songs you don’t know: “The Stowaway”, Yamit Mamo and Murray Gold

03 Nov

Some of you may be somewhat aware that I have been known, from time to time, to watch a British show called Doctor Who. Some of you may have seen this show yourselves, in which case you’ve probably already formed your opinion on Murray Gold.

He’s the man who writes the score of each episode, and either you adore his signature style, which merges 21st century pop with traditional orchestral scoring techniques, or you wish he’d “stop telling you what to feel all the time,” to quote one poster on Outpost Gallifrey. Me, I thought that a film or tv score was supposed to tell you how to feel to a certain extent, but whaaaatever. Science Fiction fans have never been known for their comfort with such human failings as “emotions,” which is why Leonard Nimoy and David Duchovny have both been considered sex symbols.

If you’ve seen the end of the third season of Doctor Who, you may be aware that the next episode has something to do with {SPOILER} the Doctor crashing the TARDIS into the Titanic and meeting a waitress who looks a lot like Kylie Minogue {/SPOILER}, which explains why this tune has such a lovely sea shanty/Pogues vibe to it. It’s about a stowaway who lands on some girl’s ship on Christmas Day and it’s very Doctor Who-ish and sweet.

You can hear the tune in it’s entirety over at Silva Screen’s MySpace site. It’s a very good song, and yes, will feature prominently in the Season 4 premiere/Christmas Special of Doctor Who, showing on Sci-Fi this spring, and on the computer screens of geeky kids with BitTorrent come Christmas.


Posted by on November 3, 2007 in doctor who, music, songs you don't know


3 responses to “songs you don’t know: “The Stowaway”, Yamit Mamo and Murray Gold

  1. Alex

    May 7, 2008 at 8:04 am

    I share your view about Murray Gold – I have no idea why a certain faction of sci-fi fans want incidental music to be dull and boring, which I’m sorry sums up pretty much all the music you hear on Star Trek as well as the original Doctor Who series (the classic themes for both notwithstanding). Gold’s music is the first soundtrack material that I’ve actually enjoyed listening (and re-listening) to since The Prisoner. And “The Stowaway”, though only heard briefly on the show, is a fantastic addition that comes close to outshining “Song for Ten” and “Love Don’t Roam”, the songs Gold wrote for the first two Doctor Who Christmas specials. You name me one other SF series that regularly commissions original songs! And GOOD songs, yet. This one could actually become a Christmas classic in its own right, given half the chance.

  2. Ian

    July 15, 2008 at 7:42 am

    @ Alex – I actually found this website because I wasn’t entirely certain whether it was (Murray Gold’s version of) a Christmas classic already, or not. ^^;

  3. Jackie

    June 6, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    It actually is Kylie Minogue!!


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