Doctor Who Prom (2010)

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"Proms 10–11: Doctor Who Prom"
Doctor Who Prom (2010).jpg
A screenshot of Doctor Who Prom in 2010.
Series The BBC Proms
Length 95 minutes
Originally broadcast BBC Radio 3: 24 July 2010
BBC Three: 6 September 2010
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The Doctor Who Prom 2010 was a concert showcasing incidental music from the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, along with classical music, performed as part of the BBC's Proms series of concerts. The concert was performed on 24 and 25 July 2010 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and was hosted by actors Matt Smith, who portrays the Doctor, and Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, who play his companions, Amy Pond and Rory Williams.

Following up on the first Doctor Who Prom in 2008, the concert featured music from the series, this time alongside pieces by John Adams, Gustav Holst, Carl Orff and Richard Wagner.[1][2]

An edited version of the concert, containing only some of the Murray Gold compositions, and none of the classical pieces, was televised on BBC Three on 6 September at 8:30pm and was repeated on 7 September at 2:45am. An extended version containing most of the music from the 2010 Doctor Who Prom, including some of the classical pieces, was broadcast on BBC Three on 10 September at 7:00pm. BBC America premiered it for the U.S. on 25 December as part of a "Doctor Who Christmas".[3] A 1-hour edition of Doctor Who at the Prom was shown in Australia on ABC1.

An edited version is included as an extra on the DVD release for the Doctor Who Christmas special "A Christmas Carol".


Composer Title Time Description
Part One
Murray Gold "The Mad Man with a Box" 2:56
Murray Gold "An Untimely Arrival" 4:20 A suite consisting of the tracks "Down To Earth" and "Fish Custard"
John Adams "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" 4:25
Murray Gold "I Am The Doctor" 5:55 Featuring live appearances by various foes of the Doctor including the Cybermen, the Judoon, the Vampire Girls ("The Vampires of Venice") and the Silurians. Towards the end, a clip from the penultimate episode of Series 5 ("The Pandorica Opens") was shown, with the Doctor cautioning the advancing aliens from atop the Pandorica. The aliens in the hall then departed just as the song was ending.
William Walton "Overture - Portsmouth Point" 5:50
Gustav Holst The Planets: "Mars (Bringer of War)" 7:35
Murray Gold "Battle in the Skies (Daleks vs Spitfire)" 4:40 The introduction was interrupted by an air raid warden telling host Karen Gillan to put the light out, by the "Ironside" Dalek serving tea and biscuits, and by the Supreme Dalek.
Following the interval and O Fortuna, there was a specially produced scene featuring an appearance by Matt Smith as the Doctor. The scene began with The Doctor appearing via a screen saying that the TARDIS malfunctioned and sent him to the Albert Hall in 2207. There he was forced to deal with an explosive alien device that could destroy a whole street. Following an accident, the Doctor inadvertently arrived at the concert (with the bomb). The Doctor then attempted to defuse the explosive, enlisting the assistance of a randomly chosen audience member (in the televised version, a young boy named Ellis).
Part Two
Carl Orff Carmina Burana – "O Fortuna" 2:45
Murray Gold "Amy" 3:25
Murray Gold "Liz, Lizards, Vampires and Vincent" 8:25 A suite of music from the episodes "The Beast Below", "The Time of Angels" / "Flesh and Stone", "The Hungry Earth" / "Cold Blood", "The Vampires of Venice" and "Vincent and the Doctor"
Richard Wagner Die Walküre – "The Ride of the Valkyries" 5:05
Murray Gold ""This is Gallifrey"/"Vale Decem" 6:35 Clips of all the Doctor's prior regenerations were shown, starting with William Hartnell (the First Doctor), and ending with David Tennant's regeneration into the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith). (The exception was Paul McGann's regeneration (Eighth Doctor) which had not been televised. It would, however, be shown in the 2013 special "The Night of the Doctor") The Seventh Doctor's regeneration into the Eighth Doctor, from the 1996 TV movie, was also shown.
Murray Gold "Pandorica Suite" 10:15 An orchestral suite featuring music from "The Pandorica Opens" and "The Big Bang".
Murray Gold "Song of Freedom" 3:45
Ron Grainer "Doctor Who Theme" 1:30 The concert featured Murray Gold's more electronic re-arrangement for the 2010 season. The Cybermen, Silurians and the Vampire Girls all made return appearances. This piece was introduced by all three main cast members, Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams).



Musical cast


The cast of monsters comprised:[4]

  • Voice of the Daleks - Nicholas Briggs
  • Dalek Operator - Barnaby Edwards
  • Judoon (Captain) - Paul Kasey
  • Judoon (trooper) - Ken Hosking
  • Cybermen - Ruari Mears, Adam Sweet
  • Cyberman/Air-raid warden - Matthew Doman
  • Masked Silurian Warriors - Alexandra Winton, Barbara Fadden and Nathalie Cuzner
  • Vampire Girls - Sonila Vjeshta, Gabriela Montaraz and Elizabeth Croft


  1. ^ "Saturday 24 July 2010". BBC. 22 April 2010. Archived from the original on 27 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Sunday 25 July 2010". BBC. 22 April 2010. Archived from the original on 26 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  3. ^ "404 - BBC America". Archived from the original on 3 March 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  4. ^ Doctor Who Prom 2010 Programme Archived 2010-09-25 at the Wayback Machine., p.40.

External links

  • Doctor Who at the Proms 2010 at BBC Programmes
  • Doctor Who at the Proms 2010 Extended at BBC Programmes
  • The official BBC Proms website
  • Programme of events for Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 July 2010 on the official BBC Proms website
  • The official BBC Doctor Who website
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