Highlights from this year’s spectacular Doctor Who Prom will be shown on BBC One next week!
The concert took place in July (read our review of the event HERE) as hundreds of fans gathered at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate 50 glorious years of Doctor Who music.
The show was hosted by Vastra and Strax with appearances from Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Peter Davison plus Carole Ann Ford, the Doctor’s original companion.
Attendees were treated to a playlist of Murray Gold’s acclaimed scores from the series as well as a Classic Series medley and the debut of Song for Fifty, a commemorative song marking the Doctor’s anniversary. All in all it was a fantastic show and you can see the best bits this Bank Holiday, Monday 26th August, at 4pm on BBC One – don’t miss it!
Will you be tuning in? Which tracks are you most looking forward to hear? Let us know…
The sun was a-shinin’ down on London and all the monsters were waiting in the wings as the National Orchestra of Wales took to the stage for a musical extravaganza celebrating 50 years of ‘Who-sic’. Fans were treated to a playlist of Murray Gold’s epic tracks with I am the Doctor, The Final Chapter of Amelia Pond and The Rings of Akhaten among the concert’s highlights, and there was a Classic Series medley too!
There were plenty of surprises for the audience as stars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman appeared in the orchestra. With special appearances from Vastra and Strax, Fifth Doctor Peter Davison and the original companion – the Doctor’s grand daughter Susan – Carole Ann Ford, everyone came together in order to commemorate half a century of the one, the only and the best with the debut of Murray’s original, heartwarming Song for Fifty…
Above – The sun was shining as WhovianNet arrived at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall
The reaction to the Prom has been fantastic, with @Imp0ssible_Girl tweeting us to say “it was absolutely amazing to be sat in the audience and close my eyes to let the music wash over me”. @Jeanette_Stent was also there and got in touch to describe it as “the perfect way to celebrate 50 years of the Doctor”. @drwhofan_194 added it was “a nice blend of old and new”, while @rainbow_tardis reaffirmed “it was fantastic”. Thanks for all of your great comments – don’t forget you can continue to share your reviews below!
If you missed it, were unable to attend or if you just want to experience it all over again, you can relive all the music and monsters over on the iPlayer here until 20th July 2013.
Earlier this year secondary school students aged 11-16 were invited to write their own Doctor Who score to be performed by the National Orchestra of Wales at the musical event.
The lucky winners from each category attended a workshop with series conductor Ben Foster where they saw – or rather heard – their original soundtracks come to life.
“I was impressed with the quality creativity and individuality of the work submitted,” said Paul Bullock, BBC Wales Executive Music Editor. “The vivid imagination displayed across entries honours the Doctor Who spirit. I can’t wait to see the winners’ work at the Prom!”
The winners of the Doctor Who ‘Create a Soundtrack’ competition are:
JUNIOR CATEGORY (11-14 years):
William & Jordan (Biddulph High School, Stoke-on-Trent)
William and Jordan commented: “Being big fans of Doctor Who, it’s great to have our music recognised on the BBC Proms stage. We are now really looking forward to the Doctor Who Proms that are kicking off the season.”
SENIOR CATEGORY (14-16 years):
Gabe & Matthew (Cirencester Deer Park School, Gloucestershire)
Gabe and Matthew commented: “This is an amazing experience and a fantastic opportunity, particularly working with Ben and Sam to gain a real insight into this side of the music world. This experience has inspired us to work in this wonderful field of music-making and we are so looking forward to hearing our piece at the Proms.”
This year’s Doctor Who Prom takes place this Saturday/Sunday at the Royal Albert Hall.
The composer, who has worked on the show since its return in 2005, has written the new piece – entitled Song for Fifty – as a celebration of the Time Lord’s half a century on TV.
It’ll be performed live for the first time in front of audiences at this weekend’s Prom at the Royal Albert Hall and Murray’s said “it’s a real privilege” to give fans something new.
“Because I have been in the Royal Albert Hall twice for Doctor Who, I know how the fans react,” he told Mark Lawson on Front Row last night. “It is great to be able to write for an audience you know, speak to everyone in the room. I thought it would be appropriate to write something for the birthday. The last words in it are ‘Happy birthday Doctor you”, which I’m sure the audience is going to mishear. You must never call him by that name!”
Let us know if you’ll be attending one of the Doctor Who Proms in the comments below…
The BBC’s today launched a new competition giving young fans the chance to create a short Doctor Who soundtrack.
Secondary school students aged 11-16 have been invited to write their very own original piece of music to accompany a scene from The Snowmen. The winners, as chosen by top composers including Doctor Who’s conductor Ben Foster, will be mentored by professional composers before the music is showcased at this year’s Doctor Who Prom in July. For full details, inspiration and term and conditions, click here.
The entry deadline is Friday 24th May. Let us know if your school will be participating!
The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who will be marked with a special concert which will be held twice at the BBC Proms.
On 13th/14th July, special guests and monsters will invade the Royal Albert Hall for a spectacular celebration of some of the music heard in the show across the past five decades. As conducted by Ben Foster the National Orchestra of Wales will be joined on stage by the London Philharmonic Choir as they perform a selection of hits from the series plus other classical numbers such as Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 2.
“It is a great thing to see all of Murray Gold’s brilliant score over the years come to life,” current Doctor Matt Smith commented. “We’re very pleased and proud to be part of it.”
Don’t forget that tonight BBC3 will be airing highlights of this year’s acclaimed Doctor Who Prom!
Tune in from 20:30 as the channel will be reliving the spectacular concert in a 60-minute special, with behind the scenes action following its hosts Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the wings as they prepare to take to the stage! In addition, check the BBC’s red button service later today to enjoy exclusive VIP access-all-areas footage from the Royal Albert Hall!
Feel free to use this post to discuss happenings before, during and after the programme. As always we’d love to hear what you think, this time of the music and monsters!
An extended edition of tonight’s programme will air on BBC3 on Friday at 19.00.
Finalized schedules have confirmed all of the Doctor Who Proms-related goodness that will be hitting our screens throughout next week!
As we previously reported, from 8:30PM on Monday 6th September, highlights of the concert will be shown on BBC3 in a 60-minute cut-down programme, and the channel will be repeating it a few hours later at 2:45AM the following day (Tuesday 7th). Meanwhile, on Friday 10th, BBC3 will be airing a 90-minute extended programme from 7:00PM.
Here’s a round up of the schedule so you don’t miss a second of the action!
6/9/10, 8:30PM, BBC3: Doctor Who 2010 Prom highlights (60 minutes) 7/9/10, 2:45AM, BBC3: Doctor Who 2010 Prom highlights (60 minutes) – repeat 10/9/10,7:00PM, BBC3: Doctor Who 2010 Prom highlights (Extended, 90 minutes)
In addition, ‘VIP access-all-areas’ footage – including backstage interviews and unseen music – will be available to watch via the BBC’s Red Button service from Monday.
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