Matt Smith carries the Olympic Torch

The Wrong Doctor?

On Saturday morning, nice and early at 7am, Matt Smith was in Cardiff Bay ready to begin his leg of the Olympic Torch Relay, a custom dating back to 1936 in the lead up to each Olympic Games.

But many Doctor Who fans have been a bit upset that David Tennant, the previous incarnation and the one who actually carries the torch in the much-maligned Fear Her, wasn’t asked, despite a long-running online campaign.

Matt joins a string of celebrities to carry the torch, such as perma-tweeter Will.I.Am (who clearly has no idea on how to pronounce his name) and departing Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. In fairness, he looks great carrying it and seems to be thoroughly pleased to have been asked – understandably so.

Of course, all of those people saying “where’s David Tennant?” should probably consider that there is plenty of time for the ex Time Lord to get involved. The torch still has to visit Northern Ireland, Scotland and the North East before heading back to “that there London” and the games in July.

So sit tight, you never know…

What do you think? Fan of the Olympic games? Appalled by the celebration of a custom introduced by the Nazis for the 1936 games right here in the UK? Find it all a bit trivial and over-egged?

Or would you rather just ignore it all and watch Doctor Who? Tell us below!

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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