This Fan-Made Doctor Who Opening Is So Awesome Stephen Moffat Stole It

The video you see above, while incredible, is not official. But, made by one Billy Hanshaw of Leeds, it became such a viral sensation that eventually Who showrunner Stephen Moffat saw it, and he's using it as the basis of the actual season 8 opening credits! (With Hanshaw's permission, of course.)

Seriously, that's how good these fan-made credits are — they've essentially become the real thing. Sure, Moffat showed the video to the BBC graphics department and told them to make an "official" version of them, but that's more a matter of the BBC's presumably superior resources; Hanshaw's video could easily be the real credits just as it is.

"It was the only new title idea I'd seen since 1963," said Moffat at a Who press conference. "We got in touch with him, and said, okay, we're going to do that one." Nice! You'll be able to see the "official" version when Doctor Who season 8 premieres on August 23rd.


[Via The AV Club]

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Did Hanshaw get paid?

If so, all is well. Dude should be paid if Moffat/BBC uses his work as a proof-of-concept. Doesn't have to be a lot, but it should be sufficient.

If Handshaw did not get paid, then Moffat and the BBC have taken advantage of one of their fans in a perfectly legal, but totally dickmove form.