Archive for the Title Sequence Category

Opening Theme Music 1963-2008

Posted in Classic Series, New Series, Theme Tune, Title Sequence, Video Clip with tags , on April 8, 2009 by Mr M

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8th Doctor – Opening Title Sequence

Posted in 8th Doctor, Classic Series, Doctor Who Movies, Music, Paul McGann, Theme Tune, Title Sequence, Video Clip with tags , on February 12, 2009 by Mr M

A UK-USA co-production resulted in this 1996 TV Movie, directed by Geoffrey Sax, in which Paul McGann replaced Sylvester McCoy. The theme music was re-arranged by John Debney to place Ron Grainer’s famous middle eight at the start. Unfortunately the full John Williams-esque orchestral performance totally submerges the alien quality which made the original 60s/70s recordings so spooky. The graphic design is more successful, reviving Bernard Lodge’s 1970 logo in 3D-CGI.

7th Doctor – Opening Title Sequence

Posted in 7th Doctor, Classic Series, Music, Sylvester McCoy, Theme Tune, Title Sequence, Video Clip with tags , , on February 12, 2009 by Mr M

“3 years is the optimum period for an actor to play the Doctor”, said the BBC, so Colin Baker was fired and Sylvester McCoy cast. Cue a new title sequence, the first to be realised with CGI. The independent company CAL Video generated the graphics, designed by Oliver Elmes. Meanwhile Keff McCulloch was handed the commission of re-arranging the theme tune, and composing almost all the incidental music heard within the McCoy episodes. I love the graphics, especially the TARDIS trapped in a bubble.

6th Doctor – Opening Title Sequence

Posted in 6th Doctor, Colin Baker, Music, Theme Tune, Title Sequence, Video Clip on February 12, 2009 by Mr M

Colin Baker played the Doctor from series 21 onwards as brash and colourful, so Sutton was instructed to make the titles brash and colourful. He animated the Doctor’s face by dissolving from a frown photo to that of a beaming grin – possibly the friendliest that Colin Baker ever looked during his short tenure! Plus, rather than forming from stars, the neon logo now zoomed into place via DVE, bent down at the edges and tinted purple. The old saying suggests that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” a saying that John Nathan Turner cheerfully ignored. For series 23 in 1986, he dropped Peter Howell’s fantastic theme arrangement, in favour of Dominic Glynn’s less-than-pleasing “bedroom bontempi” version.

5th Doctor: Opening Title Sequence

Posted in 5th Doctor, Classic Series, Music, Theme Tune, Title Sequence, Video Clip with tags , on January 22, 2009 by Mr M

Post-Tom Baker, the starfield titles had been in use for only one year. Sid Sutton refreshed them with Peter Davison’s face. Rather than mixing in, the photograph wipes in using a “venetian blind” pattern. There are also some subtle variations on the opening starburst effect.

Alternate Remixes: Opening Title Sequences

Posted in Classic Series, New Series, Theme Tune, Title Sequence, Video Clip with tags , , on November 5, 2008 by Mr M

As I’m going away for a few weeks, I thought I’d share this rather fun take on alternative Doctor Who themes I found on YouTube. There are 10 alternative mixes of the familiar tunes that we know, fused together with the video title sequences. It should keep you happy until I get back!

For the anoraks amongst you, here’s the breakdown of what you’re listening to:

0:00-0:50 1st Dr – Dr. Who – Eric Winstone & His Orchestra

0:48-1:10 2nd Dr – Dr. Who – Don Harper’s Homo Electronicus

1:10-2:35 3rd Dr – “Who is the Doctor” – Sung by Jon Pertwee, Theme performed by Rupert Hine

4th Dr – Dr. Who – Geoff Love & His Orchestra

late 4th Dr/5th Dr – Dr.Who: Cosmic Remix – Mankind

6th Dr – Doctor Who: Terror Version – Dominic Glynn

7th Dr – Doctorin’ the TARDIS (Instrumental) – The Timelords/The KLF

8th Dr – Dr.Who – Mark Ayres

9th Dr – Dr.Who – The London Theatre Orchestra

10th Dr – Doctor? – Orbital

4th Doctor: Opening Title Sequence

Posted in 4th Doctor, Classic Series, Music, Theme Tune, Title Sequence, Video Clip with tags , , , , on November 3, 2008 by Mr M

By 1974, with Tom Baker assuming the title rôle, graphics designer Bernard Lodge hit his stride with arguably the best title sequence in the series’ history. He applied the slit-scan technique to images of the TARDIS and a morose-looking Baker, thereby evoking the most sensational time tunnel effects. Possibly the scariest bit is when the diamond logo dissolves out of the time tunnel, accompanied by a loud hiss of gas.

An experimental colour change with brown and orange filters in 1975 was transmitted on episode one of Baker’s second story The Ark in Space, but deemed unsuccessful. The original version of this sequence was retained from series 12 right up to series 17 in 1979; the only change made was a variation in the font used to spell out the story names and writers’ credits.