REVIEW: An Adventure in Space and Time Soundtrack

An Adventure in Space and Time soundtrack
by Edmund Butt

Out now

Review by Gavin Dunbar


One of the most eagerly anticipated aspects of Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary celebrations was Mark Gatiss' An Adventure In Space and Time and, when it came, it didn't disappoint. It was clearly a labour of love, and the attention to detail throughout the whole production was paramount. The look of the period setting was incredible, and Edmund Butt's soundtrack really helped to conjur up the era, and emote the story.

Its a beautiful orchestral work which moves smoothly from jaunty Sixties characterful instrumentals (the Main Title and Sydney Newman) to brooding strings (JFK Assassinated, The TARDIS) and piano led pieces (The New Doctor), warm strings under woodwind (The Right Man), cool percussion (Piss And Vinegar), and even a more electronic dark sound underpinning The Daleks theme. The Chamber Orchestra of London are well used, with a good variety of sections getting a run out.

It is in equal parts warm and brooding, it fits perfectly with the biopic as it progresses. It's an evocative work that brings out the emotional content of the story of the early days of Doctor Who in a subtle and sympathetic way, and helps to illustrate how exciting a time it was.

Thanks to Silva Screen

Review by Gavin Dunbar