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Dr Who girl Lalla Ward is to be exterminated and replaced by ... a boy.

Unknown teenage actor Matthew Waterhouse will take over from the 29-year-old actress in the next Dr Who series.

Lalla will have played Romana in the top children's shown for more than a year.

She is the eleventh Dr Who girl, but Matthew, 17, will become Tom Baker's first male assistant.

He and Lalla will apear together in the first half of the autumn series, but after Christmas Matthew will be Dr Who's only colleague.

Lalla said yesterday: "The way in which I am written out is still a secret.

"We do not want all our young viewers to know what is going to happen."

The shake-up was planned by the show's new producer, John Nathan-Turner.

Lana said: "I shall be sorry to leave the series, but John and I decided it was time for a change.

"Dr Who has never been without a girl alongside, so it really is something different"

Matthew has already started filming the new series. He will play the part of a new character called Adric.

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