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A riff on a cosmic joke turns this space comedy into something far greater

The Teleportation Accident By Ned Beauman

Miss Hitler: Her part in my downfall

Doctor Who opens its Tardis door

A big new Doctor Who tourist attraction opened yesterday.

Surprises, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Although he had toyed with the idea before, Alan Ayckbourn did not feel ready to bring science fiction fully into his work until his 34th play. A quarter of a century later and now on his 76th play, Surprises, the writer is a well-established exponent of the form.

Seeing stars: Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor

Doctor Who banned from playing football

Doctor Who star Matt Smith has revealed that his TV bosses have put the boot in - by banning him from playing football.

The House of Rumour, By Jake Arnott

Welcome to Planet Improbable, we've been expecting you

Also showing: The Women on the 6th Floor, 7 Days in Havana and Total Recall

The Women on the 6th Floor (106 mins, 12A)

A Blagger's Guide To: Tarzan and the Apes

Lord of the jungle earns his telegram from the Queen

DVD/Blu-ray: Rampart (15)

"Fact is, I hate everyone equally," admits Woody Harrelson's dirty cop, Dave Brown.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron release moved forward

Activision has confirmed that Transformers: Fall of Cybertron will ship earlier than was previously though citing that developer High Moon Studios has listened to the emails, tweets, user comments and Facebook posts from fans ‘clamouring’ for the game to hit stores.

The Long Earth, By Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

One small Stepper for mankind

The House of Rumour By Jake Arnott

Here's what happened when Ian Fleming recruited an occultist

Baxter (left) says: 'We got so involved in ideas there was no one else left at the party but the hostess, staring at us'

How We Met: Stephen Baxter & Terry Pratchett

Stephen Baxter, 54

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt - A Brit at home in Hollywood

From Roehampton to toast of LA, Emily Blunt has come a very long way. Gill Pringle meets her

Pynchon: Last of the analogue rebels

He won't be breaking his silence to explain why, but Thomas Pynchon has finally allowed his work to be sold digitally. The reclusive novelist's seven books, including Gravity's Rainbow, are now available as e-books; Pynchon is one of the last major writers to consent to the move.

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock – Review

Puzzles and mini-games are the order of the day in Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock.

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