I thought it was pretty cool when Roger Federer sported his fan-designed racket in Toronto’s Rogers Cup awhile back. You see that sort of thing in sports pretty often where Fan Appreciation Day’s get lots of creative exercise. I’m a moderate sports fan, and less so the older I get. But my love of geekdom is rampant. That’s why I’m halfway jealous of the awesome feeling one fan got when his opening credits design for the new Doctor Who season was made official. That’s right, Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor will get a brand-spanking-new intro when the season premieres in a few days. There was no contest held; no call to any effects designers to offer submissions. This is all the result of one dedicated fan who just loves the show. And the show’s head honcho loved him in return.
Freelance motion graphics designer Billy Hanshaw just hit the jackpot. When inspired to “challenge” himself by putting together his vision of the Doctor’s opening sequence, the finished product quickly went viral on YouTube. Traveling T.A.R.D.I.S.-style around the internet, the video eventually caught the eye of showrunner and vocal sex machine Stephen Moffat. Mr. Moffat enjoyed the work so much that he got his people to work a revised version as the official open. He spoke on it at a recent press conference:
“Our beautiful new title sequence, it’s absolutely stunning, is online ‘Doctor Who’ fandom…”
The piece is new and modern, but also incorporates homages to well-worn show devices. Can you spot any of them? Great Seal of Rassilon, anyone?
“Billy Hanshaw created this title sequence, put it up on YouTube. I happened to cross it, and it was the only new title idea I’d seen since 1963. We got in touch with him, and said, okay, we’re going to do that one.”
I think it’s cool, but as a Whovian, I let that series get away with a lot of stuff. I don’t like the name fonts and Capaldi isn’t striking me as a smiling Doctor, so I can see those changes being made ASAP. But, on the whole, old Billy-Boy knows what he’s doing and will be the new hot ticket on the graphic designers hotlist. And good for him because the job world sucks right now. He’s obviously a fan because he hits a lot of good notes here and doesn’t deviate at all from the overall feel of the series. The Who opens have pretty much stuck with the cosmic touch over the years, sometimes dipping too harshly into the complimentary LSD bowl. Like our source had so graciously done, I’m including a video of all the previous Who opens for comparison. If you’re not high already, this’ll do it.
Via – AV Club