Thursday, May 23, 2024

Segun Akinola Takes Over As Composer On BBC America’s ‘Doctor Who’

Segun Akinola
Segun Akinola

*Launching this fall on BBC America, the 11th season of “Doctor Who,” starring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, will be scored by burgeoning composer Segun Akinola.

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire alumni will provide an exciting and emotional score, ushering in a new era for the show, including a fresh take on the legendary theme tune.

As part of the BAFTA Breakthrough Brit program in 2017, Segun has already been recognized as one of the rising stars among British composers.

Segun’s modern, rich and varied work on programs such as “Black and British: A Forgotten History” attracted the attention of “Doctor Who” showrunner Chris Chibnall, who said: “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.”

Segun Akinola, said: “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.”

Segun has worked on a number of short films, including scoring Radix Films’ The Trip starring Sope Dirisu and Gillian Saker. His work has screened at acclaimed festivals like Sundance, the London Film Festival, LA Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival and many others.

After initially learning the piano and drums at a young age, he later turned his attention to composition, graduating from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with first-class honors and the National Film and Television School with an MA in Composing for Film and Television. He currently resides in London.

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