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Daleks to hit the red carpet at Bafta anniversary bash

Enduring sci-fi hit Doctor Who is to be celebrated at the TV Bafta Awards this weekend to mark the programme's 50th anniversary year.

Stars Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman have filmed a special sketch to be screened during the ceremony on Sunday and a pair of daleks will be trundling up the red carpet beforehand.

 

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The announcement of the celebration for the family show comes as it was reported veteran actor John Hurt will feature as a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor in a special episode later this year.

Hurt himself has said in his guest role he will play a "part of the Doctor" in a "kind of trinity" which also includes David Tennant, who played the role prior to Smith.

The milestone is expected to see a number of the Doctor's regenerations brought together on-screen.

This Sunday's Arqiva British Academy Television Awards will also feature a video montage with highlights from the Who archives, and Coleman will present one of the awards.

Bafta chief executive Amanda Berry said: "There are only a handful of programmes that have the quality and longevity of Doctor Who and the ability to put the nation on their sofas – or indeed behind them – year after year."

The event takes place at London's Royal Festival Hall and will be screened on BBC1 at 8pm.

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