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Growing up a band nerd in school, I get pretty excited about music. So when a new Doctor Who soundtrack is released, I get fairly giddy. Murray Gold has always found a way to musically enhance any of The Doctor's stories, like John Williams did with the Star Wars films. However, as much as it pains me to say it, the soundtrack for Series 8 left me feeling underwhelmed. Perhaps even a little disappointed. Where Gold once had stand out themes for characters, brilliant action numbers and heart tugging emotional suites, here we get three disks of little that makes for repeated listening.

It's not that the music in and of itself isn't good. We do start the experience off with the newly revamped Main Theme, which sounds very similar to the version from the early eighties. From there we are given a pretty run of the mill musical landscape. Trilling violins, ominous bass notes, a few moments of staccato running motifs, the obligatory trumpet fanfares, and some of the silly moments that come from the inherent humor of the show. But Capaldi's Doctor isn't silly - in fact, he's rather abrasive, taking a bit of Hartnell's cantankerous nature and some of Pertwee's arrogance. And while he makes a wonderful Doctor, and one that is so different from his last two incarnations, it doesn't leave much for lighthearted moments.

Clara & The Doctor

There are a few pieces here that stand out from the others. "Robin of Sherwood" is reminiscent of the Errol Flynn film with its heroic theme. "The Caretaker" could have easily been a part of any of Matt Smith's episodes, with an intro that would befit the Three Stooges. "Missy and her Boys" is a fun number, even if it sounds like it should be part of a dance routine. "(The Majestic Tale of) And Idiot With A Box" is an upbeat piece that shows the strength of The Doctor as a character, giving him the hero quality he deserves, even if he doesn't believe he does. "Open Up" harks to the heist film genre, with hints of James Bond thrown in. "Sleigh Ride" could be included in any Christmas program, and is just a lot of fun with it's sleigh bells and lilting melody. And the closing song "Every Christmas is Last Christmas" is our one moment of really great Murray Gold grabbing us by the heartstrings and not letting go. However, it's far too short, and not enough to completely pull us in.

It seems like such a shame that most of the soundtrack is not much more than repeated bass strings and horns giving us droning whole notes to make us all too aware that something isn't right in The Doctor's universe. Is it that Capaldi's Doctor is such a sour puss that we are left with a soundscape that is so bleak and, dare I say, boring? Several tracks seem to be repeating themselves with running scales and dreary moods, making for a less than exciting endeavor. Gold even seems to have employed more synth work on this soundtrack, injecting some techno flair into a few spots, but even that does little to breathe life into it. I cannot recommend this soundtrack unless you're someone who absolutely needs to own every piece of Doctor Who memorabilia available. Pick up any of the older offerings, and steer clear of this one.

Rating:

2 stars

Doctor Who Series 8 Soundtrack is available from Silva Screen Records.

 

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