‘Doctor Who’ Theme, Titles to Receive ‘Striking’ Makeover for Christmas Special

Iconic image for new ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special. (Photo: BBC AMERICA)

For Whovians, the reveal of a new Doctor Who opening sequence is an event on par with a fresh James Bond intro, and we’ve seen several in the show’s almost 50-year run. Well, as the Radio Times has reported, the BBC has announced that we’ll be getting new titles and “a revamped theme tune” for the Doctor Who Christmas special “The Snowmen,” which will also see a new companion (Jenna-Louise Coleman‘s Clara) and a renovated TARDIS. (Watch BBC AMERICA’s trailer for the special below.)

“We can’t give too much away about the new-look titles,” the BBC revealed, “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 don’t fret, Who fans: the iconic theme tune is only receiving a “new arrangement” which “remains true to the original, written by Ron Grainer back in 1963.” But the BBC adds, “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.”

Exciting. And just for reference, here are the opening titles as we most recently saw them, for Season 7.1:

And here are some interesting takes on the theme tune from Whovians.