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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.

Video: Peter Capaldi

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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General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
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11 best anti-ageing day creams

Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
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Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

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'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
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How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power