Dr Who series 12, has caused something of a stir and also a division amongst Who fans, first of all theres the issue aongst some of them that the Doctor is now female and has lasted longer than any of them thought or said She would on social medias everywhere. Then there was the other issue of the composer change, with Murray Gold departing the series after creating so much great music, enter then, Segun Akinola who everyone well most of them said WHO? (sorry could not resist that). I think that this fresh and innovative composer has surprised everyone and also has certainly silenced the doubters. His music for the new Doctor has in my opinion been highly original and also has managed to maintain the high quality that was established by Murray Gold and even given the series more of a musical identity, I am not talking of the iconic theme, which was penned many years ago by Ron Grainer, but the scores, in fact all I can say after listening to the music from series 12 is when can this guy be brought on board for a James Bond movie, his music has that bombastic and relenting action persona and sound that one does associate with agent 007, Listen to DOCTOR, THE DOCTOR (from episode Spyfall) and you will understand what I mean. Even if it is tongue in cheek, its still really effective. Its vibrant upbeat and above all richly thematic and rhythmic. Add to these attributes some wonderfully lyrical and haunting pieces and what we have here is a collection of quality themes and also quantity and consistency as in every track is excellent and above all entertaining.
The composer not only infuses melody and urgency into his work throughout, but also has managed to build a reputation for his use of inventive orchestration and in turn has established a sound that is all of his own. GOING UNDERCOVER is a slow builder but eventually we are treated to a no holds barred and un-relenting piece that includes up-beat percussion and blaring Barry-esque brass which is all held together via driving strings that although are action led remain thematic. It’s a score or a representation of music from series 12, which I know you are going to adore, its one of those albums that you will listen to and then think, “Hang on a minute, I think I will listen to that again”. So, a work that will be returned to and savoured and appreciated over and over. The composer’s music for The Cybermen is also something that is melodic but also has to it an underlying atmosphere that is menacing and at times virulent. Percussion and strings combine to fashion a sound that is tense but also attractive, the cue entitled CYBERMASTERS has a duration of just over five minutes, and within it has so many colours, textures and emotions, one moment the listener is experiencing a taught and anxious mood which then alters to a celestial and serene sound, bringing calm and tranquillity via the utilisation of an adagio of sorts performed by strings.
This however is short lived, the tempo soon picking up and increasing, returning to a more apprehensive and action orientated style. This is a two CD set so there is so much music here to enjoy, including new epic sounding themes for THE MASTER and THE CYBERMEN and just when you think it can’t get any better, you are proved wrong. The music for series 12, is diverse and thrilling, the composer creating a varying and mesmerising set of scores for the new batch of adventures. Even his arrangement of the main theme is inventive and interesting and has to it a darker more sinister persona. My advice order this from Silva Screen records now, highly recommended.