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Doctor Who
(1996)
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Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Composed by:
John Sponsler
Louis Febre

Co-Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Super Tracks Music Group (Promo)
(1996)
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Buy it... if you can enjoy robust, Gothic action concepts and a handful of momentous choral crescendos thrown in with Ron Granier's original title theme.

Avoid it... if the score's sparsely-rendered synthetic side and occasionally split personality isn't worth the search for the promotional album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,006
WRITTEN 11/3/99, REVISED 6/11/07
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Doctor Who: (John Debney/John Sponsler/Louis Febre) With the 1996 resurrection of the popular BBC series that captured the imaginations of British television viewers from the 1960's through 1980's came an opportunity for American audiences to get their first taste of the intrigue. The mysterious Doctor travels through space and time, vanquishing conquerers and other evil-doers, changing his appearance thanks to several different lead actors along the way. While the series wouldn't last long on Fox in America, it would lead to yet another resurrection in Britain a decade later. The music for the concept has always been a collaborative effort, with a group of composers from BBC Radiophonic Workshop contributing to the original series. They were encouraged to experiment with electronic instruments all the while maintaining Ron Granier's original title theme from the 1960's and without the use of a traditional orchestral ensemble. For the 1996 production, a unique collaboration between three young composers would provide the diverse sounds with outlandish zeal. John Debney, whose name was already well established at the time of the show's American debut, worked closely with two of his colleagues, John Sponsler and Louis Febre, to create a larger than life musical background for the new series. Debney and Febre would also collaborate with success for the Emmy award-winning "The Cape." With elements of science fiction, grandiose settings, and elaborate characters, the composers were faced with the challenge of creating a score that was equal in scope and adventure, stretching the boundaries between acoustic and synthetic. The collaboration, for the most part, is a success. While retaining a few moments that are reminiscent of his previous solo works, Doctor Who has few characteristics of a normal 1990's score from Debney. Very little of the final music for the series was carried through from start to finish by Debney, who relied upon the services of composers John Sponsler and Louis Febre to develop and record his themes.



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168 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3 Stars
***** 32 5 Stars
**** 33 4 Stars
*** 38 3 Stars
** 34 2 Stars
* 31 1 Stars
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Full of interesting orchestral solutions and motifs
Sheridan - December 8, 2006, at 12:39 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 50:41
• 1. Prologue: Skaro#/"Doctor Who" Theme*** (1:38)
• 2. Breakout# (2:39)
• 3. Wimps*/Doctor #7 is Shot* (1:44)
• 4. Aftermath* (1:09)
• 5. X-Ray#/Snake in the Bathroom* (1:28)
• 6. "Who Am I?"$ (1:58)
• 7. City Scape* (1:07)
• 8. Time** (0:58)
• 9. Primitive Wiring**/The UnBruce** (1:40)
• 10. Two Hearts** (1:15)
• 11. The Tardis**/True Identity** (2:16)
• 12. Night Walk** (1:48)
• 13. The Eye of Harmony$/Half Human$ (4:39)
• 14. Until Midnight$/Atomic Clock$ (2:03)
• 15. Green Eyes# (0:48)
• 16. The Chase* (2:23)
• 17. Beryllium Clock$/Bragg's Key$ (1:16)
• 18. Slimed** (2:08)
• 19. Under the Influence$ (0:50)
• 20. Crown of Nails* (1:16)
• 21. Lee's Last Chance* (2:11)
• 22. "Open the Eye"* (2:29)
• 23. "Reroute Power!"#/Temporal Orbit** (6:20)
• 24. To Hold Death Back** (1:48)
• 25. Farewell** (1:38)
• 26. End Credits - "Doctor Who" Theme*** (0:50)
# composed by John Sponsler
$ composed by Louis Febre
* composed by John Debney and John Sponsler
** composed by John Debney and Louis Febre

*** contains "Doctor Who" Theme
composed by Ron Granier,
Arranged by John Debney and John Sponsler

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains the following note by David Hirsch:

    "The music for Doctor Who upholds another longstanding tradition. A team of composers contributed the music for the original TV series, many from the legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop were encouraged to experiment with electronic instruments. Ron Granier's title theme, which once more opens and closes the story, was first "realized" by Radiophonic artists almost 35 years ago without the use of conventional acoustic instruments.

    The melodic and exciting new underscore for the 1996 film was created under the direction of veteran composer John Debney. Much of the score's success goes to the talents of up and coming young composers John Sponsler and Louis Febre. One of the big highlights of their Doctor Who score was the need to create a love theme for the Doctor and Grace. The couple's on-screen kiss marked a milestone in the series' history. Until then, the Doctor never had an intimate relationship."

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