Highly acclaimed series, Doctor Who, continues to expand its family with the introduction of new composer, Segun Akinola. Announced by showrunner Chris Chibnall, Akinola is apart of the BAFTA Breakthrough Brit programme who has worked on numerous projects such as Black and British: A Forgotten History, A Moving Image, and honorary award-winning short film, Dear My Shakespeare.
A graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Akinola is replacing Murray Gold and is set to offer a “fresh take” on the show’s theme song. Gold served as the show’s musical director and composer since 2005. The theme song, however, first emerged in 1963 having been composed by Ron Grainer.
When referring to his appointment, Akinola said:
“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.”
The new appointment could be said to be a challenge along with initial uproar of the casting of a female lead, Jodie Whittaker. However, the show has the ability to take the old and revolutionize it in a way that brings about a nostalgia, this has been its superpower.
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