Doctor Who News Matt Smith carries the Olympic Torch

Published on May 28th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

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!


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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+.

8 Responses to The Wrong Doctor?

  1. avatar Sandra says:

    You’ve got to be kidding. There’s enough rubbish on tumblr about David Tennant carrying the Torch. It was Matt purely because he’s the current Doctor and Cardiff wanted to acknowledge what the show has done for the area. David Tennant is no longer the Doctor. The honour had to go to the current Doctor – no question about it.

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Since it’s obvious that just about anyone can carry the torch, I think it would be a great idea to have Tennant carry it in costume. I think that’d be a huge hit. Even better now that Smith has carried it and so you’ve already got the current Doctor having signed off on it. Especially since I’d think that the majority of the people in the stadium itself probably saw the actual episode!

  3. avatar Paddy says:

    I don’t know why, but having Tennant show up in his costume to carry the torch just seems a bit… naff. A touch cringe-worthy, even.

    Hardly the most eloquent argument ever made, but there we go. Am I going to get flamed now?

  4. avatar Leo says:

    Matt is The Doctor now-end of.

  5. avatar Victor says:

    Matt Smith is The Doctor. I loved Tennant, but he is no longer The The Doctor; some people really need to let go!

  6. avatar Andrew says:

    Some people have no perspective of anything. Matt is the Doctor and Cardiff wanted him to represent the show which has done a lot for the area in the last 7 years. Also we should be grateful that our show has been acknowledged at all.
    Get over it Tennant fans and realise a bit of continuity for a crap episode 6 years ago is of no interest to anyone but yourselves. This and the miss-understanding of Moffat’s speech at the BAFTAs shows out how ignorant some fans are.

  7. avatar Rich Wagener says:

    Tennent’s Doctor ran the final leg in “Fear Her” (which I happen to like). Having Smith carry it through Cardiff is almost a mini-cross over! It’s a great honor for Doctor Who an belongs with the incumbent. Regardless of popularity.

  8. avatar Amy Mays says:

    The Doctor is the Doctor, whichever incarnation he is in. I love Ten and Eleven both, I would’ve been happy to see any of the Doctors have such an honor, and think its brilliant Matt Smith had such an amazing chance.

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