Doctor Who Logo

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The latest render of the science fiction series Doctor Who, distinguished by grotesque fonts and futurism, is attractive and memorable. Its identity conveys the essence of the series, vividly depicting the Time Vortex.

Doctor Who: Brand overview

Founded:1963 – present
Founder:BBC
Headquarters:
United Kingdom
Doctor Who is a science fiction TV series produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation that has been running since 1963. It narrates the adventures of an alien from the planet Gallifrey who travels in time in a living TARDIS.

Meaning and History

Doctor Who Logo History

There have been over ten versions of Doctor Who logos: fonts, styles, and palettes regularly change with the release of new episodes. All graphic and verbal signs belong to the BBC.

What is Doctor Who?

Doctor Who is one of the longest-running and most recognizable British TV series, airing on the BBC since 1963. The science fiction show is known for its dynamic characters, impressive visual effects, and intriguing plot twists. The main character is an extraterrestrial traveler who journeys through space and time using the time machine TARDIS to save the world from villains.

1963 – 1967

Doctor Who Logo 1963-1967

The first logo appeared in 1963 when William Hartnell played the Doctor. The center features the series title in the grotesque One Three. The letters are sans-serif, translucent white—the word “Who” is elongated vertically. White spots are visible in the background, shining through the inscription. The overall background is black.

This emblem was used for four seasons. It also appears in Frederick Muller’s novels and in the Doctor Who Annual comic. An updated version was used for the 50th-anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor.”

1967 – 1970

Doctor Who Logo 1967-1970

In the episode “The Macra Terror” (Series 5, Season 4), viewers first saw the second logo. The main changes concerned the inscription: its scale increased, although its proportions remained unchanged. The words became less transparent. The letters now have serifs, characteristic of the Times New Roman font. The background became blurred, white, and gray.

1970 – 1973

Doctor Who Logo 1970-1973

After Jon Pertwee’s arrival, the directors updated the logo. It featured massive inscriptions – black, wide, bold. The grouping remained the same: “Doctor” and “Who” are positioned evenly in two rows horizontally. The upper word is smaller, the lower one larger, to create a visual correspondence between them. At the same time, designers changed the style of letters: “D” has the front leg cut at an angle, “C” has protruding parts shortened, “T” is made in the shape of a hammer, “O” looks like a perfectly round doughnut, and “N” has an arc-shaped connecting bar. This version was used for several seasons – from the series “Spearhead from Space” to “The Green Death.”

1973 – 1980

Doctor Who Logo 1973-1980

The “diamond logo” appeared in the Third Doctor’s final season. It got its unofficial name due to the blue diamond positioned over the inscription. The top part of the geometric figure is slightly cut, making it resemble a faceted diamond. There is also a “non-diamond” version – without the diamond. The letters in the word “Doctor” are arranged semi-circularly in a curved rectangle. The background features colored glares emanating from the center.

1980 – 1984

Doctor Who Logo 1980-1984

Peter Howell’s new interpretation of “Doctor Who” led to the logo’s redesign. It is styled as a sign made of bent transparent tubes. Additionally, the inscription is cohesive, where each subsequent element is connected to the previous one. The transition from the upper stitch to the lower one is made in the form of an inverted trapezoid. The second part of the name is highlighted with a bold outline of letters. All lines have duplicating strokes of different lengths.

1984 – 1987

Doctor Who Logo 1984-1987

In the 18th season, the series used a radically new logo. The inscription looks as if it were laid out of curved neon tubes. The background is a deep, starry sky. Initially, the words were colored light blue, but with the arrival of the Sixth Doctor (in the 22nd season), the palette turned purple. In season 23: The Collection, designers replaced the night sky with purple reflections of the Time Vortex.

1987 – 1989

Doctor Who Logo 1987-1989

In the episodes about the Seventh Doctor, developers introduced a 3D emblem—the word “Who” is typed in a font with rounded corners. The color is metallic gray with a gradient. Red glares are noticeable around the contour. The word “Doctor” looks as if it were handwritten. Furthermore, it is colored yellow and positioned at an angle.

1996

Doctor Who Logo 1996

In 1996, the “Doctor Who” movie was released, along with a new logo. The font remained the same as in 1970. The letters “W,” “R,” “T,” and “C” were slightly changed. The text is bright blue with a gradient and shine. The background depicts space with tiny stars.

2005 – 2010

Doctor Who Logo 2005-2010

BBC marked the series’ return with another emblem. This time, the inscription is horizontal and located on a long, flattened shield. The design changed over several episodes. All versions are similar in concept but differ in color palette. Mostly, a yellow-red palette dominates with green and black speckles.

2010 – 2012

Doctor Who Logo 2010-2012

The fifth series logo consists of two parts. The first is the name of the TV series. The second is the abbreviation “DW,” placed between the words “Doctor” and “Who.” It symbolizes the time machine TARDIS. The background is a red-yellow fog. In the sixth episode, a BBC inscription appears below.

2012 – 2013

Doctor Who Logo 2012-2013

The “DW” symbol was used separately from the main logo, so designers removed it. Only the phrase “Doctor Who,” typed in a strict sans-serif font, remained. The palette was constantly updated – from red-gold to gray-metallic.

2014 – 2018

Doctor Who Logo 2014-2018

From the 8th to the 10th episode, the logo was bluish-gray. The inscription remained the same – with highlights and a gradient. The font has hardly changed. This version appears in 39 episodes, which is considered an absolute record.

In the Sleep No More episode (episode 9), a special emblem consisting of many words and numbers on a dark blue background flashes on the screen. Among the text, the letters “D,” “O,” “C,” “T,” “O,” “R,” and “W,” “H,” and “O” stand out, forming the series’ name.

2018 – today

Doctor Who Logo 2018-present

On February 20, 2018, the BBC announced the arrival of a new Doctor Who logo. The Little Hawk studio developed it. The inscription is originally stylized: the letters “D,” “H,” and “O” are adorned with thin horizontal lines. An exclusive font created specifically for the series. It belongs to the family of geometric grotesques Gotham. Above is the BBC sign. The background is spirally twisted clouds with a bright center, from which rays diverge in all directions. This is the time funnel leading to other dimensions.

Font and Colors

Doctor Who Emblem

The frequent transformation of the logo is associated with a creative approach to the TV project, as almost every season requires a creative poster. Changes concerned three things: the font, the background, and the number of lines. Until 2005, the title was arranged in two rows, then in one. Now, a horizontal font with thin characters and elongated strokes is used, crossing out “D” and “O” in the middle. The background is neutral-white, without designer additions.

The variety of fonts is impressive, as many have appeared since 1963. Generally, there are almost no serif fonts. The exception is the period from 1967 to 1970 when the letters were supplemented with small strokes at the ends.

The logo’s color is also diverse, as, during this time, its background managed to become not only neutrally white but also spaciously colorful. But more often, monochrome prevailed: a combination of some two colors. Thus, all shades of blue, beige, black, pink, green, and gray have been used in the emblem.

Doctor Who color codes

Carrot OrangeHex color:#e2891e
RGB:226 137 30
CMYK:0 39 87 11
Pantone:PMS 7569 C
Moon YellowHex color:#f2cb15
RGB:242 203 21
CMYK:0 16 91 5
Pantone:PMS 115 C
BlackHex color:#000000
RGB:0 0 0
CMYK:0 0 0 100
Pantone:PMS Process Black C

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