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Doctor Who star runs with Olympic flame
Dr Who star Matt Smith has hot footed it around Cardiff Bay carrying the Olympic flame on its latest leg in Wales.
Despite an early start the Time Lord was greeted by a crowd of more than 1,000 and said the honour was so great he would do it in his undies.
"I would do it in my underpants, it's the Olympic torch. I would probably get a bigger crowd for that," he joked.
If Smith's brief run from the bay's historic Norwegian church looked familiar it was not a case of deja-vu.
In a previous life the Doctor himself, then played by David Tennant, went forward in time and carried the Olympic torch in London in 2012.
"I don't even know where I am running to. I try and run in a straight line," Smith said before setting off. "I feel immensely privileged. The torch and the idea of the torch has been around a long time."
Of the Olympics he said: "I think it is so dramatic and it's wonderful for London and it's wonderful for Great Britain. I think that they have done a great job, Seb Coe and his team."
Cardiff's bay area was overflowing with people as the crowds came out in full at the start of what forecasters promise will be a scorching day. Runners were applauded and cheered at each torch changeover and a cavalcade of cyclists and runners energetically followed the flame.
Hundreds of people lined the streets taking photographs, and newsagents and coffee shops did a roaring early morning trade.
Ann Taylor, 52, was up at 4am with her friend Jonna Batt, 31, to get a good vantage point. "I've never seen Matt Smith before. He was very talkative and really polite," said Miss Batt.