Christmas single: The Goblin SongBookmark and Share

Thursday, 7 December 2023 - Reported by Marcus
The Goblin Song (Credit: BBC Studios)

The BBC is releasing a Christmas single, featured in the upcoming Christmas episode, The Church On Ruby Road.

The Goblin Song, described as a fiendishly catchy song, is being released as a single, ahead of the big event. It is an original composition by Murray Gold and Russell T Davies, with proceeds going to BBC Children in Need.

The single’s music video shares exclusive content from the special as Fifteenth Doctor Ncuti Gatwa takes his first adventure through time and space in the TARDIS.  

The track features in Doctor Who’s Christmas episode, where the Doctor’s companion Ruby Sunday meets the Doctor, goblins, stolen babies, and perhaps uncovers the secret of her birth.

As well as meeting Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) for the first time – the Doctor meets Davina McCall who plays herself, Michelle Greenidge as Ruby’s mum Carla, Angela Wynter as Ruby’s grandmother Cherry and Anita Dobson as Mrs Flood.  

The Goblin Song is available on BBC Sounds from Monday 11th December and will also be available via Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer. 

Murray Gold said

I don’t like these goblins and you won’t either but they have agreed to donate everything from their song to BBC Children in Need so let’s not give up on them

Claire Hoyle, Director of Income & Engagement at BBC Children in Need said

We’re delighted to continue our long standing relationship with Doctor Who, and we are so grateful for their support with this Christmas single.

Russell T Davies said

We’re releasing this as an early Christmas present for everyone. And if you want to see how the Doctor and Ruby escape from the Goblin King at the end of the song, you’ll have to watch on Christmas Day!

Doctor Who’s Christmas special, The Church on Ruby Road, airs December 25th on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, and streams on Disney+ globally outside of the UK and Ireland.


FILTER: - BBC - Music - Murray Gold

Murray Gold returns to Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Monday, 24 April 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Murray Gold (Credit: Richard Ecclestone (Navymaroon) )

The award-winning composer Murray Gold is returning to Doctor Who this Autumn. 

Murray Gold originally joined Doctor Who when Russell T Davies first revived the show in 2005. He composed the music for Doctor Who for over 12 years, throughout the eras of the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Doctors, scoring some of the most iconic moments in Doctor Who’s history.

From revamping the theme tune to creating the music for the Dalek and Cybermen to name just a few, Gold has been widely celebrated for his role in forging a new musical identity for the show.

Murray Gold will once again work with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with his musical scores appearing when Doctor Who returns in November for three special episodes celebrating the show's 60th anniversary and starring David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor

He will score the fortieth season of Doctor Who when Ncuti Gatwa takes control of the TARDIS as the Fifteenth Doctor with his first episode airing over the festive period.

On returning to Doctor Who, Murray Gold says:

I’m so happy to be invited back for another joyful ride in the TARDIS. I didn’t think twice. Working with Russell and his team is just a pleasure.


FILTER: - Production - Music - Murray Gold

Symphonic Spectacular opens in LondonBookmark and Share

Saturday, 23 May 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The UK run of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular opened in London this afternoon, and images from the performance are now available. The Spectacular continues in London tomorrow, heading to Cardiff on Monday, Birmingham on Tuesday, Leeds on Wednesday, Newcastle on Thursday, and finishing in Glasgow on Friday.

Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Image: House PRDaleks on the screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Image: PRDaleks invade the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour. . Image: House PRThe Doctor Peter Capaldi on the screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Image: House PRThe Foretold invades the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour. Image: House PREleventh Doctor Matt Smith on the big screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales, with soprano Elin Manahan Thomas. Image: House PRThe Doctor Peter Capaldi on the screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales as Cybermen invade the audience. Image: House PRCybermen invade the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Image: House PRThe Ood join the chorus of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour. Image: House PRThe Doctor Peter Capaldi on the screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales with soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and The Ood. Image: House PR
The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour has launched, celebrating the music of the world’s longest running science fiction TV series. The tour takes place this week in six cities across the UK. For further information on tickets, please visit:

FILTER: - Murray Gold - Music

Series 8 Soundtrack: track listings / competitionBookmark and Share

Friday, 24 April 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Silva Screen have now updated us with the complete track listings and lengths for the forthcoming soundtrack release of the music from Series Eight:


  1. Doctor Who Theme (Series 8) (1:15)

    Deep Breath
  2. A Good Man? (Twelve’s Theme) (7:34)
  3. Something It Ate (2:38)
  4. Concussed (3:27)
  5. It’s Still Him (2:00)
  6. Pudding Brains (5:30)
  7. Breath (4:45)
  8. Hello Hello (3:17)
  9. A Drink First (2:00)
  10. Missy’s Theme (1:38)

    Into The Dalek
  11. Aristotle, We Have Been Hit (0:55)
  12. We’re Still Going To Kill You (3:55)
  13. Tell Me, Am I A Good Man? (4:00)
  14. What Difference A Good Dalek? (3:30)
  15. The Truth About The Daleks (2:06)

    Robot Of Sherwood
  16. Old Fashioned Hero (2:15)
  17. This Is My Spoon (2:05)
  18. Robert, Earl of Loxley (2:00)
  19. The Legend of Robin Hood (2:18)
  20. Robin of Sherwood (3:10)
  21. The Golden Arrow (1:45)

  22. Listen (2:25)
  23. Rupert Pink (3:56)
  24. Fear (2:52)


    Time Heist
  1. The Architect (1:25)
  2. Rob The Bank (0:50)
  3. Account Closed (2:05)
  4. Open Up

    The Caretaker
  5. The Caretaker (5:18)

    Kill The Moon
  6. Are You Going To Shoot Me? (1:57(
  7. When I Say Run (1:44)
  8. That Is The Moon (2:00)

    Mummy On The Orient Express
  9. Start The Clock (1:32)
  10. There’s That Smile (2:25)
  11. The Sarcophagus Opens (3:57)
  12. The Artefact (2:05)
  13. Study Our Own Demise (2:15)

  14. Not Knowing (3:02(
  15. Siege Mode (1:23)

    In The Forest Of The Night
  16. In The Woods (2:21)
  17. We Weren’t Asleep That Long (1:00)
  18. Forgetting (1:45)
  19. The Song of Danny and Clara (2:43)


    Dark Water
  1. Throw Away The Key (4:13)
  2. Browsing (2:24)
  3. They Walk Among Us (2:20)

    Death In Heaven
  4. There is No Clara Oswald (0:57)
  5. Missy And Her Boys (1:17)
  6. A Good Man, An Incredible Liar (1:39)
  7. Freefall (1:44)
  8. I Need To Know (5:01)
  9. Missy's Theme - Extended (2:08)
  10. Missy's Gift (2:04)
  11. (The Majestic Tale of) An Idiot With a Box (2:19)


    Last Christmas
  1. 3 Perfectly Ordinary Roof People (4:19)
  2. Do You Really Believe In Santa? (1:00)
  3. Unsealing the Infirmary (2:50)
  4. Ghosts (1:50)
  5. What Seems to be the Problem? (1:06)
  6. We Don’t Know What’s Real (2:36)
  7. Thinking About It (1:16)
  8. Clara’s Dream Christmas (3:57)
  9. The Doctor’s Dream Christmas (5:42)
  10. Dreams Within Dreams (4:55)
  11. Believe in Santa (1:30)
  12. Sleigh Ride (2:48)
  13. A Reunion (3:15)
  14. Every Christmas is Last Christmas (3:50)

The CD set is now available to pre-order from our Amazon Shops in the United Kingdom (released 18th May), and in North America (released 26th May).

Series 8: Packshot (Credit: Silva Screen) Doctor Who: Series 8 (Credit: Silva Screen)


Thanks to Silva Screen we have five copies of the CD collection up for grabs. In order to be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question:
Unfortunately the "live" song featured in Mummy on the Orient Express was unable to be included in this release - but who was the singer and which song was performed in the episode?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to with the subject "Fierce!". The competition is open world-wide, closing date: 18th May 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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Series 8 Soundtrack releaseBookmark and Share

Friday, 17 April 2015 - Reported by Harry Ward
Silva Screen have revealed details of the soundtrack release for Series 8 and Last Christmas, which will be released on 18th of May 2015.
Doctor Who: Series 8 (Credit: Silva Screen)
Doctor Who: Series 8 will be the first soundtrack release of music from the twelfth Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, featuring the new Doctor’s theme A Good Man? (Twelve’s Theme). This 3 disc set also includes the music from the episode Last Christmas and an extensive 24 page booklet with notes from Murray Gold. The score is performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Murray Gold (computer instruments, guitars and synths) and conducted by Ben Foster and James Shearman. The first 5000 copies of the CD will include an extra 16 page booklet depicting the 13 Radio Times posters, one for each episode. All pre-ordered product on this store will include the extra booklet.

Updated 22 April: Full track list is now available

Track Listing

Series 8 and Last Christmas
Release Date: 18th May 2015

  1. Doctor Who Theme (Series 8)
  2. A Good Man? (Twelve’s Theme)
  3. Deep Breath
  4. Something It Ate
  5. Concussed
  6. It’s Still Him
  7. Pudding Brains
  8. Breath
  9. Hello Hello
  10. A Drink First
  11. Missy’s Theme
  12. Into The Dalek
  13. Aristotle, We Have Been Hit
  14. We’re Still Going To Kill You
  15. Tell Me, Am I A Good Man?
  16. What Difference A Good Dalek?
  17. The Truth About The Daleks
  18. Robot Of Sherwood
  19. Old Fashioned Hero
  20. This Is My Spoon
  21. Robert, Earl of Loxley
  22. The Legend of Robin Hood
  23. Robin of Sherwood
  24. The Golden Arrow
  25. Listen
  26. Listen
  27. Rupert Pink
  28. Fear

    Time Heist
  1. The Architect
  2. Rob The Bank
  3. Account Closed
  4. Open Up
  5. The Caretaker
  6. The Caretaker
  7. Kill The Moon
  8. Are You Going To Shoot Me?
  9. When I Say Run
  10. That Is The Moon
  11. Mummy On The Orient Express
  12. Start The Clock
  13. There’s That Smile
  14. The Sarcophagus Opens
  15. The Artefact
  16. Study Our Own Demise
  17. Flatline
  18. Not Knowing
  19. Siege Mode
  20. In The Forest Of The Night
  21. We Weren’t Asleep That Long
  22. Forgetting
  23. The Song of Danny and Clara
  24. Dark Water
  25. Throw Away The Key
  26. Browsing
  27. They Walk Among Us
  28. Death In Heaven
  29. There is No Clara Oswald
  30. Missy And Her Boys
  31. A Good Man, An Incredible Liar
  32. Freefall
  33. I Need To Know
  34. Missy's Theme - Extended
  35. Missy's Gift
  36. (The Majestic Tale of) An Idiot With a Box

    Last Christmas
  1. 3 Perfectly Ordinary Roof People
  2. Do You Really Believe In Santa?
  3. Unsealing the Infirmary
  4. Ghosts
  5. What Seems to be the Problem?
  6. We Don’t Know What’s Real
  7. Thinking About It
  8. Clara’s Dream Christmas
  9. The Doctor’s Dream Christmas
  10. Dreams Within Dreams
  11. Believe in Santa
  12. Sleigh Ride
  13. A Reunion
  14. Every Christmas is Last Christmas
Doctor Who Series 8 Soundtrack (Pack Shot) (Credit: Silva Screen)

The soundtrack is available to pre-order now.

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The Day Of The Doctor / The Time Of The Doctor: SoundtrackBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 - Reported by Harry Ward
The Day Of The Doctor / The Time Of The Doctor (Credit: Silva Screen Records) Silva Screen are to release Murray Gold's music from The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor on a two disc CD. The set will be released in the UK the day after Doctor Who's 51st anniversary on Monday, 24th November 2014.
Murray Gold’s lush and spirited scores to the final two episodes of Matt Smith's journey as The Doctor. Featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Crouch End Festival Chorus conducted by Ben Foster.

The first disc presents music from the 50th Anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, starring Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt, with a guest appearance from Tom Baker and a two second 13th Doctor incarnation of Peter Capaldi.

The second disc presents music from the 2013 Christmas episode, The Time of the Doctor, featuring Matt Smith’s final Doctor Who performance and Peter Capaldi in his first regular appearance as The Doctor.

Track Listing

The Day of the Doctor / The Time of the Doctor
Release Date: 24th November 2014 (pre-order)

The Day of the Doctor (Credit: Silva Screen Records)
    The Day of the Doctor
  1. I.M Foreman (1:10)
  2. Will There Be Cocktails? (0:40)
  3. It's Him (The Majestic Tale)(2:05)
  4. He Was There (4:23)
  5. No More (1:06)
  6. The War Room (1:42)
  7. Footprints In The Sand (1:43)
  8. Who Are You (4:38)
  9. England 1562 (1:03)
  10. Nice Horse (1:43)
  11. The Fez And The Portal (2:44)
  12. Two Doctors (1:02)
  13. Three Doctors (1:56)
  14. Somewhere To Hide (1:50)
  15. Rescue The Doctor (1:08)
  16. 2.47 Billion (4:28)
  17. Zygon In The Painting (1:35)
  18. Man And Wife (1:33)
  19. We Don't Need To Land (2:27)
  20. We Are The Doctors (0:49)
  21. The Moment Has Come (3:06)
  22. This Time There's Three Of Us (The Majestic Tale (7:03)
  23. Song For Four/Home (3:41)

The Time of the Doctor (Credit: Silva Screen Records)
    The Time of the Doctor
  1. The Message (1:16)
  2. Handles (2:07)
  3. The Dance Of The Naked Doctor (2:13)
  4. You Saved It (0:57)
  5. Papal Mainframe (0:45)
  6. Tasha Lemm (1:07)
  7. Bedroom Talk (1:49)
  8. The Mission (0:54)
  9. Christmas (2:27)
  10. The Crack (5:24)
  11. Rhapsody Of War (0:52)
  12. Back To Christmas (3:09)
  13. Snow Over Trenzalore (Song For Four) (2:46)
  14. Beginning Of The End (2:47)
  15. This Is How It Ends (3:07)
  16. Never Tell Me The Rules (3:12)
  17. Trenzalore/The Long Song/I Am Information (Reprise) (4:03)
  18. Hello Twelve (0:40)

FILTER: - Day of the Doctor - Murray Gold - Music - Series Specials

Merchandise RoundupBookmark and Share

Saturday, 25 October 2014 - Reported by Harry Ward
The siege mode TARDIS from Flatline is to be released by official Doctor Who prop makers Rubbertoe Replicas.

TARDIS Siege Mode Cube

The Tardis in 'siege mode' been one of our favourite prop makes of the recent series of Doctor Who. The Tardis has shrunk and is in trouble; it's just about to be flattened by a train! The Doctor pulls an emergency lever to transform the Tardis into its rawest form, no way in, no way out.
It's a beautiful prop to look at, and fits in so well with the Rubbertoe range that when we had the design we knew it was meant to be! We hope you enjoy owning it as much we enjoyed making it.

As with all Rubbertoe Replicas, the Tardis Cube is made using the same techniques and materials as the original prop. To see a detailed account of how we made the original, with step by step pictures of the prop's construction, click here.

The cube comes packed in its own Doctor Who themed gift box.

Available to order now from Rubbertoe Replicas

The Seventh Doctor's Umbrella

Most people think umbrellas are for shielding them from the elements, such as rain or sun or snow. Yet an umbrella can just as easily save you from a fate such as slipping off a sheer ice cliff. A more mundane, yet handy tool is the umbrella when used to measure objects.

You can do both of these tasks (although I wouldn’t suggest you try the former) with your new Seventh Doctor’s Umbrella, AbbyShot’s latest addition to their officially licensed Doctor Who Collection.

Precise measurements were taken and various elements were put together to get the most representative version of this umbrella. It’s made of metal, with solid fiber glass ribs, customized iconic handle with matching tip and black polyester fabric, all of which give it strength while still keeping one dry and passersby safe.

More than just a hat stand decoration, the Seventh Doctor’s Umbrella will be a great addition to any household!

Available to pre-order now from BBC Shop and AbbyShot

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol Vinyl

Here on vinyl for the first time is Murray Gold’s immaculately crafted original soundtrack to the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special. Featuring opera diva Katherine Jenkins as Abigail Pettigrew, Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor, and Michael Gambon as Kazran Sardick, A Christmas Carol was the third most watched programme on December 25th 2010. Katherine Jenkins’ special appearance was crowned with her performance of Abigail’s Song (Silence Is All You Know) on Side B, Track 14.

Available to pre-order now from Amazon UK and Silva Screen

FILTER: - Audio - Merchandise - Murray Gold - Seventh Doctor

Silva Screen Award NominationBookmark and Share

Saturday, 8 February 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Silva Screen have been nominated for an International Film Music Critics Association Award for the 2013 release of Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection

The four CD set, released in December, featured 129 tracks of music music from five decades of Doctor Who. It included many pieces that had never before been released, with tracks from composers including Tristram Cary, Brian Hodgson, Dudley Simpson, Geoffrey Burgon, Paddy Kingsland, Roger Limb, Malcolm Clarke, Keff McCulloch, Dominic Glynn, John Debney, Mark Ayres and Murray Gold. The album was produced by Mark Ayres, Reynold DaSilva and David Stoner with liner notes by Mark Ayres and album art direction by Stuart Ford.


Other nominees are Lethal Weapon Soundtrack Collection, music by Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn; Michel Legrand Anthology, music by Michel Legrand; Varèse Sarabande: A 35th Anniversary Celebration, music by Various Composers; The X-Files: Volume Two, music by Mark Snow.

The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) is an association of online, print and radio journalists who specialize in writing about original film and television music. The annual IFMCA Awards, which were first presented in 2004, are the only awards given to composers by film music journalists.

The winners will be announced at the 10th IFMCA Awards on February 20, 2014.

The CD Collection is available from Amazon.

FILTER: - Music - Murray Gold - Doctor Who - Awards/Nominations

People RoundupBookmark and Share

Sunday, 12 January 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
A creative decision - as opposed to a contractual one - was behind Peter Capaldi keeping his native Scottish accent as the Doctor, the BBC has been quoted as saying. And according to an unnamed "insider", Capaldi "was delighted when he found out he could play the part with his own voice. It gives his character a stronger identity as well." (The article takes pains to point out that fellow Scot David Tennant used an English accent because then showrunner Russell T Davies didn't want the Doctor "touring the regions". It neglects to mention that the Highlands-set episode Tooth and Claw did see Tennant talking with a Scottish brogue. Sylvester McCoy, of course, kept his Scottish accent as the Doctor.) [Mirror, 30 Dec 2013]

Meanwhile, The Musketeers - the TV drama that Peter Capaldi was filming when he learnt that he had won the role of the Doctor - begins on BBC One on Sunday 19th January at 9pm. Consisting of ten one-hour episodes and set in 17th-century Paris, it sees Capaldi portraying the villainous Cardinal Richelieu in a contemporary take on the characters created by Alexandre Dumas. Talking about the hazards of filming the swashbuckling series, Capaldi said: "The production suffered from a lot of injuries: dislocated shoulders, bruised shins, the odd concussion. It's one of the occupational hazards of being a swashbuckler. I myself suffered a nasty dislocated thumb, but embarrassingly not from swinging a sword around. Instead, my injury came from a domestic the cardinal was having with Milady, Maimie McCoy. I threw her against the wall not realising I'd caught my thumb in her large frock. I felt a jab of pain. And when the director said "Cut" I looked down and saw my thumb was on the wrong way round. Nasty! Instinct took over and I shoved it back. Which made my eyes water and my knees weak. The lesson clearly was, never get into a fight with Maimie McCoy!" The series has been directed by - among others - Saul Metzstein, Toby Haynes, and Farren Blackburn, with music by Murray Gold. [BBC Media Centre, 7 Jan 2014]

The Crouch End Festival Chorus will be launching its 30th-anniversary year with the world première of Murray Gold's heartfelt tribute to his late sibling Jolyon Gold, who was born in 1971 and died in 1996. When My Brother Fell Into The River . . . will be performed at the Barbican in London on Saturday 18th January at 7.30pm. It is described as "a passionate ode to life, motorbikes, Walt Whitman and India; a dramatic tribute to his brother Jolyon who lost his life in the River Narmada." A memorial bench can also be found on Hampstead Heath. [CEFC website].

Jenna Coleman was the runner-up in's poll of breakthrough actor of 2013 for her roles in Doctor Who and Dancing On The Edge, being pipped to the title by Jamie Dornan (The Fall). She garnered 2,319 (23.73 per cent) of the votes against Dornan's 2,467 (25.24 per cent). Meanwhile, Sacha Dhawan came 15th for his portrayal of Waris Hussein in An Adventure in Space and Time (114/1.17 per cent). [Radio Times, 30 Dec 2013]

David Morrissey is starring in the three-part BBC One drama The Driver, which began filming in Manchester this week, to be broadcast later this year. Directed by Jamie Payne and also featuring Shaun Dingwall, it is billed as "a gripping tale of an ordinary life turned upside down", which sees Morrissey's character, Vince McKee, driving for a criminal gang after blaming himself and his inadequacies for a family mystery. Morrissey is also a co-executive producer. [BBC Media Centre, 10 Jan 2014]

David Troughton is the new voice of Tony Archer in the long-running BBC radio drama series The Archers, taking over from Colin Skipp who has retired on health grounds after more than 40 years in the role. [Archers website, 2 Jan 2014]

The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales are to mark the fifth birthday of their home in Cardiff Bay this month with a celebratory concert at BBC Hoddinott Hall, based within the Wales Millennium Centre. The hall has been used not just as a rehearsal venue and concert hall but is often used as a soundtrack studio and television studio too, with the studio being used to record soundtrack music for Doctor Who. The concert takes place on Tuesday 21st January at 7.30pm and will be broadcast on Radio 3 Live in Concert. It will also be available for seven days after broadcast via BBC iPlayer Radio. Tickets cost £15. Fees are applicable unless tickets are bought in person at the box office using cash or with Millennium Centre gift certificates. No music relating to Doctor Who is understood to be forming part of the concert. (BBC radio broadcasts are available to listen to free worldwide.) [BBC Media Centre, 9 Jan 2014]

A Doctor Who audio play and Claire Rushbrook are in the running for gongs in this year's BBC Audio Drama Awards. Dark Eyes, written by Nicholas Briggs for Big Finish, is among the contenders for Best Online or Non-Broadcast Audio Drama, while Rushbrook has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in an Audio Drama for her portrayal of Jules in King David, produced for BBC Radio 3. Ruth Jones and Nina Wadia are among the judges. The awards cover audio dramas first broadcast in English in the UK between 1st October 2012 and 31st October 2013 or first uploaded/published for free listening online in the UK during the same period. The ceremony will be held on Sunday 26th January in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House in central London, hosted by comedian and writer Lenny Henry and BBC director-general Tony Hall. [BBC Media Centre, 8 Jan 2014]

The thought-provoking drama The Events, starring Neve McIntosh and Rudi Dharmalingham, which was written by David Greig and premièred at the Edinburgh Fringe, was first on The Guardian's list of Best Theatre of 2013. [The Guardian, 31 Dec 2013]

Mark Gatiss and Katy Manning exchanged touching tweets earlier this week following last Sunday's episode of Sherlock - the BBC One series created by Gatiss and Steven Moffat - after Manning spotted a heavy reference to the final scene of The Green Death, with Holmes's downbeat departure from the Watsons' wedding reception echoing that of the Doctor's exit from the engagement party of her companion character Jo Grant and Clifford Jones:

Bath-based actress Francisca Garcia made her local press thanks to roles as an extra in Doctor Who, alongside Commander Strax, and as a bridesmaid in Sherlock. [The Bath Chronicle, 31 Dec 2013]

An accountant from Somerset who admitted swindling £80,000 from the programme budgets of Doctor Who and Casualty has been jailed for two years. Oliver Ager pleaded guilty at Cardiff Crown Court to 17 fraud offences, which were uncovered when he was based at the Roath Lock studios. He was sacked in October 2012 by BBC Finance. The 35-year-old, of Rock Avenue, Nailsea, who was a production accountant for 20 episodes of Doctor Who in 2007 and 2008, has repaid £30,000 from his pension fund. The court made no order relating to the rest of the money. Ager, who was also credited on The Sarah Jane Adventures pilot episode Invasion of the Bane, will serve one year of his prison term before being released on licence. In a statement after sentencing, the BBC said it had reviewed its cash processes and tightened procedures since the offences were committed "to prevent a crime like this from happening again." [Wales Online, 6 Jan 2014]

New Year Honours

A number of luminaries received recognition in the 2014 New Year Honours List. Nicholas Parsons was promoted to a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for charitable services, particularly to children's charities (he was made an OBE - Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - in the 2004 New Year Honours for services to drama and broadcasting), while Lynda Bellingham and Katherine Jenkins were each awarded the OBE for, respectively, voluntary service to charitable giving in the UK and for services to music and for charitable services, and Ruth Jones was made an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to entertainment. [Official 2014 New Year Honours List, 30 Dec 2013]
With Thanks To Tony Clark, Andy Chisholm, and Silent Hunter

FILTER: - People - Music - Murray Gold - Special Events - Peter Capaldi - Jenna Coleman - Awards/Nominations

Murray Gold included in new Who's WhoBookmark and Share

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.

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