (3:30)
  15. The Truth About The Daleks (2:06)

    Robot Of Sherwood
  16. Old Fashioned Hero (2:15)
  17. This Is My Spoon (2:05)
  18. Robert, Earl of Loxley (2:00)
  19. The Legend of Robin Hood (2:18)
  20. Robin of Sherwood (3:10)
  21. The Golden Arrow (1:45)

    Listen
  22. Listen (2:25)
  23. Rupert Pink (3:56)
  24. Fear (2:52)

DISC TWO

    Time Heist
  1. The Architect (1:25)
  2. Rob The Bank (0:50)
  3. Account Closed (2:05)
  4. Open Up

    The Caretaker
  5. The Caretaker (5:18)

    Kill The Moon
  6. Are You Going To Shoot Me? (1:57(
  7. When I Say Run (1:44)
  8. That Is The Moon (2:00)

    Mummy On The Orient Express
  9. Start The Clock (1:32)
  10. There’s That Smile (2:25)
  11. The Sarcophagus Opens (3:57)
  12. The Artefact (2:05)
  13. Study Our Own Demise (2:15)

    Flatline
  14. Not Knowing (3:02(
  15. Siege Mode (1:23)

    In The Forest Of The Night
  16. In The Woods (2:21)
  17. We Weren’t Asleep That Long (1:00)
  18. Forgetting (1:45)
  19. The Song of Danny and Clara (2:43)

 

    Dark Water
  1. Throw Away The Key (4:13)
  2. Browsing (2:24)
  3. They Walk Among Us (2:20)

    Death In Heaven
  4. There is No Clara Oswald (0:57)
  5. Missy And Her Boys (1:17)
  6. A Good Man, An Incredible Liar (1:39)
  7. Freefall (1:44)
  8. I Need To Know (5:01)
  9. Missy's Theme - Extended (2:08)
  10. Missy's Gift (2:04)
  11. (The Majestic Tale of) An Idiot With a Box (2:19)

DISC THREE

    Last Christmas
  1. 3 Perfectly Ordinary Roof People (4:19)
  2. Do You Really Believe In Santa? (1:00)
  3. Unsealing the Infirmary (2:50)
  4. Ghosts (1:50)
  5. What Seems to be the Problem? (1:06)
  6. We Don’t Know What’s Real (2:36)
  7. Thinking About It (1:16)
  8. Clara’s Dream Christmas (3:57)
  9. The Doctor’s Dream Christmas (5:42)
  10. Dreams Within Dreams (4:55)
  11. Believe in Santa (1:30)
  12. Sleigh Ride (2:48)
  13. A Reunion (3:15)
  14. Every Christmas is Last Christmas (3:50)

The CD set is now available to pre-order from our Amazon Shops in the United Kingdom (released 18th May), and in North America (released 26th May).

Series 8: Packshot (Credit: Silva Screen) Doctor Who: Series 8 (Credit: Silva Screen)


Competition

Thanks to Silva Screen we have five copies of the CD collection up for grabs. In order to be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question:
Unfortunately the "live" song featured in Mummy on the Orient Express was unable to be included in this release - but who was the singer and which song was performed in the episode?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-silvascreen@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Fierce!". The competition is open world-wide, closing date: 18th May 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.




Series 8 Soundtrack releaseBookmark and Share

Friday, 17 April 2015 - Reported by Harry Ward
Silva Screen have revealed details of the soundtrack release for Series 8 and Last Christmas, which will be released on 18th of May 2015.
Doctor Who: Series 8 (Credit: Silva Screen)
Doctor Who: Series 8 will be the first soundtrack release of music from the twelfth Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, featuring the new Doctor’s theme A Good Man? (Twelve’s Theme). This 3 disc set also includes the music from the episode Last Christmas and an extensive 24 page booklet with notes from Murray Gold. The score is performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Murray Gold (computer instruments, guitars and synths) and conducted by Ben Foster and James Shearman. The first 5000 copies of the CD will include an extra 16 page booklet depicting the 13 Radio Times posters, one for each episode. All pre-ordered product on this store will include the extra booklet.

Updated 22 April: Full track list is now available

Track Listing

Series 8 and Last Christmas
Release Date: 18th May 2015

DISC ONE
  1. Doctor Who Theme (Series 8)
  2. A Good Man? (Twelve’s Theme)
  3. Deep Breath
  4. Something It Ate
  5. Concussed
  6. It’s Still Him
  7. Pudding Brains
  8. Breath
  9. Hello Hello
  10. A Drink First
  11. Missy’s Theme
  12. Into The Dalek
  13. Aristotle, We Have Been Hit
  14. We’re Still Going To Kill You
  15. Tell Me, Am I A Good Man?
  16. What Difference A Good Dalek?
  17. The Truth About The Daleks
  18. Robot Of Sherwood
  19. Old Fashioned Hero
  20. This Is My Spoon
  21. Robert, Earl of Loxley
  22. The Legend of Robin Hood
  23. Robin of Sherwood
  24. The Golden Arrow
  25. Listen
  26. Listen
  27. Rupert Pink
  28. Fear

DISC TWO
    Time Heist
  1. The Architect
  2. Rob The Bank
  3. Account Closed
  4. Open Up
  5. The Caretaker
  6. The Caretaker
  7. Kill The Moon
  8. Are You Going To Shoot Me?
  9. When I Say Run
  10. That Is The Moon
  11. Mummy On The Orient Express
  12. Start The Clock
  13. There’s That Smile
  14. The Sarcophagus Opens
  15. The Artefact
  16. Study Our Own Demise
  17. Flatline
  18. Not Knowing
  19. Siege Mode
  20. In The Forest Of The Night
  21. We Weren’t Asleep That Long
  22. Forgetting
  23. The Song of Danny and Clara
  24. Dark Water
  25. Throw Away The Key
  26. Browsing
  27. They Walk Among Us
  28. Death In Heaven
  29. There is No Clara Oswald
  30. Missy And Her Boys
  31. A Good Man, An Incredible Liar
  32. Freefall
  33. I Need To Know
  34. Missy's Theme - Extended
  35. Missy's Gift
  36. (The Majestic Tale of) An Idiot With a Box

DISC THREE
    Last Christmas
  1. 3 Perfectly Ordinary Roof People
  2. Do You Really Believe In Santa?
  3. Unsealing the Infirmary
  4. Ghosts
  5. What Seems to be the Problem?
  6. We Don’t Know What’s Real
  7. Thinking About It
  8. Clara’s Dream Christmas
  9. The Doctor’s Dream Christmas
  10. Dreams Within Dreams
  11. Believe in Santa
  12. Sleigh Ride
  13. A Reunion
  14. Every Christmas is Last Christmas
Doctor Who Series 8 Soundtrack (Pack Shot) (Credit: Silva Screen)

The soundtrack is available to pre-order now.




The Day Of The Doctor / The Time Of The Doctor: SoundtrackBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 - Reported by Harry Ward
The Day Of The Doctor / The Time Of The Doctor (Credit: Silva Screen Records) Silva Screen are to release Murray Gold's music from The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor on a two disc CD. The set will be released in the UK the day after Doctor Who's 51st anniversary on Monday, 24th November 2014.
Murray Gold’s lush and spirited scores to the final two episodes of Matt Smith's journey as The Doctor. Featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Crouch End Festival Chorus conducted by Ben Foster.

The first disc presents music from the 50th Anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, starring Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt, with a guest appearance from Tom Baker and a two second 13th Doctor incarnation of Peter Capaldi.

The second disc presents music from the 2013 Christmas episode, The Time of the Doctor, featuring Matt Smith’s final Doctor Who performance and Peter Capaldi in his first regular appearance as The Doctor.

Track Listing

The Day of the Doctor / The Time of the Doctor
Release Date: 24th November 2014 (pre-order)

The Day of the Doctor (Credit: Silva Screen Records)
DISC ONE
    The Day of the Doctor
  1. I.M Foreman (1:10)
  2. Will There Be Cocktails? (0:40)
  3. It's Him (The Majestic Tale)(2:05)
  4. He Was There (4:23)
  5. No More (1:06)
  6. The War Room (1:42)
  7. Footprints In The Sand (1:43)
  8. Who Are You (4:38)
  9. England 1562 (1:03)
  10. Nice Horse (1:43)
  11. The Fez And The Portal (2:44)
  12. Two Doctors (1:02)
  13. Three Doctors (1:56)
  14. Somewhere To Hide (1:50)
  15. Rescue The Doctor (1:08)
  16. 2.47 Billion (4:28)
  17. Zygon In The Painting (1:35)
  18. Man And Wife (1:33)
  19. We Don't Need To Land (2:27)
  20. We Are The Doctors (0:49)
  21. The Moment Has Come (3:06)
  22. This Time There's Three Of Us (The Majestic Tale (7:03)
  23. Song For Four/Home (3:41)

The Time of the Doctor (Credit: Silva Screen Records)
DISC TWO
    The Time of the Doctor
  1. The Message (1:16)
  2. Handles (2:07)
  3. The Dance Of The Naked Doctor (2:13)
  4. You Saved It (0:57)
  5. Papal Mainframe (0:45)
  6. Tasha Lemm (1:07)
  7. Bedroom Talk (1:49)
  8. The Mission (0:54)
  9. Christmas (2:27)
  10. The Crack (5:24)
  11. Rhapsody Of War (0:52)
  12. Back To Christmas (3:09)
  13. Snow Over Trenzalore (Song For Four) (2:46)
  14. Beginning Of The End (2:47)
  15. This Is How It Ends (3:07)
  16. Never Tell Me The Rules (3:12)
  17. Trenzalore/The Long Song/I Am Information (Reprise) (4:03)
  18. Hello Twelve (0:40)




Merchandise RoundupBookmark and Share

Saturday, 25 October 2014 - Reported by Harry Ward
The siege mode TARDIS from Flatline is to be released by official Doctor Who prop makers Rubbertoe Replicas.

TARDIS Siege Mode Cube

The Tardis in 'siege mode' been one of our favourite prop makes of the recent series of Doctor Who. The Tardis has shrunk and is in trouble; it's just about to be flattened by a train! The Doctor pulls an emergency lever to transform the Tardis into its rawest form, no way in, no way out.
It's a beautiful prop to look at, and fits in so well with the Rubbertoe range that when we had the design we knew it was meant to be! We hope you enjoy owning it as much we enjoyed making it.

As with all Rubbertoe Replicas, the Tardis Cube is made using the same techniques and materials as the original prop. To see a detailed account of how we made the original, with step by step pictures of the prop's construction, click here.

The cube comes packed in its own Doctor Who themed gift box.


Available to order now from Rubbertoe Replicas

The Seventh Doctor's Umbrella

Most people think umbrellas are for shielding them from the elements, such as rain or sun or snow. Yet an umbrella can just as easily save you from a fate such as slipping off a sheer ice cliff. A more mundane, yet handy tool is the umbrella when used to measure objects.

You can do both of these tasks (although I wouldn’t suggest you try the former) with your new Seventh Doctor’s Umbrella, AbbyShot’s latest addition to their officially licensed Doctor Who Collection.

Precise measurements were taken and various elements were put together to get the most representative version of this umbrella. It’s made of metal, with solid fiber glass ribs, customized iconic handle with matching tip and black polyester fabric, all of which give it strength while still keeping one dry and passersby safe.

More than just a hat stand decoration, the Seventh Doctor’s Umbrella will be a great addition to any household!


Available to pre-order now from BBC Shop and AbbyShot

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol Vinyl

Here on vinyl for the first time is Murray Gold’s immaculately crafted original soundtrack to the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special. Featuring opera diva Katherine Jenkins as Abigail Pettigrew, Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor, and Michael Gambon as Kazran Sardick, A Christmas Carol was the third most watched programme on December 25th 2010. Katherine Jenkins’ special appearance was crowned with her performance of Abigail’s Song (Silence Is All You Know) on Side B, Track 14.


Available to pre-order now from Amazon UK and Silva Screen





Silva Screen Award NominationBookmark and Share

Saturday, 8 February 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Silva Screen have been nominated for an International Film Music Critics Association Award for the 2013 release of Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection

The four CD set, released in December, featured 129 tracks of music music from five decades of Doctor Who. It included many pieces that had never before been released, with tracks from composers including Tristram Cary, Brian Hodgson, Dudley Simpson, Geoffrey Burgon, Paddy Kingsland, Roger Limb, Malcolm Clarke, Keff McCulloch, Dominic Glynn, John Debney, Mark Ayres and Murray Gold. The album was produced by Mark Ayres, Reynold DaSilva and David Stoner with liner notes by Mark Ayres and album art direction by Stuart Ford.

The nomination is for BEST ARCHIVAL RELEASE OF AN EXISTING SCORE – COMPILATION

Other nominees are Lethal Weapon Soundtrack Collection, music by Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn; Michel Legrand Anthology, music by Michel Legrand; Varèse Sarabande: A 35th Anniversary Celebration, music by Various Composers; The X-Files: Volume Two, music by Mark Snow.

The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) is an association of online, print and radio journalists who specialize in writing about original film and television music. The annual IFMCA Awards, which were first presented in 2004, are the only awards given to composers by film music journalists.

The winners will be announced at the 10th IFMCA Awards on February 20, 2014.

The CD Collection is available from Amazon.




People RoundupBookmark and Share

Sunday, 12 January 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
A creative decision - as opposed to a contractual one - was behind Peter Capaldi keeping his native Scottish accent as the Doctor, the BBC has been quoted as saying. And according to an unnamed "insider", Capaldi "was delighted when he found out he could play the part with his own voice. It gives his character a stronger identity as well." (The article takes pains to point out that fellow Scot David Tennant used an English accent because then showrunner Russell T Davies didn't want the Doctor "touring the regions". It neglects to mention that the Highlands-set episode Tooth and Claw did see Tennant talking with a Scottish brogue. Sylvester McCoy, of course, kept his Scottish accent as the Doctor.) [Mirror, 30 Dec 2013]

Meanwhile, The Musketeers - the TV drama that Peter Capaldi was filming when he learnt that he had won the role of the Doctor - begins on BBC One on Sunday 19th January at 9pm. Consisting of ten one-hour episodes and set in 17th-century Paris, it sees Capaldi portraying the villainous Cardinal Richelieu in a contemporary take on the characters created by Alexandre Dumas. Talking about the hazards of filming the swashbuckling series, Capaldi said: "The production suffered from a lot of injuries: dislocated shoulders, bruised shins, the odd concussion. It's one of the occupational hazards of being a swashbuckler. I myself suffered a nasty dislocated thumb, but embarrassingly not from swinging a sword around. Instead, my injury came from a domestic the cardinal was having with Milady, Maimie McCoy. I threw her against the wall not realising I'd caught my thumb in her large frock. I felt a jab of pain. And when the director said "Cut" I looked down and saw my thumb was on the wrong way round. Nasty! Instinct took over and I shoved it back. Which made my eyes water and my knees weak. The lesson clearly was, never get into a fight with Maimie McCoy!" The series has been directed by - among others - Saul Metzstein, Toby Haynes, and Farren Blackburn, with music by Murray Gold. [BBC Media Centre, 7 Jan 2014]

The Crouch End Festival Chorus will be launching its 30th-anniversary year with the world première of Murray Gold's heartfelt tribute to his late sibling Jolyon Gold, who was born in 1971 and died in 1996. When My Brother Fell Into The River . . . will be performed at the Barbican in London on Saturday 18th January at 7.30pm. It is described as "a passionate ode to life, motorbikes, Walt Whitman and India; a dramatic tribute to his brother Jolyon who lost his life in the River Narmada." A memorial bench can also be found on Hampstead Heath. [CEFC website].

Jenna Coleman was the runner-up in RadioTimes.com's poll of breakthrough actor of 2013 for her roles in Doctor Who and Dancing On The Edge, being pipped to the title by Jamie Dornan (The Fall). She garnered 2,319 (23.73 per cent) of the votes against Dornan's 2,467 (25.24 per cent). Meanwhile, Sacha Dhawan came 15th for his portrayal of Waris Hussein in An Adventure in Space and Time (114/1.17 per cent). [Radio Times, 30 Dec 2013]

David Morrissey is starring in the three-part BBC One drama The Driver, which began filming in Manchester this week, to be broadcast later this year. Directed by Jamie Payne and also featuring Shaun Dingwall, it is billed as "a gripping tale of an ordinary life turned upside down", which sees Morrissey's character, Vince McKee, driving for a criminal gang after blaming himself and his inadequacies for a family mystery. Morrissey is also a co-executive producer. [BBC Media Centre, 10 Jan 2014]

David Troughton is the new voice of Tony Archer in the long-running BBC radio drama series The Archers, taking over from Colin Skipp who has retired on health grounds after more than 40 years in the role. [Archers website, 2 Jan 2014]

The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales are to mark the fifth birthday of their home in Cardiff Bay this month with a celebratory concert at BBC Hoddinott Hall, based within the Wales Millennium Centre. The hall has been used not just as a rehearsal venue and concert hall but is often used as a soundtrack studio and television studio too, with the studio being used to record soundtrack music for Doctor Who. The concert takes place on Tuesday 21st January at 7.30pm and will be broadcast on Radio 3 Live in Concert. It will also be available for seven days after broadcast via BBC iPlayer Radio. Tickets cost £15. Fees are applicable unless tickets are bought in person at the box office using cash or with Millennium Centre gift certificates. No music relating to Doctor Who is understood to be forming part of the concert. (BBC radio broadcasts are available to listen to free worldwide.) [BBC Media Centre, 9 Jan 2014]

A Doctor Who audio play and Claire Rushbrook are in the running for gongs in this year's BBC Audio Drama Awards. Dark Eyes, written by Nicholas Briggs for Big Finish, is among the contenders for Best Online or Non-Broadcast Audio Drama, while Rushbrook has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in an Audio Drama for her portrayal of Jules in King David, produced for BBC Radio 3. Ruth Jones and Nina Wadia are among the judges. The awards cover audio dramas first broadcast in English in the UK between 1st October 2012 and 31st October 2013 or first uploaded/published for free listening online in the UK during the same period. The ceremony will be held on Sunday 26th January in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House in central London, hosted by comedian and writer Lenny Henry and BBC director-general Tony Hall. [BBC Media Centre, 8 Jan 2014]

The thought-provoking drama The Events, starring Neve McIntosh and Rudi Dharmalingham, which was written by David Greig and premièred at the Edinburgh Fringe, was first on The Guardian's list of Best Theatre of 2013. [The Guardian, 31 Dec 2013]

Mark Gatiss and Katy Manning exchanged touching tweets earlier this week following last Sunday's episode of Sherlock - the BBC One series created by Gatiss and Steven Moffat - after Manning spotted a heavy reference to the final scene of The Green Death, with Holmes's downbeat departure from the Watsons' wedding reception echoing that of the Doctor's exit from the engagement party of her companion character Jo Grant and Clifford Jones:




Bath-based actress Francisca Garcia made her local press thanks to roles as an extra in Doctor Who, alongside Commander Strax, and as a bridesmaid in Sherlock. [The Bath Chronicle, 31 Dec 2013]

An accountant from Somerset who admitted swindling £80,000 from the programme budgets of Doctor Who and Casualty has been jailed for two years. Oliver Ager pleaded guilty at Cardiff Crown Court to 17 fraud offences, which were uncovered when he was based at the Roath Lock studios. He was sacked in October 2012 by BBC Finance. The 35-year-old, of Rock Avenue, Nailsea, who was a production accountant for 20 episodes of Doctor Who in 2007 and 2008, has repaid £30,000 from his pension fund. The court made no order relating to the rest of the money. Ager, who was also credited on The Sarah Jane Adventures pilot episode Invasion of the Bane, will serve one year of his prison term before being released on licence. In a statement after sentencing, the BBC said it had reviewed its cash processes and tightened procedures since the offences were committed "to prevent a crime like this from happening again." [Wales Online, 6 Jan 2014]

New Year Honours

A number of luminaries received recognition in the 2014 New Year Honours List. Nicholas Parsons was promoted to a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for charitable services, particularly to children's charities (he was made an OBE - Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - in the 2004 New Year Honours for services to drama and broadcasting), while Lynda Bellingham and Katherine Jenkins were each awarded the OBE for, respectively, voluntary service to charitable giving in the UK and for services to music and for charitable services, and Ruth Jones was made an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to entertainment. [Official 2014 New Year Honours List, 30 Dec 2013]
With Thanks To Tony Clark, Andy Chisholm, and Silent Hunter




Murray Gold included in new Who's WhoBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The composer and dramatist Murray Gold has received the prestigious accolade of being included in the 2014 edition of Who's Who.

The publication, which has been brought out annually since 1849, is a directory and source of information about living noteworthy and influential people who are considered to have an impact on British life. It now has more than 33,000 biographies, with about 1,000 new entries added every year. Each entry is written by the subject themselves, and an invitation to appear in Who's Who is seen as the recognition of lasting distinction and influence.

Some entrants, eg, MPs and senior judges, are invited to be included as a matter of course, since their appointments are considered to be of general public interest. Others, for example in the arts field, are chosen by a selection board.

The website of Who's Who states:
Prominent figures in numerous fields are considered by the Board on the basis of their continuing achievements, and ultimately selected due to their exceptional pre-eminence.
The Wall Street Journal once wrote:
What is it that really puts the stamp of eminence on a modern British life? Two things count today: having an entry in Who's Who and being asked to choose your eight favourite records on BBC's Desert Island Discs.
Once a person has been included in Who's Who, they remain in it for life, with their entry updated over the years. It is then transferred to Who Was Who when they die.

Among his film and TV work, Gold rearranged the theme for Doctor Who when it returned in 2005 and has composed its incidental music ever since. He also created, arranged, and orchestrated the special live concert Doctor Who: A Celebration at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff in 2006, while the Doctor Who Proms of 2008, 2010, and 2013 - at the Royal Albert Hall in London - featured his music for the series. In addition, he composed the theme for spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures plus the theme and incidental music for Torchwood.

In January this year at the BBC Audio Drama Awards, his BBC Radio 3 drama script Kafka the Musical, starring David Tennant, won the Tinniswood Radio Drama Award 2012 for best original radio drama.

His radio play Electricity won the 2001 Imison Award for best original radio drama script by a writer new to radio after its broadcast on Radio 3 in December 2000. It then transferred to the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2004, with Christopher Eccleston in the lead role.

Gold also provided the music for Russell T Davies' TV series Queer As Folk, The Second Coming (starring Eccleston), and Casanova (with Tennant as the lead).

His work for Queer As Folk, Casanova, Doctor Who, and the 1998 BBC adaptation of Vanity Fair - with cast members including David Bradley - has been BAFTA-nominated, and in 1999 Gold was nominated in the Royal Television Society Awards for Best Music - Original Score for both Vanity Fair and Queer As Folk, winning it for the latter.

In addition, he provided the music for the 2000s revival of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), co-starring Tom Baker.

Gold's entry reads as follows:
GOLD, Murray Jonathan; writer and freelance composer; b Portsmouth, 28 Feb.

1969; s of Lenny and Suzanne Gold. Educ: Corpus Christi Coll., Cambridge (BA

Hons Hist. 1991). Composer: for films: Beautiful Creatures, Wild About Harry, 2000;

Miranda, 2002; Kiss of Life, 2003; Alien Autopsy, Mischief Night, 2006; Death at a

Funeral, I Want Candy, 2007; for television: Vanity Fair, 1998; Queer As Folk, 1999

(RTS Award for Best Original Score); Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), 2000–01;

Clocking Off, 2000–02; Shameless, 2004–11; Casanova, 2005; Dr Who, 2005–12;

Torchwood, 2006–11; Sarah Jane Adventures, 2007–11; The Devil's Whore, 2008;

Single Father, 2010; Scott & Bailey, 2011–13; Last Tango in Halifax, 2012; writer:

plays: Resolution, Battersea Arts Centre, 1994; 50 Revolutions, Whitehall, 2000;

Electricity, Radio 3, 2001[sic], W Yorkshire Playhouse, 2004 (Michael [sic] Imison Award for

Best New Radio Play, 2002); radio play, Kafka the Musical, 2011 (Tinniswood

Award for Best Original Radio Drama, 2013). Address: c/o Cathy King, Independent

Talent Group Ltd, 40 Whitfield Street, W1T 2RH; c/o Becky Bentham, Hot House

Music, Abbey Road Studios, 3 Abbey Road, NW8 9AY.




Silva Screen: Christmas Specials on CDBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Following on from the release of music from the seventh series of Doctor Who, Silva Screen have announced the soundtrack listing for the 2011 and 2012 Christmas Specials:

The Snowmen (including The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe) (Credit: Silva Screen)
Reverse cover: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe (including The Snowmen) (Credit: Silva Screen)
The Snowmen /
The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe

Music by Murray Gold

At one time Christmas Day on the BBC meant The Morecambe & Wise Show, 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. 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.

Tracklisting:

The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe
Geronimo
Dressed In a Hurry
Bumps
Ditched at Sea
Madge’s Theme
Armchair Waltz
I Know
Quite a Tree
Into the Present
Baubles
The King
The Queen
Interrogation
Lifeboat
You’re Fired
Flying Home for Christmas
Safe Landing
Never Alone at Christmas
Friendship
The Snowmen
A Voice in the Snow
What’s Wrong With Silly
Psychotic Potato Dwarf
Remember the Worm
Clara Who?
Clara in the Tardis
Governess Clara
Hello Mates
One Word
Sherlock Who?
Antifreeze
Clara Lives
Whose Enigma
The album is due for release on 21st October 2013.

Competition

We have three copies of the CD set as prizes courtesy of Silva Screen. To be in with a chance to win a copy please answer the following question:
When the Doctor introduces the TARDIS to Clara, how does she describe it?
Please send your answer to comp-xmasmusic@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Let it snow!", along with your name, address, and where you read about this competition. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date will be 20th October 2013. Only one entry per household will be accepted.




Troughton And Gold Win Audio Drama AwardsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 27 January 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
Both David Troughton and Murray Gold were winners at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2013 this evening.

The event - a celebration of audio drama on air and online - was hosted by David Tennant at BBC Broadcasting House. He said:
The quality of our radio drama is one of the things that makes me proud to be British. Acting on the radio is challenging, inspiring, delicate, and always a privilege. Radio drama is often overlooked and undervalued next to its showier younger siblings on the television and in the cinema, and yet it is on the wireless that so many important and brilliant talents have been discovered and nurtured. I am delighted radio drama is being celebrated in this way.
Troughton was named Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the Earl of Leicester in BBC Radio 3's Singles and Doublets, while Gold's Kafka the Musical, which aired on Radio 3 and starred Tennant in the title role, won the Tinniswood Radio Drama Award 2012 for best radio drama script. Tennant was named Best Actor in last year's BBC Audio Drama Awards for his portrayal of Kafka in the production.

The BBC awards covered audio dramas first broadcast in English in the UK between 1st October 2011 and 31st October 2012 – or first uploaded/published for free listening online in the UK during the same period.


Last Wednesday's National Television Awards saw Colin Morgan win the Drama Performance: Male gong for Merlin, while Coronation Street, produced by Phil Collinson, won the Serial Drama trophy, Downton Abbey, starring Hugh Bonneville and Penelope Wilton (who presented the Best Actor award to Andrew Scott for Betrayal on Radio 4 at this evening's BBC Audio Drama ceremony), claimed the Drama title, and Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs won the Factual Entertainment award.





People RoundupBookmark and Share

Thursday, 29 March 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Murray Gold will be one of the speakers at a series of events being organised by BAFTA and the Royal Albert Hall, entitled Conversations with Screen Composers. The Doctor Who composer will be appearing at the Hall's Elgar Room on Wednesday 11th July to discuss the development of creative ideas for his music. Other speakers in the series are Rachel Portman and James Hannigan. [Royal Albert Hall, 21 Mar 2012]

John Barrowman will be appearing as a Spotlight Guest at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), which takes place at McCormick Place, Chicago, from 13th-15th April. Organiser Lance Fensterman said: "We're very excited to welcome John Barrowman this year to C2E2. Doctor Who has grown into a global phenomenon, and John Barrowman is an actor with a following on both sides of the Atlantic. There's tremendous excitement from the fanboys and fangirls within C2E2's own office, and we know our audience in Chicago will be overjoyed to meet him." [Comic Book Resources, 21 Mar 2012]

Barrowman has also donated some of his clothes to the Dogs Trust: "It's no secret to anyone who knows me that two of my favourite things are shopping and supporting Dogs Trust. After a recent spring-cleaning, I donated lots of stuff to the new Cowbridge shop, including posters, watches and boxes of clothing. I hope you'll pay a visit and share in my favourite things." [Ecorazzi, 26 Mar 2012]

Billie Piper visited a family in Norfolk as part of the BBC's Sport Relief in order to speak to a mother and three daughters who had just lost their father. Her Doctor Who co-star David Tennant also contributed to the cause, being one of the celebrity faces to run the Sport Relief Mile on Sunday. You can still donate to the causes through the Sport Relief website.

Tennant has also revealed that he has adopted wife Georgia Moffett's first child, Tyler: "My baby is almost a year old now and I adopted my wife's boy last year as well so I became a father twice within six months - that's got to be something of a record hasn't it?" [Absolute Radio, 21 Mar 2012]

Tennant and John Simm are among the famous names and faces contributing to the Sky Arts 2 documentary Discovering Hamlet, which is scheduled to be broadcast on Sunday 15th April at 9.40pm. Tennant will also be seen on Sky Arts 1 three days earlier - Thursday 12th April - playing an artist called Will in the drama The Minor Character, which airs at 9pm. Meanwhile, Tennant is back doing the voiceover for the spoof documentary Twenty Twelve, the second series of which starts on BBC Two tomorrow at 10pm and co-stars Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, and Olivia Colman.

Mark Gatiss can be seen in conversation with Mark Lawson on BBC Four on Tuesday 3rd April at 10.50pm. The hour-long interview will be available via the BBC iPlayer for seven days afterwards.

Louise Jameson appears in an episode of daytime drama Doctors on BBC One on Wednesday 4th April at 1.45pm. She plays "other woman" Shirley Carter who schemes with her lover's wife to take revenge on the man in their lives when they discover that he has been cheating on both of them. It will be available via the BBC iPlayer for seven days afterwards.

Richard Curtis
is returning to the theme of time travel for one of his latest film scripts, which he will also direct. About Time is billed as a low-budget dramedy. Zooey Deschanel, who played Trillian in the 2005 film version of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, is reportedly in talks to star in the Working Title production. [Variety, 27 Mar 2012]

Radio Times has published an online interview with Anneke Wills in which the actress who played companion Polly tells of a spooky coincidence involving companion actress-in-waiting Jenna-Louise Coleman. As well as reminiscing about life aboard the TARDIS and meeting Tom Baker, Sylvester McCoy and David Tennant, Wills also talks candidly about her marriage to Michael Gough. [Radio Times, 22 Mar 2012]

Back in November we reported on the advertisement for a new BBC Worldwide Marketing Director for Consumer Products; the person hired for the position has now been revealed to be Rob Lowe, currently marketer for games company Nintendo. His responsibilities will include developing the commercial potential of Doctor Who among other series. [Marketing Week, 26 Mar 2012]




Series 6 CD Track ListBookmark and Share

Friday, 25 November 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Silva Screen have released the tracklisting for the soundtrack to Series Six of Doctor Who, due for release in the UK on 19th December, 2011.

The two-disc set includes music from throughout the series, composed by Murray Gold and played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Ben Foster. The CD is available to pre-order on Amazon.
DISC ONE
    The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon
  1. I Am The Doctor In Utah
  2. 1969
  3. The Impossible Astronaut
  4. Trust Me
  5. Help Is On Its Way
  6. Another Perfect Prison
  7. Greystark Hall
  8. Apollo 11
  9. Day Of The Moon
  10. I See You Silence
  11. The Curse of the Black Spot
  12. You’re A Dead Man
  13. Deadly Siren
  14. Perfect Reflection
  15. All For One
  16. The Curse Of The Black Spot
  17. The Doctor’s Wife
  18. I’ve Got Mail
  19. My TARDIS
  20. Run, Sexy
  21. Locked On

  22. Rebel Flesh / The Almost People
  23. The Chemical Castle
  24. Which One Is The Flesh?
  25. Scanning Me
  26. Ransacked
  27. Always With The Rory
  28. Double Doctor
  29. Tell Me The Truth
  30. Loving Isn’t Knowing (The Almost People Suite)
  31. A Good Man Goes to War
  32. River’s Waltz
  33. Pop
  34. Tell Me Who You Are
  35. Melody Pond
DISC TWO
    Let’s Kill Hitler
  1. Growing Up Fast
  2. The Blush Of Love
  3. Terror Of The Reich
  4. The British Are Coming
  5. A Very Unusual Melody
  6. When A River Forms
  7. Pay Attention Grown Ups
  8. The Enigma Of River Song
  9. Night Terrors
  10. Bedtime For George
  11. Tick Tock Round The Clock
  12. A Malevolent Estate
  13. Night Terrors
  14. The Girl Who Waited
  15. Apalapucia
  16. 36 Years
  17. Lost In The Wrong Stream
  18. The God Complex
  19. The Hotel Prison
  20. Room Of Your Dreams
  21. Fear Enough
  22. What’s Left To Be Scared Of?
  23. Rita Praises
  24. Closing Time
  25. Stormageddon, Dark Lord Of All
  26. Definitely Going
  27. Over Your Shoulder
  28. Ladieswear
  29. Fragrance
  30. My Time Is Running Out
  31. The Wedding of River Song
  32. Tick Tock (Vocal Track)
  33. 5:02 PM
  34. The Head Of An Enemy
  35. My Silence
  36. Brigadier Lethbridge – Stewart
  37. Forgiven
  38. Time Is Moving
  39. The Wedding Of River Song
  40. Day of the Moon
  41. The Majestic Tale (Of A Madman In A Box)





Murray Gold returns to TorchwoodBookmark and Share

Thursday, 31 March 2011 - Reported by Harry Ward
The BBC Torchwood Twitter account has announced that the current composer for Doctor Who, Murray Gold, will be returning to the series to compose music for Torchwood: Miracle Day.

The announcement was made via Twitter at 9:41pm BST on 31st March:
THIS JUST IN: The 'Doctor Who' veteran Murray Gold will be composing Torchwood: Miracle Day. BRILLIANT.
Gold co-wrote music with Ben Foster for the first two series of Torchwood with the music being performed by the National Orchestra of Wales. He has also composed music for the computer-animated film, Hoodwinked Too! Hood VS. Evil which is due for release on April 29, 2011.




A Christmas Carol - Soundtrack detailsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 3 February 2011 - Reported by Harry Ward
Silva Screen have released the cover art and tracklisting for the soundtrack to A Christmas Carol. The album was originally due to be released in the UK on 21 February but has now been delayed until 21 March.

1. Come Along Pond
2 .Halfway out of the Dark
3. Pray for a Miracle
4. Geoff
5. You Didn't Hit the Boy
6. Fish
7. Kazran Sardick 12 1/2
8. Ghost of Christmas Past
9. Babysitter
10. Talk About Girls
11. Sonic Fishing
12. Just a Little One
13. Big Colour
14. I Can't Save Her
15. The Other Half's Inside the Shark
16. Abigail
17. He comes every Christmas
18. Shark Ride
19. New Memories
20. Holding Hands
21. Christmas Dinner
22. Goodlucknight
23. Goodnight Abigail
24. This Planet Is Ours
25. Ghost of Christmas Present
26. The Course of my Life
27. Ghost of Christmas Future
28. Abigail's Song (Silence is all you Know), (performed by Katherine Jenkins)
29. Everything Has to End Some Time

The music is composed by now Doctor Who composer of choice Murray Gold and performed by the excellent BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Crouch End Festival Chorus. The album will be released both physically (SILCD1360) and digitally (SILED1360). The TV episode was broadcast on Christmas Day at 6pm and featured Matt Smith as The Doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams. They were joined by Michael Gambon as Kazran Sardick and Katherine Jenkins as Abigail Pettigrew.