Ding ding; all change – or that’s how it seems, as composer, Murray Gold has confirmed that he won’t be working on Doctor Who Series 11.
Murray confirmed the news at the Gallifrey One convention in the USA over the weekend.
This comes after months of speculation about Gold’s place in the show’s future, but is nonetheless very sad news: after all, Murray is one of the very few crew members who have been with Doctor Who since Series 1. In fact, he’s been the series’ only composer since it returned in 2005 – so you know that track you love? Murray made it. That includes all the theme tune variations for the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors’ eras.
Since The Christmas Invasion, his scores have frequently been recorded by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and in 2010, his Doctor Who soundtrack entered Classic FM’s Hall of Fame.
Murray’s last episode was Twice Upon A Time, meaning he’s composed for more than 140 episodes of Doctor Who, including 13 Christmas specials, a track performed by Katherine Jenkins in A Christmas Carol, and the 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor. His time has also given rise to the Doctor Who Proms, which have proved, time and time again, the place his scores have in our hearts. It’s an immense achievement, and we can only applaud his stunning work.
We don’t know much about the specifics about why he’s not working on Series 11; maybe Chris Chibnall wanted a clean slate, or maybe Murray thought he’d like to try something new. But one thing’s for sure: he will be missed.
What’s your favourite piece of music by Murray Gold?