An Adventure In Space And Time was one of the real highlights of last year’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Written with care and thought, this drama from Mark Gatiss gave us all the chance to celebrate the life of one of the show’s most unforgettable Doctors, William Hartnell. The superb score from Edmund Butt gave the piece so much extra emotion and it’s wonderful to be able to listen to this in the comfort of your own earphones.
The Main Title is more of an upbeat Jonathan Creek feel to it and is probably the one track you’ll skip over for here on in the CD is truly wonderful. The Right Man is gracious with gentle strings that sweep and move whilst The First Woman Producer is as busy as Verity herself was and has a theme carried into I’ve Got An Idea.
The Daleks has a pulse similar to the one you associate with the metal monsters but gives it a contemporary edge, a sort of train journey from hell feel to it that runs from speaker to speaker. A similar emotion is felt during This Is My Show but with a more gentle pulsing that breaks through and eases into strings. A playful nod to stardom during Autograph Hunting, and, almost sounding as if it could be created from The Snowman 3, Piss & Vinegar is a light affair with percussion taking over the narration duties.
JFK Assassinated is drum heavy with a dark, brooding undertone that increases as it plays only to fade to a simple string arrangement for the rest of its duration. Big and bold, The TARDIS rightfully gives this iconic monument an audacious introduction whilst Goodbye Susan gently reminds us how Bill must have felt as the team began to move away. I’m So Sorry Bill pulls on the heart and gently reminds the listener that Bill’s time on the show was soon to come to an end, an idea that carries on into Kiss Goodbye.
Irreplaceable is a piece that keeps you unsure of what’s going to happen, and uncertainty, of something that’s not quite right and has the hairs on your neck standing to attention. The New Doctor is the stand out track, an emotional excursion that gave the drama that smart piece of self indulgence that had me fighting back the tears, a fight that I lost. I’m getting emotional writing this as the notes flow through my head and I have it on my iPhone on repeat alongside other of my Doctor Who themed favourites.
The album finishes with Time’s Up which includes the opening theme for this drama.
This is a wonderful soundtrack, one that doesn’t take anything from the series, musically, but puts you right there, right in the middle of it all and is one of the strongest TV soundtracks I’ve heard in a long time.
Released on March 3rd 2014, this CD is worth investing in. You can order An Adventure in Space and Time from Amazon now for just £9.99!