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Speaker John Bercow: 'the virtual corpse has staged an unexpected recovery'

Bored MPs fiddled their expenses as a 'displacement activity' because Parliament had become irrelevant, says John Bercow

MPs fiddled their expenses as a “displacement activity” because Parliament had become irrelevant and ineffective, Commons Speaker John Bercow has said.

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Lords line up: From left: Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Matt Smith

World tunes in to Doctor Who for 50th-anniversary episode

One-off anniversary episode watched by fans in 94 countries worldwide

David Bradley in 'Adventure in Space and Time'

Doctor Who 50th anniversary: More pictures released of An Adventure in Space and Time

The BBC has released more pictures of 'Adventure in Space and Time', a drama about the first Doctor Who series.

The competition invites children to create a new sonic device for characters such as Strax, Madame Vastra or Jenny Flint

Children asked to design new gadget for Doctor Who in competition

Blue Peter viewers will be invited to design a gadget to feature in the next series of BBC1’s Doctor Who.

The Tardis was created by Tony Coburn

Who owns the Tardis? Son of man who invented Doctor Who's time machine is challenging BBC over breach of copyright

Stef Coburn claims that upon his father's death, any informal permission his father gave the corporation to use his work expired

Anne Packers (played by Tina Packer) is attacked by a yeti in Doctor Who: the Web of Fear

Doctor Who: Lost episodes Enemy Of The World and Web of Fear discovered

The episodes have been found in pristine condition in Nigeria

Peter Capaldi

Foul-mouthed tributes paid to new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi

Internet wags have celebrated the appointment of Peter Capaldi as the new lead in Doctor Who by creating expletive-packed spoofs.

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The Scottish star is best known for playing foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC's political comedy The Thick oft, which won him both a BAFTA in 2010 for Best Comedy Performance, as well as two British Comedy Awards for Best Television Actor in 2010 and 2012.

Peter Capaldi is revealed as the new Doctor Who

It's been a long day for Doctor Who fans.

Peter Capaldi for Doctor Who? Odds: 6/1
Matt Smith has decided to stand down as Doctor Who

Doctor Who is it? Identity of the next Time Lord to be revealed on live TV this Sunday

In a prime time live television event that promises to combine the theatrics of the final of Miss World with the nostalgia trip of This is Your Life, the next incarnation of Doctor Who is set to emerge from the TARDIS on Sunday.

Which Doctor? Christopher Eccleston

Ninth Time Lord Christopher Eccleston turns down Doctor Who return

Former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston turned down the chance to star in the 50th anniversary episode of the long-running sci-fi show.

The eleventh doctor played by Matt Smith and Karen Gillan as his companion Amy Pond

BBC commissions original dramas specifically for digital platform iPlayer

BBC bosses have commissioned their first original dramas specifically for catch-up service iPlayer.

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The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory
Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future