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Actor manhandled by ghost

HE's grappled with monsters, Daleks and Cybermen with all the fearlessness befitting Dr Who. But Time Lord Sylvester McCoy didn't have his Tardis to hide in when he was spooked by a frightening supernatural experience that could have come straight out of a Dr Who script.

Sylvester, 45, believe he was manhandled b a ghost when he was appearing in She Stoops to Conquer at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

"I was talking to another actor in the bar when I felt someone's hand pressing down on my shoulder, said the eccentric actor.

"For a moment it was very frightening," he added. "When I realised it wasn't the other actor touching me I went rigid with fear."

Sylvester, the seventh Dr Who, believes he came into contact with the Belgrade ghost.

"I know the founder of the theatre was killed tragically in a car crash so 3t may have been him lurking around the place." A similar experience sent a shiver up his spine in Stratford East when he starred in So You Want To Be In Pictures. "Supernatural happenings obviously aren't confined to the Dr Who scripts," he laughed.

Ten facts about Dr Who

1 The first episode of Dr Who went Out the day altar president John F Kennedy was gunned down in Dallas.

2. Dr Who is shown in 65 different countries.

3 The longest-serving Doctor was Tom Baker who stuck with the series for seven years.

4 Terry Nation, who wrote all the Dalek scriptsm want on to become a multi-millionaire.

5. One of the most frequently asked questions by Dr Who fans is 'Did Tom Baker really dye his teeth?'

6. The Dr Who Magazine, the official fan meg, sells 23,000 copies a month worldwide.

7. British Home Stores produced a range of Dr Who underpants with Tom Baker's face printed on them.

8 The third Doctor, Patrick Troughton, hated working with the Daleks because he 'didn't like being upstaged by them'. says John Freeman, editor of the Dr Who Magazine.

9. Dalek designer Raymond Cusick once wanted to use dead rats to dress a scene

10. Between 1963 and 1988 there base been 26 time traveller companions.

The first assistant was Carol Ann Ford as Susan and the latest is Sophie Aldred as Ace

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  • APA 6th ed.: Dietrich, Jackie (1988-11-18). Sylvester's spooky experience. Birmingham Daily News p. 19.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Dietrich, Jackie. "Sylvester's spooky experience." Birmingham Daily News [add city] 1988-11-18, 19. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Dietrich, Jackie. "Sylvester's spooky experience." Birmingham Daily News, edition, sec., 1988-11-18
  • Turabian: Dietrich, Jackie. "Sylvester's spooky experience." Birmingham Daily News, 1988-11-18, section, 19 edition.
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