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Comedian Frank Skinner set for Doctor Who role

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Skinner says he has a cardboard Dalek in his bedroom. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Frank Skinner will appear as a guest star in the new series of Doctor Who.

The comedian, who is a huge fan of the long-running science-fiction series, will appear on screen this autumn alongside Peter Capaldi who is playing the latest incarnation of the hero timelord in an episode by Being Human writer Jamie Mathieson.

Skinner said: "I love this show. I subscribe to Doctor Who magazine, I've got a Tardis ringtone, a five-foot cardboard Dalek in my bedroom and when I got the call saying they wanted me to read for the part, I was in the back of my tour bus watching episode three of The Sensorites.

"I am beyond excited."

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Colin Baker on Kate O'Mara: We are the poorer

Colin Baker, who played a former incarnation of The Doctor, wrote on Twitter:

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Oh my goodness. Kate O'Mara is no longer with us. Sad sad news. A delightful, committed and talented lady and actress. We are the poorer

Read: Dynasty and Triangle star Kate O'Mara dies aged 74

First look at Peter Capaldi's The Doctor in full regalia

The bow tie may have been the preferred fashion choice for Matt Smith's Doctor, but it appears Peter Capaldi's incarnation could be defined by a dark blue Crombie coat.

BBC bosses have released the first picture of Capaldi's character in full Time Lord regalia since he became the 12th Doctor during the BBC show's Christmas Day special.

Peter Capaldi wearing a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt and Doc Martins.
Peter Capaldi as the 12th incarnation of The Doctor. Credit: Steve Brown/BBC/PA Wire

Sporting a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt as well as black Dr Marten shoes, the look was created by Doctor Who costume designer Howard Burden.

Lifelong Dr Who fan Capaldi said, "He's woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100% rebel Time Lord."

Gillan donned wig for Smith's Doctor Who swansong

Matt Smith's final episode as Doctor Who saw both him and former assistant Karen Gillan wear hairpieces, the show's writer Steven Moffat revealed.

Karen Gillan shaved her head for the Marvel sci-fi film Guardians of the Galaxy. Credit: Apega/ABACA USA

The Scottish actress made a brief appearance as Amy Pond at the end of the episode as viewers saw Smith bow out as the time lord and hand over the controls of the Tardis to Peter Capaldi.

Smith had to wear a wig after having his head shaved for his role in Ryan Gosling's film How to Catch a Monster, while Gillan had her hair cut off for the Marvel sci-fi film Guardians of the Galaxy.

Moffat said: "They're very good wigs but they're both wigs. Though in Karen's case that's her own hair. That wig is made of her own hair, it's just detachable now. When they cut her hair they made her a wig of her own hair. Didn't she look lovely?"

The show's writer also praised Smith's "heartfelt, brilliant and ancient" performance as an ageing Doctor was perfect, saying: "It's an end of an era, he should talk that way. You need a combination of huge sadness and lucky it doesn't end here".

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Smith's Doctor Who swansong rewritten after injury

Matt Smith's swansong episode as Doctor Who had to be reritten after he injured his leg, according to reports. The injury was written into the script of the Christmas Day show so fans will see the timelord lose a leg after a battle with the weeping angels.

Matt Smith who played the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor Credit: an West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Sun reported that fans will see the doctor grow old fighting cybermen and daleks after being drawn back to a planet called Trenzalore by the sound of a bell.

Smith, who is replaced by Peter Capaldi in the Christmas Day episode, said he was excited about his final appearance.

Doctor Who's 50th anniversary breaks World Record

The 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who has broken a Guinness World Record for the world's largest ever simulcast of a TV drama.

Last night's episode set the record after its was broadcast in 94 countries across six continents following a massive global campaign.

Executive producer Steven Moffat, the current Doctor Matt Smith and his assistant Jenna-Louise Coleman.
Executive producer Steven Moffat, the current Doctor Matt Smith and his assistant Jenna-Louise Coleman. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

In addition to the TV broadcasts, the episode was screened in more than 1,500 cinemas worldwide, including in the UK, US, Canada, Latin America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia.

More than half a million tickets were sold for the theatrical screenings at which fans were able to watch the episode in 3D.

Read: Peter Capaldi makes his debut in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special

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