Doctor Who series 1-7 features a diverse range of musical scores from composer Murray Gold that perfectly capture the epic and emotional moments of the show. Some of the top musical scores from these seasons include “The Doctor’s Theme”, which serves as the iconic theme music for the series, “Doomsday”, which accompanies the heart-breaking farewell between the Doctor and Rose, “I Am the Doctor”, which captures the Doctor’s heroic and adventurous spirit, “The Madman with a Box”, which conveys the Doctor’s sense of mystery and unpredictability, “This Is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home”, which provides a hauntingly beautiful glimpse into the Doctor’s past, “The Long Song”, which underscores the Doctor’s determination and resilience, “A Good Man?” which explores the Doctor’s complex morality, “Clara’s Theme”, which captures the bittersweet relationship between the Doctor and his companion Clara, “The Rings of Akhaten”, which showcases a mesmerizing choral arrangement, and “The Name of the Doctor”, which features a stunning orchestral composition that perfectly captures the epic climax of the season. Overall, the musical scores of Doctor Who series 1-7 add an incredible layer of depth and emotion to the show, and they continue to be beloved by fans around the world.

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1. The mad man with a box (series 5)

“Amy Pond, there’s something you’d better understand about me ‘cause it’s important, and one day your life may depend on it: I am definitely a mad man with a box!”  — The Doctor, Series 5, Episode 1.

Murray Gold’s “A Madman with a Box” is a truly iconic musical score from the Doctor Who series. The composition perfectly captures the essence of the Doctor’s character, his sense of adventure and his unpredictability. The score starts with a haunting melody that slowly builds up to a dramatic and uplifting crescendo, symbolizing the Doctor’s heroic nature. The emotional impact of this piece is amplified by the iconic quote from the series that it is associated with. Overall, “A Madman with a Box” is a masterpiece of composition that perfectly captures the essence of Doctor Who and the character of the Doctor, making it one of the most beloved musical scores in the series.


2. Doomsday (series 2)


Murray Gold’s “Doomsday” is one of the most emotional and poignant musical scores in the Doctor Who series. It is most notably associated with the heart-breaking farewell between the Doctor and his companion Rose Tyler. The score perfectly captures the intense emotions of the scene, with a beautiful and melancholic melody that conveys the sense of loss and sadness felt by both characters. The use of choral vocals in the composition adds to the emotional impact of the piece and makes it even more hauntingly beautiful. Overall, “Doomsday” is a masterpiece of composition that perfectly captures the bittersweet nature of the Doctor’s relationship with his companions and has become one of the most beloved musical scores in the history of Doctor Who.


3. Rings of Akhaten – Wake Up (series 7)



Murray Gold’s “Speech to Akhaten” from Doctor Who’s episode “The Rings of Akhaten” is a stunning musical score that perfectly captures the epic and emotional moment of the Doctor’s speech to the young Queen of Years. The composition builds up with a powerful choral arrangement, creating a sense of grandeur and awe, fitting for the occasion. As the Doctor speaks, the score intensifies with a mix of orchestral and electronic music, perfectly capturing the sense of adventure, danger, and hope that the Doctor embodies. The score culminates in a powerful crescendo, evoking a sense of triumph and victory. Overall, “Speech to Akhaten” is a standout composition from Murray Gold that adds a whole new dimension to this iconic moment from Doctor Who.

Can you hear them? All these people who’ve lived in terror of you and your judgement? All these people whose ancestors devoted themselves, sacrificed themselves, to you. Can you hear them singing? Oh, you like to think you’re a god. But you’re not a god. You’re just a parasite eaten out with jealousy and envy and longing for the lives of others. You feed on them. On the memory of love and loss and birth and death and joy and sorrow. So, come on, then. Take mine. Take my memories. But I hope you’ve got a big appetite, because I have lived a long life and I have seen a few things.

I walked away from the last Great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe and I watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained. No time. No space. Just me. I walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a mad man. I’ve watched universes freeze and creations burn. I’ve seen things you wouldn’t believe. I have lost things you will never understand. And I know things. Secrets that must never be told. Knowledge that must never be spoken. Knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze. So come on, then. Take it! Take it all, baby! Have it! You have it all! — The Doctor, Series 7, Episode 8.


4. I am the doctor (series 5)

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Murray Gold’s “I Am the Doctor” is a powerful and energetic musical score that perfectly captures the spirit of the Doctor’s character. The piece is driven by an urgent and upbeat melody that conveys the Doctor’s sense of adventure and heroism. The score features a mix of orchestral and electronic elements, creating a unique and modern sound that perfectly fits the sci-fi setting of the show. “I Am the Doctor” has become one of the most recognizable and beloved musical scores from the Doctor Who series, and it is often used to accompany some of the most epic and memorable moments of the show. Overall, “I Am the Doctor” is a perfect example of Murray Gold’s exceptional talent as a composer and his ability to capture the essence of the Doctor Who series in his music.


5. Vale Decem (series 4)


“Vale Decem” is a hauntingly beautiful choral piece composed by Murray Gold for the Doctor Who episode “The End of Time.” It serves as the soundtrack for the heartbreaking final moments of the Tenth Doctor’s life, as he regenerates into his eleventh incarnation. The Latin lyrics, which translate to “Farewell, Ten, we sing to thee,” add to the emotional weight of the scene, as fans bid farewell to David Tennant’s beloved portrayal of the character. The song has become an iconic part of Doctor Who’s musical repertoire, and a powerful reminder of the show’s ability to evoke strong emotions in its viewers.

6. Amy’s theme (series 5)


“Amy’s Theme” is a beautiful and haunting piece of music that was first introduced in Series 5 of Doctor Who. The piece was composed by Murray Gold, who created many of the show’s most memorable musical moments. “Amy’s Theme” perfectly captures the character of Amy Pond, the Eleventh Doctor’s companion during the series. It is a wistful and emotional melody that speaks to the longing and yearning that Amy feels throughout her journey with the Doctor. The piece is a standout example of Gold’s musical talent and the way he was able to imbue the show with such powerful emotion through his music.


7. Dream of a normal death (series 3)

“Dream of a Normal Death” is a hauntingly beautiful song that was featured in the “Family of Blood” episode of Doctor Who, which aired during the third series. The song plays during a poignant scene where the character John Smith, who is actually the Doctor in disguise, is struggling with the idea of giving up his current life and returning to his true identity. The song captures the sadness and yearning of the moment perfectly and adds an extra layer of emotional depth to the scene. It’s a memorable moment in the episode that showcases the power of music in storytelling.


8. Life amongst the distant stars (series 4)


This song is beautiful and a little sad.

“Life amongst the distant stars” is a hauntingly beautiful track from the fourth series of the popular science-fiction TV show, Doctor Who. Composed by Murray Gold, the song captures the sense of wonder and awe that the show often inspires, as the Doctor travels through time and space, encountering strange and fascinating alien worlds. The music is ethereal and atmospheric, with a haunting choir and delicate piano melodies. It perfectly captures the sense of the infinite possibilities and the vastness of the universe that lies beyond our own planet. Overall, “Life amongst the distant stars” is a beautiful and evocative piece of music that perfectly captures the spirit of Doctor Who.


9. All the strange, strange creatures (series 3)

“All the strange, strange creatures” is a powerful and energetic piece of music that perfectly captures the essence of the third series of Doctor Who. Composed by Murray Gold, this song features a distinct musical theme for each strange creature encountered by the Doctor and his companions, from the ominous Cybermen to the eerie Ood and the terrifying Weeping Angels. The song is a testament to the show’s incredible creativity in designing a wide variety of otherworldly beings, and is sure to delight any fan of Doctor Who with its stirring melody and vivid imagery.


10. This is Gallifrey our childhood home (series 3)

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“This Is Gallifrey: Our Childhood. Our Home.” is a hauntingly beautiful piece of music composed by Murray Gold for the television series Doctor Who. The song is a tribute to the Time Lord’s home planet of Gallifrey, and features a sweeping orchestral score that captures the majesty and mystery of this legendary world. The music evokes a sense of nostalgia and longing, as it brings to mind the Doctor’s memories of his childhood and the profound loss he feels for his lost planet. The song is a fan favourite, and is often cited as one of the most memorable and emotional pieces of music from the series.


The 50th anniversary Doctor Who song, written and recorded by Murray Gold and administered by Universal Music, is a stunning tribute to the long-running science fiction series. The song perfectly captures the sense of wonder and adventure that has made Doctor Who such a beloved and enduring cultural phenomenon. With its soaring melody and poignant lyrics, the song speaks to the hearts of fans around the world, expressing the joy and excitement that the show has brought to so many people over the years. Whether you’re a die-hard Whovian or simply a casual viewer, this beautiful song is sure to leave a lasting impression on you.


Song For Fifty: Lyrics

As I stand here waiting for my time to come, I follow in your footsteps,

I follow when you run. From the jaws of disaster, from a planet besieged by deadly ancient foes

And you still make me smile when you stop and turn and say: ‘This is a creature we can understand, a living being, it is just being. If we could find

what’s on its mind then perhaps We might survive.’ 

And as we stumble down our slow road I can’t but wonder what would it

be like. To run away with you through time, where would we go who might we find. But on we go, cutting our paths, only one way, one day at

a time, while you embrace the universe, spinning your way on the fast road, limitless endless.

So my dear friend you’re getting kinda old now (or maybe we are). And now our children watch you do the deeds we marvelled at wondered at.

From the jaws of disaster, from a planet besieged by deadly ancient foes.

It’s not the end yet there is no end. Fumbling and bumbling while all around is crumbling and stumbling

through time like you’re a mad man still it’s humbling to watch you reconcile divergent creeds without succumbing to the lure of weapons,

force or greed you only use intelligence and jokes and charm. Happy birthday. Doctor. You.

© Murray Gold, administered by Universal Music