First look at Doctor Who’s new season

Join the Doctor, Bill and Nardole in season 10 of Doctor Who. Courtesy: BBC

It’s an explosive moment for the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Bill (Pearl Mackie) in the tailer for the new series of Doctor Who.

EMOJI robots, a giant sea creature and old enemies like Daleks and the Cybermen are among the hazards Doctor Who has in store in the new series of the hit show.

The BBC has unveiled a trailer for the 10th series of the relaunched sci-fi hit, revealing that the Time Lord (Peter Capaldi) will face foes old and new and will travel to places such as Mars, Egypt and 1814.

Matt Lucas returns as Nardole in the brief glimpse at the Doctor’s latest adventures.

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Timey-wimery-finery: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Bill (Pearl Mackie) visit the year 1814 in the new series of Doctor Who.

Timey-wimery-finery: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Bill (Pearl Mackie) visit the year 1814 in the new series of Doctor Who.Source:Supplied

The trailer gives fans a good look at Pearl Mackie, as the new companion Bill Potts, taking over the sidekick role from Jenna Coleman.

The 60-second advert triggered excitement on social media, where fans said they cannot wait for the series to start next month.

“I feel faint,” said one person on Twitter.

“I’M SOOOOO HYPED LIKE SOOOO HYPED FOR THIS,” gushed another.

The Cyberman glimpsed in the Doctor Who Series 10 trailer looks like the Cybermen as they were initially seen in the show, in the 1966 adventure The Tenth Planet, which starred the ‘original’ Doctor, William Hartnell.

The Cyberman glimpsed in the Doctor Who Series 10 trailer looks like the Cybermen as they were initially seen in the show, in the 1966 adventure The Tenth Planet, which starred the ‘original’ Doctor, William Hartnell.Source:Supplied

The latest series will be the last starring Capaldi as the Time Lord.

It also marks the last time showrunner Steven Moffat will be at the helm.

Capaldi will play the lead role throughout the 10th season, and will make his final appearance as the Doctor in the 2017 Christmas special.

Doctor Who returns on Saturday April 15, with the first episode of series 10, The Pilot.

TV contestants have same names as Friends cast

Family on The Chase share same names as Friends cast. Picture: The Chase/ITV

FANS of The Chase were left tickled after today’s four contestants all shared names with the cast of Friends.

Contestants, Rachael, Ross, Phoebe and Joe could be seen lined up and ready to take on The Chasers — leading many fans to take to Twitter to point out the funny coincidence.

One mused: “Chandler and Monica must’ve been busy”.

“This is funny, contestants on The Chase called Rachael, Ross, Phoebe and Joe”, another said.

One Twitter user and Friends fan screen-grabbed their electronic TV guide alongside the caption: “Friends reunion on The Chase”.

“Chandler and Monica must’ve been busy”. Credit: The Chase/ITV

“Chandler and Monica must’ve been busy”. Credit: The Chase/ITVSource:Supplied

Another added: “Wow the cast of Friends sure have changed.

“The other contestant is called Joey too. I am NOT joking.”

But, it seems that the would-be Friends gang weren’t quite the same force to be reckoned with as the TV favourites.

The real cast of Friends in 1996.

The real cast of Friends in 1996.Source:News Corp Australia

When it came to the final round it was just Joe and Ross left against The Vixen but, with one second remaining, The Chaser wiped out the players — leaving them going home empty-handed.

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Sweet revenge: Dumped radio star gets last laugh

Triple M’s Robin Bailey and One Nation leader Pauline Hanson have ripped into each other over the Senator’s controversial comments on banning the burqa. Audio: Triple M Brisbane?s Marto, Ed & Robin on 104.5 FM

Robin Bailey is part of Triple M’s breakfast show with Ed and Marto. Pic Mark Calleja

BRISBANE radio host Robin Bailey has had the last laugh after she was controversially dumped by 97.3 FM last year.

The popular host was with the station for 10 years before she was “blindsided” in November when her bosses said her contract would not be renewed.

“I genuinely did not see it coming,” Bailey told news.com.au today.

Not long after being pushed out the door, the radio host signed with opposition station Triple M and joined Greg ‘Marto’ Martin and Ed Kavalee on the breakfast show at the start of 2017.

Today the first radio ratings of the year were released and it couldn’t have gone better for Bailey.

Her old station, 97.3 FM, ended last year as the number one FM breakfast show in Brisbane. Triple M ended the year equal third.

But that’s not the case anymore.

Marto, Ed & Robin grabbed a massive 2.9 per cent extra audience share while 97.3 FM’s Bianca, Terry & Bob dropped 2.0 per cent in today’s results.

Former 97.3 brekkie host Robin Bailey with her new Triple M co-hosts, Ed and Marto. Picture: Liam Kidston

Former 97.3 brekkie host Robin Bailey with her new Triple M co-hosts, Ed and Marto. Picture: Liam KidstonSource:News Corp Australia

Bailey and her co-hosts leapfrogged her old station and the Triple M trio now have the second highest rated FM brekky show in Brisbane with 97.3 FM behind in third place.

It’s a case of sweet revenge for Bailey.

“I think that management made a decision [last year] and look what’s happened,” she said.

“I don’t want to stand here and throw mud at them, I really don’t want to give them that energy. “But I think when you don’t play nicely, things don’t go the way you want them to go. They’ve made their choices and look what’s happened.”

Bailey said she was “positively relieved” when she was told the news today and added that she never took it for granted that listeners would follow her to her new home at Triple M.

“Breakfast radio is very habitual and it’s a big deal for people to change their station. I didn’t for a second assume that I would [bring an audience over] but I got the result today and went, ‘that’s just frickin amazing’.”

Bianca Dye replaced Robin Bailey on 97.3's breakfast show with Bob Gallagher and Terry Hansen. Picture: Tara Croser

Bianca Dye replaced Robin Bailey on 97.3’s breakfast show with Bob Gallagher and Terry Hansen. Picture: Tara CroserSource:News Corp Australia

Bailey said she’s “humbled” by the dedication of her fans whom she formed a particularly strong bond with in 2014 when her husband of 15 years took his own life after battling depression.

“You gotta understand, what I went through at that station [97.3 FM] with those people … it was so unique,” she said.

“I think because I came back on air after my husband died and because I chose to do the best I could as honestly as I could, that people connected with that, and I guess those people continue to care and some of them have come over to Triple M.

“That’s a bloody privilege and it does humble me every single day, it really does.”

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Casey shocked by jungle weight loss

Casey Donovan talks about what she has learnt during her time in the jungle, after her big win on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!

Casey Donovan has been shocked by her weight loss. Picture: Dylan Robinson

CASEY Donovan has vowed to continue living healthily after losing more than 17kgs along the way to winning I’m A Celebrity …Get Me Out Of Here!

“I feel like this is a kickstart, losing the weight I did on the show was absolutely amazing,” Donovan told News Corp Australia.

“I shocked myself so we will see what happens but I am very excited to get back to Australia.”

The 28-year-old was last night crowned queen of the jungle after surviving six weeks on a stark ration pack in the heat of the South African jungle.

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Donovan celebrates her second reality TV win with her mum Tracey Axford. Picture: Dylan Robinson

Donovan celebrates her second reality TV win with her mum Tracey Axford. Picture: Dylan RobinsonSource:News Corp Australia

She dropped from 149 kilograms to below 132kgs when she and her campmates were last weighed just over a week ago.

Before entering the competition she said she had hoped to get down to 100kgs.

Celebrity contestants lived off daily basic diet rations of 25 grams of oats, 45 grams of beans, 50 grams of rice, 200 grams of vegetables and two tablespoons of oil.

Casey Donovan has beaten out all comers to be the first woman crowned as champion on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Outta Here

Feeling exhilarated by her win and weight loss, Donovan will hit the ground running when she returns home to Sydney, with a new single titled Lonely and an album to come.

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Donovan with runners-up Dane Swan and Natalie Bassingthwaighte in South Africa. Picture: Dylan Robinson

Donovan with runners-up Dane Swan and Natalie Bassingthwaighte in South Africa. Picture: Dylan RobinsonSource:News Corp Australia

She’s also got another book in mind, a follow-up to her autobiography, Big, Beautiful and Sexy.

“Definitely music, possibly more acting and there’s a few things in the pipeline that is for sure,” said Donovan, whose next tattoo will be an Oscar the Grouch on her leg.

“And I’ve got another book in me I think. It would be more self-reflective.”

Of her jungle experience, she added: “I think I have learnt that I am stronger than I think and that I am a very positive person. I like to make people happy and laugh.”

Singer and songwriter Casey Donovan performed an acoustic set for her fellow celebrities as they reflected on the evening. Her angelic voice captivated the group as she performed live. Courtesy: Network Ten

* The journalist is in South Africa as a guest of Channel Ten.

Originally published as Casey shocked by jungle weight loss

Vulnerable Nat Bass finds answers

Natalie Bassingthwaighte talks about the small luxuries she missed while in the jungle, after her elimination from I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!

Natalie Bassingthwaighte found clarity in the South African jungle. Picture: Dylan Robinson

NATALIE Bassingthwaighte went into the jungle seeking answers. She came out with a greater sense of clarity and balance and hopes to keep that focus as she ventures back into the real world after six weeks in South Africa on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!

“You either want to be in it (show business) or you don’t and that is the struggle that I’ve had,” Bassingthwaighte told News Corp Australia after coming third on the Channel 10 reality series.

“There is a facade that you hold up to maintain a certain profile and that hasn’t necessarily been who I am, so to be able to strip it back, as uncomfortable as it felt, and to let that go and to allow people into your soul and psyche — no tans, no lashes, no hair and make-up — it made me feel very vulnerable but it was exactly what I needed. I was looking for something and I think I found it.”

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I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! runner up Natalie Bassingthwaighte out of the South African jungle. Picture: Dylan Robinson

I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! runner up Natalie Bassingthwaighte out of the South African jungle. Picture: Dylan RobinsonSource:News Corp Australia

Family still comes first for the chart topping Rogue Traders frontwoman and actor, who has been reunited with husband Cameron McGlinchey and their two children, Harper and Hendrix.

Time in the jungle allowed Bassingthwaighte to think and put life into perspective.

“Clearly my kids and husband are most important to me,” she explained.

On I?m A Celebrity ? Get Me Out Of Here!, Natalie Bassingthwaighte has a surprise reunion with her husband and two children in the jungle. Courtesy: Network Ten

“And then you’ve got your career and what do I want out of my career and what do I want out of my life. That is what I’ve been searching for, where is my direction? Do I want to perform? Do I want to sing? Do I want to act? Or do I not want to do any of that?”

Fans will be happy to know Bassingthwaighte wants to do all of those things, just with more balanced time to spend with her family.

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Bassingthwaighte with husband Cameron McGlinchey and children Harper and Hendrix. Picture: Dylan Robinson

Bassingthwaighte with husband Cameron McGlinchey and children Harper and Hendrix. Picture: Dylan RobinsonSource:News Corp Australia

“At the end of the day I feel like I have still got that something in me that wants to keep on keeping on but I want to balance it with less working until like midnight and I want to be more present,” she said.

While she’ll be bunkering down with her family, Bassingthwaighte has a couple of work projects on the boil.

“I’ve got two acting projects, I don’t know if they’ll want me after being in the jungle and eating testicles but here’s hoping. And I believe Rogies (Rogue Traders) are writing some new material. So give me some space to really take it all in after this experience and we will see what happens.”

Natalie Bassingthwaighte came in third after viewing voters kicked her out of the jungle on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here

* The journalist is in South Africa as a guest of Channel Ten.

Originally published as Vulnerable Nat Bass finds answers

Dane Swan shares his wedding plans

Swan’s long-time girlfriend, Taylor Wilson was reunited with her partner in the jungle. Picture: Nigel Wright/Ten

DANE Swan has vowed to be more present and more appreciative of those closest to him more after his six weeks in the South African jungle — but the former Collingwood AFL star says he’s in no rush to walk down the aisle with girlfriend Taylor Wilson.

“I’ve had plenty of time to think about it (marriage). It won’t be this year,” Swan told News Corp, after coming second to Casey Donovan on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!

“This is our fun year. I’ve always said the year I finish footy is a gap year to go away and travel.”

Swan, who retired from professional football last year, has been with his partner for nine years. He’ll travel to the Coachella Music Festival in the US next month and has a number of other trips planned for the year.

Swan with his jungle mates, Casey Donovan and Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Picture: Nigel Wright

Swan with his jungle mates, Casey Donovan and Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Picture: Nigel WrightSource:Supplied

“It won’t be this year, I might be broke so I won’t be able to but I guess that is the natural progression of life so some time in the future I guess,” he said when pushed on marriage plans.

Six weeks in the South African jungle on the Channel 10 reality show was a real learning experience for Swan, who has vowed to be more present with those he loves.

“I think I could be reasonably selfish,” he said.

“My whole career it has all been about me and it kind of has to be when you are playing professional sport. My whole family, Taylor, everything has revolved around me, my schedule, what I can eat, when I can go away because of training and games. When I finished (playing) I was still stuck in that rut where it was all about me and I always did what I wanted to do. I’ve learnt that I need to give more time to the people I care about. I need to be more present and in the moment.”

Swan’s long-time girlfriend, Taylor Wilson was reunited with her partner in the jungle. Picture: Nigel Wright/Ten

Swan’s long-time girlfriend, Taylor Wilson was reunited with her partner in the jungle. Picture: Nigel Wright/TenSource:Supplied

As for what the future holds professionally, Swan is also in no rush to make any big decisions.

“I didn’t come on this show to get myself a job, to be a TV presenter or whatever,” he said.

“I have absolutely no idea what is to come. If great doors open, I am not going to not go in them. But who knows.”

Meanwhile, in the jungle during the series Swan said he wouldn’t pose naked for a gay magazine even if he was offered $500,000.

“If I was single it wouldn’t bother me [and] if Taylor and my family were okay with it, then we might be able to discuss it,” he smiled.

“That’s never gonna happen, let’s be honest, who wants to see that?”

* The journalist is in South Africa as a guest of Channel Ten.

Originally published as Dane Swan shares his wedding plans

Chrissie, Sam & Browny pull off the near-impossible

Nova 100’s new breakfast team surprised everyone by starting on air a few days early. Courtesy: Nova Entertainment

Nova’s breakfast show in Melbourne: Jonathan Brown, Chrissie Swan and Sam Pang.

CHRISSIE Swan, Sam Pang and Jonathan Brown have pulled off the near-impossible.

The Nova trio were today crowned the number one FM breakfast show in Melbourne despite only being on air for just over 12 months.

And they toppled some radio heavyweights to do it.

Chrissie, Sam & Browny overtook Triple M’s Hot Breakfast and Fox FM’s Fifi, Dave, Fev & Byron who have been in a two-way race for the number one position since mid-2014.

The Nova team now have an 8.1 per cent radio share with Triple M on 7.7 and Fox on 7.6.

It’s a remarkable achievement for the breakfast show which was languishing in fifth place in the FM ratings when they replaced Tommy Little and Meshel Laurie at the start of 2016.

“We thought our boss was joking when he told us [about the number one position],” Swan told news.com.au, “and we thought, ‘that’s not a very kind prank’”.

But as excited as the Nova 100 presenters were once they realised their boss wasn’t lying, Swan is adamant the team doesn’t place too much importance on ratings.

“I think if you’re coming first or not, for us, it doesn’t really affect our love of what we’re doing,” Swan said.

And besides, she said, “everything can change in a few weeks”.

Jonathan Brown, Chrissie Swan and Sam Pang. Picture: Julie Kiriacoudis

Jonathan Brown, Chrissie Swan and Sam Pang. Picture: Julie KiriacoudisSource:News Corp Australia

Swan, a radio veteran, said she realised their show was something special when they jumped in the studio for their first show in January last year.

“Having never worked together before, something happened in that studio on day one that I’ve never seen before,” she said, referring to the secret ingredient that all great radio shows possess: chemistry.

“Just watching that happen has been deeply satisfying for me. You can’t manufacture it, it’s been a magical gift.”

The “magical gift” is the result of careful planning by Nova bosses who revealed to news.com.au last year how they put Chrissie, Sam & Browny together and set it on its path to the top of the radio ratings.