Nigerian composer, Segun Akinola has been announced as the new composer in residence for Doctor Who. He will be taking over the reins from Murray Gold, who had been with the show ever since the series was revived in 2005. Akinola is just the latest hire in a creative shakeup for the series, which has seen the hire of a new showrunner, Chris Chibnall, as well as a new Doctor, played by Jodie Whitaker.
An alumnus of the prestigious Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ 2017 “Breakthrough Brit” program, Akinola, will compose all of the incidental music for Season 11, and will compose a new version of the legendary Doctor Who theme. Some of his work can be heard on his Soundcloud page.
New showrunner Chris Chibnall shared his excitement over Akinola’s hiring by stating:
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.
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Akinola also expressed his enthusiasm about this hiring, writing:
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, I am excited to hear what Akinola has in store for us for this new season, as it seems he could be providing a very modern take on the show’s music based on what he has on his Soundcloud page. Although the BBC hasn’t released any of the scores Akinola has composed so far, one hopes that a reveal is not too far away. Perhaps we will catch a glimpse of what he has in store during Comic Con next month!
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