Doctor Who Orchestra Live

Were you lucky enough to be a Doctor Who fan in Cardiff Bay a few nights ago? If so, you may have attended the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’ very special concert were they performed the soundtrack to the 2011 Christmas special The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe live as the episode played.

This was to mark the opening of Roath Lock, the new BBC drama studio that will be Doctor Who’s new home from this year. The orchestra, who have provided the soundtrack for Doctor Who since it returned to our screens in 2005, were led by the very talented Ben foster not once but twice!

The audiences were certainly wowed and according to the official Doctor Who website:

“Many agreed that the orchestra added an extra dimension to the episode; the jokes were even funnier, there was even more tension in the drama and the Doctor’s triumphs were even more inspiring.”

Some of the musicians wore headphones so that they could hear a “click track” which provided them with audio cues in order to stay in sync with the Doctor Who action on the big screen.

We’ve been wondering how Doctor Who might celebrate its fiftieth birthday next year and several suggestions have been put forward for a live episode. Instead of that, why don’t we have a live orchestra performing music over pre-recorded material, it certainly seems to up the ante!

Visit the BBC’s official Doctor Who website to find out more about the special night.


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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