According to Bleeding Cool, the series will return to a tradition the original series followed for 22 and a half of its original 26 seasons–featuring the current Doctor’s face in the opening credits. From the middle of Patrick Troughton’s first year as Doctor all the way up until the end of the Sylvester McCoy era, the reigning Doctor’s mug was part of the opening credit sequence. The dissolve or fade or starfield forming of the Doctor’s face is one of the icons of the series, right along with Ron Grainer’s original theme.
However, this precedent was dropped in 1996 for the Fox TV film/back-door pilot and was never used in Russell T. Davies four plus years when the show was revived. Now with Steven Moffat taking over, it appears the show is going even further back to its roots and we will see Matt Smith’s mug in the opening title sequence.
All I can say is–it’s about time. And bless you Mr. Moffatt for restoring this tradition to “Doctor Who.” Every time I hear news about how and where Moffatt wants to take the show, I get more and more excited for series five in 2010.