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Yetis, webs of fear and helicopters in lost Doctor Who episodes

Tina Packer playing Anne Travers being attacked by a yeti in Doctor Who. Credit: BBC/PA

Nine long-lost episodes of Doctor Who which have not been seen since the 1960s have been recovered after they were tracked down to a store room in Nigeria, gathering dust.

The discovery will cause much excitement for devotees of the long-running series, for which there are dozens of missing episodes dating back to its early years

The previously lost nine shows were among 11 traced to a television relay station and the find brings back to life an entire six-episode story, while another is almost complete.

Patrick Troughton as he fights with a Yeti, in Doctor Who: Web of Fear. Credit: BBC/PA Wire
Mary Peach as Astrid in Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World. Credit: BBC/PA Wire
Patrick Troughton in Doctor Who: Web of Fear. Credit: BBC/PA Wire

Capaldi's 1976 Dr Who fanzine article online

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Peter Capaldi's Dr Who fanzine article has surfaced online Credit: PA

An article penned by Peter Capaldi in 1976 and published in a Dr Who fanzine has appeared online. It comes after Capaldi was named as the star to replace Matt Smith as the Time Lord.

The article describes the opening sequence of Doctor Who and praises the 'artistic integrity and sensitivity' of Bernard Lodge, the man behind five opening titles sequences.

Clearly in awe of Lodge's work, and an avid fan, Capaldi writes: "The wonder of the opening is that it manages to capture in only a very few moments of screen time the atmosphere of Dr. Who."

He adds: "When that blue police box zooms in from a morass of complex light forms, there is no question of its right to be there. So already, within seconds of starting, the title designer has drawn us into the world of Dr. Who."

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Smith wishes Doctor Who successor 'all the best'

Matt Smith will be replaced as Doctor Who by Peter Capaldi. Credit: PA Wire

The outgoing Doctor Who, Matt Smith, welcomed the decision to cast Peter Capaldi.

In a pre-recorded message he said: "I just want to wish my successor all the best and just say good luck and good on you for getting it, because I know he is both a huge fan of the show and a really nice guy.

"The casting of it made me really excited genuinely, and as a fan I think it's a really canny choice, so good luck mate, it's going to be a thrill."

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New Dr Who 'revealed as a man'

Celebrity photographer Rankin has revealed that the next Dr Who is definitely a man, the Mirror reports.

There had been some speculation that the new doctor would be a women. Writing on Twitter Rankin said:

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Just photographed the next Dr Who for tonight's announcement. Let me know what you think of the photo? He's going to be an ace Dr.

Peter Capaldi is bookies' new favourite for Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi pictured with some creative facial hair at an awards ceremony in June. Credit: Empics

Bookmakers have suspended betting on the new Doctor Who because they are convinced Peter Capaldi has got the job.

The actor, famous for his role as foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It, was down to 5/6 favourite with William Hill when they stopped taking bets.

Joe Crilly, a spokesman for the firm, said: "We have seen people today trying to back Peter Capaldi as much as possible at every price available and after a small gamble on Daniel Rigby overnight, it seems that Capaldi is once again in line to move into the Tardis."

Quantum of Solace actor Rory Kinnear, a bookies' favourite in June, has slipped to 8/1 with William Hill.

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