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Published on July 23rd, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds

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Prom-p and Circumstance.

Fanfare please; this Saturday sees the Worlds Greatest Classical Music Festival meet the Worlds Greatest Television show, when Doctor Who invades the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms 2010.

Doctor Who at the Proms, 2010Matt Smith , Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvil will host ‘an intergalactic musical adventure’ featuring such music of show composer Murray Gold as; Mad Man in a Blue Box, An Untimely Arrival, I am the Doctor, Battle in the Skies (Daleks Vs Spitfires), Amy, Liz, Lizards, Vampires and Vincent, This is Gallifrey/Vale Decem, Pandorica Suite and Song of Freedom.

The Boss, Steven Moffat has used the program notes to heap praise on Gold’s fantastic contribution to New Who since its rebirth;

“When I first took this job, the first question I asked (well, if you don’t count screaming ‘What have I done?’ out of my bedroom window all night) was ‘Is Murray staying?’. Because without the extraordinary brilliance of Murray – and, dear God, the SPEED – Doctor Who would have the sound turned down for ever.”

In a Q&A with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, the pair revelled their own musical leanings ahead of hosting the big night:

“Matt, you’re quite musical … would you rather be playing guitar on the stage than acting or presenting?

MS: Hmm, or maybe a bit of both? I wish I was good enough to be a musician, but I’m not; so it’s nice that I have it as a pastime and as a release. Acting’s a pretty brilliant job, so I wouldn’t trade it in just yet!

Will you ever take the guitar into the TARDIS, do you think … a musician-Doctor?

MS: I asked for a piano in the TARDIS once. That would be very cool …

KG: Wouldn’t it?!

MS: It’d be great. But I don’t think there’s space. Well, you know, there’s a swimming pool in there, there’s everything in there; even if you don’t see it!”

The program notes also contain a credit for additional filmed material starring Matt Smith and Directed by Toby Haynes (The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang)

Also featuring during the evening are a selection of themed classical favourites including John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine, William Waltons Overture- ‘Portsmouth Point’, Gustav Holst’s The Planets: Mars, Carl Orff’s Carmina burana – ‘O Fortuna’ and surfer’s favourite Richard Wagners’ Die Walküre – The Ride of the Valkyries.

From 2pm fans will be able to play their very own version of THAT THEME at the Royal College of Music by signing up here before, at 5:45pm, settling down to a Proms Intro, where members of the Doctor Who Sound Design team will show fans how they create the stunning soundscapes for the series, presented by Doctor Who Audio Drama Author Matthew Sweet (Doctor Who: Year of the Pig, The Magic Mousetrap)

Then at 7:30pm, the main event. A two hour show featuring the London Philharmonic Choir, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Singers Yamit Mamo (Doctor Who, Death at a Funeral)  and Mark Chambers (Singing voice of the Ood,  The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) and Composers Ben Foster (Doctor Who, Nine) and Grant Llewellyn (BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales)

Tickets for the event vary from £7- £35 in price band A or if your ‘Promming’ (watching in the limited standing area).

The Doctor Who Prom will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3/Iplayer. The event is being recorded for broadcast on BBC Three  in the future.

(via BBC-Proms)

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




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