HOLBY City is about to get a new Doctor of a different kind – the second Time Lord to join its hallowed wards.
Sylvester McCoy, who played the seventh Doctor, is joining the soap’s cast which already includes Paul McGann, the eighth incarnation of the Tardis-dweller.
And in the ultimate treat for fans of the science-fiction classic, both actors are said to be sharing scenes on the BBC1 drama.
A TV insider said: “These are likely to be images which will whip Who-vians into a frenzy — seeing two consecutive Time Lords performing together in the same drama.
“But it’s also likely to trigger some nostalgic memories for anyone for whom the Eighties and Nineties were their formative years.”
McCoy took over from Colin Baker as Time Lord in 1987 and played the role until the BBC shelved the series two years later.
In 1996 he was seen regenerating into McGann’s incarnation, in a one-off episode, before the show was rebooted in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston.
In Holby City McCoy will play an a patient, who ends up in the hospital after running away from his retirement home.
McGann joined the cast of Holby City in December as enigmatic neurosurgeon Professor John Gaskell.
The pair’s scenes will air this autumn, just as the new series of Doctor Who returns with Jodie Whittaker wielding the sonic screwdriver.
Typical, you wait ages for a Time Lord, then three come along all at once...
HE wowed the TV industry with his heartbreaking suicide storyline and now Shayne Ward has Hollywood knocking on his door.
The actor, who played Aidan Connor on Coronation Street has revealed that he is considering movie roles across the pond.
He said: “I’m having a lot of meetings with the right people at the moment and choosing my next film project very carefully.
“Until you’ve signed a contract you can’t announce anything.
“If the right Hollywood opportunity comes calling I’ll definitely consider it.”
After his Corrie character took his own life last month after battling depression, Shayne has been approached by countless families who have been affected by male suicide.
He said: “People come up to me in the street all the time.
“My fiancée and I were out shopping last week in Sheffield and a mother and daughter walked past and said, ‘Thank you so much for the storyline, it has a connection to us’.
“I could see it on their face and then they both just broke down in tears.
“The mother had lost her son – who was the girl’s brother – and it was so heartbreaking.
“I get blokes coming up to me too, and shouting at me from cars, all good things.”
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But the joke was possibly on him as BBC presenter Dan Walker – who he has been in a Twitter feud with – wasn’t working.
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And Dan tweeted that it was in the wrong place anyway.
He wrote: “I’m not sure what they’ve told you Mr Morgan but that’s the side that no one looks at.”
Undeterred, Piers moved on to to ribbing his co-host Susanna Reid comparing her top to his garden shed.
AFTER the success of Peter Kay’s Car Share, the BBC is making a reality show version that will also appeal to younger fans.
Teen Taxi will see cameras fitted in the motors of parents who feel like a cab service for their kids.
The fly-on-the-wall show will film mums and dads driving their kids to big events – including university, their first festivals and gap year trips to the airport.
A telly source said: “Producers are hoping to capture funny conversations between parents and teens, including lectures about good behaviour and requests to borrow money.
“They’re also hoping to capture some special moments, which will be nostalgic for viewers and tug on heart strings.”
Thank God there weren’t any cameras in the car when my parents used to ferry me and my brothers around.
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