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The musical world of Doctor Who: From Ron Grainer to The Klf

21 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Digital Spy presents Doctor Who Week - seven days of special features celebrating the return of the world's favourite sci-fi series, and the arrival of a brand new Doctor - on August 23.

You don't need a classic theme for a great TV show, but as programmes from M*A*S*H and The X-Files to The Wire and Buffy The Vampire Slayer have shown, it certainly doesn't hurt.

Below, we take a look at the history of the revolutionary Doctor Who theme and also explore how the show has intertwined with the wider world of pop.

'Doctor Who Theme' [Original Version] - The Radiophonic Workshop (1963)

"Did I write that?" Ron Grainer apparently asked on hearing the completed version of the original theme crafted by the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop. "Most of it," Delia Derbyshire kindly replied.

Grainer attempted to get Derbyshire a co-writing credit but the policy of the time was to keep Workshop members anonymous, »

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'Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular' for UK tour in 2015

28 July 2014 3:31 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

A UK tour of the 'Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular' has been announced for 2015.

The live show will play 12 shows across six major city venues in the UK as part of a European tour in May, having previously premiered in Australia.

The event features over 100 performers, and is conducted by Ben Foster, who also orchestrates the scores for the BBC sci-fi series.

Foster will be joined by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and members of the BBC National Chorus of Wales.

The show includes several of the Doctor's iconic enemies, such as the Cybermen and the Daleks, as well as music from series composer Murray Gold.

Murray's score from the upcoming eighth series will also be played, alongside brand new footage.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday (August 1) at 9am, with prices starting at £20.

The tour dates are as follows:

May 2015

Saturday 23 - Sse Arena, Wembley, London

Monday 25 - Motorpoint Arena, »

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10 ace takes on the Doctor Who theme music

20 July 2014 9:11 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As we ponder how series 8's music will sound, Jeff digs out ten inventive takes on the Doctor Who theme...


With series eight’s Deep Breath fast approaching, there are questions all Dw fans will be asking – perhaps none as pressing as “What new bag of tricks will Murray Gold be bringing to the theme song?” While we all wait with bated breath, why not take a gander at these variations on Ron Grainer’s immortal work?

Doctor Who Theme – Gallifrey Remixes (Dominic Glynn and Syzygy)

Dominic Glynn’s theme from Trial Of A Timelord is an 80s effort that’s worn well for this writer, particularly the way Glynn sneaks in a new array of far-out soundscapes. This remix, originally performed at L.A.’s Gallifrey One convention, features four upgrades of Glynn’s ‘Trial’ theme, as produced with Syzygy (a.k.a. Justin Mackay). It takes a »

- louisamellor

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Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones music to be played on Classic FM

11 June 2014 9:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Music from Sherlock and Doctor Who is to be played on an upcoming Classic FM programme.

Composer Howard Goodall's weekly show Saturday Night at the Movies is to have a dedicated TV special later this month, featuring scores from some of TV's most popular series.

Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Broadchurch and Red Dwarf will also be among the shows featured.

Geoffrey Burgon's score from Tom Baker's Doctor Who episode 'Terror of the Zygons' in 1975 will be played on the programme, along with Murray Gold's 'Rose's Theme' from 2005's 'The End of the World'.

'Together or Not at All' from 'The Angels Take Manhattan' - which was played during the emotional departure of Amy Pond and Rory Williams - will also feature.

The programme will be split into four sections, with the first focusing on period drama, including Brideshead Revisited, The Hour, Foyle's War and more. »

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Greatest TV Pilots: Queer As Folk – A Cultural Milestone

14 April 2014 11:08 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Queer As Folk, Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”

Directed by Charles McDougall

Written by Russell T. Davies

Original Air Date: 23 February 1999

That Certain Summer, a made for TV movie, airs as the ABC Movie of the Week. It is the first TV movie to deal with the subject of homosexuality cordially. In 1975, ABC debuts Hot l Baltimore, a short lived Norman Lear series, which features the first gay couple on TV. In 1991, the first kiss between a homosexual couple airs on network TV during an episode of L.A. Law. In 1989 an episode of the Us drama thirtysomething featured the first gay male couple to be shown in bed together. The brief clip is considered a TV landmark, and of course proved extremely controversial at the time. 

Ten years later, Russell T. Davies (who would go on to helm the current BBC revival of Doctor Who, as well as creating the spinoff Torchwood »

- Ricky

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Icons and Friends Bring You: Our Favorite Genre Film Scores!!

5 April 2014 8:02 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Howdy fright fiends! All of us here at Icons of Fright are pretty hardcore when it comes to being soundtrack fanatics. Whether it be Rob or Justin blasting away with their Death Waltz vinyl, or little ol’ me (Jerry), sorting through my insane amount of iTunes soundtracks or Mondo vinyl collection, the fact is that we’re constantly in adoration of all things music, especially when the tunes are from our favorite fright films. Since this whole month of April is one big celebration of our ten year anniversary, and we wanted to make things really fun, we decided that instead of just writing an article about Our favorite soundtracks, we would reach out to our friends and colleagues and ask them to join up and contribute to this one. So, without further ado, we bring you Icons and Friends: Our Favorite Genre Film Scores!


Rob G. (Co-creator, Icons Of Fright, »

- Jerry Smith

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The Musketeers episode 7 review: A Rebellious Woman

9 March 2014 1:48 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Rob Kemp 9 Mar 2014 - 22:00

A Rebellious Woman is a triumphant return to form for The Musketeers. Here's Rob's review...

This review contains spoilers.

1.7 A Rebellious Woman

The Musketeers has been suffering from what could be considered a mid-season slump. In of themselves, the past few episodes haven’t been disastrous, but they are guilty of not living up to the relatively high bar set in the opening episodes. They had the feel of filler, the narrative calm before the ramp up to the end of the season. In many ways A Rebellious Woman confirms this, as it sees a triumphant return of form for the show.  

This week it’s all about Ninon De Larroque (played with admirable defiance and passion by Annabelle Wallis), an independently wealthy woman who cherishes independence, freedom of thought, the right of education and above all else the ability for women to enjoy all three. »

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Can The Musketeers win the TV duel with Mr Selfridge?

28 February 2014 3:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Despite a promising start, ratings for BBC1's The Musketeers are falling and ITV's competitor Mr Selfridge is staying strong. What can be done?

We're now halfway through the first series of The Musketeers, BBC1's jaunty adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's classic tale of sabres and statecraft in 17th-century Paris. It got off to a suitably swaggering start; consolidated viewing figures for the first episode were 9.3m, an impressive total whichever way you slice it, and it has been trumpeted as BBC1's most successful new drama launch since Call the Midwife. A second series was commissioned after three episodes had aired. It even went a bit viral thanks to an infographic that helpfully matched up the unfamiliar new cast with their Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds counterparts (though it somehow mixed up Porthos and Athos).

But this week things have gone a little wonky. The Musketeers originally went »

- Graeme Virtue

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Soundtrack Review

8 January 2014 10:17 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


There has been no shortage of releases in various mediums to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of our favourite Doctor. But a relative latecomer to the party has been the 50th Anniversary Soundtrack. This is a 4 CD collection of music and some sounds that have spanned the last 50 years, going right back to the very beginning right up to the present day. There are nearly 130 tracks across these CDs ranging from around 20 seconds to nearly 8 minutes.

Each CD is conveniently attributed to an era or eras of the show. Disc One covers Doctors 1 – 3. Disc Two covers Doctors 4 and 5. Disc Three gives us the remainder of the classic Doctors including the TV Movie. Disc Four is a selection of Murray Gold’s contributions to the modern era of the programme.


Disc One is certainly a cracker with the most tracks included, and includes some sound effects including the Tardis wheezing »

- Jonathon Carley

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Murray Gold Celebrates 30 Years of The Crouch End Festival Chorus

5 January 2014 5:02 AM, PST | | See recent Kasterborous news »

Christian Cawley is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Doctor Who’s resident composer since 2005, Murray Gold, is helping the renowned Crouch End Festival Chorus celebrates its 30th anniversary with an innovative programme of traditional and contemporary classical music, performed at venues across London throughout 2014. Gold will be appearing with the chorus at the Barbican Centre, London on Saturday 18 January 2014, 7.30pm,

The post Murray Gold Celebrates 30 Years of The Crouch End Festival Chorus appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »

- Christian Cawley

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