Veteran actor Brian Blessed once turned down the lead role in Dr Who as he was "too busy" and claims an Asian actor play the Time Lord.
Dr Who's teary goodbye to assistant and love interest Rose beat classics Star Wars and Alien to the top spot.
The identity of the Doctor to replace Matt Smith will be announced on television tonight with Peter Capaldi still the bookmakers' favourite
The Time Lord's legendary Tardis has been turned into a luxury toilet for customers at a cafe in Bristol.
Justin Hoggans paid £1,800 for a replica of Doctor Who's iconic blue police call box and spent a further £1,500 turning the Tardis into a luxury loo for customers at his cafe, the Warmley Waiting Room.
The Who Loo, which is kitted out with toilet, sink, gleaming silver taps and tiled floors and walls, has been attracting plenty of the show's fans, who are curious to find out whether the Tardis really is bigger on the inside.
Hoggans, who runs the cafe with his wife Claire, told the Bristol Post: "We have always loved Doctor Who and we went to a B&B that had a Tardis as a changing room for their hot tub, which our kids loved. This gave me the idea.
"Lots of people, young and old, seem to love it - it's a talking point and a bit of fun, but also functional."
Dr Who has been named best drama at the National Television Awards.
Receiving the award, Jenna Coleman said: "50 years and still going strong - well done Who!"
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Matt Smith has been honoured for 'best drama performance' at this year's National Television Awards for his role in Dr Who.
The Countess of Wessex met Matt Smith, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, John Hurt and a pair of Daleks at a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.
There were also two versions of the Tardis and K-9 the robot dog set up in the Palace's Bow Room.
The Daleks will be among the foes to return for the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who.
The creatures celebrate their own half century this year and will appear in the BBC1 show to mark the milestone in a show which will unite Matt Smith with his predecessor in the role of the Doctor, David Tennant.
The episode will also see the return of Billie Piper - who played Rose Tyler - as well as Jenna Coleman, who has been seen by viewers during the most recent series as Clara Oswald.
When the Daleks make their return they will be in their original design, the classic look had been updates in 2010.
The programme's lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat said: "The Doctor once said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, so it's fitting that for this very special episode, he should be facing the greatest enemies of all."
The man who first brought Doctor Who to British screens has criticised the current series for being too sexy.
Waris Hussein, who directed the first episodes of the long-running science fiction show when it began in 1963, said he has been unimpressed by Jenna-Louise Coleman's character's romantic relationship with Matt Smith's version of the Time Lord.
"There is an element now, and I know we're living in a different era, of sexuality that has crept in," he told BBC Radio 4's The Reunion.
"The intriguing thing about the original person was that you never quite knew about him and there was a mystery and an unavailability about him," he added. "Now we've just had a recent rebirth and another girl has joined us, a companion, she actually snogged him."