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December 17th, 2012 64 comments

Revamped Theme Tune and Opening Title Sequence

Revamped Theme Tune and Opening Title Sequence

From The official site

Something cold, something new… Not only will we be treated to a ‘new’ TARDIS during The Snowmen (Christmas Day at 5.15pm), but the episode will premiere a revamped theme tune and opening title sequence.

We can’t give too much away about the new-look titles except to say they are wonderfully dramatic and striking, with a couple of unexpected touches. In short, they’re a perfect way to welcome back the Doctor!

And fans of the famous Doctor Who theme tune needn’t worry… This new arrangement remains true to the original, written by Ron Grainer back in 1963, but on Christmas Day you’ll hear it as it’s never sounded before. This latest version is more thrilling and powerful but retains that slightly scary quality that remains stirring no matter how many times you catch it.

To enjoy the revamped theme tune and opening title sequence, make sure you’re watching The Snowmen on BBC One, Christmas Day at 5.15pm.


  • ChapWithTheWingsThereFiveRoundsRapid

    December 25th, 2012 - 5:08pm

    I do hope it is Matts face. Although, it may take it back to the 80s, and I want to see Doctor Who change in a bright new way.

    • karl

      August 24th, 2014 - 9:18am

      AGAIN in 2014 the new doctor who has changed music and title sequence..SORRY BUT THERE was nothing wrong with the ORIGINAL..hated matt smiths version and i hate the new version

  • cyberman2

    December 24th, 2012 - 10:19pm

    merry christmas

  • apple pinapple

    December 23rd, 2012 - 9:38pm


  • doctorwhoone

    December 21st, 2012 - 3:22pm

    I wounder what these ‘couple of unexpected touches’ might be.

    I’m guessing that they might finally bring back the use of featuring the Doctors face in the opening credits, something which has not been done since the 1987 opening titles with the 7th Doctor winking at us 😉 , and perhaps this time, instead of just featuring the Doctors face, they might also include Clara’s as well.

    Merely guessing off course. I’m not sure how different anyone could make a title sequence when it comes to Doctor Who. It’s either do you chose a vortex for your titles, or chose space instead, like the starfield one from the 1980’s for Tom, Peter and Colin.

    Maybe they should combine space and the time vortex together, like they did with the 1996 TV Movie intro.

    • Some bloke

      December 24th, 2012 - 7:07pm

      I hope it’s only matt’s face, it just wouldn’t be right if clara’s was in there to. It’s ‘Doctor Who’ It should only be his face!

  • NewWho2013

    December 21st, 2012 - 3:55am

    I think that the new intro, new theme and new Tardis console room is happening because the 12th Doctor will soon Arrive, possibly by this series End!..Spoilers…..hmm

    • doctorwhoone

      December 21st, 2012 - 8:16am

      No, Matt Smith is not leaving any time soon, he said some time back that he will be around throughout 2013.

      Might leave a year or two later thou, 2014 or 2015.

      But for now, his the Doctor so let’s get all started on who will be the 12th incarnation just yet.

    • doctorwhoone

      December 21st, 2012 - 8:17am

      Let’s NOT get all started.

    • McGann is the Doctor

      December 21st, 2012 - 9:58am

      If anything, it’s because of the 50th anniversary.

      And even if it WAS for the next Doctor, why would they have all these changes take place DURING Matt Smith’s time ?

      I hear the new Tardis is because the old set couldn’t be moved from the old studio, the new outfit is because the Doctor is in victorian london and doesn’t want to stand out, he wants to blend in and be left alone by the start of the episode.

      And the new theme music/intro is because the previous one is long overdue for a replacement ! ❗

    • imogen

      December 21st, 2012 - 1:07pm

      the 11th docter move on dowt it hes cool.

  • apple pinapple

    December 20th, 2012 - 9:42pm

    i think they should do it like smallville

    • doctorwhoone

      December 21st, 2012 - 8:17am

      I think not.

    • apple pinapple

      December 22nd, 2012 - 9:33pm

      i mean the images of the the doctor and clara

    • Some bloke

      December 24th, 2012 - 7:08pm

      even more so NO!

  • dr who 1999

    December 20th, 2012 - 5:19pm

    will the logo be changing? if it isn’t then it will be interesting to see how they present it in the new titles

    • doctorwhoone

      December 21st, 2012 - 8:19am

      No the logo will stay the same, otherwise they would have said that a new logo was going to replace the current one we’ve had since 2010.

  • Zaphod99

    December 20th, 2012 - 4:56pm

    I have my fingers crossed for this. Although I have to admit, my expectations for Murray Gold are pretty low, so I hope he can prove me wrong! When on earth will they ever replace him? I am truly sick of his music. It just doesn’t really fit with the material much of the time. He just doesn’t seem to grasp the otherwordlyness of Doctor Who.

    • doctorwhoone

      December 21st, 2012 - 8:20am

      My god all you do is complain. If I owned this site I would have you stopped from using it 😛

    • McGann is the Doctor

      December 21st, 2012 - 10:01am

      I partly agree, they get him to do EVERYTHING for the show’s soundtrack, it’s ridiculous.

      The lame 2010 version of the theme tune that he made for 2010 was hammy and undynamic. He should have made something that was like a version of the theme instead of making a theme that deviated from what it is supposed to be like.

      Ofcourse, in his defense he said “It’s better than the 2008 David Tennant theme.” JUST KIDDING ! He said “No one can tell me how it’s supposed to be.” Well guess what Murray ? Yes we can ! And the fact that they are now changing it to make it “like it’s supposed to be” is proof ! :p

    • Zaphod99

      December 21st, 2012 - 3:21pm

      Well, Doctorwhoone, I am allowed to have an opinion….at least I don’t state it like its fact like you clearly do. Chances are if you were the owner of this site, I wouldn’t visit it.
      McGann is the Doctor…yes I remember Murray Gold saying that. lol He’s a cocky A$%hole, that guy….always has been. I can’t stand the his music, but at least it’s more in the background now…Fingers crossed!!!

    • Trenzalore 64

      December 23rd, 2012 - 12:48am

      I agree with Zephod99, Doctorwhoone that was Harsh, everyone is entitled to there opinion.

  • Liason Ice

    December 20th, 2012 - 7:39am

    If they are making the TARDIS more “classic” then maybe the titles will be to, hopefully have the Doctors face in there somewhere

    • doctorwhoone

      December 20th, 2012 - 10:50am

      I think that’s the plan, keep Doctor Who looking new, but honouring the past 49 years we’ve had so far, and make the 50th Anniversary in 2013 as memorable as possible.

      Steven Moffat has stated that Doctor Who will dominate television throughout 2013. I hope so, Ive had enough Eastenders, X Factor, I’m a celebrity get me out of here, The Voice, The only way is Essex and other such nonsense being shoved on my families TV screen that I can’t bare it anymore from time to time.

      Pity there is no TV channel dedicated to Doctor Who. I would watch that channel and no other for good 😀

    • McGann is the Doctor

      December 21st, 2012 - 10:03am

      I have wanted the Doctor’s face in there since David Tennant was leaving.

      Was so dissapointed when I saw the new titles in the 11th Hour they STILL hadn’t made the big move 🙁

      But hopefully now they will do it, because it was cool when they did it in the classic series and it would bring the sequence up a whole new level of awesomeness ! 🙂

  • McGann is the Doctor

    December 19th, 2012 - 12:34pm

    I was so pleased and relieved to read this, although I do wish they had kept it as a surprise.

    After struggling through the opening titles for THREE YEARS (it could have been WAY BETTER ,a boring bunch of clouds, a theme tune that was kinda cool but not very dynamic or creepy, lack of the Doctor’s image, not good enough to keep viewers entertained for two years) they have finally improved it.

    Very glad to hear this, aslong as it’s cool, dynamic, creepy and addictive it will be ideal. Also, having the Doctor’s image 🙂

    • Callum Precious

      December 19th, 2012 - 6:07pm

      I will keep an eye on it from Christmas Day (that’s my 5 anniversary of my Doctor Who debut since I’ve first seen in 2007)

    • McGann is the Doctor

      December 21st, 2012 - 10:06am

      I first watched back when Rose came on, but only became a fan around the time “Planet of the Dead” aired.

      I have missed only a handful of stories, and do ofcourse watch them when I get the boxset. I missed tooth and claw, the next Doctor, Amy’s Choice, the Silurian (people with green masks pass as silurians ? 😯 ) two parter and Night Terrors.

      The last one I purposefully avoided because it was a Mark Gatiss episode. It looked good but I feared it would be an intelligence-insulting mess like Victory of the Daleks was, which BTW also looked good ❗

  • John Smith

    December 19th, 2012 - 8:25am

    They should bring back the diamond logo and the faces as seen in the Classic titles. The new theme tune sounds cool as I was starting to find the current one a bit… Well, dull.

    • John Smith

      December 19th, 2012 - 8:25am

      Sorry. When I said Diamond logo I meant to say diamond vortex! My bad!

    • McGann is the Doctor

      December 19th, 2012 - 12:26pm

      I agreee about the faces.

      It is the standard for all TV shows to have an appearance of the main character in some form and it was always cool when they had the Doctor’s face !

      I don’t mind if it’s a starfield, a time-storm, whatever, just as long as it’s not a recoloured version of the RTD time vortex ! ❗

  • 11matt

    December 18th, 2012 - 5:38pm

    should be good


    December 17th, 2012 - 9:28pm

    Cant Wait!!!!!!!!

  • Tardis’nt

    December 17th, 2012 - 6:51pm

    Quite looking forward to this!!! Its always nice to have a new theme tune every now and then, its probably for the 50th!

  • The TARDIS

    December 17th, 2012 - 6:11pm

    Personally I have no objection to a new title sequence and theme, hopefully it will be more in line with ones from the 60’s/70’s. However, I just don’t think that it can be classed as Series 7 Part 2, it’s going to be entirely different to the half-series that preceded it.

  • That Snowman over there

    December 17th, 2012 - 5:56pm

    Whilst it does seem rather odd that we have THIS many changes during one series, it’s understandable. Next year is, as we should all know by now, the show’s 50th Anniversary, so it would seem wrong to not incorporate any changes to the titles etc.

    Anybody else have a feeling they’ll use the 50th Anniversary logo? 😀

    • doctorwhoone

      December 17th, 2012 - 7:42pm

      When you say 50th Anniversary logo, are you referring to the 70’s version with the 1st Doctor intro laid over it ?.

      If so then I doubt it. That version is just for official 50th Anniversary merchandise.

  • Dazza

    December 17th, 2012 - 5:02pm

    I’m just looking forward to The Rani turning up next year. That should be a good episode, be good to see who is playing her this time around, unless Kate OMara is finally going to agree to be her once more?

    • doctorwhoone

      December 17th, 2012 - 5:14pm

      What makes you think the Rani’s turning up next year ?.

      Theres been no mention of her returning in series 7 part 2 as far as I’m aware.

      Kate’s too old to play the Rani [sadly 🙁 ].

      I would have either Terry Farrell [Jadzia Dax from Star Trek – Deep Space Nine] or Rosie Huntinton-Whitely [Carly Spencer from Transformers – Dark of the Moon] as a new incarnation of the Rani.

    • doctorwhoone

      December 17th, 2012 - 5:30pm

      Sadly for you Dazza, the Rani is not coming back. Ive just looked her up on Google, and came across an article from August this year on another Doctor Who website which I won’t bother to mention as this comment might end up just getting deleted, but the article is called ‘Why Moffat will not bring back the Rani’ and says –

      Anyone hoping for the return of certain classic Doctor Who characters like the Rani or the Meddling Monk probably shouldn’t hold their breath. Steven Moffat has ruled them out because he feels they will be lost on casual viewers.

      Moffat explained in the latest issue of SFX magazine that other characters like the Master were an exception: “Even people who don’t know the past very well get thrilled by the idea that you’ve brought something back. Everyone got very excited – and by everyone I mean real people – when the Master came back, even though most people could barely remember him.

      He elaborated: “It has to be self-explanatory, it has to be free-standing, it has to be clear for everybody. If I did the Meddling Monk teaming up with Mavic Chen’s daughter and the Krotons then yeah, that’s too much, because no one gives a toss.”

      He added: “People always ask me “Do you want to bring back the Rani?” No one knows who the Rani is. They all know who the Master is, they know Daleks, they probably know who Davros is, but they don’t know who the Rani is, so there’s no point in bringing her back. If there’s a line it’s probably somewhere there.””

    • Some bloke

      December 17th, 2012 - 5:35pm

      I think i read somewhere that moffat wasn’t going to bring back the rani for some reason. To be honest she’s like a rubbish female version of the master

    • doctorwhoone

      December 17th, 2012 - 7:13pm

      I think the real reason is because unlike the Master, who appeared in many stories, the Rani only appeared twice in the classic series encountering the 6th and 7th Doctors in ‘The Mark of the Rani’ and ‘Time of the Rani’, and since I don’t think magazine like Doctor Who Adventures have probably talked much about her or never mentioned her at all, then she would not be very well known to a lot of todays younger viewers.

      You say Rani to them, and they’d think of Rani Chandra from the Sarah Jane Adventures, not THE Rani.

    • McGann is the Doctor

      December 19th, 2012 - 12:29pm

      True but what Moffat doesn’t seem to realise is that when the Rani was first introduced to viewers in “Mark of the Rani” she had already met the Doctor before.

      There needn’t be all these references to her previous encounters with the Doctor, just bring the character back and don’t make a big fuss about “OMG it’s Rani, look people ! The Rani is back !” because casual viewers will not know who she is. Hope this makes sense ❗

  • doctorwhoone

    December 17th, 2012 - 4:41pm

    The reason clearly for the new intro, new theme and new Tardis console room is because as we all know 2013 is Doctor Whoth 50th / golden / half a century anniversary.

    To be honest I don’t mind the changes Ive just mentioned, cos for one thing, the 2010 intro was ruined this year with the silly different appearances of the logo for this years 5 episodes which did not suit everyone, including the changes in colour to the time vortex in each of this years episodes as well.

  • Skyfall

    December 17th, 2012 - 4:36pm

    I hope, instead of the name of the actor who plays the Doctor, they show their face like they did for the old ones

    • Some bloke

      December 17th, 2012 - 5:33pm

      Read my comment below

    • McGann is the Doctor

      December 19th, 2012 - 12:30pm

      Absolutely, having the Doctor’s image/face was the best part !

  • Mr Evil Fez

    December 17th, 2012 - 4:09pm

    This is brilliant for the 50th, but why does it have to change all the time?!

    • joe

      December 17th, 2012 - 6:16pm

      Because Doctor Who is about change. You have to embrace it with this show.
      To be honest i am looking forward to a new title sequence, as i HATED what they did with Series 7.1 with different coloured logos each episode.

      Hopefully this one will have a more ‘classic’ feel to it.

    • doctorwhoone

      December 17th, 2012 - 7:16pm

      Joe – Agreed, Doctor Who is about change, unless your one of them people who just won’t accept the truth that David Tennant is no longer the Doctor [seriously, those of you who won’t get over David Tennant – GET – OVER – HIM – NOW !!!!, so many of us are sick to death with the whole ‘BRING BACK DAVID TENNANT’ thing, your making yourselves look like scream loonies who adore guys like Justin Bieber and the 1 Direction…. yuck ! 😛 ]

  • The TARDIS

    December 17th, 2012 - 4:03pm

    Undecided as to whether the whole changeover is annoying, just as we’ve started getting used to, or if it’s brilliant that we keep on getting new ideas in Who… I think it’s the second one.
    My only worry is that this isn’t series 7 part 2, it’s an entirely different series. New costume, new TARDIS interior, new companion, new title sequence, new theme…

  • doctorwhoone

    December 17th, 2012 - 3:13pm

    Strange, if you click ‘Official Site’, you just end up uploading this page.

    I hope the new theme and intro will be close to the William Hartnell original, or something like it at least.

  • dr who 1999

    December 17th, 2012 - 12:22pm

    i don’t know what to think, i am exited about it but its annoying that it cant stay still for more than 2 years!


    December 17th, 2012 - 12:20pm

    AARGH!! cant they just stay still!! matt smith should have the same title and TARDIS throughout his era, and it should be changed when he regenerates. we’ve just bought a new TARDIS playset!!!! and i think we’ve all judt got used to the new titles as well!

    • CG

      December 17th, 2012 - 1:49pm

      I completely agree.

    • Anonymous

      December 17th, 2012 - 3:54pm

      Peter davidson’s tardis changed

    • joe

      December 17th, 2012 - 6:18pm

      Why does everyone think the TARDIS can only change when the Doctor regenerates?


      December 17th, 2012 - 10:05pm

      brcause as soon as you get used to something it changes again! they need to stand still!

    • That Snowman over there

      December 18th, 2012 - 6:40am

      But Doctor Who is a show that does not stand still. It’s constantly changing and evolving. 🙂

    • apple pinapple

      December 20th, 2012 - 9:41pm

      i believe you on that one

  • Some bloke

    December 17th, 2012 - 11:44am

    I heard there’s ‘a nod’ to classic ‘who’ in the titles, so hopefully it will be matt smith’s face!!

  • T.A.R.D.I.S

    December 17th, 2012 - 10:55am


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      December 18th, 2012 - 4:33pm


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