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October 13th, 2014

An Adventure in Space and Time has been shortlisted for an International Emmy, it has been revealed.

The BBC Two docudrama, written by Mark Gatiss, formed part of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary celebrations when it was aired last November to critical acclaim. The 90 minute film starred David Bradley as William Hartnell and recreated the story of the show’s journey to the screen in 1963.

It has been nominated in the TV Movie category at the awards, which will take place in New York on 24th November.

April 28th, 2014

More celebrations are in order for Doctor Who, which was a deserved DOUBLE award winner at last night’s 2014 BAFTA Television Craft Awards!

The series reigned supreme in two of the five categories for which it was nominated – firstly last year’s acclaimed 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor triumphed as a result of its Special, Visual & Graphic Effects, while An Adventure In Space and Time was awarded for its Make Up & Hair Design.

Congratulations to the cast and crew, including Danny Hargreaves, SFX Supervisor, who tweeted to say: “Thanks to all the amazing fans who have helped us on this journey!”

With thanks to the BBC Doctor Who Blog.

April 19th, 2014

The list of nominees for this year’s Hugo Awards has been released and the odds are definitely in the Doctor’s favour!

Doctor Who has claimed four of the six positions in the ‘Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form’ category with The Day of the Doctor, The Name of the Doctor, An Adventure in Space and Time and The Five-ish Doctors Reboot all in the running against episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Orphan Black’. ‘The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who’, meanwhile, is also up for the ‘Best Graphic Story’ prize.

“For Doctor Who to receive three Hugo nominations in its anniversary year is completely thrilling,” showrunner Steven Moffat has commented. “We are all over the moon. I am particularly pleased about The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, as that was my acting debut – I remain available for any parts that require a black jumper, and slightly unrealistic hair…”

The annual Hugo Awards is science-fiction’s most prestigious ceremony and the winners, voted for by members of the World Science Fiction Convention, will be unveiled on 17th August 2014 at Loncon 3 in London – best of luck to the cast and crew of Doctor Who!

April 7th, 2014
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Last year’s acclaimed 50th anniversary episode has been nominated for a BAFTA Television Award!

The feature-length special, The Day of the Doctor, has been shortlisted for the Radio Times Audience Award, which is the only category voted for by the general public.

That means it’s time for Whovians to unite to make sure our beloved hero reigns supreme when the results are revealed at the ceremony in London on Sunday 18th May.

To support our Time Lord, click HERE now to vote before midday on Thursday 15th May.

Meanwhile, An Adventure in Space and Time is nominated for the ‘Single Drama’ BAFTA.

“No more” waiting! Rate and discuss The Day of the Doctor with fellow fans…

With thanks to the BBC Doctor Who Blog.

March 27th, 2014

Whovians in the US will be able to bring home An Adventure in Space and Time in a 3-disc set from 27th May!

The popular docudrama starring David Bradley – which was aired last year for the show’s 50th anniversary festivities – will be released in a DVD / Blu-ray combo with a bonus disc featuring the first ever serial, An Unearthly Child.

It will have a SRP of $24.98 and you can check out its cover artwork below. What do you think of it?

See the latest Doctor Who products on sale now via our merchandise section!

Thanks to TVShowsOnDVD.

March 24th, 2014

BAFTA has today released the full list of nominations for this year’s Craft Awards with Doctor Who being recognised in a handful of its coveted categories!

Firstly, The Day of the Doctor has been shortlisted for the Special, Visual & Graphic Effects gong with the accolade honouring Milk VFX, Real SFX and The Model Unit for all their efforts in the 50th anniversary special. SFX Supervisor, Danny Hargreaves, tweeted to say he was “screaming with excitement” and sent out “a big thank you to the fans”.

And that’s not the only award the series could be walking away with when the results are revealed on 27th April – the acclaimed docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time is in the running for Costume Design, Make Up & Hair Design and Editing while last year’s Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Proms is up for Entertainment Craft Team!

We’d like to wish all the Doctor Who team the very best of luck – we’ll be rooting for ya!

March 3rd, 2014
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Today Silva Screen’s released their official soundtrack to An Adventure in Space and Time and we’re thrilled to bring you an exclusive interview with its composer, Edmunt Butt!

The one-off docudrama aired to critical acclaim in November as part of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

To mark the arrival of its accompanying score we caught up with the man behind the music for his fascinating insight into how the musical story of the Doctor’s origins was realised.

A huge thank you to Edmund for answering our questions, which you can see below. The soundtrack is now available to buy here and keep an eye on our Twitter (@WhovianNet) as we’ll be giving away a copy of the CD everyday this week courtesy of Silva Screen!

Q. It’s great to speak to you, Edmund. When did you first release you were interested in composing?
A. I come from a very musical family so I started playing the violin and piano at the age of 4, and I started composing in my early teens. The idea of scoring came to me when I was about 18. I was playing on a Jerry Goldsmith movie session and just the power of the orchestra and image together blew my mind. From that day I knew that this is what I wanted to do.

Q. Are there any composers or aspects of life that particularly inspire you and/in your work?
A. There are many composers who inspire me. Richard Strauss, Beethoven, John Taverner, John Lennon, Thomas Newman, Pink Floyd, to name but a few. Nature is always a great inspirer for me. I scored a beautiful documentary a few years ago called “Yellowstone”, which won the RTS award for Best Score. I found the music flowed so easily as I reacted to the awesome power of nature, which is so honest and unpretentious. I feel at one with the elements and find enormous inspiration which I can store for months.

Q. How did your involvement with Space and Time come about and were you already a fan of Doctor Who?
A. I got a call from Terry McDonough, the director, who had heard a showreel of mine. There was a particular track on that showreel that he felt really encapsulated the show. We had a meeting and immediately connected. I think we both knew straight away that I was the right person to score “Space and Time”. I was a fan of Doctor Who as a young boy. Who wasn’t?

Q. Where did you begin with the process of writing the score when you initially got the job?
A. Where do you ever begin? Somehow you have to find the essence of a film quite quickly. After long chats with Terry, his brief was to tell the story through a child’s viewpoint. Therefore, fantasy, emotion and magic were my key notes for starters.

Q. When you first watched the unscored cut of Space and Time, what were the main factors you took into consideration when you began writing its soundtrack?
A. I was seriously inspired by the emotional performances from the cast. I also loved the period authenticity. It was a huge privilege to be working on this project, even in the early stages.

Q. What was the first piece of music you wrote for Space and Time and how did the rest follow?
A. The Dalek sequence, which was dark and predominantly electronic, was the first piece of music I composed. I started composing a very different type of score to the final one. This is not uncommon in scoring a film. I always say that nothing is wasted, even if it does not appear in the final edit of the film. It is all part of the process. I started darker and moodier but Terry steered me towards more positivity, hope and fantasy.

Q. How much time were you given to compose the soundtrack and how did it feel to see – or, more appropriately, hear – everything come together?
A. I had about 9 weeks to score and 10 days to orchestrate and prepare for the sessions in Abbey Road. Hearing it all come together is always slightly daunting, but such a pleasure. This project was extra special and the day we recorded the orchestra I really found it hard to keep my emotions in check on occasions! The team on this show made me feel very proud and privileged and I think we all knew that we were part of something very very good.

Q. How much were director Terry McDonough and writer Mark Gatiss involved in the process of making the score?
A. Both of them were immensely pro-active. Terry more so at the beginning, and then Mark towards the end. Both were wonderfully supportive and encouraging, which always makes me want to deliver the very best I can. The title music “Waltz” was a steer from Mark.

Q. What did you set out to achieve with the score and do you think you’ve achieved your aims?
A. I set out to support this picture, as I always do. However, I am most proud of how the score charted the emotional journey of William Hartnell’s career. The extreme high of success and then the passing over of the mantle to Patrick Troughton at the end. I do believe that my music did the film justice.

Q. Were there any scenes in Space and Time which were particularly challenging to score?
A. Yes, the last 4 minutes were a major challenge due to the extraordinary emotions on screen. I wanted to be appropriate but not hold back. It took 3 weeks to nail this scene. I think I will always be moved watching the closing of this film.

Q. Do you have a track or piece of music from the soundtrack that you are especially proud of?
A. The cue called “New Doctor” at the end of the film.

Q. Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to any aspiring composers?
A. Without sounding too hippy, I hope, I think you must always “keep the faith”. You can learn so much by writing to picture, whether it’s a commission or you are just starting out. Keep your individuality because, in the end, that is why people will hire you. You can always learn from other people’s music and be influenced by it. If you can, don’t be afraid to be yourself. The film world is crying out for composers with a voice – especially a unique one.

Q. Finally, have you got any upcoming projects you can tell us about?
A. I have a show starting on Sky One called “The Smoke” which is an 8-parter about firemen starting at the end of February. In April the second series of “In the Flesh”, a 6-parter for BBC America and BBC Three, is to be aired. It’s a fantastic show about zombies with a lot of heart! And then there is more due to be released towards the end of the year.

See the latest Doctor Who products on sale now via our merchandise section!

February 15th, 2014

The BBC has released some previews of the An Adventure in Space and Time soundtrack which is officially released next month.

The folks have posted snippets from a handful of their favourite tracks, which you can listen to HERE.

The score for the acclaimed docudrama, which was aired to coincide with Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary last November, was composed by Edmund Butt.

The soundtrack’s released by Silva Screen on 3rd March. Have you ordered your copy?

See the latest Doctor Who products on sale now via our merchandise section!

January 30th, 2014
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The previously confirmed An Adventure in Space and Time soundtrack has now been given a release date!

The album – featuring the highlights from composer Edmund Butt’s score as heard in the retrospective BBC Two drama – will be available to buy and download from 3rd March 2014.

Orchestrated by Geoff Alexander, this soundtrack has been described as “incredible” and can now be pre-ordered from Amazon, HERE, for just under £10 (subject to change).

Will you be investing in this release? See it full track listing in our previous post, HERE.

An Adventure in Space and Time is also available to buy on a DVD boasting an array of brilliant bonus features and there is currently a petition for it to have a Blu-ray release.

See the latest Doctor Who products on sale now via our merchandise section!

Thanks to Silva Screen Records.

December 19th, 2013
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...

Silva Screen have announced that they will be releasing the official soundtrack to An Adventure in Space and Time in the new year.

The docudrama aired last month during Doctor Who’s huge 50th anniversary celebrations. Starring David Bradley as First Doctor actor William Hartnell, the special took viewers back in time to 1963 to document the Time Lord’s turbulent and revolutionary journey to the silver screen. Its original score was composed by Edmund Butt.

“Making Adventure was a wonderful experience,” said its writer Mark Gatiss. “The whole team were absolutely dedicated to the project, going the extra mile (or parsec) to create that smoggy early 60s world where so much seemed (and was) suddenly possible. And none more so than Edmund Butt whose score is one of my highlights of the film. I know Ed’s soundtrack will continue to thrill and delight for, well, the rest of space and time…”


02   THE RIGHT MAN   (1:17)
04   I’VE GOT AN IDEA..      (1:34)
05   THE DALEKS     (2:52)
06   KILL DR. WHO     (1:48)
07   WHAT DIMENSION?    (1:24)
08   THIS IS MY SHOW    (1:50)
09   AUTOGRAPH HUNTING    (2:31)
10   SYDNEY NEWMAN    (1:00)
11   SCARLETT O’HARA    (1:03)
12   PISS & VINEGAR      (1:24)
13   DRESSING ROOM      (1:18)
14   JFK ASSASSINATED      (1:48)
15   THE TARDIS      (0:57)
16   GOODBYE SUSAN       (2:37)
17   10 MILLION VIEWERS      (0:57)
18   THE FANS     (0:41)
19   I’M SO SORRY BILL      (2:45)
20   KISS GOODBYE       (1:05)
21   MY SUCCESSOR     (1:06)
22   ISOP GALAXY     (0:50)
23   IRREPLACEABLE       (1:19)
24   THE NEW DOCTOR      (3:55)
25   TIME’S UP..     (1:15)

An Adventure in Space and Time is now available on DVD. Find it plus more of the latest Doctor Who merchandise releases in’s e-store here. Happy shopping!

With thanks to Silva Screen.

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