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Published on January 23rd, 2013 | by Philip Bates

Your Favourite Doctor Who Title Sequence!

A bold, new title sequence opened The Snowmen on Christmas Day – and, let’s face it, it was always guaranteed to be popular, combining hints to the past, with a futuristic spacey-wacey feel. And as many of you took to Kasterborous to express your love for all things snowy, we asked you which your favourite opening titles are. Your votes have been counted, verified, lost, panicked about, found behind the sofa, counted again, verified once more and are now pretty much ready for your viewing pleasure.

We also found some jelly babies, a Satsuma and a cardboard cut-out of Karen Gillan behind the settee. That really was one wild Christmas…

13. Eighth Doctor (1996) – 1.78% (17 votes)

Did the Doctor Who movie even have a title sequence? Well, at least 17 people remembered it – and loved it! Yes, Paul McGann’s sole onscreen outing as the Time Lord came last in this particular poll, but there’s plenty of love out there for the Eighth Doctor. Just not for his non-titles opening titles…

12. Sixth Doctor (1984-1986) 1.99% (19 votes)

The poor Sixth Doctor. His era is vastly underrated, as is his titles sequence, in which we whizz through the stars to find Colin Baker’s grinning face. It’s actually a really nice, natural evolution of the Fifth Doctor’s – which proved far more popular…

11. Eleventh Doctor Series 7a (2012) 2.1% (20 votes)

Wow. Really?! Only 20 of you loved the ‘always in flux’ titles sequence, which saw slight variations between episodes. There were Dalek bumps on the logo for Asylum of the Daleks, sandy dunes for A Town Called Mercy, and the Statue of Liberty’s crown for The Angels Take Manhattan. For a show in which everything regenerates every few years, we don’t really like much change to our homely title sequence!

10. Second Doctor (1967-1969) 3.04% (29 votes)

Another surprise. Perhaps not many have seen this title sequence – the first to feature the Doctor’s face – due to the many missing episodes… But this one has always seemed to sum up Doctor Who well for me.

9. Fourth Doctor (1980-1981) 3.67% (35 votes)

The forerunner to the Fifth and Sixth Doctor’s titles, this one appeared towards the end of Tom Baker’s reign, with the Time Lord appearing not smiling, not heroic – but with his mouth partly open, like he’s just started talking. It’s a bit odd, but works quite well… Or at least that’s what 35 of you think!

8. Third Doctor (1970-1973) 3.88% (37 votes)

Doctor Who! In colour! The new titles were bold and brilliant, recorded in black and white, but colourised by Bernard Lodge. It even features the first appearance of one of the most iconic logos in all of Who’s history. Making it into the top ten is pretty good, but for such a memorable sequence, it should surely be higher?!

7. First Doctor/Second Doctor (1963-1967) 4.09% (39 votes)

Thanks to tv-ark.

Again, this one’s massively iconic, taking us right back to the beginning – almost 50 years ago! The hissing, the bright crack of light through blackness, wisping clouds and that original Delia Derbyshire theme tune kicking in. The stuff legends are based on.

= Third Doctor (1974) 4.09% (39 votes)

Also receiving 39 votes, this sequence accompanied Sarah Jane Smith on her first adventures in the TARDIS. It’s the only one to have the Doctor standing up in all his glory, displaying Jon Pertwee in his velvety costume for the whole world to see.

6. Seventh Doctor (1987-1989) 4.3% (41 votes)

It’s particularly nice seeing the Seventh Doctor era recognised in such a high position. This sequence was so different to anything before and utterly screams 1980s. And it seems Steven Moffat and co. have paid homage to it in The Snowmen

5. Eleventh Doctor (2010-2011) 5.24% (50 votes)

Steven Moffat had the genius idea of having a Doctor Who insignia – then took it to the next level by having it turn into the TARDIS, careering into the turbulent, electrifying Time Vortex. Oh, I love this one.

4. Fifth Doctor (1981-1984) 5.97% (57 votes)

It’s glittery and definitively sci-fi, as we zoom through space, catching on stray stars until finally finding a jovial alien sporting some celery. The logo splits off and shines. You’re left in no doubt that the next 20-odd minutes will be magical (until the Myrka appears…).

3. Ninth Doctor/Tenth Doctor (2005-2010) 11.32% (108 votes)

The theme gets more rock-n-roll, but this sequence, which saw the TARDIS flying backwards and forwards in time, became as synonymous with ‘nuWho’ as psychic paper, the Slitheen and David Tennant’s spiky hair.

2. Fourth Doctor (1974-1980) 14.88% (142 votes)

Mention the Doctor Who title sequence, and this ‘time tunnel’ will spring to the mind of anyone growing up in the 1970s. It’s clearly loved by all, and garnered a huge 142 votes… but you know what this means, don’t you? We have a new favourite at number one…

1.       Eleventh Doctor Christmas special (2012) 33.65% (321 votes)

Well done to the Doctor Who crew: you’ve done it again. Borrowing elements from the most successful eras of the show, we finally get to glimpse the Doctor’s face in the titles sequence again. It’s got a massive 321 votes, out of nearly 1,000, so the team have a hit on their hands, as we head into the show’s 50th anniversary. It reminds me of this little gem from Night Terrors:

Through crimson stars and silent stars and tumbling nebulas, like oceans set on fire. Through empires of glass and civilizations of pure thought – and a whole terrible, wonderful universe of impossibilities. You see these eyes; they’re old eyes. And one thing I can tell you, Alex… Monsters are real.

And don’t forget to take a look at our titles sequence gallery!

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When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.



4 Responses to Your Favourite Doctor Who Title Sequence!

  1. avatar daniel says:

    Of course there are the lyrics to the theme tune as well care of Jon Pertwee- I am The Doctor…

    well worth seeking

  2. avatar castellanspandrel says:

    I think the revamped title sequence used in The Snowmen is a triumph, but still have a general preference for the earliest sequences (1963-80).

    The reason? Simply that the camera feedback trickery employed created far weirder, psychedelic effects than any digital software can create. Those early opening shots, together with (still) the best versions of the theme tune, made something original, eerie and murkily mysterious that can’t be replicated by digital technology, which is too streamlined by comparison.

  3. avatar haxxor199X says:

    The latest one has got After Effects written all over it. I liked with the older ones how you couldn’t tell how it was done. Also, the TARDIS doors open the wrong way at the end.

    • avatar haxxor199X says:

      ‘course, I hated the lightning in the 2010 one as well, but now I’m used to it, and I love it.

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