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Doctor Who (Season 4 Original Television Soundtrack)

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Release Date: 17/11/2008

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The 13-episode length of a British television season and the genre here, science fiction, allow composer Murray Gold considerable latitude in creating his themes. Doctor Who, a series dating back to 1963, has been around almost as long as the James Bond movie franchise, and Gold sometimes includes Bond-like adventure music, notably in the cocktail jazz of "A Noble Girl About Town." But that's only at the start of nearly 77 minutes of excerpts, skillfully edited by Jake Jackson, who earns his co-production credit. Gold's music ranges from "Songs of Captivity and Freedom," a track that seems to have escaped from a Middle Ages cathedral, to (in the next selection) the fast-tempo drive of the aptly named "UNIT Rocks." When Jackson constructs a long cue, such as the ten-plus minutes of "Voyage of the Damned Suite," he encapsulates the diversity of Gold's music, going from the big martial theme that starts to a more ponderous passage, and then a waltz. The necessary bombast often gives way to delicacy, as in "All in the Mind," a gentle folk tune for acoustic guitar and pennywhistle. But Gold may be at his best when revving up to accompany action sequences, as he does frequently. Doctor Who seems poised to go on forever, and Gold seems prepared to keep providing its varied musical accompaniment. ~ William Ruhlmann

Disc 1
1. Doctor Who Series Four Opening Credits
2. A Noble Girl About Town
3. Life Among the Distant Stars
4. Corridors and Fire Escapes
5. The Sybilline Sisterhood
6. Songs of Captivity and Freedom
7. UNIT Rocks
8. The Doctor's Daughter
9. The Source
10. The Unicorn and the Wasp
11. The Doctor's Theme Series Four
12. Voyage of the Damned Suite
13. The Girl With No Name
14. The Song of Song
15. All in the Mind
16. Silence In The Library
17. The Greatest Story Never Told
18. Midnight
19. Turn Left
20. A Dazzling End
21. The Rueful Fate of Donna Noble
22. Davros - Doctor Who
23. The Dark and Endless Dalek Night
24. A Pressing Need to Save the World
25. Hanging On The Tablaphone
26. Song of Freedom
27. Doctor Who Series Four Closing Credits