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Published on August 1st, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Doctor Who Cut from Olympics Opening Ceremony

It’s not often that a Time Lord gets cut for time but the Doctor found himself out of contention for the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony last Friday when a planned segment paying tribute to all eleven incarnations of the Doctor was cut from pop culture spectacular.

Although fans could hear the familiar TARDIS materialisation sound punctuate the end of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ according to a tweet from  Edward Russell, Doctor Who Brand Manager, a larger Doctor Who presence had been planned and was used during a tech rehearsal:

Screen Rant offers this explanation as to why the segment was cut from the live broadcast:

“It’s certainly possible that the tech rehearsal Doctor montage was merely the remnants of an original segment that would include a TARDIS sound effect intro, followed by the theme song and video of the eleven Doctors. The full segment was cut prior to tech rehearsal – but, likely, before the production could update the onscreen video with non-Doctor footage. It’s also possible that, after seeing the video montage without the theme, the production team decided footage of the Doctors was now out of place – leaving only the TARDIS sound effect in the final version.”

That tech rehearsal briefly found its way to YouTube which thanks to “copyright infringement” was quickly removed by the user.

However, there is still footage of the ceremony itself on iPlayer (the TARDIS cameo appears at around the one hour, one minute mark) or you could just watch this and imagine how unlikely and awesome its realisation might have been.


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

6 Responses to Doctor Who Cut from Olympics Opening Ceremony

  1. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Considering that lame music celebration went on for what seemed like 30 minutes, I’d think they could have fit in a Doctor Who song and video.

    • avatar TonyS says:

      Maybe a bit less “Hey Jude”-ing would have enabled it to be fitted in?

      • avatar Rick Lundeen says:

        Agreed! I think the real reason was that somebody in charge was a bit sick of DW.

  2. avatar Richard says:

    Perhaps they could use it in the closing ceremony as the whole stadium gets sucked into the Vortex with the Master’s mad laughter echoing over London! ;)

  3. avatar Simon Spencer says:

    A lot of people are eager to forget that, due to the Opening Ceremony being started an hour later, at least 30mins were cut from parts of the event due to a requirement of getting volunteers home by public transport.

    Since we probably will never know what was going to happen during those 30mins, it’s possible that a Doctor Who presentation was part of that.

    • “eager to forget” something they didn’t care about or had no knowledge of?

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