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Stuff We Love: The Doctor Who 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)' music video proclaiming David Tennant's exit

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May 11, 2018

When showrunner Russell T Davies, executive producer Julie Gardner, and Tenth Doctor David Tennant left Doctor Who, it was the end of an era. Davies and Gardner had brought the show back in 2005, and Tennant, the second actor to pick the role up since the show's reboot, was leaving after three seasons as the titular Doctor. It was a big and emotional goodbye for the show, not just for fans but for the rest of the cast and crew who worked together every day. So, what do you do when such a huge change is happening at your job? Make an awesome farewell music video, of course.

To celebrate their work, the Doctor Who cast and crew created an amazing video to The Proclaimers' "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)." This video played at the wrap party and includes people from all different departments who helped bring the series to life, everyone from the art department to script editors to assistant directors to catering. VFX dances with some adipose, and a dancing Ood steals the spotlight.

We see Tennant marching alongside fellow Doctor Who stars Catherine Tate, Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman, John Barrowman, and Elisabeth Sladen. Tennant is a big Proclaimers fan, so the choice of song is perfect, and it's clear they're all having a lot of fun.

The video struck a chord with fans, too, who created their own version, called "500 Whovians," that included people from all over the world and featured impressive cosplay, marching, and lip syncing from fans. It also wasn't the only fan version created. There are quite a few on YouTube, including one featuring the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann.

Seeing the cast, crew, and all of these fans dancing, lip syncing, and having fun reminds us fondly of the Tennant era and serves as a fun tribute to all the Whovians who worked on the show during that time — as well as those of us who watched it.