So earlier today I unveiled the new logo for Gallifrey Archive, and I can confess that I’ve been planning this logo since I had the idea for the site many moons ago. Well that’s a lie, I thought about running a Doctor Who site for years and that’s no understatement, I first wanted to have a site dedicated to Doctor Who since at least 2009, the year of the Tenth Doctor specials. I remember reading other peoples opinions on all the latest rumours, leaks and announcements and I wanted in on that. It sounded fantastic.
Anyway, this is a story of the new logo, not Gallifrey Archive, as that would be a very very long article. The logo idea popped into my head the second I thought of my concept. I’ve just realised that I’m going to have to give you a bit of the story of the site before the logo. So here it goes…
I decided I definitely wanted to run a Doctor Who themed website, which was great, but it needed a name. Luckily for you all, I kept a list of possible names I was thinking of using before settling on Gallifrey Archive, so you can have a look and maybe steal one if it’s not already gone and start yourself. Here’s the list in order of thoughts:
DoctorNews.com (I’m sorry, I thought puns might work)
As you can see, the name Gallifrey Archive came quite late in the process, but it stuck out to me. And it was available.
So that’s how the name came to be; now back to the logo.
I loved seeing Gallifrey in the Russell T Davies era flashbacks, there was something about the fact it was the Doctor remembering his home planet that I thought made it look extremely romanticised and beautiful. The colour palette too was beautiful, lots of burnt orange and reds. Then there was the citadel, in its vast dome, I adored the 21st century imagining of Gallifrey. (Sorry classic Gallifrey, you were a bit too GalliGrey for me… I’ll see myself out) So that’s where the germ of the idea started. Well it was that or having some kind of Vault door with the seal of Rassilon on it. ‘The Vault of Rassilon’ should it have been mentioned in classic Who. So we’ve got to the point when I realised I wanted Gallifrey with it’s citadel and dome in it, but why did I choose the art deco theme stylistically? For no other reason than I liked it and I thought the spires and dome would look amazing. And I think it’s safe to say it does. I love it, and I think I can safely say it’s going to stick around for a long while…
There’s still more exciting new stuff coming your way, but that’s for another day.