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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."


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:

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.


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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