'Doctor Who's Matt Smith to carry Olympic Torch in Cardiff on Saturday
Published May 25 2012, 00:19 BST | By Christian Tobin Doctor Who
star Matt Smith
is to start the Olympic Torch relay in Cardiff on Saturday (May 26), it has been confirmed.
The news was announced on the official Doctor Who Twitter
account on Friday morning.
: "To carry the Torch is an honour, one I thought I'd never get. I'm very excited!"Who
fans will remember David Tennant's Doctor famously carrying the London 2012 Olympic Torch in 2006 episode 'Fear Her'.
Smith has recently been filming the seventh series of the long-running sci-fi show, which will see the "heartbreaking" departures
of companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill).
Smith has called the new episodes "extremely extraordinary"
, and said that he is "really, really pleased" with the Ponds' exit scripts.Doctor Who
returns to BBC One this autumn.
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Earlier this week, Voice
UK coach will.i.am took to the streets of Taunton, Somerset for his leg of the Olympic Torch relay
"1nce in a life time experience #runningthetorch in the uK...," he posted before starting his stretch, later adding: "Its nuts here in taurton...so much excitement...#runningthetorch"