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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.

Doctor Who to mark half century with three-day event

Doctor Who is to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a three-day event expected to draw thousands of fans - and an array of stars and talent from the series.

Bernard Horsfall

Bernard Horsfall: Actor best known in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' and 'Dr Who'

He played one of the Time Lords at Dr Who's trial, exiling him to earth and forcing him to regenerate

Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman speed down the Shard on a motorbike in the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who.

Doctor Who smashes through the Shard to introduce the Spoonheads and Ice Warriors

The Shard might have only transformed London's skyline  last year, and its viewing platform only opened to the public a fortnight ago, but it has already been featured (and shattered, in fact) in an episode of Doctor Who.

Doctor Who 50th birthday coin

Doctor Who's 50th birthday to be marked with commemorative coin

Doctor Who's 50th anniversary is to be celebrated with the issue of a commemorative coin in New Zealand.

The best Christmas gifts for the lad

Main image: skateboard by Penny Skateboards, £99, The Conran Shop ; frames, from £5, John Lewis

The Saturday Quiz

1. Edna O'Brien, Teddy Taylor, Michael Foot and Derek Worlock on 25 September, 1979. The first what?

Observations: How to drive a Dalek

Barnaby Edwards is the closest you’ll ever get to meeting a Dalek. A principal operator since 2005, he’s the guy sitting inside the Dalek – bringing the Doctor’s most feared opponents to life.

Actor Richard E Grant was also among the invitees

Richard E Grant to play Doctor Who baddie

Withnail and I star Richard E Grant will play a fiendishly festive baddie in this year's Doctor Who Christmas special.

Moffat dismisses Doctor Who film rumours

Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat has said there is no movie about the Time Lord on the cards - and dismissed suggestions of a film as a "weird fantasy".

Observations: All change for Doctor Who as he whizzes into the Wild West

I am sitting opposite the biggest name in British television at the Doctor Who Convention in Cardiff.

'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith

Matt Smith: The Doctor will see you now

While at the recent 'Doctor Who' convention in Cardiff, Neela Debnath caught up with the show's star

Eastenders top of tree as BBC wins TV battle

EastEnders won its head-to-head battle with Downton Abbey as BBC1 kept with tradition by coming out on top in the Christmas Day ratings.

He says: 'The way you get your script to the right people is that you put it in an envelope. It's easy. The difficult bit is writing something that is so good people will take a punt on a brand new writer.'

Steven Moffat: Storyteller in chief

As the lead writer of Doctor Who and the co-creator of Sherlock, both Christmas viewing highlights, he's now one of the BBC's most important creative talents and a powerful figure in British television

Review of Doctor Who ‘Night Terrors’

The Doctor made a stop off from the over-arching storyline to answer a distress call from a seven-year-old boy in this creepy little tale from Mark Gatiss.

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