Thursday 29 September 2011, 10:00
I come from a family of Doctor Who fans. If he were on Mastermind, Doctor Who would probably be my cousin Nick's specialist subject. When I got my job, I think one of Nick's first questions was when would my first Doctor Who session be.
Recording a soundtrack for a show as celebrated as Doctor Who may seem like the coolest thing since the Daleks learned to hover circa 2005, and I remember the excitement I felt on the morning of my first Doctor Who session.
The sad truth is, soundtrack recordings are not glamorous affairs. You come into the studio and there's a small rainforest of music on your stand, time is already ticking, and if Ben Foster weren't such a good session director, I doubt it would be covered in a day.
I shall now dispel a number of recording studio myths:
On the positive side, recording days are normally cake days. I like this. We in the viola section pride ourselves on our excellent cheesecakes and brownies.
Points one to four aside, Doctor Who recordings are a painless affair (not just because of the cakes). Any aspiring TV and film composers should take a leaf out of Murray Gold and Ben Foster's book - they are always super organised and have a very definite idea of what they want.
On 19 July, we recorded the music for the second half of Doctor Who season six - which concludes with the season finale this Saturday. I can assure you that no one in the orchestra knows anything about plot lines, so don't bother asking. The truth is, even if I did know anything, I wouldn't say, even to my cousin, and he let me be his daughter's godmother.