New Composer Segun Akinola Teases New Doctor Who Theme

New composer Segun Akinola has given his first hints about just how the dun de dum, dun de dum will sound like in Jodie Whittaker’s debut series.

Speaking to Digital Spy at the press launch for series 11 at Sheffield, he said:

“Without giving too much away… when you have such an iconic theme, it’s really important not to mess that up, to give it the attention and reverence that it deserves.”

Here, here! However, it’s not only referential, the new theme also promises a reinvention of what we’ve heard before (with rumours that it will literally remix the original theme written by Ron Grainer and realised by Delia Derbyshire).

He added:

“But also, [it’s important] to be brave with it, and understand that it’s not just a case of pulling out exactly the same thing. So it was really a juggling act of bringing out something slightly different, but also starting from the original place.”

Speaking about the moment that the A BAFTA Breakthrough Brit and graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire found out that he would be replacing Murray Gold as Doctor Who’s composure after ten years of providing the soundtrack to the Doctor’s adventures, he said:

“I was actually in Tesco! I got this call from Chris… and I got the job.

“I was there buying some mulled wine for my wife and I, to have a Christmassy kind of evening, but I just ended up walking up and down the aisle a few times, because it was just such a surreal and crazy experience!

“It was amazing to be considered, and amazing to get the job, and it’s been just such a fun opportunity. Everyone, the whole team, has been brilliant and really supportive.”

Recently, new showrunner Chris Chibnall revealed that Akinola’s new theme won’t make its debut until episode 2 of the new series, promising that “Episode one starts a little differently.”

Doctor Who returns Sunday 7th October with The Woman Who Fell To Earth on BBC One.