10th Doctor
Music of the Spheres

Executive Producers
Julie Gardner
Russell T. Davies

Catrin Lewis Defis

Written by Russell T. Davies
Directed by Euros Lyn
Incidental Music by Murray Gold

David Tennant (Doctor Who), Jimmy Vee (Graske), Philip Hurd-Wood (Voice of the Graske).

The Doctor composes a symphony based on Music of the Spheres, an audio representation of the gravity patterns of the universe.

Original Broadcast (UK)
Music of the Spheres		      July 27th, 2008				?	
  • This short scene was made especially for the BBC Proms, and was shown during a special Doctor Who-related event held at the Royal Albert Hall.
  • The Doctor Who Prom featured music from the BBC One series and classical favourites from composers such as Holst and Wagner, all based on the theme of space and time. The family concert also featured a specially filmed scene written by Russell T Davies and starring David Tennant which was posted on the Doctor Who website during the interval. The concert was also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
  • Running Order
    Murray Gold		Concert Prologue	   
    Copland			Fanfare for the Common Man	   
    Murray Gold		All The Strange, Strange Creatures	   
    Mark-Anthony Turnage	The Torino Scale	   
    Holst 			The Planets – Jupiter	   
    Murray Gold		The Doctor Forever	   
    Murray Gold		Rose	   
    Murray Gold		Martha vs The Master
    Murray Gold	 	Music of the Spheres 
    Wagner 			Die Walküre – The Ride of the Valkyries	   
    Murray Gold		The Daleks & Davros	   
    Murray Gold		Donna – Girl in the Fireplace – Astrid	   
    Prokofiev			Romeo and Juliet – Montagues and Capulets	   
    Murray Gold		This is Gallifrey	   
    Murray Gold		Doomsday	   
    Murray Gold		The Doctor's Theme/Song of Freedom	   
    Murray Gold		Song for Ten	   
    Ron Grainer, arr. Murray Gold	Doctor Who Theme	 
  • The original Radiophonic Workshop arrangement of the Doctor Who theme tune (composed by Ron Grainer and realised by Delia Derbyshire) was played over the end credits.
Music of the Spheres
(drn: 7'30")

Inside the TARDIS, the Doctor lays on the floor composing music with the aid of a quill. After a few moments he leaps to his feet and places the complicated manuscript on a reading stand, when the TARDIS console begins to sound and alarm. He investigates the problem and suddenly a Graske appears inside the ship.

The creature, which claims it must speak to the Doctor, first enquires as to the strangely melodic echoing sound that is filling the console room. The Doctor claims it is the gravity patterns from the planets, sun and galaxies moving around outside being filtered through the TARDIS harmonic filters. This is the sound of the universe…

The Graske then explains that he came to warn the Doctor of a space portal, which then opens up a few feet away from them. The Doctor looks through the rip in time and space and finds that it has opened up on Earth, inside the Albert Hall during the yearly Proms. He speaks to the audience excitedly and an idea strikes him. He picks up his manuscript and throws it into the portal for the orchestra to play. Conducting with his Sonic Screwdriver he premieres his piece, called Ode to the Universe.

However, trouble is afoot. The Graske has also fled through the portal and emerges in the Albert Hall, causing havoc with the Doctor’s water pistol. He did not come to warn the Doctor, he came to find a shortcut to Earth. Eventually the Doctor manages to pull the creature back to the ship them banishes it to the other side of the galaxy.

As he prepares to close the portal, the Doctor speaks with the audience again, telling them that music is more than orchestras and band; it encompasses everyone and everything. He tells them to close their eyes and listen to the sounds around them – the music of the spheres…

Source: Dominic Smith

Continuity Notes:
  • The Doctor ‘reverses the polarity of the neutron flow’ to return the Graske to the TARDIS, a catchphrase often connected to the Third Doctor and mentioned (in whole or in part) many times since. The Tenth Doctor coined the phrase in The Lazarus Experiment.
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