Saturday, January 02, 2010

So long Doctor

So the 10th Doctor has regenerated into his new incarnation Matt Smith. Geeks will appreciate the synchronicity in this appointment since The Doctor often refers to himself as Mr Smith when he is incognito.

But from my perspective there is a more significant change - which is that the venerable Dr Who logo which has been used since the series returned in 2005 is being replaced with this one. I can't say I'm convinced but I suppose we will have to see how it suits the new season which starts in the UK this spring. However, it has certainly prompted me to regenerate the poorly plagiarised Ports Thoughts logo into something a little less showy.



If you are an old timer like me and you are interested in the history of the Dr Who logo's from very beginning then this is quite cool.

9 comments:

Roy Rumaner said...

Waiting until 7:30 tonight to watch the last episode. BBCA has been running the entire series of this doctor all day. Fun to watch them again.

Ian Scott said...

Despite Steven Moffat having written one of the best pieces of drama I have seen on television in the last twenty years (Doctor Who: Blink) I have to admit I am somewhat anxious about what the future holds for the venerable Time Lord even with Mr. Moffat now at the helm. The logo doesn't allay those anxieties. Still, Matt Smith's first minute on screen made me laugh (in a good way) and the subsequent trailer would appear to hold some promise.

The BIG question though: did you cry?

Mr Ports said...

Ian: "The BIG question though: did you cry?"

No. **Spoiler Warning** I loved the double ending where you had the show down with Rassilon but then the Doctor still had to rescue Wilf. Had the regeneration happend then I would no doubt have been in bits. But Russell T Davis made a huge mistake in adding the "Doctors Reward" section. Of course it was nice for him finish off his period in charge with a nod to all the previous companions but dramatically it only served to take us out of the moment for 10 minutes so by the time they got round to the actual regeneration/"I don't want to go" it was disconnected and hence unemotional. Since you ask.

Ian Scott said...

Andy, that's almost exactly how I viewed it. Thanks for the honest response.

Had I been in charge the "See You Next Tuesday" in me would have gone for everyone's throats and tear ducts. Sometimes less is more. Nice as the goodbyes were for me as a viewer as much as for the good Doctor I also think they served to dilute the impact. Rewatching the Eccleston handover on YouTube can still gut me.

The reference to Rassilon by name thrilled me but only the death of Lotus Notes will ever make me cry :-D

sgrfsh said...

Better late than never I suppose. I tried to watch the new Doctor on BBC America -- couldn't do it for all the ads, and that nagging feeling that they'd chopped out something cool to make way for 'em. So I've finally found some decent quality, ahem, odnwoldas, and I started watching.

Surprised that I actually like the new logo, since when I first saw it months back I rather hated it. I think I like the title sequence and I do like the minor revision to the music. And from watching half of the first ep I rather think I like Matt Smith.

What say you?

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