Opening Titles – Faceless?

There’s a mammoth article on in which Doctor Who Executive Producer Beth Willis is quoted on the matter of the new opening titles.

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan as the Eleventh Doctor and Amy PondAs 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.

It can’t seriously be that difficult to attempt to replicate this, can it? I guess we’ll find out on Saturday evening during as The Eleventh Hour kicks off the new series of Doctor Who.

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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