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Doctor Who's unaired pilot: Revisited 51 years on

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"A thing that looks like a police box, stuck in a junkyard, can move anywhere in time and space?"

November 23, 2014 is Doctor Who's 51st anniversary - alright, so it's not as big a deal as last year, but all the same, we thought we'd take a look back at the show's very beginnings... and then go even further back than that.

The world's longest-running science-fiction series shot its original 'pilot' episode - in its entirety - on September 27, 1963. But when Sydney Newman, BBC Head of Drama, saw the finished product, he was appalled - demanding that producer Verity Lambert and director Waris Hussein do the entire thing over again from scratch.

But is this first attempt at Doctor Who really as bad as this story would suggest, and how different is it really from the version of 'An Unearthly Child' that we would come to know and love?

Remarkably »

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Paddy McGuinness coy about Phoenix Nights rumours

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Paddy McGuinness has remained coy on rumours about Phoenix Nights making a comeback.

This week, Peter Kay revealed that fans of the comedy series could expect an announcement in the next 10 days, sparking speculation that a new series and tour could be planned.

11 funniest Phoenix Nights moments: Shabba!

Phoenix Nights star plays down reunion: 'I've not heard a whisper'

Asked by Digital Spy about his co-star's announcement, McGuinness said: "I don't know anything. But I'll tell you what, I'll text him later.

"Peter is good at that. He'll go, 'There's an announcement coming', but because he never does any telly or interviews – muggings has to fend it all off.

"So that seems to be what's happened at the moment. When you see Peter, ask him."

When asked if he would be happy to be involved with what Kay is due to announce, the Take Me Out host joked: "No, I »

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Strictly Come Dancing's Brendan Cole: 'The pressure can tell on some'

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Strictly Come Dancing professional Brendan Cole has said that pressures of the show "can tell on some couples".

The dancer, who is partnered with actress Sunetra Sarker for this series, added that they had not experienced any tension between them.

Speaking to Digital Spy and others, Cole said: "It's a funny one this show, because it's a very intense relationship that you're thrust into with no option.

"There are no choices. It was like Sunetra was just given me whether she liked it or not. And she has to make every situation work. But under the pressure, it can tell on some couples.

"Luckily, it hasn't really got to us and we just crack on and get the job done that we need to do and hopefully support each other as much as we can."

There have been rumours on the show that Steve Backshall was being bullied by partner »

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I'm a Celebrity: Melanie Sykes to face Hell's Kitchen trial

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Melanie Sykes will face I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!'s next Bushtucker Trial.

Sykes has been voted by the public to enter the twisted Hell's Kitchen, where she'll have to master the jungle's most frightening culinary course.

Kendra Wilkinson had been selected for the previous three Bushtucker Trials, and ultimately failed two consecutive challenges after a promising start.

Wilkinson became exempt from the Hell's Kitchen task, due to being picked to join the Celebrity Intelligence Agency by Jimmy Bullard, Edwina Currie and Jake Quickenden.

The trio chose Wilkinson for their secret faction in order to prevent her from having to face a fourth Bushtucker Trial.

Sunday's (November 23) episode will also see one celebrity enter the Critter Cube as part of the first live trial of the series.

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! continues tomorrow night at 9pm on ITV. »

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The X Factor: All the best Twitter reactions to Week 7

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The X Factor celebrated the music of Whitney Houston and Elton John tonight (November 22) – leading to Only The Young being sent home as part of a double elimination.

As the competition narrows down as we head towards the final, the public's opinion is more important than ever!

Digital Spy rounds up the best Twitter reactions to The X Factor Week 7 below:

1. The world of Twitter watching The X Factor had another career in mind for Lauren after an audience-panned performance:

Lauren's got a West End career coming. She's not interesting enough to be a pop star #xfactor

— Churlish Meg (@churlishmeg) November 22, 2014

Lauren's performance is still boring even with fast music and her trying to dance #xfactor

— Ciara (@Ciara_Loughlin) November 22, 2014

Lauren Platt is probably the most boring X Factor contestant there has ever been.

— Ryan Bodell (@RyanBodell) November 22, 2014

2. Debate raged over whether 'I Will Always Love You »

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I'm a Celebrity: One celeb will face Critter Cube live trial

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One celebrity will be tested in the first I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! live trial of the series.

The chosen celeb will face the Critter Cube during tomorrow night's (November 23) show, in a trial based on the Phillip Schofield-hosted game show The Cube.

The celebrity will first stop at the Critter-cal Construction station. Here they will have to stack five cylinders into a tower, which must stay upright for three seconds.

The celeb will lose a life if the tower falls, and will be joined by some biting green ants.

Revulsion Expulsion is the name of the second station, and for two stars the celebrity will need to move 20 balls surrounded by raw pig's testicles just using their mouth.

The trial will have its own version of The Body, who demonstrates the tasks before they are carried out, and there will also be narration by The Cube's Colin McFarlane. »

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I'm a Celebrity: Kendra only wins two stars in Catacombs of Doom trial

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Kendra Wilkinson had to face another fear in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! when she stepped into the Catacombs of Doom for tonight's (November 22) Bushtucker Trial.

The former Playboy Playmate was disappointed to be voted by the public to undergo her third straight trial, after she failed the Cockroach Shaker trial yesterday.

Before leaving for the trial, Wilkinson told campmates: "I'm not feeling strong, I'm a little weak. It's a lot of pressure too."

When she arrived at the trial she was a bit more optimistic, telling Ant and Dec: "Hopefully I can conquer everything and get all ten (stars)."

The Catacombs of Doom involved Wilkinson putting her hands into holes and crawling through tunnels to locate stars.

Wilkinson had ten minutes to locate the ten stars, which would be worth a meal each for the campmates.

Her first challenge was to put her hand into »

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I'm a Celebrity: Jake Quickenden turns on the charm for Nadia Forde

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I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!'s Jake Quickenden has continued to turn on the charm with Nadia Forde.

As the camp woke up, the X Factor star complimented the model on her morning look.

"How do you look so fresh in the morning? You look better in the morning than at night," he said, when she was sporting a case of bed head. Forde then stuck two fingers up at him.

She later took off her top and revealed her bra, leading Quickenden to comment: "Oh gosh, you're not shy, are you?"

In the evening, the pair sat down together to eat a meal of rice and beans, with Forde joking: "This is technically our first dinner together."

Quickenden replied: "Is this a date? Are we on a date now? I would have bought you something better than rice and beans."

He then caused Forde to blush »

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I'm a Celebrity: Spies get jungle pampering, win care packages

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The secret CIA celebrity agents had a successful day in camp, after earning the camp care packages.

Jimmy Bullard, Edwina Currie and Jake Quickenden first had to pick one more celebrity to join their spy agency, and Quickenden thought Kendra Wilkinson was a good bet.

He told the team that if they picked Wilkinson, she would be immune from the next trial, which Currie thought was a very kind thing to do.

The newly formed foursome were then sent off for what the camp thought was a Dingo Dollar Challenge, but was actually an afternoon of pampering in a jungle spa.

As the spies enjoyed their hot tub and mocktails, they listened to a tape telling them that they had to convince the other celebrities that they failed a horrible challenge.

They were also told they needed to persuade another celebrity to wash all of their dirty clothes to win further care packages. »

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The X Factor: Only The Young leave... but was it the right decision?

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Only The Young became the latest X Factor casualty following tonight's (November 22) Elton John vs Whitney Houston-themed show.

The band received the least amount of votes from the public, who voted throughout Saturday night's show.

But do you agree with the first of this weekend's two eliminations?

Another act will be sent home during tomorrow night's X Factor results show, airing on ITV at 8pm.

Labrinth and Take That will also perform before host Dermot O'Leary reveals the next elimination. »

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The X Factor: What did the judges say about Whitney vs Elton Week?

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Week Seven saw The X Factor contestants pay tribute to Whitney Houston and Elton John.

Digital Spy rounds up what Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh had to say about Saturday night's (November 22) acts - and if you missed the show, you can catch up with all the performances below, too:

1. Lauren Platt: 'How Will I Know' by Elton John

Mel B: "I think that this is your best performance. You were enjoying yourself and you gave us your personality. Boy, can you sing and dance! Loved it, loved it."

Simon: "This is the first time in a long time when I can see you as a credible recording artist. Vocally, particularly at the start, it was very, very good. Your best performance in weeks!"

2. Ben Haenow: 'I Will Always Love You' by Whitney Houston

Louis: "You picked the most iconic Whitney »

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Strictly Come Dancing: All the pictures and scores from Week Nine

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1. Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan's Jive: 4-7-6-6 (23)

Len: "I was surprised how well you did it, you were under pressure this week."

Bruno: "You tackled that jive like a charging quarterback."

2. Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev's American Smooth: 7-8-9-9 (33)

Craig: "It was really, really good. Classy"

Darcey: "You were very brave. It was a very accomplished performance."

3. Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon's Charleston: 9-9-9-10 (37)

Craig: "You danced that with absolute precision...I really am dumbfounded."

Len: "You came out and just went for it – well done!"

4. Mark Wright and Karen Hauer's Tango: 8-8-8-8 (32)

Darcey: "I really like what you did with that. The strong, serious Mark suits you."

Bruno: "I have to say it was very strong, a proper Tango."

5. Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton's Viennese Waltz: 9-9-10-10 (38)

Len: "I loved the detail...you are one pussycat »

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The X Factor Elton vs Whitney Week: Who sang best?

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With another double elimination on The X Factor this weekend, it was a big night for the seven remaining acts.

And what bigger songs to sing than those of Elton John and Whitney Houston.

Now you have seen all the acts, we want to know who was the king or queen of the night and who will be singing the blues.

Vote in the poll and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

The X Factor results show airs tomorrow night (November 23) at 8pm on ITV. »

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Cbbc launches Blue Peter attitude advert campaign

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Cbbc has launched the Blue Peter attitude campaign.

The campaign encourages children to earn a range of Blue Peter badges for different skills and challenges.

In total there are seven different badges to be earned, ranging from the standard blue badge, to a sporting badge and finally the outstanding achievement gold badge.

Editor of Blue Peter Ewan Vinnicombe said: "The Blue Peter badge is iconic and thousands of children across the UK every year demonstrate their Blue Peter attitude to get their own badge."

Earlier this year, the children's series introduced a new guide dog puppy called Iggy.

Iggy's arrival marked 50 years since Blue Peter started work with the Guide Dogs organisation. »

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The X Factor: Only The Young sent home in double elimination

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Only The Young was the first act to be voted off in this week's X Factor double elimination.

The band was sent home after the public voted throughout the Elton John vs Whitney Houston-themed show.

They said: "We are just so grateful for everybody who has kept us in the competition so far."

Louis Walsh said: "They are great, great kids to work with."

Tonight's show also featured a performance from French DJ David Guetta and Emeli Sandè, who performed 'What I Did For Love'.

Another act will be sent home during tomorrow night's (November 23) results show, in which Labrinth and Take That will appear as musical guests.

Last week (November 16) Jay James was sent home from the competition, following a sing-off with Stevi Ritchie.

The X Factor continues tomorrow night at 8pm on ITV. »

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Strictly Come Dancing week nine: Which couple danced best?

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After the traditional trip to the Tower Ballroom for Blackpool Week, the remaining eight couples are back on the Strictly Come Dancing dancefloor.

With the judges beginning to had out tens, the pressure is piling up for the celebrities, now more than ever.

Now that all the couples have performed, we want to know who you think deserves another week waltzing around the ballroom and who needs to hang up their sequins for good.

Vote in our poll and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

The Strictly Come Dancing results show airs tomorrow night (November 23) at 7.20pm on BBC One. »

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The X Factor: Elton vs Whitney Week - as it happened

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Tonight's X Factor is going to be a good one. Not only is it Elton vs Whitney Week, but there is also a double elimination tonight.

So the pressure is on. Which karaoke classic will you be belting out in your living room tonight?

Join us for all the fun just before 8pm, with our live blog of tonight's show.

21:42We'll see you back here at 8pm tomorrow night for the results where another act will go home and Take That and Labrinth will be performing!

21:41That's it for tonight's show. We've had bring your family to work night, fairgrounds, street dancing and an Egyptian toga party. It was all good fun!

21:38So are you disappointed with tonight's result? Only the Young were one of the better acts tonight, I thought. Who doesn't love bumper car and silly string fun?

21:36

Sad to see @OTYOfficial go but »

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The X Factor: Elton vs Whitney Week - as it happens

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Tonight's X Factor is going to be a good one. Not only is it Elton vs Whitney Week, but there is also a double elimination tonight.

So the pressure is on. Which karaoke classic will you be belting out in your living room tonight?

Join us for all the fun just before 8pm, with our live blog of tonight's show.

21:21David Guetta's featuring Emeli Sandé are up, now. Emeli sporting a flower headband. If it was spray painted gold, she'd have fit in with Stevi!

21:13So that's all the performances done for tonight. Who was your favourite? I think Ben and Stevi might be in trouble this week, but what do you think?

21:11I'm a bit disappointed they weren't wearing t shirts with their 'Kick' name on it. It might help people with the naming thing.

21:09I reckon most people won't be watching this performance of »

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Strictly Come Dancing: Week Nine as it happened

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She's gone! Judy Murray and Anton du Beke sailed out of the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom last week – and what's more, we're not even in Blackpool any more. Still, the competition is really heating up now, since we're in week nine, so we should be in for some treats tonight.

And, of course, Claudia Winkleman is back to host with Tess Daly (bye, Zoe!) So join us from 7pm when Strictly begins on BBC One, as we bring you all the action from the evening's events...

20:14But that's that from us! What did you think of tonight's show? We had a good time, but hit the comments below to let us know who you loved and loathed. We're getting Barry Manilow tomorrow night - screw the results, we'll be tuning in just for that. Thanks for joining us - keep dancing!

20:13Sure, it's a voting package we're seeing now, »

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Strictly Come Dancing: Week Nine as it happens - live blog

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She's gone! Judy Murray and Anton du Beke sailed out of the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom last week – and what's more, we're not even in Blackpool any more. Still, the competition is really heating up now, since we're in week nine, so we should be in for some treats tonight.

And, of course, Claudia Winkleman is back to host with Tess Daly (bye, Zoe!) So join us from 7pm when Strictly begins on BBC One, as we bring you all the action from the evening's events...

20:14But that's that from us! What did you think of tonight's show? We had a good time, but hit the comments below to let us know who you loved and loathed. We're getting Barry Manilow tomorrow night - screw the results, we'll be tuning in just for that. Thanks for joining us - keep dancing!

20:13Sure, it's a voting package we're seeing now, »

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