An insider on the hit show stated: "Paris is a major casting coup for the show and really raises the bar. We've been waiting to find the right role for her for some time, and she was our first choice to portray the shady temptress who will lure Dalek creator Davros down the aisle.
"The BBC really hope to boost the profile of Doctor Who in the United States and when we learnt that Paris is as fond of Daleks as she is of Chihuahuas then we knew we were on to a winner."
Hilton has previously appeared in the films Zoolander and The House Of Wax, but this will make her first dramatic role in TV.
Filming is scheduled to begin in March and the 60-minute special, in which David Tennant will play the Time Lord, is likely to be shown at Christmas.
Breaking news... we interrupt this news bulletin to report that the above story is absolute fabricated codswallop of the highest order. Yet it's not too far detached from some of the bizarre casting rumours that have surrounded the world of Doctor Who since the BBC revived it several years ago.
Once that rumour passed, the Daily Mail went as far as running an article in its early editions on March 19, 2004 confirming that Bill Nighy had 100% been confirmed by the BBC as the new Doctor. On the very same day, all the other papers correctly named Christopher Eccleston as the latest incumbent of the Tardis. Ooops!
The return of classic Doctor Who villains has fuelled a few eye-raising stories. News that Davros would be returning (but sadly not giving Miss Hilton a seductive wink with his third eye) was greeted with a big scoop from The Sun - that legendary Gandhi actor Sir Ben Kingsley would be sitting in the hot seat. It might have been fabulous, but it wasn't to be and the brilliant Julian Bleach nabbed the part.
In August 2007, the News Of The World stated: "The Doctor Who team are delighted they've managed to sign Joan. It's a real coup. [She's] perfect for the role... like Alexis Colby with a sonic screwdriver." Well, unless all the Whovians blinked simultaneously during the last season, which is unlikely as there might be a few Weeping Angels around, it seems that this was utter balderdash too. Perhaps we should start a 'Larry Hagman Must Be The Master' campaign and see if the tabloids report that as fact?
"After the chat show we hope she’ll take over from Catherine as Dr Who’s assistant," this source said. "We've talked to her and she was excited by the idea. It would be perfect for Lily and she would be perfect for the show."
While Allen has conjured up some decent music in her brief time, could the BBC really cast someone who would be such a poor role model for the hordes of impressionable young viewers? Her recent remarks on drugs, religion, and pretty much everything under the sun don't help her (presumably non-existent) cause. Mind you, the fact that she's been caught on camera throwing punches in public might function as good preparation for dispatching a few Sontarans by landing a blow on their probic vents.
However, on rare occasions there has been more than a grain of truth in a seemingly outlandish rumour. Many must have scoffed over their breakfasts when reading the News Of The World's report that Kylie Minogue would play a leading role in the 2007 Doctor Who special 'Voyage Of The Damned'.
In particular, the presence of dancers in Cybermen costumes during her previous tour - instigated by her Whovian stylist and best friend William Baker. One should also note that her career took off through acting, playing the role of Charlene Mitchell in Neighbours (although she arguably lost out to Bouncer and Craig McLachlan's dungarees in the Ramsay Street acting stakes).
Time to go now. Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan are all being fitted with their bridesmaid outfits at this very moment, while Dalek Caan is rehearsing his Best Man's speech nearby ahead of the Davros-Hilton marriage. We'll be back with our insider scoop very shortly...
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