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If you were confused at the omission of Doctor Who from last night’s otherwise spectacular Opening Ceremony, you’ll be pleased/frustrated to know that the long-running TV series was originally billed to show up.

Following the athlete parade (that’s right, the lengthy section in which you probably took a toilet break), a fourth musical act was scheduled to take place before Paul McCartney’s finale. The Doctor Who theme was due to be played alongside musical motifs from Coronation Street, Fawlty Towers and songs from musicians such as Adele and Oasis. However, due to the over-running of earlier sections this whole act was omitted from the show.

Doctor Who wasn’t ENTIRELY absent from the night’s proceedings though, as the TARDIS materialisation sound was played over the top of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” during the digital era segment (something we imagine Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill were thrilled about given their previous rendition of the classic).

We’re not sure if The Doctor will show up in the closing ceremony as a sort of penance for the initial absence, or if we’ll have to wait until August 25 to hear the iconic theme song again.

Are you disappointed that the section was cut, or do you think Danny Boyle’s show had enough going for it already?

  • http://twitter.com/tbuxton42 Tom Buxton

    To be honest, I’m happy with the fact that Doctor Who was PLANNED to have a big part in the Ceremony. While the knowledge that the BBC did regard it highly enough to have a section ready if time allowed doesn’t fully compensate for the lack of that section, we’ll all remember that cameo now, so a 49-year old show did get its chance to appear in the biggest sports event of 2012. And besides, 2013 will be a year of bigger celebrations still! AND we’ve got a new trailer coming this Thursday!

  • Phantomfluteplayer

    I was upset that they omitted the Doctor Who section; however, it does make me feel a lot better that they at least initially planned to include it. I would have been more upset if they hadn’t even thought to include it initially. 

    • http://twitter.com/tbuxton42 Tom Buxton

      My thoughts exactly :) As optimistic as it may be, perhaps there will be something at the closing ceremony…think I’ll tape it this time though ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1683360003 Paige Barton

    I think they made up for it by playing the sound of the TARDIS. if they couldn’t put it in bc of time restraints, that’s extremely understandable. the ceremony was absolutely amazing and i applaud Danny Boyle for his genius work of art. as a Potterhead and a Whovian, I’m at least satisfied that we got see a little bit of the world of Harry Potter in one of the acts

    • TabbieTales

       The Tardis sound was great, but that does not make up for an actual appearance.

  • SH

    They cut Dr. Who for Frankie and June. ?????????

  • http://twitter.com/Super_Lulu1 Lupita

    I’m still sad but I hope they will feature The Doctor during the closing ceremony.

  • http://twitter.com/Patruce Patricia Kelly

     Sure it wasn’t the only thing that got cut. I heard another whole act was cut just a day or two before, after months of practice and preparation. What I don’t get is how they left it so late to cut them, surely they could have preplanned the timing a bit better?

  • Phantomfluteplayer

    Also, on another note, I saw someone tweet that they should have The Queen leave the stadium in The TARDIS. I approve of this. :D

    • B.

      I really wanted the Queen to arrive IN the TARDIS at the opening ceremony, haha. That would be cool if she departed the closing ceremonies that way!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Priya.Chak Priya Ch

    So not amused.
    But the opening ceremony was pretty amazing.

  • Cassidy

    I liked the ceremony, but I’m still disappointed that Doctor Who wasn’t incorporated as much.

  • Anonymous time traveller

    I am not amused. It was disappointing. But i think the fact that voldemort was in it made it slightly more bearable but yea… disappointing. 

  • SquibPerson

    considering that we saw the doctor at the games years ago it
    would be nice to see him make a appearance or if they had a gag and have them
    show an empty stadium  saying every one disappeared
    for a couple of minutes it would be pretty cool

    • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

      I know it’s a prestigious and sacred event but they missed so many opportunities to have fun with ‘Fear Her’ references. 


  • http://twitter.com/wholock22 王方圆


  • http://twitter.com/ClaudioCatino CCMASTER_01

    David Tennant should’ve been the one lighting the torch dammit! Even the queen said so!

  • Pixie

    Sure, show pub-hopping and making out as part of British culture, but not Doctor Who…

  • Esmeblabbed

    This is just disappointing. They could have easily cut that strange ‘family, music, technology’ bit in half because it got really boring.

  • Aguest

    I was sad that Doctor who didn’t showed up but I loved everything they had in it anyway (even the family music, technology thing people seem to have problems with)

    when is the closing ceremony? August what?

  • WinterFrost

    I was very dissappointed. I was watching the entire thing waiting for the Doctor to appear in some way. As far as I’m concerned, he’s far more “English” than some of the things shown and has been a huge part of English culture/fandom/history for far longer than some of the other features (aka: J.K.Rowling/Harry Potter). I feel he deserved a larger role in this, and most certainly did not deserve to be the one cut out from it.

  • River-Alice

    I was upset doctor who wasn’t in it as a lot of people were but I was also a bit confused as to why Alice in wonderland didn’t appear in the children’s British lit. Or even wind in the willows.

    • Guest

       The Red Queen was there. NBC wouldn’t shut up about her.

    • http://twitter.com/GothyBeans El Woolley

       Ratty and Mole were in a boat on the Thames in one part.

  • Elphaba Thropp

    I confess myself…DISAPPOINTED.

  • guest

    Disappointed.  I thought he should have taken the place of Mary Poppins in rescuing the children from their nightmares.

  • guest

    was also hoping portable loos would be designed as tardises…

  • http://twitter.com/BeccaPhoenix16 Rebecca Feliciano

     They have time to show David Beckham, but not effin’ Doctor Who?!?

    • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

      I know right! ^ PRIORITIES PEOPLE

  • Jacechretin

    If they had to cut out the Doctor Who segment from the opening ceremony all together, then why would they still have the Tardis sound effect during on the weird digital era segment? Are they saving/going to save the Doctor Who segment for the closing ceremony, or not have at all?

  • 2006

    Doctor Who staked a claim to be in the Olympics back in 2006 (our time).

  • TabbieTales

     I think it is a little silly that Harry Potter got two acts (Voldy and Rowling reading PETER PAN) But the Doctor did not even get to appear when Tennant friggin saved the future of the Olympics to begin with. What a rip. (Don’t get me wrong I love Potter, but seriously?!)

  • VideoKilledSeverusSnape

    Pfft– they could’ve cut out Frankie and June. Enough time for Doctor Who and extra of JK Rowling!

  • Desariella of Aresia

    Yes I am disappointed they got it.

  • Desariella of Aresia

    I meant cut it.

  • Darrenmc_sc

    I’m not as upset about the absence of the Doctor as I was about the absence of Tolkien. Include Rowling, Carroll and Barrie but not Tolkien? Such a missed opportunity.

    IMO the Frankie & June could have been cut in half.

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  • Brie

    David Tennant should totally have been the one to light the torch!!! The only reason I even watched was in case he showed up. Or at least SOME reference to Doctor Who, even if it was just Ten and Rose in the crowd, or a Tardis, or SOMETHING! seriously, the could’ve done with a little less of something to make room for DW. priorities, people!!!

  • Alexakis39

    Will he ever be done saving us?

  • kaitlyn

    Will he ever be done saving us?

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