The BBC has announced that the new score composer for Doctor Who is Segun Akinola, who will give the show a new take on the iconic theme tune.

The BBC has said that Segun Akinola will provide “an exciting and emotional score beckoning in a new era for the show, including a fresh take on the legendary theme tune.”

Segun gained recognition as a composer through the BAFTA Breakthrough Brit programme in 2017.  He built his reputation with the score for the landmark BBC Two series Black and British: A forgotten History, which brought him ot the attention of new Doctor Who showrunner, Chris Chibnall.

Chibnall 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 of his new role in Doctor Who, “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.”

Segun became a composer having learned piano and drums at a young age.  He already has an impressive set of credits including the score for Shola Amoo’s debut feature film A Moving Image, which had its world premiere at the 2016 LA Film Festival.


  1. His music for Black and British: A Forgotten History is beautiful. I’m excited to see what he does for the show 🙂


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