Matilda Battersby

Matilda Battersby is Online Arts Editor for www.independent.co.uk. She writes arts breaking news, features, music and theatre reviews and lifestyle pieces.

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Doctor Who: Jenna Coleman to stay on as Peter Capaldi’s assistant in next series

Clara Oswald is getting back in the Tardis

Noddy Holder singing Merry Xmas Everyone

Merry Xmas Everybody: Slade tops 'most-streamed' Spotify Christmas tunes of 2014

Noddy Holder's festive 1973 classic has stood the test of time

Angelina Jolie promoting Unbroken

Angelina Jolie 'didn't eat much' in sympathy with actors who had to lose weight for Unbroken

The director also tried out stunts while filming the story of Louis Zamperini, much of which takes place in a Japanese World War II POW camp

Caroline Flack became the tenth winner of Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing final 2014: Caroline Flack wins glitterball trophy

The Xtra Factor presenter triumphed on the rival Saturday night show

Strictly finalists Simon Webbe, Caroline Flack, Mark Wright and Frankie Bridge

Strictly Come Dancing final - as it happened: Final waltz for Caroline Flack, Simon Webbe, Mark Wright and Frankie Bridge

The Glitterball is up for grabs tonight - but who will prove their worth in the final?

Dancing to success? Pasha Kovalev and Caroline Flack

Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Caroline Flack looks set to waltz away with the glitterball trophy

The Xtra Factor presenter has switched her Saturday night allegiance to the BBC1 dance competition

Nick Frost as Father Christmas in the Doctor Who Christmas special

Doctor Who Christmas special: Will the Time Lord travel to Westeros? Festive episode plugs rival series Game Of Thrones

Sci-fi and fantasy fans will be able to spot a Game Of Thrones reference in the BBC1 drama

Nick Hewer is to leave The Apprentice after 10 years

Nick Hewer bows out as Lord Alan Sugar's eyebrows and ears on The Apprentice

After 10 years the PR guru is leaving the BBC1 business show

Your picture is everything in the shallow world of online dating

The Interview: Films like Zoolander that got away with what Seth Rogen and James Franco couldn't

From Zoolander to Death Of A President - the film industry has been assassinating world leaders for decades

Steve Carell in the poster for new film 'Foxcatcher'

Steve Carell North Korea thriller scrapped

The chilling effect of The Interview furore is already being felt in Tinsel Town

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there