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Doctor Who at the Proms - David Tennant regenerates into Matt Smith - BBC Proms 2010 - BBC Three

"Vale Decem" performed at the 2010 Doctor Who Proms.

"Vale Decem" was the song which incidentally scored the final moments of the Tenth Doctor's life in The End of Time, part two. It was written by Murray Gold and principally sung by Mark Chambers, with chorals by the Crouch End Festival Chorus and orchestration by Ben Foster and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In addition to its use in the episode, it was made available for public performance on at least two other occasions. It was performed live at the 2010 Doctor Who at the Proms and released to home audio on Doctor Who: Original Television Soundtrack: Series 4 - The Specials.

On the soundtrack, the piece is broken into two sections. One, called "Vale Decem" — which, in the episode, is the bit until the Tenth Doctor's last words, "I don't want to go" — and the other, "Vale", which is the primarily orchestral and non-verbal choral "response" played during the regeneration itself. The latter incorporates the melody of "The Doctor's Theme". However, the division is largely artificial, as the two share essentially the same melody. Indeed, the distinction was not made during the live Proms performance, where both parts were played under the title, "Vale Decem".

Within the narrative of The End of Time this track is foreshadowed by "We Shall Fare Well", Gold's "faux Christmas carol" sung by the boys' choir at the top of part one. That piece gives much the same sentiment of this song, but in English.

Lyrics

The song was written and performed in Latin. The lyrics are given below, along with an English language translation.

Vale Decem Farewell Ten

vale decem
ad aeternam
di meliora
ad aeternam
vale decem
di meliora
beati
pacifici
vale decem
alis grave
ad perpetuam
memoriam
vale decem
gratis tibi ago
ad aeternam
numquam singularis
numquam
dum spiro fido
vale vale vale vale ...

farewell ten
on to eternity
the fates be with you
on to eternity
farewell ten
the fates be with you
oh, blessed he
who brought us peace
farewell ten
lay down your burden
we will remember you
forever more
farewell ten
we give you thanks
on to eternity
you are not alone
never
trust to the last
farewell farewell farewell farewell ...

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