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How to make your own doctor who title sequence. Use these ideas for any tv/movie start.


What it this about?

This idea came to me when I was teaching the topic 'time machine'. I wanted something that introduced where in time the children would be flying to for that week/lesson. It was then I thought of Doctor who and looked into how I would be able to create my title sequence that could do this for me.

The first thing I needed was a title sequence that didn't have all the writing on as shown when they are aired. So in other words I needed a clean title sequence.

This is actually easier to find that I thought it would be - search on google for 'Doctor who clean title sequence' and lots of different options will come up. I picked the 2013 option as this would be the sequence the children would recognise the most as it was the one which was on TV at the time (I was lucky that I taught this topic at the same time as Doctor who was being aired.)

The video I used is shown below:

Doctor who clean title sequence - 2013

How do I convert this video so I can use it?

I used 'iLivid' download manager to convert any videos from utube so I can save them onto a memory stick.

Of course there are loads of different coversion websites that you could use. Just type into a search engine, like google, "utube converter" and choose which ever one you prefer.


There are loads of different utube video converters though

You should find a program that you like and can work with easily when converting videos or music files so you can use them within schools.

Utube is a great resource; there are loads of videos on there that would be great to use in our lessons. The trouble is, is that utube is filtered from most school systems. So as teachers we are left with only one option - to convert them. It would be a shame not to use such a great resource.

I use ilivid to covert the videos I need and it does it really well and easily.

Saying that though, if you google 'utube converter' and you will have loads of options that you can use to gain access to this amazing resource for your class.


So how do I make my own title sequence now that I have a clean title sequence?

The program I used was windows movie maker. The reason is that every computer within schools has this program and it is very easy to use:

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  • Click on the windows icon on the desk top.
  • Click on all programs and scroll down to windows movie maker. Double click this icon to open the program up.
  • The screen you should be looking at should look like this:
  • On the left had side under tasks, it says 'import'. Click on video and find where you saved your clean title sequence. Double click on this icon and it will upload it into movie maker.
  • At the bottom of the screen it will say, video, audio/music and title overlay. Next to video it should now say 'drag media here'. So you follow these instructions and right click on the video file you have just uploaded and drag it next to 'video'. Then just let go of the right button.
  • The video then should appear in this section.
  • Now you are free to edit this the way you want. If you look under 'import' on the left hand side you can see the option of 'edit'.
  • Choose the option of 'titles and credits'. You now have four options of how you want to add writing to your title sequence.
  • Click on 'title on selected clip'. You will see a box which will allow you to type something. Type in 'Doctor (Your surname)' So mine was Doctor Jones. If you don't fancy this then Doctor who will do just fine.
  • What I suggest you do next is to click on 'change the title animation'. Then you should click through the different option to see what sort of effects you can create.
  • When you have found the animation you like you have the option to choose a text font and colour that you want.
  • Then click the 'add title' button.
  • Once this is done then it will appear at the bottom of your screen. It will show you where it is in the title sequence. I suggest you click the play button to see how it looks.
  • If it isn't what you want, or it isn't in the correct place then you can edit it; you can even hold the right mouse button and click on the icon for the text you have created and move it to the position you want. You can even make the text last longer on the title sequence by clicking on the right hand side of the rectangle (when your curser changes to a double sided arrow) and move it to make it bigger or smaller.
  • The next part is to create the rest of the text to go on your title sequence.

How can I use this in my classroom?

So you can created a great title sequence for you to use in your lessons, but what do you do with it? Here are a few simple ideas:

  • Introduce a new topic to the children - getting them to guess what it is as you play the sequence.
  • Introduce a new lesson and what you are looking at during that day.

Considering a title sequence doesn't last that long - doctor who lasted 34 seconds - it is a very simple and easy way to do this type of things.

  • There are a lot of differnet ICT skills you need to learn and use to create something this simple so why not get the children to create their own. Maybe they could choose where they would like to go if they had a time machine.

  • Introduce the lessons learning objective in an imaginative and creative way.
  • Use it for a plenary where you go over the learning from today.

It is a little fun, easy to set up and use, quick and simple and it has the wow factor for children because it is something very different to what they are used to.

If you like this idea then have a look at some more ICT ideas I have used in my teaching:

Take a look at my hub 'internet sites to help with your teaching' for great ideas on other websites you can use to help your teaching.


The Doctor on March 12, 2019:

Not to be picky... why are you spelling it utube? It's YouTube.

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