Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Here Come The Drums

Been watching reruns of reruns of Dr Who lately, and one of 'em uses music to great effect. The Sound of Drums has a superb scene in some giant floating sky ship, where The Master, gleefully played by John Simm, brings legions of destructive, living metal spheres down on Earth, accompanied by this Elvis Costello penned song - albeit artfully cut to start with 'Here come the Drums'. Note the sample from 'Pump It Up'.

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Here Come The Drums (2005)

Later on, having used a clever 'laser screwdriver' to age him by a hundred years, The Master taunts the Doctor to an excerpt from a Scissor Sisters tune, sounding far more up-tempo than it does here.

I Can't Decide - Scissor Sisters
Ta Dah! (2006)

It's a captivating & joyous use of music to improve a TV scene: if a picture paints a thousand words, then picture & sound combined must run into millions. Way greater than the sum of its parts, perhaps particularly the musical ones, which seem a bit tame in isolation.

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