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If I ran the world, #942 in an infinite series.

I'm listening to Orbital's cover of the Doctor Who theme by Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire, and what I am thinking is this: Moffatt's takeover of Who production should be accompanied by a complete overhaul of the series music. Ditch the hysteria-laden orchestral crap and go back to an electronic version of the theme. As is proper. Since the first recording is such a great piece of early electronica.

But...but...I love the Dr Who music, I like how overblown and daft it is. I'd change the fact that when the cast changes for the first time I will be older than Dr Who and his assistant. That's not good, that's not good at all.
I love the theme itself. It's appropriately weird and spacey. I just so much prefer every electronic version I've heard, especially the original, to the orchestral takes. Even the cheesy 80s tinny synth version was better than the current Murray Gold version.

I hate the current series scores with a very great passion. I hate film scores that hit me over the head with what I'm supposed to be feeling.
It's so loud, yes. I have no idea why. Well, actually I do. When I beta-read I always tell my victims writers to lose the italics for emphasis (unless they're in speech). Trust the writing to tell the reader where the oomph in the sentence goes! Or rewrite to jigger with the cadence so the emphasis falls where you want it. Trust your writing. Don't do any nervous underlining.

Murray Gold scores: nervous underlining. Because RTD secretly feels contempt for his audience of children and thinks they can't figure out for themselves that the moment is scary. As do a lot of producers, I find.

Two words actually: Delia Derbyshire.

Although it has to be said that every time I play one of my eighties DW DVDs the sparkly theme reworking makes me happy. But that's less about the quality of the music and more about weeeeeeeeeee Sylv!

(Is this a safe place to be a Seventh Doctor fan? Or can I expect derision?)
You may be a fan of all incarnations of the Doctor here. Feel welcome! What do you like about Seven? I haven't watched any of Six or Seven yet, I confess. I've got a big hole in my viewing where they are. And I think I've only seen one serial with Fivey.
I bask in the welcomeness, like a walrus on a smooth rock in a lovely patch of sun.

Forgive the defensiveness: I've become used to mainstream DW fandom deriding my love of Seven. So I haven't been a part of said fandom for a long time. (Like, since I stopped living in London and going to the Fitzroy Tavern every month. Which was '92...)

What do I love about Seven? The ambiguity. The complexity. The hints of darkness.

I grew up with Four. He was my Absolute Childhood Hero. They do say that you never love a Doctor more than you love your first Doctor. I surprised myself when, at 16 years of age and thoroughly 'past' all that Doctor Who stuff, I saw this small, tousled, crumpled man team up with a teenaged mess of angst with a penchant for explosives, and I suddenly realised that I was as invested in these two as I've ever been about any fictional characters.

Seven is the great manipulator. He's the agenda king. He will employ tactics like deception and evasion and sleight of hand. And some of the things he does leave him in mental/emotional agony. (As far as we can tell. Because Seven does well what I always need my Doctor to do -- convince me he's from another planet.)

Season 26 had some of DW's finest ever moments, for me. 'Ghost Light' gets lambasted as being overly complex, and yes, it takes more than a single watch of the story to 'get it'. But it's still my favourite DW ever. Subtle and interesting and original and beautifully realised.

I wouldn't turn my nose up at any Doctors, because my love for the show supersedes my love for one particular era. (Not even bland old Fivey.) But Seven's last two seasons were special, for me.

Hey - you asked!
You know, I was listening to the commentary on The Silence in the Library today, and it was recorded once (at least the production team knew) Moffat was taking over. Moffat, David Tennant, and Julie Gardner were on the commentary and they kept baiting Moffat into giving away what he was working on. He did sort of hint that he might be changing the title sequence.

Also, oh dear, but David Tennant spent five minutes going on about how many suit buttons he has buttoned in each episode.
It's a bit of business I'd love to see end. I have enjoyed Tennant as the Doctor, but I confess I'm ready to see him leave. I'm ready for the inevitable change.

Yay for a change in the title sequence! Please change the music please please please.