Classic Doctor Who Title Logos

If you haven’t guessed by now, I am a long-time fan of Doctor Who. The only reason I haven’t watched every episode of the series is because of the tragic loss of so many of the earliest episodes of this long-running science-fiction show from the BBC. So over a period of a few days during the past week I decided to tackle creating some of my favorite logo designs from this show’s history.

The blue diamond logo design first showed up near the end of Jon Pertwee‘s tenure as the Doctor. It lasted until the next-to-last season of the Tom Baker era. The title sequence used the blue version, while the more colorful version has been used in various marketing and product offerings. If you look closely, there are slight differences beyond just the color changes.

Doctor Who Blue Diamond Doctor Who Diamond

Next up is the neon logo, introduced in Tom Baker‘s final season and used all the way to the end of Peter Davison‘s tenure. This is probably my favorite version of the show’s title design. It was more painful to draw than you might imagine, not because it was difficult but in order to get all the accents just right, I had to be painstakingly methodical about the way I constructed it.

Doctor Who Neon

Last, and I guess in some ways least… the title design from the Sylvester McCoy era. In the actual title sequence, this is a three-dimensional design that rotates. It’s actually kind of slick when you see the animation in action. I don’t hate this logo design by any means, I just don’t love it as much as the others in this post.

Doctor Who McCoy

Let me know what you think!

4 responses

  1. If you hadn’t told me that you did these, I’d have assumed them the actual logos. Nice job!

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    1. Thank you, it’s high praise coming from someone I know to be probably a bigger fan than I am even. I did have photo stills from the title credits to go by when drawing these. There are bits of inexactness in each one if I really scrutinize them, but I was really pleased with how well they turned out.

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      1. Listen, if you’ve transcended past New Who and watched a handful of the classic series stories, you’re a big fan. Either way, nice job. I was looking for flaws. Found nothing.

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        1. I’ve watched almost everything there is to watch at least once. I haven’t seen a couple of the animated releases… and some of the Hartnell and Troughton ones weren’t shown around here on PBS back in the day OR were only recently discovered… but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen everything else and own most of the DVDs that are out. I’m not a “know every title and actor” fan, but I’m a pretty solid long-term fan… which helped prompt me to do the logos last week. Doing stuff to add to my portfolio based on things I really love makes the work less like work!

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