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Entertainment news round-up: 15-21 July

A look back at some of the top entertainment stories over the past seven days. Jodie Whittaker was announced as Doctor Who’s 13th Time Lord – the first woman to be given the role. She will make her debut on the show when the Doctor regenerates in the Christmas special. Jodie Whittaker and other sci-fi women breaking the glass ceiling Doctor Who: Fans react to Jodie Whittaker casting The actor Martin Landau (left), star of 1960s TV series Mission: Impossible, died at the age of 89. He won an Oscar…

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Britain’s Got Talent champion dog Pudsey dies

Britain’s Got Talent winner Pudsey the dog has died, ITV has confirmed. The border collie, bichon frise and Chinese crested cross won the contest in 2012 with owner Ashleigh Butler. A post on the show’s Twitter feed said: “We are saddened to hear that today we lost Pudsey, a most marvellous winner. Our thoughts are with Ashleigh.” The pair became famous for their dance routine to the Mission Impossible theme, and were the first dog act to win the competition. Pudsey and Ashleigh, from Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, had worked together…

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Deborah Watling, Doctor Who companion, dies aged 69

Actress Deborah Watling, who played one of Patrick Troughton’s companions in the early years of Doctor Who, has died at the age of 69. Watling played Victoria Waterfield in 40 episodes between 1967 and 1968, most of which were wiped after transmission. Her father was the actor Jack Watling, who appeared alongside her in two Doctor Who adventures. Her brother Giles Watling, Conservative MP for Clacton, said she would be “sorely missed”. “She was a lovely, lovely girl, bubbly and vibrant,” he said of his sibling. Born in Loughton in…

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Justin Bieber banned from China for 'bad behaviour'

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China, according to Beijing’s Culture Bureau. In a statement, the ministry said it was not appropriate to allow in entertainers who have engaged in “bad behaviour.” “Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer,” it added. The statement was issued in response to a question recently submitted by a user of the bureau’s website. “We hope that as Justin Bieber matures, he can continue to improve his own words and actions, and…

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How Linkin Park made rap metal memorable

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who has died aged 41, changed the dynamics of nu metal with his searingly personal lyrics and musical curiosity. Linkin Park weren’t the first band to fuse metal and rap, but they were the most successful. Their first album, Hybrid Theory, was certified diamond in the US, representing 10 million sales. Around the world, they sold more than 50 million records. What set them apart from other nu metal acts like Korn and Limp Bizkit was the vocal interplay between its two frontmen. Chester Bennington’s…

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