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First look at Peter Capaldi's final Doctor Who

Details of Peter Capaldi’s final outing in Doctor Who have been revealed as the first trailer for the Christmas special was released online. The one-minute clip for the episode, titled Twice Upon A Time, sees Capaldi and the First Doctor team up. It features the return of Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, who had seemingly left the show at the end of series 10. The clip also showed a guest appearance from Mark Gatiss, who plays a World War One soldier called The Captain. The release of the trailer coincided…

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All the Doctors, from William Hartnell to Peter Capaldi

Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi is set to pass on his sonic screwdriver to the next actor (or actress) who will take on the role of television’s famous Time Lord. Whoever inherits the part will follow a distinguished line-up of thespian (male) talent that stretches all the way back to the sci-fi favourite’s first episode in 1963. William Hartnell was the first actor to play the Doctor, appearing in the BBC show from 1963 to 1966. Hartnell, who died in 1975, had previously appeared in TV’s The Army Game and Carry…

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Peter Sallis: Wallace and Gromit actor dies aged 96

Media playback is unsupported on your device Peter Sallis has died at the age of 96, his agents have announced. The actor was best known for appearing in Last of the Summer Wine and was also famous as the voice of Wallace in Wallace and Gromit. His agent confirmed he died peacefully with his family by his side. Sallis played Norman “Cleggy” Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine from its first episode in 1973 until the series concluded in 2010. He was the only actor to appear in all…

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Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes dies at 83

Media playback is unsupported on your device Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes, who hosted the show in the 1960s and 1970s, has died aged 83. Noakes was the BBC children’s show’s longest-serving presenter, appearing for more than 12 years, and was often seen with his dog Shep by his side. A family statement said he had “endured and suffered from” Alzheimer’s disease. “Whilst he will be greatly missed by his wife, family and many friends his release from continuing ill health must be counted as a blessing,” it said….

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Peter Kay says no more Car Share

Peter Kay has said there will be no more episodes of TV sitcom Car Share. Series two reaches its climax on BBC One later, but many fans have already seen the finale on BBC iPlayer and know what happens between John and Kayleigh. But the star told BBC Radio Manchester there will be no series three and no Christmas specials. Asked whether John would ever switch from Forever FM to Radio Manchester, Kay replied: “There’s not going to be a series three so it won’t ever happen.” He added: “You’ve…

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MRI pioneer and Nobel laureate Sir Peter Mansfield dies

A Nobel laureate who failed his school exams before going on to pioneer body scanning technology has died aged 83. Sir Peter Mansfield led a team in the 1970s that developed Magnetic Resonance Imaging, one of the most important breakthroughs in modern medicine. The son of a gas fitter, he left school at the age of 15 before embarking on a career at the University of Nottingham. Vice-chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway said his work “changed our world for the better”. Rocketry MRI scans generate 3D images of the body’s…

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Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi to bow out from BBC series

Actor Peter Capaldi is stepping down from the lead role in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who. Capaldi shocked fans by making the announcement during an interview with BBC Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley. The 58-year-old Glasgow-born star, who became the 12th actor to play The Doctor in 2013, said he will leave Doctor Who at the end of the year. “I feel it’s time to move on,” he said. “I feel sad, I love Doctor Who, it is a fantastic programme to work on.” ‘It’s been cosmic’ He added:…

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