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Peter Capaldi Suits Up as BBC America Reveals the First Image of the Twelfth Doctor's Costume

The Doctor has a new look as Peter Capaldi’s era officially begins. In a picture released today by the BBC, Capaldi can be seen in the costume that will define his time as the Twelfth Time Lord in one of TV’s biggest roles. Sporting a Dark Blue Crombie coat with red lining, Dark Blue trousers, a white shirt as well as black Dr. Marten shoes, the look was created by DOCTOR WHO costume designer Howard Burden.

DOCTOR WHO's First Doctor Regenerated in BBC America's 'An Adventure in Space and Time' Premiering November 22

David Bradley as William Hartnell in AN ADVENTURE IN
. Photo Credit: BBC America
What do you get when you mix C.S. Lewis with H.G. Wells, and sprinkle in a bit of Father Christmas? An alien Time Lord exploring space and time in a Police Box spaceship called the "TARDIS" (Time And Relative Dimension in Space). On November 23, 1963, a television legend began when the very first episode of Doctor Who was broadcast on BBC One. Fifty years later, the genesis story is retold in a new BBC AMERICA co-production film celebrating the 50th anniversary of the franchise, AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME, premiering Friday, November 22, 9 p.m. ET/PT on BBC AMERICA.

Lost DOCTOR WHO Episodes Newly Recovered from the 1960s, Now Available Exclusively on iTunes

BBC Worldwide North America announces that a stash of BBC master tapes from the 1960s featuring missing episodes of Doctor Who has been recovered in Nigeria, Africa. The BBC has re-mastered the tapes, and is making two stories, The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear, now available exclusively on iTunes.

Eleven Doctor Who episodes were discovered (nine of which have not been seen for 46 years) by Philip Morris, director of Television International Enterprises Archive, by tracking records of tape shipments made by the BBC to Africa for transmission. Morris says, "The tapes had been left gathering dust in a store room at a television relay station in Nigeria. I remember wiping the dust off the masking tape on the canisters and my heart missed a beat as I saw the words 'Doctor Who'. When I read the story code I realized I'd found something pretty special."

Matt Smith to Leave DOCTOR WHO

The BBC is today announcing that Matt Smith is to leave DOCTOR WHO after four incredible years on the hit show. Matt first stepped into the TARDIS in 2010 and will leave the role at the end of this year after starring in the unmissable 50th Anniversary in November and regenerating in the Christmas special. During his time as the Doctor, Matt has reached over 30 million unique UK viewers and his incarnation has seen the show go truly global. He was also the first actor to be nominated for a BAFTA in the role. DOCTOR WHO is BBC AMERICA's highest-rated series and premieres as part of the channel's Supernatural Saturday programming block.

BBC Has 'Regret' About ARCHERS Abortion Poll

Rachel Atkins plays Vicky Tucker on THE ARCHERS
Recently THE ARCHERS aired a storyline featuring a middle-aged couple, Mike and Vicky Tucker, who discovered that they were expecting a baby with Down syndrome. Producers decided to post a poll online asking fans if the couple should abort the baby or not.

After a massive outcry for the poll to be removed, the BBC capitulated and released a statement:

“THE ARCHERS storyline on Mike and Vicky’s pregnancy has been well-received by the audience and raises a number of important issues about Down’s Syndrome, informed by the advice and expertise of the Down’s Syndrome Association. However this issue is too complex and sensitive for an online poll and we regret any offense the poll may have caused.”

YEAR OF THE SOAP: Why is DOWNTON ABBEY So Popular? Will Season 3 Be Just as Good?

In recent BBC coverage of the lead-in to DOWNTON ABBEY's season three (United Kingdom) premiere, it seems no one in London can stop talking about America, how successful DOWNTON is here, and the secret of the series' success.

"I went to New York and me and Lesley got recognized. It was so weird... we never get recognized in London or a place like that!" exclaims Sophie McShera, DOWNTON's beleagured kitchen maid, Daisy.

WATCH: Olympic Torch Live Segment On EASTENDERS

The Olympics torch was carried through the streets of Walford in a live EASTENDERS broadcast on Monday night.

The eight-minute segment, featuring Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) running with the flame live through the crowds in Albert Square was inserted into the regular taped episode of the soap.

Watch the entire live segment below:

UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS Not Returning For Third Season

The BBC has confirmed a third season of period drama UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS will not be commissioned. The show was revived in 2010 with first episode watched by 8.8 million viewers. The ratings declined over time and the final episode of season two only had 5.22 million viewers.

A BBC spokesperson said: "From CALL THE MIDWIFE to BIRD SONG and THE SYNDICATE, 2012 has been a great year for Original British Drama on BBC1 but at this stage there are no plans for UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS to return".