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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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Exstrawminate: Giant dalek spotted in Cheshire field

A giant straw statue of a dalek has appeared in a field near the Cheshire town of Nantwich to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

A Dalek straw sculpture created by Snugburys ice cream shop Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The tribute was created by Snugburys ice cream shop, which has been entertaining locals with its straw creations every year for the past decade.

Watch: York Maze in shape of a giant dalek

Cybermen take over Heathrow airport

Sci-Fi fans passing through Heathrow airport were greeted by Cybermen and a Tardis today as part of the show's 50th anniversary celebrations.

The takeover is part of BBC Worldwide's celebration of the show ahead of its 50th anniversary in November.

Show writer, Steven Moffat, said: "We are delighted to announce another extension to Heathrow’s world-beating facilities – all of space and time in a stylish blue box, complete with phone. Heathrow with time travel – nobody need ever be late again."

A Cyberman checks in. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Jenny Colgan, author of Doctor Who: Dark Horizons, at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport in London Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A Cyberman with a young boy at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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Betting suspended on Skyfall actor to be Doctor Who

Rory Kinnear pictured in 2010. Credit: PA

A bookmaker has suspended betting on the identity of the next actor to play Doctor Who in the popular BBC series.

Ladbrokes has stopped taking bets on Rory Kinnear, 35, being announced as the successor to Matt Smith.

Oxford graduate Kinnear has enjoyed a successful theatre career and played M's Chief of Staff Bill Tanner in the James Bond film Skyfall.

The bookmaker had Kinnear at 2/1 - ahead of Ben Daniels (3/1) and Chris Addison (4/1) - before betting was suspended.

Ben Daniels favourite to be next Doctor Who

Ben Daniels is the early favourite to be named the Doctor Who, after a rush of bets saw his odds tumble.

The Cutting It star is the 3-1 favourite to get the job, while Chiwetel Ejiofor, Russell Tovey and Damien Moloney are all placed at 10-1.

Matt Smith announced at the weekend that he was leaving the show after three years in the role describing it as an "honour" to play the Doctor.

Ben Daniels, who starred in Cutting It, is the current favourite to be the next Doctor Who Credit: EMPICS Entertainment

There are suggestions that a woman could take charge of the Tardis for the first time, with Billie Piper 16-1 to land the role and Bafta winner and Broadchurch star Olivia Colman priced at 25-1, according to William Hill.

The betting firm said it was "only be a matter of time before a woman pilots the Tardis."

Matt Smith to leave Doctor Who in Christmas special

Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who and will bow out in the Christmas special when he will be replaced by a new incarnation of the Time Lord, the BBC has announced.

Smith, who has been in the role since 2010, said it had been "an honour" to play the role.

Matt Smith has played Doctor Who since 2010. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The actor said: "Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show.

"I'm incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I'm incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years".

Daleks installed as security at BAFTA Television Awards

Two daleks patrol the red carpet Credit: ITV News/ Nicky Russell-Smith

Two Daleks are patrolling the red carpet at the Royal Festival Hall in London ahead of the BAFTA Television Awards.

The society is celebrating 50 years of the hit TV show Doctor Who. The current Doctor and his assistant will feature in a special sketch to be shown during the awards.

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