Doctor Who: Flux saw the popular Weeping Angels back, and the closing lyrics followed up on that look with an artful, hidden change. The credits and theme song have undergone several subtle and telling shifts over the years. But this particular change actually indicates something significant about Doctor Who: Flux reason.
Doctor Who: Flux is the 13th season of the long-running science fiction series. The season uses a new structure for the revived series that tells a single story divided into six episodes. Flux will be the final full season for both Jodie Whittaker and showrunner Chris Chibnall, who will leave the series after a series of specials in 2022. Season 13, Episode 4, “Village of the Angels” marked the return of Weeping Angels, one of the new series’ most iconic villains, created by the former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat. In it, The Doctor goes head to head with a legion of angels, all in search of a junk angel with knowledge of The Doctor’s origins. The episode culminates in a twist-ending, where The Doctor, after being summoned by Division, transforms into an angel.
Following the climax of “Village of the Angels”, the final text changes thematic changes to reflect the Doctor’s transformation. While the difference is subtle, loyal Doctor Who viewers who clung to the credits may have noticed a few changes in the iconic theme music, all apt for the end of the episode. It’s a fun Easter egg and a sign to the viewers on it Doctor Who: Flux has lots of secrets left up his sleeve.
The most immediately recognizable change of the iconic Doctor Who music belongs to the percussion of the theme. The usual bombastic drums are gone. Drumming has been used as a symbol of Time Lord’s heartbeat on several occasions throughout the series. The master was even revealed to have been haunted by the sound of drums in the David Tennant era. Doctor Who. A missing heartbeat is a perfect way to represent the thirteenth doctor who has turned to stone.
Doctor Who’s spacey electronic music already has an eccentric flair, but the ending theme after “Village of the Angels” is particularly eerie. Instead of crazy and noisy, the theme is echo and distant. It’s the perfect change to reflect the Doctor’s transformation, as if she heard the music through a wall of stone.
The changes in the final credit theme may also have served another purpose. “Village of the Angels” has a mid-credit sequence that provides an update on the latest events with Bel and Winner. In addition to referring to The Doctor’s transformation, it is likely that the change was intended to warn viewers that the mysterious events of Doctor Who: Flux still unfolding.
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