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Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman as the Doctor and his assistant in last night’s Christmas sci-fi spectacular
Russell Howard has been forced to deny that he has accepted an invitation to perform at an upcoming benefit gig for the Church of Scientology.

Russell Howard forced to deny Scientology benefit gig rumours

The comedian was rumoured to be performing for the controversial church for eye-watering ticket prices of up to £1,000

Matt Smith will leave his role as the Doctor in the Christmas special

Matt Smith: 'My Mum begged me to carry on with Doctor Who'

The actor said his mother was 'mortified' at the prospect of him leaving

Justin Bieber is Bing's most searched for person of 2013

Canadian popstar beat both Beyonce and Kate Middleton to take the top spot in the UK, moving up from fifth place in 2012

An enthusiast of The Experiment during the MCM Birmingham Comic Con
Jenna Coleman and Matt Smith in 'The Day of the Doctor'

Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor - who says it has to make sense? It’s a triumph!

Aliens, queens, and too many Doctors to count –avid Whovian John Rentoul is in Tardis heaven

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

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Birgitte Hjort Sorensen as Katrine in 'Borgen'

Invisible Ink: No 198 - John Christopher

If the name John Christopher is not familiar, try Stanley Winchester, Hilary Ford, William Godfrey, William Vine, Peter Graaf, Anthony Rye or his birth-name, Sam Youd. Was there ever an author with so many pseudonyms?

DVD & Blu-ray review: After Earth (PG)

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Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict breaks seven-month silence to deny covering up abuse by paedophile priests, and to denounce Richard Dawkins' work as 'science fiction'

The emeritus pope made the comments in a letter to prominent mathematician and atheist Piergiorgio Odifreddi

The first Doctor Who William Hartnell

Doctor Who 50th anniversary: BBC Four goes back in time to screen four original 1963 episodes

The first four episodes of Doctor Who - from 1963 - will be screened as part of the show's 50th anniversary celebrations.

DVD: Star Trek Into Darkness

JJ Abrams's second Star Trek outing (a third is in the pipeline) is fine as long as you're not too fond of Star Trek.

How nerdy are you? Take the YouTube geek IQ test

Do you know what the Eleventh incarnation of the Doctor looks like? What element are diamonds made of? What is the name of the man in a digram drawn by Leonardo da Vinci?

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Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

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Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

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The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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