There are some more changes coming up behind the scenes for Doctor Who season 11, and that includes even the show’s iconic theme song and score.
Today, the BBC announced that Segun Akinola is set to be the new composer for the upcoming season and hopefully beyond. He replaces Murray Gold, who was with the show for, more or less, thirteen whopping years. That’s a sign of how much production loved him, but also an indication that we really are moving into a new chapter of the series’ life with someone who offers up a very fresh and different take on things.
In a statement, showrunner Chris Chibnall (also new this year) had the following to say on the subject:
“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.”
Meanwhile, Segun himself also added the following:
“Doctor Who is woven into the fabric of British culture and recognized 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.”
Personally, we’re excited about the change so long as there are echoes of the original song in here — we don’t want to see it be completely different from what we’ve seen before, but a few twists and turns along the way are welcome. Change can be a good thing, along as you are not abandoning some of the soul that helped to make it great in the first place.
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