New Opening Titles: What Do You Think? [SPOILERS]

Well, this is new. In a completely unprecedented move, the new Doctor Who titles sequence is based on a fan’s idea.

As the Eleventh Doctor might say, it’s all clockey-wockey and not as spacey-wacey as the last one, which only made its debut in 2012’s The Snowmen. There were some of us hoping that Matt’s face would simply be replaced by Peter’s in the very cool, very alien titles used throughout the second half of Series 7. But showrunner, Steven Moffat recently said, “It was the only new title idea I’d seen since 1963… We got in touch with him, and said, ‘okay, we’re going to do that one’.”

The original concept was, admittedly, pretty awesome.

And while things have been changed slightly, the core ideas remain. You can see this from the fan-uploaded video – obviously, don’t watch it if you want a surprise come 23rd August.

It’s caused chaos in K Towers. Some hate it. Some have refused to pass comment. Me? I wanted Peter’s face painted silver like poor Sylv. Some of us think it threatens to undermine the new series’ supposedly-dark theme. Some of us think it’s too fantastic to ignore. And some of us wanted something we hadn’t merely seen on the internet a few months earlier. James Lomond, meanwhile, is parading around, shouting “Red Kangs, Red Kangs, Red Kangs are best.” Editor, Christian Cawley says he’s above such matters so won’t gimme an interesting quote. Cowardly cutlet.

But what do you think? Is this a step too far, pandering to fandom? Does it deserve to be seen by millions on TV? Do you prefer the Series 7 ones?

Let us know by semaphore, or, if it’s easier, by commenting below.


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion:

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