Doctor Who has had some of the best music on TV since the series relaunch in 2005, and that was all thanks to series composer Murray Gold. Gold left the show at the same time as former showrunner Steven Moffat and former lead actor Peter Capaldi at Christmas last year.
When Chris Chibnall took over and cast Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor, he needed a composer as well. Now we know who that will be.
Segun Akinola will take over the duties from Gold, scoring at least all of season 11 for Chibnall and Whittaker. Chibnall said of Akinola:
“Welcome to the Doctor Who family, Segun Akinola! We’re over the moon Segun’s agreed to join us, to provide the score for the next phase of the Doctor Who adventure. From our very first conversations, it was obvious Segun was a passionate, collaborative and delightful human being as well as a fantastic and bold composer. We’re looking forward to introducing the world to his exciting and emotional soundtracks for the Thirteenth Doctor.”
Akinola himself was understandably excited too.
“Doctor Who is woven into the fabric of British culture and recognised globally. I am absolutely thrilled to be given the privilege of working on such a beloved series and to bring my musical voice to it.”
You can hear some of his work over at his Soundcloud page. If you listen to one like Mount Nyiragongo, you can definitely see how his style will fit in with an adventure show like Doctor Who. It is the first time I have been exposed to his music, and I am already a fan.
This is an exciting change. As great as Gold was, and he was absolutely golden if you’ll excuse the pun, (I Am The Doctor is one of the best written pieces of music for television ever) it will be exciting to hear a new take on the musical aspect of the show.
Akinola has done some work for other BBC shows before, but this will by far be the job that gets him the most exposure.
Since the announcement last night, his Twitter followers have nearly doubled.
This is the first composer change since the shows return in 2005. When Steven Moffat took over from Russell T. Davies in 2010, everything but the composer changed. New Doctor. New companion. New TARDIS. New screwdriver. New writers. New directors. But Gold was so great, that he was kept on. Because he left in 2017, the music can now regenerate with the rest of the show.
Doctor Who is about change, and no show does it better. So to hear a fresh voice in this capacity is a good thing, especially with someone as talented as Segun Akinola.
I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us.
The eleventh season of Doctor Who will air this fall on BBC One and BBC America.
Source: The BBC