Doctor Who: Survival: music by Dominic Glyn (CD review).

It felt rather weird having a CD from the near beginning of ‘Doctor Who’ with the Daleks and then this one, ‘Doctor Who: Survival’ by Dominic Glyn from the end of the original run together, although the release date for each was weeks apart. You couldn’t get more of a contrast in how composers had to deal with musical cues for a TV series. More so as there were a lot more guitar, violin and piano rifts.

I haven’t see the story in a while but it’s an interesting reminder that there were no cat-like themes used in this musical score just tension and build-up. There’s an even match of cues that are about a minute long and several over two minutes long, with a couple at nearly five minutes. There’s also a 25th track on there which doesn’t sound very Who like.

The 8 page booklet has a page of Sophie Aldred’s appreciation for Dominic Glyn’s musical score and photos of her, Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor and one of the Cheetah people and the track details. Aldred’s comments that without the music, the actors could be even comical in their acting is a good point and Glyn’s music definitely adds a darker undertone even without the accompanying visuals and not a Master in sight.

GF Willmetts

September 2017

(pub: Silva Screen Records SILCD1537. 54 minute CD 24 tracks with 8 page booklet. Price: £12.29 (UK))

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