PMC help in celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

50 years of Dr Who

This past weekend, thousands of science fiction fans from all over the world descended on the Royal Albert Hall in London for a musical celebration of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, as part of the BBC Proms season. All of the incidental music used on Doctor Who since its revival in 2005 has been mixed in post-production in Cardiff on PMC speakers before broadcast, either at the BBC's own production facilities or at Cardiff's Bang Post.

Incredible as it may seem, the TV adventures of the world's best-loved time traveller began almost five decades ago in November 1963, and the 2013 Doctor Who Prom (the third such event at the Proms following similar sold-out successes in 2008 and 2010) was a celebration of all 50 years, with appearances from Doctors, companions and monsters past and present. Electronic music and sound effects dating right back to the show's grainy black and white origins was performed by representatives of the BBC's former Radiophonic Workshop, as well as many suites of the spectacular orchestral themes that have graced the show since its comeback, created by Doctor Who's current house composer Murray Gold and played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with sterling vocal assistance from the London Philharmonic Choir and several world-class soloists.

The audience at the RAH, which ranged in age from from 19 months to 90 years old (and that was just the human beings!) lapped it up, especially when the Doctor's old enemies the Daleks emerged to threaten conductor Ben Foster with extermination. The concert was recorded for TV broadcast later in the year, and was also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 - for the next few days, it can be heard (provided you're located within the UK) at:

We still don't know who the 12th Doctor is going to be, though!


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