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Pearl Mackie leaps from Doctor Who to Harold Pinter

For her first role since travelling through time and space in Doctor Who, actress Pearl Mackie will jump back 60 years to appear in Harold Pinter’s 1957 play The Birthday Party. Mackie currently plays Doctor Who’s companion Bill Potts, but will leave the show after the Christmas special. Then, from January, she will be seen as Lulu in The Birthday Party. She will appear alongside Toby Jones, Zoe Wanamaker and Stephen Mangan at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London. The play will be directed by Ian Rickson and will run…

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Wall Street analyst became ER doctor after sister's subway accident

Debbie Yi was working as an investment analyst on Wall Street when she experienced two horrific events that would alter the course of her life forever. In 2001, Debbie had recently graduated from Brown University with a degree in economics and moved to New York City to start her job as a Goldman Sachs analyst. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, she said her managing director called his team into his office where they could see the burning World Trade Center. “We all started running,” Debbie said. “I remember…

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Doctor Foster: What did people think about her return?

WARNING: This story contains spoilers. Doctor Foster is back on our screens, two years since the first series – and fans and critics alike seem happy to have her back. It was the most-watched television programme on Tuesday night, beating Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off. Suranne Jones reprises her role as Gemma Foster, which earned her a Bafta. The new series sees the GP’s cheating ex-husband Simon – played by Bertie Carvel – return to his former home town with his new wife. The BBC One show drew an…

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Critics: Remove statue of doctor who experimented on slaves

Critics want New York City to remove a statue in Central Park that honors a doctor who used slaves in developing a pioneering approach to treating physical problems women can develop after childbirth. The call to remove the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims has gotten louder and gained urgency in the wake of violence that followed recent a white nationalist rally in Virginia over the removal of a Confederate statue and sparked national discussions about what should be displayed and honored in the public square. Sims was a 19th-century…

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What being a mum taught Suranne Jones about Doctor Foster

A lot has changed for Suranne Jones since we last saw her in Bafta-winning TV series Doctor Foster, in which she plays a GP who suspects her husband is cheating on her. Two years down the line, Jones has now become a mother – and says this has given her a new awareness of what mum-of-one Gemma Foster went through. “Being a wife and a mother made me realise the gravitas of that unit falling apart, because I’d go home at night and I’d have a baby to put to…

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How Jodie Whittaker 'missed' fan reactions to Doctor Who role

Jodie Whittaker says she didn’t see people’s reactions to her becoming the first female Doctor Who, because she’s not on social media. Speaking to BBC 6 Music in her first broadcast interview since her casting was revealed, she said: “This will be a blessing and a curse. “I’ve missed a lot of the fun stuff and probably the bad stuff.” The Broadchurch star also praised fans of the sci-fi series as “the most amazing, creative people”. And she said she had spoken to the actors who have previously played The…

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Romford doctor Manish Shah charged with 118 sexual offences

A doctor from east London has been charged with 118 sexual offences, the Met Police has said. Manish Shah, of Brunel Close, Romford, is accused of 65 counts of assault by penetration and 52 counts of sexual assault. The 47-year-old has also been charged with sexual assault on a child aged under 13 years. Dr Shah has been released on bail and is due to appear before magistrates in Barkingside on Thursday. A dedicated phone number for anyone who has concerns or questions has been set up by the NHS…

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