A Christmas Carol was the most Christmassy piece of Doctor Who ever and its accompanying soundtrack is, as youâ€™d expect as seasonal as you could want but this latest release of Murray Goldâ€™s music will be welcomed in my home at anytime of the year.
Starting with the bombastic Come Along Pond this is a trumpet led intro that gets you in the mood for high adventure. Who could watch this without thinking of that naughty â€œdressing upâ€ gag? And then we jump into the seriousness of it all, after all for all its trimmings this wasnâ€™t a light-hearted adventure.
A Christmas Carol contains plenty of darkness and Halfway Out Of The Dark emphasises the serious tones the story contained. Itâ€™s Doctor Who music as if Danny Elfman was behind it and at first seems innocent but behind the childish start thereâ€™s a layer of sadness there. Geoff has the 11th Doctorâ€™s theme running through it and is playful and mischievous.
Fish is where the choir get their chance to make a mark and although its one of the shortest pieces its an unforgettable track just like Kazran Sardick 12 Â½ is a is a hopeful tune trying to wrench itself from the shackles of sadness. Perfectly reflecting the character as does Ghost Of Christmas Past, its mournful brass section drives a sombre narrative.
Heartstring-puller I Canâ€™t Save Her is Goldâ€™s masterwork here. With a haunting choir but light theme this is a stand-out moment from a soundtrack packed with them. Its middle section has an hopeful and upbeat sting which is washed away by the floating chorus. Stunning.
Shark Ride is probably the only time Gold can really have some fun away from the more dark moments. A celebration of a wonderfully daft idea which for some reason totally worked. New Memories and Holding Hands are innocent as the situations were and Christmas Dinner is the time where Gold allows the seasonal theme take over.
Goodnight Abigail is all the more poignant and emotional now that we all know of her situation but is an upbeat piece, just like the character.
Katherine Jenkins wasnâ€™t here just for her acting talents and gets to work her lungs on Abigailâ€™s Song (Silence Is All You Know) a melancholic but beautiful piece that has now become a favourite on my iPod. It ends as its started, bombastically with Everything Has To End Sometime which stamps the finish the of the collection with a flourish and some style.
So as another soundtrack release ejects from the player I wait in anticipation to hear what Murray Gold has in store for us for the next season of adventures.
(Thanks to DoctorWhoNews for the cover image)