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Wednesday, 11 December 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The composer and dramatist Murray Gold has received the prestigious accolade of being included in the 2014 edition of Who's Who.

The publication, which has been brought out annually since 1849, is a directory and source of information about living noteworthy and influential people who are considered to have an impact on British life. It now has more than 33,000 biographies, with about 1,000 new entries added every year. Each entry is written by the subject themselves, and an invitation to appear in Who's Who is seen as the recognition of lasting distinction and influence.

Some entrants, eg, MPs and senior judges, are invited to be included as a matter of course, since their appointments are considered to be of general public interest. Others, for example in the arts field, are chosen by a selection board.

The website of Who's Who states:
Prominent figures in numerous fields are considered by the Board on the basis of their continuing achievements, and ultimately selected due to their exceptional pre-eminence.
The Wall Street Journal once wrote:
What is it that really puts the stamp of eminence on a modern British life? Two things count today: having an entry in Who's Who and being asked to choose your eight favourite records on BBC's Desert Island Discs.
Once a person has been included in Who's Who, they remain in it for life, with their entry updated over the years. It is then transferred to Who Was Who when they die.

Among his film and TV work, Gold rearranged the theme for Doctor Who when it returned in 2005 and has composed its incidental music ever since. He also created, arranged, and orchestrated the special live concert Doctor Who: A Celebration at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff in 2006, while the Doctor Who Proms of 2008, 2010, and 2013 - at the Royal Albert Hall in London - featured his music for the series. In addition, he composed the theme for spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures plus the theme and incidental music for Torchwood.

In January this year at the BBC Audio Drama Awards, his BBC Radio 3 drama script Kafka the Musical, starring David Tennant, won the Tinniswood Radio Drama Award 2012 for best original radio drama.

His radio play Electricity won the 2001 Imison Award for best original radio drama script by a writer new to radio after its broadcast on Radio 3 in December 2000. It then transferred to the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2004, with Christopher Eccleston in the lead role.

Gold also provided the music for Russell T Davies' TV series Queer As Folk, The Second Coming (starring Eccleston), and Casanova (with Tennant as the lead).

His work for Queer As Folk, Casanova, Doctor Who, and the 1998 BBC adaptation of Vanity Fair - with cast members including David Bradley - has been BAFTA-nominated, and in 1999 Gold was nominated in the Royal Television Society Awards for Best Music - Original Score for both Vanity Fair and Queer As Folk, winning it for the latter.

In addition, he provided the music for the 2000s revival of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), co-starring Tom Baker.

Gold's entry reads as follows:
GOLD, Murray Jonathan; writer and freelance composer; b Portsmouth, 28 Feb.

1969; s of Lenny and Suzanne Gold. Educ: Corpus Christi Coll., Cambridge (BA

Hons Hist. 1991). Composer: for films: Beautiful Creatures, Wild About Harry, 2000;

Miranda, 2002; Kiss of Life, 2003; Alien Autopsy, Mischief Night, 2006; Death at a

Funeral, I Want Candy, 2007; for television: Vanity Fair, 1998; Queer As Folk, 1999

(RTS Award for Best Original Score); Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), 2000–01;

Clocking Off, 2000–02; Shameless, 2004–11; Casanova, 2005; Dr Who, 2005–12;

Torchwood, 2006–11; Sarah Jane Adventures, 2007–11; The Devil's Whore, 2008;

Single Father, 2010; Scott & Bailey, 2011–13; Last Tango in Halifax, 2012; writer:

plays: Resolution, Battersea Arts Centre, 1994; 50 Revolutions, Whitehall, 2000;

Electricity, Radio 3, 2001[sic], W Yorkshire Playhouse, 2004 (Michael [sic] Imison Award for

Best New Radio Play, 2002); radio play, Kafka the Musical, 2011 (Tinniswood

Award for Best Original Radio Drama, 2013). Address: c/o Cathy King, Independent

Talent Group Ltd, 40 Whitfield Street, W1T 2RH; c/o Becky Bentham, Hot House

Music, Abbey Road Studios, 3 Abbey Road, NW8 9AY.