Since Patrick Troughton replaced William Hartnell in the lead role in the ever-popular British sci-fi TV showDoctor Who, back in 1966, the titles of the show have displayed the Doctor’s face. Generally disembodied, staring at the camera, dissolving into swirly graphics or exploding into stars, occasionally animating into a grin or a wink.
However, after the first cancellation of the show in 1987, things changed. The doomed Fox pilot ten years later didn’t show Paul McGann’s face in the credits, and when Russell T Davies brought the series back starring Christopher Eccleston, he didn’t bring back that particular aspect of the show either. And when Eccleston was replaced by David Tennant, all that changed in the titles was the credit.
From next year, Steven Moffat is in charge of ths show. And, I understand, that this particular nostalgic aspect is returning. We’ll see the floppy haired Quitely-alike features of Matt Smith grinning at us as, probably, the time vortex swirls behind him.
Is this a big deal? For some, possibly. Maybe it indicates some other aspects of the original series that may be returning?
Thanks to thegingerprince of the BleedingCool forums for the tip off.