Published on April 2nd, 2010 | by Christian Cawley
Opening Titles – Faceless?
As we’ve already seen this week, they were delivered to the BBC Outreach bus this week during the Doctor Who Tour of the United Kingdom. Everyone watching was impressed with them – but what are they exactly? How do they look? And is the Doctor’s face present?
According to Willis, the titles are
“…in the same vein as it has been the last few years. The music is, I think, better and more exciting. It’s still coming from the same place. We wanted it to feel more organic and more real and more tangible than it has [felt]…
“We wanted something that you could feel like you could reach out and touch, that felt completely real. We [also] wanted the TARDIS to go on a slightly more dangerous journey through the vortex.”
No mention of a face, then.
Am I the only one that find this lack of a Doctor’s face in the opening titles to be some sort of stylistic statement that basically says “we don’t do it because it looks archaic”?
Frankly, I don’t buy it. Sure, the Colin Baker/Sylvester McCoy opening titles were below par, and you could even argue that the late Tom Baker/Peter Davison titles haven’t aged well.
But you can’t seriously discard the thrill of the Troughton/Pertwee/Baker opening titles. These were all different, and all pretty chilling thanks to a combination of visual FX and the theme tune.