The last episodes of Russell T. Davies' run on Doctor Who were accompanied by some great music, and at last (about ten months after the last of them aired) the soundtrack is finally available on CD. Having not seen the earlier ones in far too long, the most recognisable pieces in this two disc set are on disc two, which is entirely occupied by the End Of Time soundtrack.
The music for this was written by Murray Gold, who has of course worked with the staff of the Doctor Who revival since its introduction. The orchestra was conducted by Ben Foster, who I am pleased to see conducted music for the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy movie (which I liked) and has written music for the spin-off Torchwood.
The music throughout, as befits Gold's previous work on the show, is suitably epic and grand, with echoes of his previous pieces. At one point, a brief passage from All The Strange, Strange Creatures can be heard as part of one of the songs. This makes sense, as a fair bit of the story involves returning enemies, so particular motifs can be expected to reappear.
The good thing about soundtrack CDs is that the music is typically so tied in with the visuals of what's going on that it can conjure up memories of good episodes or particular scenes. Some of the stand out pieces, in my opinion, are The Timelord's Last Stand, The Master Suite (which features the familiar drum rhythm in abundance and will stay in your head for days - I've had it in my head for about three years now and it manifests itself in the form of the Master's tapping) and Minny Hooper, which sounds like it's the last bit of fun and games the Doctor has before his death.