I know a lot of Whovians want Ten to carry the Olympic Torch for the 2012 Olympic Games in Britain, but I say otherwise. Why? It’s very simple.
Why is it that so many people want one face, one Doctor out of eleven, to be the face of the franchise when said franchise is all about that face changing?
There is no face of Doctor Who. No Doctor should ever be placed above all the others. So basically what I’m gathering from this, is that out of Doctor Who’s rich and deep fifty year history, it all comes down to Ten?
Ten’s already on a high pedestal, getting way too much credit as it is. This would just send it over the top.
It’s actually in reference to the episode “Fear Her”, when the Doctor lit the Olympic torch as a way to help the Isolus leave the Earth and find its sisters and brothers in space. The episode was set during the 2012 Olympics. :) It’s not so much as “Ten is better than all the other Doctors”, but it does take off from something that actually happened in the TV series.
But there are people out there who genuinely want this to happen. Who want to see Ten carry the Olympic torch in real life.
It’s just a case of reality and fandom overlapping, really. As a Whovian, I would find it HILARIOUS if it happens because it’s a cheeky nod to fandom and DW canon, and just sheer awesomeness. I don’t see the harm in it, it’s just a bunch of fans who are having a bit of fun, and I acknowledge that David Tennant is probably the most popular of all the New!Who Doctors, in quite possibly the same way that Tom Baker was one of the most popular, if not the most popular, incarnation of the Doctor before 2005.
Is Tennant MY Doctor? No. But that doesn’t mean that I won’t acknowledge him, his turn as the Doctor in the series, and what he brought to the role - in the same way that I would acknowledge Matt Smith, or Paul McGann, etc. It just so happens he had an episode set in the 2012 Olympics, and to ignore that connection is like saying that the Doctor and Rose never visited Cardiff in 1896 (I can’t remember the actual year, correct me if I’m wrong) or World War 2. Part of the charm of Doctor Who is its liminality, and its ability to say, “Hey, the Doctor visited us in the past and in the future.” It just so happens that the future is now or present, unlike when the episode aired in 2006.