Doctor Who composer Murray Gold has announced that he is leaving the show after thirteen years.
Gold, who has been the sole composer on Doctor Who since its 2005 return, confirmed rumours of his departure whilst speaking at the Gallifrey One convention in Los Angeles over the weekend.
NEWS: It’s OFFICIAL. Murray Gold has confirmed himself at the Gallifrey One convention that he is leaving Doctor Who and will not be composing the music for Series 11 onwards. 😢 Goodbye Murray Gold, you provided the absolute best music since the show returned in 2005.#DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/Zit8obUNr6
— Doctor Who Page (@DWPageOFFICIAL) 18 February 2018
Gold’s time on Doctor Who saw him reimagine Ron Grainer’s iconic theme several times over as well as create a broad range of incidental orchestral themes and cues, earning him two BAFTA nominations. The composer’s music for the show has also featured at three dedicated Doctor Who Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and has toured nationally in a series of Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular live concerts both in Australia/New Zealand and in the UK.
Murray Gold’s scores for Doctor Who have also enjoyed regular soundtrack releases since 2006. The music for the show’s ninth series was recently confirmed for release as a four-disc set, whilst an announcement regarding an album for Gold’s final series – the show’s tenth – is still pending.
The BBC has not yet confirmed who Murray Gold’s successor might be, although one composer who has taken himself out of the running is Ólafur Arnalds, who has already worked with new Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall on Broadchurch:
Ok the rumours were fun for a while but i think it’s time to clarify: I am not doing Dr Who. Thank you very much 🙃
— Ólafur Arnalds (@OlafurArnalds) 20 December 2017
Gold’s departure marks the latest in a series of significant personnel changes for Doctor Who‘s eleventh series, which will mark the debut of the show’s first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, and a brand-new team of companions played by Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole and Bradley Walsh. New faces behind the camera include Sam Hoyle and Matt Strevens as co-executive producers following the departure of Brian Minchin, whilst writers such as Mark Gatiss, Sarah Dollard and Jamie Mathieson have confirmed that they will not be contributing scripts to the new series.
The eleventh series of Doctor Who is currently filming ahead of its transmission later this year.