Personnel: Neil Hannon (vocals); Ivor Talbot (acoustic guitar); Adam Goldsmith (electric guitar); Oliver Langford, Gabrielle Lester, Perry Montague-Mason, Roger Garland, Boguslaw Kostecki, Emily Singleton (violin); Rachel Robson, Ivo Jan van der Werff (viola); Jonathan Williams , Anthony Pleeth (cello); Philip Todd (tenor saxophone); Dave Bishop (baritone saxophone); Tom Rees-Roberts, Craig Wild, Simon Gardner (trumpet); Pete Beachill, Trevor Mires (trombone); Jonathan Atkinson (drums); Matthew David, Gillian Wisdom, Yvonne John Lewis (background vocals).
Liner Note Authors: Julie Gardner ; Murray Gold.
Recording information: Air Studios, London, England; BBC Recording Studios, Cardiff, Wales; WIndmill Lane Recording Studios, Dublin, Ireland.
Arrangers: Murray Gold; Ben Foster .
With the rebirth (reincarnation, rather) of the outrageously popular sci-fi series Doctor Who on the BBC, there comes (of course) the soundtrack. This time out, Murray Gold mans the TARDIS' stereo controls and, with the help of accomplished orchestrator Ben Foster, offers up some of the best music the series has ever had. From the tasteful reworking of Ron Grainer's ubiquitous theme music to the Walker Brothers-channeling tracks by the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, this collection of music absolutely nails the vibe and style that make Doctor Who such an enduringly popular series. There are times when Foster seems to borrow a bit heavily from the doom-and-gloom choruses of the latter three Star Wars prequels (see "The Daleks" for some serious Anakin angst drama), but this hits the mark nonetheless. ~ J. Scott McClintock