‘Doctor Who’ not included in Olympic Closing Ceremonies

2012 Olympic Games - Closing Ceremony
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: A replica Big Ben is seen during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

By, Heather Maloney

After its short inclusion in the Opening Ceremonies, Whovians were saddened Sunday after “Doctor Who” was not incorporated in the Closing Ceremonies. Even though the show was not highlighted, many famous and amazing celebrities were included. From One Direction to Annie Lennox, the show certainly did have something for everyone. Fans went crazy online during Queen’s portion where it felt as if Freddy Mercury had come back to life. Russell Brand even made an appearance with a cover of Willy Wonka and The Beatles.

There was one nod to “Doctor Who” in the arena. The volunteers who were set to control the crowd were wearing hats that resembled the TARDIS.

On July 27, Whovians around the world were exuberant when there was distinctively the TARDIS sound included in the Opening Ceremonies. Shortly after, information and video surfaced that provided details on the “Doctor Who” video tribute that was planned for the Opening Ceremonies. “Doctor Who” was going to be included in a portion dedicated to British television, along with other iconic shows uch as “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and “Coronation Street”. A “Doctor Who” video was approved by BBC for the Opening Ceremonies which included a montage of all eleven doctors. Unfortunately this tribute would never be.

Many fans signed petitions to have David Tennant assigned as the final torchbearer. Unfortunately that hope did not come to fruition. Matt Smith, the eleventh and current Doctor, was recently a torchbearer. He carried the torch through Cardiff in May.


Published by: Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney is an avid Doctor Who and British science fiction fan. She attends the Gallifrey One Convention in Los Angeles annually, and facilitates the Doctor Who Panels for the Starfest Convention in Denver. During her active Doctor Who Fandom, she has met four Doctors, countless companions and numerous Doctor Who actors, writers and directors. Contact Heather at doctorwhoheather@gmail.com. http://www.examiner.com/user-doctorwhoheather

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