2012 Olympics

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The 2012 Olympic Games, also known as the London Olympics or London 2012, were the Olympic Games held in London. They took place in the summer of 2012. (TV: Fear Her)

The Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond met an Olympic athlete who was on the run from a Weeping Angel who was trying to steal the Olympic Flame in order to ruin the spirit of the Olympics, and ended up in the TARDIS. The Angel took the torch with the flame, but the Doctor destroyed the Angel with his screwdriver and received a gold medal for saving the Olympics. (TV: Good as Gold)

Danny Fairweather carried the Olympic Torch through Dame Kelly Holmes Close on 27 July 2012 near the opening ceremony. Huw Edwards, reporting this, found it "very fitting".

13,000 athletes participated and 80,000 people were in the crowd to watch the opening ceremony. The Isolus temporarily brought them all into a drawing in an effort to stop being lonely, but it wasn't enough. Rose Tyler, using the heat of the Olympic Torch and its status as a beacon of love, heated the Isolus pod, and the spectators and athletes were brought back.

The Tenth Doctor carrying the Olympic Torch. (TV: Fear Her)

Due to a mishap along the Olympic Torch relay route, the Olympic Flame was lit at the opening ceremonies by the Tenth Doctor, who appeared on international television doing so. Afterwards, he and Rose attended a neighbourhood celebration, where they ate cupcakes with edible ball bearings.

According to the Tenth Doctor, Papua New Guinea surprised everyone in the shot put this year. (TV: Fear Her)

Lord Barset was surprised that reporters were interested in his Antarctic expedition as opposed to the 2012 Olympics. (AUDIO: Frozen Time)

The Fifth Doctor attempted to take Nyssa and Tegan Jovanka to the 2012 Olympics but the TARDIS instead materialised in London in 1982. (AUDIO: The King of the Dead)

The United Kingdom issued a commemorative pound coin celebrating the London Olympics, one of which ended up in a coin-operated vending machine in Manchester in 2008. (AUDIO: The Raincloud Man)

After the Olympics, the Olympic Village constructed for this event became a residential district, and ultimately played a part in the Eight Legs' plans to take over Earth, through followers of the Eightfold Truth. In 2015, Avishka Sangakkara tracked their stellar manipulator to the old Olympic Village. (AUDIO: Worldwide Web)

In the far future, radio and television broadcasts concerning the 2012 Olympics could be accessed via the Gogglebox inside the Moon. (AUDIO: The Reaping, The Gathering)

While in a bubble prison, Panda imagined that he had won four gold medals in one day at the 2012 Olympics. (AUDIO: Whatever Happened to Iris Wildthyme?)

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Matt Smith, rather than David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, actually did participate in the Olympic Torch relay, carrying the torch from Cardiff on 26 May 2012.[1] A substantial petition, signed by a grand total of nearly 40,000 people, called for Tennant to bear the torch himself.[2]

The opening ceremony in London, entitled Isles of Wonder, was written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, who later penned two episodes of Doctor Who. Though a big, commemorative video for Doctor Who was in fact planned for the ceremony, along with an appearance of the TARDIS, this whole presentation was cut last-minute.[3] Nevertheless, the sound of the TARDIS materialising can still be heard during Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody".

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. Olympic torch: Crowds greet flame's tour of south Wales. BBC News (26 May 2012). Retrieved on 28 July 2012.
  2. David Tennant - Olympics 2012 Petition. Petition Online. Retrieved on 28 July 2012.
  3. Doctor Who Cut from Olympics Opening Ceremony. Kasterborous (1 August 2012). Retrieved on 23 September 2012.
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