A Music Event For Doctor Who On BBC Radio 2 Has Been Announced

A musical concert commemorating six decades of music for Doctor Who will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 (thanks to a story from The Radio Times). The special event, titled Doctor Who @ 60: A Musical Celebration, is expected to debut sometime in the autumn (likely to coincide with the 60th anniversary specials) and will be hosted at the BBC Hoddinott Hall in the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. 

The BBC National Orchestra, along with BBC singers, will attend to perform a selection of tracks from across Doctor Who’s lengthy history, including the original theme by Delia Derbyshire and Ron Grainer.

To give an idea of what fans could expect from the event, compositions from Dudley Simpson and Paddy Kingsland, veterans who’d composed music throughout the classic era of Doctor Who, and Murray Gold and Segun Akinola, the two composers attached to the revival, will be featured. 

Gold is famous for composing the revival theme and soundtrack for the first ten series, followed by Akinola, who joined Chris Chibnall’s tenure in the series, producing music for Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor. 

Alastair King will act as the concert conductor, while Russell T. Davies and Murray Gold will attend the event. Davies, who returns as showrunner after an absence of more than a decade, was recently praised by producer Julie Gardner for writing “amongst his best-ever work” for the fourteenth series, calling his scripts “big and extremely ambitious.”

Doctor Who is available to stream via the BBC iPlayer, with classic episodes available on Britbox. What are you most excited to see from the future of the series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

A classic Doctor Who serial from 1967 will be restored in colour – find out more here.

Matt Bailey

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