Listen to Australia’s Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular!

Have we got a treat for you! Or your  ears at least…

For those of you (like me) who have no way to attend any of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular events that are happening in Australia and the UK, a lovely attendee of the Spectacular show in Perth back on 31st January,YouTuber Vanessa Aisha M, recorded a number of the performances!

Along with fan favourites like the “Pandorica Suite”, “Vale Decem”, and, of course, the show’s theme song, the music in this year’s Spectacular included quite a bit of new works from Series 8. And I must say, I think these are some of my most favourite of all the music we’ve had in the rebooted series.

This first piece is “A Good Man?” and I think really invokes that question that always plays in the back of the Doctor’s mind – am I really a good man? He knows so much about the universe and everything in it, but sometimes he really doesn’t know himself.

There are some 18 videos in this playlist, so I will leave it to you, dear reader to take a listen to them all (because all 18 in one post might break our humble little home here) but I will give you a few more.

The piece I think is my most favourite of all the new music is “Wherever, Whenever (Anywhere In Time And Space)”. It highlights some of the more comical moments of the show as well some of the more grand and revealing bits but also wonderfully underscores Clara talking to that little boy in the barn, WHOEVER he turned out to be. This piece also had a special appearances on stage by the Teller and some of the robot knights from Robot Of Sherwood.

“All The Strange, Strange Creatures” saw appearances by more of the Doctor’s foes, including the Silence, the Whispermen, Ice Warriors, and Silurians.

And if they weren’t scary enough for you, the Foretold stopped by as well!

Plus there were Daleks, because you know they’d never allow themselves to be left out of this!



This is the third year the event has been held down under, in various cities in Australia. This year’s show was hosted by Fifth Doctor Peter Davison and conducted by composer Ben Foster.

For more pictures of the event and for her review of this show, as well as the others she has attended, check out Vanessa’s Tumblr blog.

Since writing this, I’ve had the music on repeat, it’s just so good! I do wish that the BBC and folks behind the Spectacular would bring the show to the US! Even if it meant traveling to NYC or Los Angles, I’d go! Of course, my hometown of Philadelphia has a rather excellent, even slightly famous orchestra all it’s own…

Enjoy this treat for your ears, dear readers!


Rebecca is still new to the Who world, but is no stranger to sci-fi, being a life long Trekkie. When not watching, reading, blogging, or talking about Doctor Who, she watches so many movies and reads so many books she has to keep a list of both so she doesn't forget any of them. She wishes she could have been with the Doctor and Amy when they met Van Gogh.

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