With the revival of Doctor Who in 2005 came some wonderful new music associated with the show. Everyone is familiar with the theme song and the variations that it’s had over the years, even during the show’s original run. But the rebooted show is quickly becoming know for its background scores, thanks to the work of Murray Gold.
Gold has created some brilliant melodies for the show, from the stirring and moving “This Is Gallifrey”, to the heartbreaking “Vale Decem”, with the universe singing the Tenth Doctor into his regeneration, to “I Am The Doctor”, a piece that became synonymous with the Eleventh Doctor, almost becoming his personal theme or even a second theme song for the whole show with variations of it played multiple times throughout Matt Smith’s run on the show. (Some have said they even have heard strains of it during Deep Breath, Time Heist, and The Caretaker – can anyone confirm this?)
But have you ever wondered what classic era Who might be like if it were scored like the newer show? Longtime fan Nick Acosta did, so he decided to try his hand at combining the two.
Acosta took scenes from the classic Doctor Who stories Terror of the Autons and The Sea Devils and re-scored and edited them together with music from the new series. The result is an interesting one, as you can see above.
While I have seen more than a few of the Third Doctor’s adventures, enough to know the difference in the look, sound, and feel of the classic era versus the modern one, at certain points, there didn’t seem to be a lot of difference in the re-edited video. To me, that’s just more proof that the show, while there have been changes, is still the same as it was in 1972 as it is today. Long live Doctor Who!
Here is the original sword fight scene for your comparison to the edited version.
Since becoming a fan of the show, I’ve also become a fan of Murray Gold’s musical work. I really like “I Am The Doctor” in particular, since Smith’s Eleventh Doctor is “my” Doctor. Below is a video that includes every version and strain of the piece that was used during the Eleventh Doctor’s run. All 49 minutes worth…