These Reality TV Stars Tangoed to the Doctor Who Theme, Somehow

Jodie Whittaker. You’ll notice she’s not dancing.
Jodie Whittaker. You’ll notice she’s not dancing.
Image: BBC

The classic Doctor Who theme song is good for a lot of things. Teasing out-there space adventures. Provoking a bit of wonder. Generating a nice mood of goofy scifi imagination. But tango? Uh, well, now we can all be the judge of that.


This performance, from the British reality show Strictly Come Dancing (think Dancing With the Stars, my dear American readers), features journalist Stacey Dooley and a dancer named Kevin dressed as the 13th Doctor and a Cyberman, respectively, doing an elaborate tango routine to the classic theme.


This video has it all, readers: a bedazzled Cyberman, a woman dancing out of a Tardis, and some wonderfully questionable lighting choices. I think this video has time travelling powers, because I’ve lost like an hour just watching it over and over again.

Is it good? Is it bad? Is it even real? I don’t have answers to these questions. You can watch, and judge for yourselves. And if this short clip isn’t enough for you, the full routine will pop up on YouTube here at some point today or tomorrow.

UPDATE 10/12 4:49PM: It’s here. The full video is a lot. Stay until the end. I promise you you’re going to want to stay until the end.

io9 Weekend Editor. Videogame writer at other places. Queer nerd girl.

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(think Dancing With the Stars, my dear American readers)

Of course, it might be worth mentioning that Dancing With The Stars is licensed from Strictly. The original Come Dancing show was the creation of Miss World pagent organiser Eric Morley and when it started on the BBC in 1950 they had a couple of pro-dancers teaching steps. Then in 1953 they switched to a competition with regional heats and a heavily contested trophy. That version, presented by the likes of Terry Wogan, Angela Rippon, Michael Aspel, Judith Chalmers et al ran until 1998.

It was revived in 2004 as a celebrity contest and the Strictly Come Dancing format has spawned 42 copycat shows around the globe.