For the first time ever, Doctor Who won’t have a theme tune this week!
Wait! Don’t kick off straight away! The reason is, Sleep No More is the very first example of a found-footage story in the show’s history – with said footage supposedly salvaged from the La Verrier Space Station. Without this theme tune, it keeps the illusion that this is all real!
Mind you, it’s no small mercy: in my eyes, the theme and title sequence that’s accompanied the Twelfth Doctor era is one of the worst we’ve had. Seriously, they should’ve just kept the Series 7B titles, but obviously exchanging Matt Smith’s face with Peter Capaldi’s.
It’s not the first time they’ve done something smart with the theme tune: earlier this year, we had the Doctor playing a guitar throughout; and in Death in Heaven (2014), they inserted Clara’s face into the beginning sequence instead. For The Day of the Doctor (2013), we were given a taste of the early 1960s titles, and during Series 7A, the logo was altered to reflect each episode. Asylum of the Daleks (2012), for instance, had the Doctor Who logo covered in Dalek, erm, baubles, shall we say?
The Radio Times says:
“Still, don’t despair – there’s a pretty cool temporary Doctor Who logo to enjoy instead this week (think kids’ restaurant word search), and the ordinary titles with music are back in place next week.”
So Sleep No More has no titles sequence – or alternatively, you can think of it as the longest pre-titles sequence ever.