The new season of Doctor Who will be scored by composer Segun Akinola, it has been announced.
The eleventh series of the iconic BBC show will also mark Jodie Whittaker’s first season in the titular role.
Akinola – a graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and a winner of the BAFTA Breakthrough Brit award – will write the music for all ten episodes of season 11, which is due to premiere on BBC One in the autumn. He takes over from Murray Gold, who had worked on the show since 2005.
Part of Akinola’s work with Doctor Who will see him deliver a fresh take on the show’s well-known theme song – which has been the case for each new season of Doctor Who since it returned to screens in 2005.
The composer said in a statement that he was “absolutely thrilled” to have landed the job with Doctor Who.
“Doctor Who is woven into the fabric of British culture and recognised globally,” he said. “I am absolutely thrilled to be given the privilege of working on such a beloved series and to bring my musical voice to it.”
Back in January, Jodie Whittaker revealed that she went through months of auditions before she landed the role of Doctor Who.
She added that showrunner Chris Chibnall had told her to trust her instincts in playing the part, quoting him as saying: “They’ve been right so far, and they’ve got you here today. Just remember that.”