This Fan-Made Intro is the Basis of the New Doctor Who Title Sequence

You might not know the name Billy Hanshaw but you’re going to know his handy work very soon. Hanshaw created his own mockup of a new title sequence for Doctor Who’s 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi. The result went viral and got so much attention that Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat saw it and commissioned the BBC graphics department to use it as a basis for the title sequence that you’ll see tomorrow.

First, here’s the original Hanshaw intro.

The big difference is that Hanshaw swapped out the space and time vortex motifs that had been featured in Doctor Who since 1963 for a clock motif. Steven Moffat referred to Hanshaw’s intro as “the only new title idea I’d seen since 1963.” Personally, I don’t mind it except for the smiley face. I hate the smiling Doctor faces in the old intros. I hate it now. I’d rather something like the translucent Matt Smith face from the most recent season. We’ll have to see what the differences between fan-made and BBC-made are on Saturday.

By the way, rumour has it that there will be a remixed theme song for the new season. It’s supposed to be closer to the classic themes that Gold’s big orchestral themes that we’ve had since 2005.


About Steve Murray

Steve is the founder and editor of The Lowdown Blog and et geekera. On The Lowdown Blog, he often writes about motorsports, hockey, politics and pop culture. Over on et geekera, Steve writes about geek interests and lifestyle. Steve is on Twitter at @TheSteveMurray.

Posted on August 22, 2014, in TV/Movies and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I love the fresh new concept. I do agree with you, though, about the smiling picture of the Doctor. That needs to be changed. I am more excited about this new season than I have been about previous seasons.

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  2. Wow I had no idea that the intro was fan-made. That’s so cool!

    “The geek shall inherit the earth”


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