Published on February 6th, 2014 | by James Lomond

A Stirring Tribute to Doctor Who by the Queen’s Guard [VIDEO]

Since it’s return to our screens EVERYONE seems to want a piece of Doctor Who and the British Army is no exception. The Beating Retreat is a military musical event that precedes the Trooping of the Colour in a ceremony to mark the monarch’s official birthday in June each year. And back in 2009 (how did we miss this one?!) it had a distinctly timey-wimey flavour…

A full rendition of the Gold version of our beloved show’s theme, including the chorus! The military tone and drum beats really show off what a spectacular piece of music Ron Grainer gave us back then – equal to any John Williams score or military pomp.

According to Wikipedia (the Great Source of all Truth), the Beating Retreat was first used in the seventeenth century to call nearby patrols to their castle. And what better way to get them hot-footing it back to HQ than signalling that their favourite telly program is on!

Could this version be in the running for the opening titles? What’s your favourite version of the theme and who would you like to hear perform it? Tell us below!


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8 Responses to A Stirring Tribute to Doctor Who by the Queen’s Guard [VIDEO]

  1. avatar SMBComix says:

    Okay, that was bloody brilliant! :D

  2. avatar Simon Magellan says:

    Damn sight better than the version currently used (and any used since the dicontinuation of the original theme at the end of the Baker era). The current series suffers from a over busy title sequence and a wishy washy version of the theme. Suggest BBC gets the Guards to record it for the new series!

    • avatar Al says:

      Where were you in 1996 when everyone was hating on this arrangement from the TV movie? ;)

  3. Thin Lizzy anyone?

    • I think we included this on K a while ago.

      Damn great to see it back again!

  4. avatar Al says:

    That’s not the Gold arrangement. It’s the much-maligned John Debney arrangement from the TV movie.

    • avatar James Lomond says:

      Well I suppose in truth it’s neither, is it. Almost certainly an independent arrangement done for the occasion and for the particular instruments that were involved. But it’s taking a lot from the Gold arrangement and particularly bits of the extra little melody that Gold added. If you model the rhythm as 6/8 time and the *four knocks* of the bass line are on beats 1,2,3, 4, if you listen to the Retreat version above, they include some little ascending notes on beats 5, 6, 1, (and carrying on with quavers into the next bar) as per Gold’s novel arrangement from 2005. That doesn’t happen in the rightly-much-maligned Debney version. And it’s missing the whole (totally rubbish) build-up passage from Debney’s.

      I vote for this’un:

  5. avatar Michael Kyes says:

    Bloody awesome

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