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DW 10th Anniversary: Favorite Theme

I'm not really sure what this meme is asking. Is it my favorite idea? Or is it my favorite music from the show, because the background music is very important to me in Doctor Who? I suppose I'll answer both.

Doctor Who explores a lot of different moral problems, though a lot of them may be hidden by the fun, action-packed adventure laid on top of them. What fascinates me the most in the show is the concept of the Doctor as a simple traveler, exploring the universe and happening to get involved in these strange situations where he ends up saving the day. He's this strange mix of powerful Time Lord and ordinary guy wandering around, looking for new things to see and new people to meet. (It just occurred to me that he reminds me a lot of one of my idols, Richard Feynman, who would go to unusual places and talk to everyone just to experience them.) I think this is one of the reasons that the Eleventh Doctor didn't appeal to me as much as his predecessors: his stories (both arcs and individual episodes) were very directed, and his personality was based on his awareness of his superiority. He had puzzles he was trying to figure out (Amy, River, Clara) and reasons to go where he did. I did like him, but not as much as I liked the Ninth or Tenth Doctor, or especially the Eighth Doctor (if I can refer back to the classics for a moment).

I really do love the background music in Doctor Who. I'm especially enamored of the way music was subtly woven into the fabric of the Tenth Doctor's life (I could write an essay on this), but from a general standpoint, Murray Gold has done a fantastic job of using the music to enhance what's going on on-screen. (Though, "I Am the Doctor" was a little over-used.) My favorite in-show piece is "The Doctor Forever": I love how the two disparate sections - the ballad and the action part - are variations on the same theme, and they both illustrate the Tenth Doctor very well. It's wonderful the way that the Eleventh Doctor's quirky personality is reflected in the seven-beats-per-measure cadence of "I Am the Doctor". Another favorite piece is "All the Strange Strange Creatures", and "The New Doctor" makes me dance whenever I hear it (earning me strange looks from my coworkers).

Of course, the Doctor Who main theme is simply classic. I don't know what it is about it, but it's simple yet completely captures the feel of the show. My favorite version of the theme from the modern show is the fully orchestral score from Series 2 and 3 - the bridge makes my heart soar every time - but the Eleventh Doctor's and Twelfth Doctor's variations capture each of them beautifully, the first having a rock-n-roll feel and the second being a bit of throwback to the classic versions of the theme.



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Mar. 25th, 2015 12:29 am (UTC)
I LOVED Richard Feynman, and comparing him to the Doctor is pure genius.

I don't know enough of the vocabulary of music to comment on your musical observations beyond he fact that Murray Gold's music is so evocative that I can usually place the episode and where it was used when I hear any pieces out of context. I loved the music he composed for the Doctor's Wife and Donna's theme still brings tears to my eyes.
Mar. 26th, 2015 04:26 am (UTC)
I don't know why I thought of Richard Feynman at that point, but once I did, it just seemed so right. I think he's the most Doctor-ish real human I know. He's been my idol ever since I heard of him in college. Perhaps this explains why Doctor Who captured my imagination as much as it did.
Mar. 25th, 2015 12:59 am (UTC)
I agree, Murray Gold's music is one of the best parts of Doctor Who. I definitely prefer the music from the first four series, though, especially Rose's Theme, the 10th Doctor's Theme, Song of Freedom, and Vale Decem (though it breaks my heart every time I hear it). The score from Doomsday is also a very powerful piece. Incidentally, my favorite version of the title theme is also the orchestral version from series 2 and 3. I'm not as fond of the opening themes from the more recent series.
Mar. 26th, 2015 04:31 am (UTC)
I agree with you, that I prefer the music from the first four series. For me, it might be because I prefer orchestral music, which fit the more classically heroic Ninth and Tenth Doctors, while the Eleventh Doctor's music tended to be a bit more rock'n'roll. Though also, a lot of his music was based on variations of "I Am the Doctor" and I think I just heard that too many times.

I absolutely love The Doctor's Theme. While the "Doomsday" music (the one playing during the Darlig ulv Stranden scene) isn't one that I like to listen to, it was so perfect for the scene. And Vale Decem... I can't include this on my playlist because I start tearing up every time I hear it. :)
Mar. 26th, 2015 06:02 am (UTC)
When I want to torture myself, I listen to Doomsday or Vale Decem. ;) It occasionally makes good music to write to, depending on the mood you're going for.
Mar. 26th, 2015 02:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, I can imagine!! Though for me, I don't think I could write with a wet keyboard...
Mar. 27th, 2015 02:59 am (UTC)
Ahhh, I just wanna hug this post! Agree with so much here!

Mar. 27th, 2015 08:12 pm (UTC)
In DW universe, post hugs you!


(It's Friday. I'm allowed to be a bit punchy.)

Edited at 2015-03-27 08:12 pm (UTC)
Mar. 30th, 2015 08:22 pm (UTC)
Love what you said about the general themes ^_^ And the music… so much love ♥
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