Doctor Who composer to premiere special 50th anniversary song at this weekend’s proms

Murray Gold wrote Song For Fifty as a birthday song

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It might not be until November that fans start singing ‘happy birthday to Who’, but composer Murray Gold has revealed that at this weekend’s Doctor Who proms he’ll premiere a special “birthday” song, Song For Fifty, for the show’s 50th anniversary.

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“We thought it would be appropriate to write something to commemorate the birthdays; essentially ‘Happy Birthday’ to a lovely television show. I think the last words are ‘Happy Birthday Doctor You’, which I’m sure the whole audience is gonna mishear and say, ‘You must never call him by that name’!”

He added: “I wrote this long song to speak for everybody in that room [Royal Albert Hall].”

Gold, who has composed for the show since its revival in 2005, went on to tell BBC Radio 4’s Front Row how he views his famous scores.

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“For better or for worse, I like to have a certain type of melody; a sort of slow, developing melody with a sense of triumph about it. You know, the idea of embattled people… in the Doctor’s case: not that he’s embattled… but he is a bit of a nerd; a bit like The Smiths with anthems for the defeated.”