Opening Titles

Who wouldn’t be Who without the famous opening title sequences and the strangely futuristic and haunting music.

The title sequences have evolved over the years between 1963 and the current series but the general feel of traveling through time and space has remained.

Veering somewhere between the ghostly smokey light show first seen in Hartnell’s, Troughton’s and Pertwee’s era to the the famous time tunnel effect of Pertwee’s, Baker’s and finally the star field effect of Davison, Baker, McCoy and McGann’s era.

The original effect of Hartnell’s era was created by taking a camera image and feesing the image back through the aame camera and creating feedback known as “howling”.

As the SFX moved on, so did the opening titles, accumulating in 1987 with some of the first CGI opening titles in McCoy’s era.

After Hartnell’s era – the one thing that remained constant was the appearance of the Doctor’s face to the audience, either semi smiling or winking at the camera. This has become a constant with the titles up until the new series when it was dispensed with.

But in something of a revival for the 50th anniversary the last season of Matt Smith’s title screens brought back this effect.

Old Doctor Who


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