Doctor Who: Watch the new, very different opening title sequence

Unlike Doctor Who's past few holiday outings, today's Christmas special, "The Snowmen," contains some radical changes to the series as a whole. Of course, there's the much-anticipated introduction of new companion Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman), who will provide much of the mystery for the second half of the series. Then there's the brand new interior for the TARDIS, which is a complete aesthetic change. And now, we've finally gotten a look at the new title sequence for the series, which will perhaps be seen as the most lasting part of the Christmas special's legacy. 

Since the show was revived in 2005 (and really, years before that), the title sequence has followed the TARDIS through the wormhole-like time vortex. Despite some minor changes to that formula (color, mostly), the titles remained essentially the same from 2005 until earlier this year. But the Christmas special eschews the wormhole almost completely (until the very end) and instead careens through space, passing through nebulae that happen to resemble star Matt Smith and featuring rather odd electronic flashes. It looks like the changing texture of the Doctor Who logo will remain the same, though; the version you see below emulates the titular snow of the Christmas special. 

The theme music, while retaining the major compositional changes of series 5 (the bombastic opening), has gotten a little more synthesized, and features some really cool dissonance. 

The only part of the titles I don't like is the very ending, in which the TARDIS zooms toward the camera and we enter through its doors -- the CG is just awful. I prefer the fade out that the titles have typically ended with, as it's much less jarring. But, overall, I'd say this new title sequence is rather great. What do you think? 

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Written by: mcpherson
Dec 25th, 2012, 3:08 pm


Message Posted On Jan 23rd, 2013, 2:00 am
What they should have done was have the camera going backwards rather than forwards, as they've done for quite a while now, and have the Tardis fly amongst all that new spacey-wacey stuff. They could've had a better shot of Matt Smith's face too. I also don't like what they did with the Tardis at the end aswell. Looked really amateurish to me. Here's hoping they make a few changes to it (preferably mine!).

Message Posted On Dec 27th, 2012, 6:40 am
I think it’s about time they changed the Doctor Who opening sequence. Since the Doctor changes every few years, why shouldn’t the opening sequence be any different? My coworker at DISH and I watched the Christmas Special, and we thought it was good overall and I can’t wait for the rest of season seven. I’m just getting into Doctor Who, so I’ve been recording as many episodes as I can to my DISH Hopper. It can record up to 400 hours of programming in HD, so I should have plenty of space for a few seasons to check out when I want, and I room to spare.
Jim in NY

Message Posted On Dec 26th, 2012, 8:26 pm
Awesome.. very retro and inspired by the legacy series.. I like it!

Message Posted On Dec 25th, 2012, 10:11 pm
FINALLY, we get The Doctor's face in the titles again, even if it is vague. Nevertheless, we'll take it!
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