‘Doctor Who’ Season 9 Soundtrack Now Available!


Doctor Who‘s season 9 soundtrack became available for purchase digitally and hard-copy on April 27 of this year. (Buy it here!)

While we still have season 10 soundtrack to look forward to by Murray Gold, he has already stepped down as the show’s composer coming into season 11 this coming Autumn.

The last we heard of his music was “Twice Upon a Time,” the 2017 Christmas special that was nominated for “Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form”.

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The music Murray Gold created for Doctor Who is undoubtedly iconic and moving; telling stories on its own, while seamlessly complementing the stories for which it was composed.

Murray Gold started with Doctor Who at the point of revival in 2005 and has won five BAFTAs for his work with Doctor Who. He also composed for Shameless (UK) 2004-2013.

Having been a die-hard Whovian for half a decade (a minor stint when compared to the show’s longevity), one of my favorite exercises is sharing the beauty and thrill of Doctor Who with non-Whovians (and even non-sci-fi nerds!).

My proudest Doctor Who conversion moment, however, was when my mom finally agreed to voluntarily watch an episode with me, as opposed to being subjected to it on repeat the entire week I was visiting over the holidays.

Murray Gold is exactly whom to thank for that.

Picture it: 2010 Christmas in California. Ma and I were prepping Christmas brunch, and I threw “Doctor Who at the Proms 2010” up on the TV.

Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill hosted, and Matt Smith made an appearance as The Doctor in maybe the most adorable audience interaction bit I’ve ever seen.

(Unfortunately, for copyright reasons, I can’t show it to you here, but if you purchase “Doctor Who at the Proms 2010,” (find it here on Amazon) you can find the moment starting at 36 minutes. It’s about 10 minutes long!)

Ma was slaving over the stove while I pretended to make lists when BBC National Orchestra performed a song called “Vale Decem” from Tenth Doctor’s Regeneration (video below), and she asks me, “What is this? It’s beautiful.”

I said “It’s Doctor Who!” trying my best to keep my blood pressure and voice from rising too much.

To which she responded, “If the show is anywhere near as beautiful as the music, maybe I can give it a shot.”

I am fairly certain I knocked over three art pieces and a chair as I scrambled for the remote to find the best episode to show her (For my mom, it was “Vincent and the Doctor” from season 6 with Eleven to start…) I even got her to admit how much she enjoyed Twelve (Peter Capaldi).

Murray Gold’s music is a staple in my recent life almost as much as Doctor Who, the show, has been. It is gorgeous music for riding the Q train over the Manhattan Bridge on my morning commute.

It’s perfect for a workout session, especially if there’s something on your mind that needs figuring out.

It’s absolutely made for focus-work. I listen to it the most when I need to rework a scene or a chapter I’m writing. The motion of the melody, the adventure in the crescendo and the drama in the composition … it’s a perfect creative atmosphere into which I am wont to disappear.

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I have had series 5, 6, 7, and 8 on repeat for the last three years, and am ecstatic to add series 9 to my Doctor Who playlist.

There is a lot of change facing us this fall, with a new Doctor and a new showrunner and now Murray Gold is also leaving. I have faith in our Whovian’ness – a people trained on change and grief – that we will all survive and grow to love the new composer as much, however differently, as we love Murray Gold.