Doctor Who wouldn’t be Doctor Who, without the famous opening title sequence visuals and the strangely futuristic and haunting music.
The title sequences have evolved over the years – between 1963 and 1989 but the general feel of traveling through time and space has always remained constant.
Veering somewhere, between the ghostly smokey light show, first seen in Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee’s era. To the the famous ‘time-tunnel’ visual of Pertwee, Baker 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 recorded camera image and feeding the image back through the same 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 of a galaxy and an asteroid field.
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.
The Doctor’s afce effect has become a constant, with the titles – up until the series was cancelled in 1989.