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The great music is one of the things that distinguishes the new Dr. Who,
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This review is from: Doctor Who Original Music from Series 3 (Audio CD)
In comparing the new Dr. Who to the older series, many people talk about the improvements in the writing, the production values (sets, costumes, etc.), and the overall acting (many of the earlier Doctors were played by good actors, but the same couldn't always be said for many of the other characters). But one area that really is key to what makes the new Dr. Who so good is the music. In the earlier Dr. Who series, the music, apart from the title theme, wasn't very memorable; it was pretty generic TV music. The all changed with the new series, however. Starting with series 1, the music got better. Now, with series 3, it's gotten better still. The series 3 soundtrack is one of the best soundtracks of the year.
The music works very well to enhance the series, portaying a range of emotions, helping create a sense of wonder in places, and really setting the whole tone of the series. A few tracks, in particular, are worth calling out:
"All the Stange Strange Creatures" establishes both an action pace and at the same time a sense of awe. It works through several variations, using various instruments, and is one of the best pieces on the album.
"A Dream of a Normal Death" and "The Doctor Forever" also are awe inspiring (the use of human voice in the "The Doctor Forever" is marvelous). They also help capture something in the new Dr. Who that wasn't present in the older shows: a sense of loss, a sense that even a happy ending can have a touch of tragedy about it.
This continues on what may be the best track on the album, "This Is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home," which establishes both a longing as well as a thrilling sense of wonder.
Finally, it's worth mentioning the very Danny Elmanesque "The Gridlocked Cassinis" and "Donna's Theme," both of which are quite playful, interjecting a lot of fluffy fun into the album.
I could go on. Almost all the tracks are good, and most are quite memorable. As I said earlier, this is one of the best soundtracks of the year.