Gold had this to say on the content of the special:
“There’s some really interesting things to say about that but I can’t say them. It’s very, very well directed. There’s a thing they’ve done in it, which might be controversial… It’s interesting though.”
The composer also talked about composing the 50th Anniversary song “Song for 50” and playing it at the Proms:
“I stood up in front of the choir last night, and they rehearsed it. Neither Ben [Foster, conductor] or I had heard it. I delivered all of the score to Ben a couple of weeks before. It took me a month to do it. I never get a month on any piece of music.
I thought, ‘If I were to write a song for the fiftieth anniversary, what would it be?’ And I thought about something more modernist, more complicated, more knotty, more serious but no, in the end, seriousness isn’t about how complicated something is, or how difficult something is to do. Seriousness is about the quality of your perception and your feeling.
I started playing something on the piano and then recorded it, with me singing over the top; just simple. I kept that recording and over a month I orchestrated it and wrote all of the words.
I wanted to write about The Doctor and everything that I’ve talked about in interviews, since I started on the job, about this character that I love. I took a line from The Girl in the Fireplace about the ‘slow road’. It’s a song that constantly juxtaposes all of us in the Royal Albert Hall as being on the slow road, taking life one day, one month at a time – with no escape from that.
And there’s The Doctor, whizzing around, at his whim and to some extent we’re condemned. And this is a fifty year chunk of time where we’ve been experiencing this fantasy of being able to fly through time. During that time, some of us have had kids, some of us have lost people, some of us have grown extra family members but everybody in that hall will have one way or another to relate to that idea.
By the third verse, where the tenor says, ‘So, my dear friend. You’re getting kind of old now,’ we’re actually talking about this person who’s been in our lives as a reference point. People, in all kinds of the moments in their lives, have said, ‘I wish I could be The Doctor and just go back and fix it. Fix it.’
The song came together really well. I’m playing the piano, I’m going to try to. It’s gonna be quite moving, it’s a very emotional song.”
The full interview can be read here, and the BBC Radio 3 broadcast of the Doctor Who Proms is now available to listen to on iPlayer.
[Source: Den of Geek]