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This Is What Doctor Who’s Matt Smith Looked Like Carrying The Olympic Torch

We all know how much the Doctor likes to run. Well today, Doctor Who actor Matt Smith got to experience one of the most famous runs in the world – The Olympic Torch Relay. Not only that, he had the extra special honor of being the very first to carry the famous flame for its first full day in Wales to commemorate the London Olympics. Hit the jump for some great pictures from Smith’s run!

Oh wait, wrong Doctor.

The following images are via the BBC unless otherwise noted.

Here’s Smith in Cardiff getting into position for the relay. He arrived at the Norwegian Church Arts Centre and spoke to press and fans before he began.  ”I would do it in my underpants. It’s the Olympic torch. I would probably get a bigger crowd for that,” he said.

“I’m very excited about the run.” he continued. “It’s a huge privilege. A once in a lifetime thing. Let’s hope I don’t trip over!”

Smith giving his trademark peace sign for the crowd. (via The Sun)

And he’s off!!

After a brief run, Smith handed the torch off to 14-year-old swimmer Llio Roberts.

(via the BBC Twitter account)

I’ve been hearing online that Smith was unfortunately cut-off from the live stream of the event early this morning but there are a bunch of fan videos already popping up on YouTube.

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  • PhoenixDK

    Um, he wasn’t the first, the Torch Relay has been going since May 19th, set off from Lands End. It will have 8000 people carrying the torch and Matt was just the first THAT DAY in Cardiff. On average 100 people carry the torch on it’s route every day, so he was somewhere around the Seven Hundredth and something person to carry the London 2012 torch.

  • Anonymous

    Heh, glad they had decent weather. Cardiff Bay looks good…

    Also as your Torchwood survival tip for the day, try learning to pronounce the ‘LL’ that’s in the girl’s name. Welsh is fun :)

  • Morgan Riherd

    That Tennant picture just made my night.  Thank you.

  • Cassy

    This is awesome, but I wish he was wearing a bowtie!

  • Emma Brorsson

    But, youre wrong… The David Tennant picture is the right one! He is the one from the past, that came here and ran with the fire, and should have been doing it for real too!