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Just Who is Tao Sil?

A sinister body snatcher that harvests human body parts, Tao Sil is in real life Tim Ingham from Langworth in Lincolnshire who this Saturday evening will appear on John Barrowman’s Tonight’s the Night special Doctor Who sketch – and there might just be another famous name involved…

The scene – no doubt the ighlight of Barrowman’s Tonight’s the Night series – is written by outgoing showrunner Russell T Davies and directed by Alice Troughton. Barrowman is set to reprise Captain Jack Harkness – not for the first time this month – and it is described as “a deft mixture of humour, drama and the unexpected!”

It seems that Mr Ingham didn’t even know about the (considerably promoted, let’s face it) competition until a couple of days before the deadline.

“I discovered the competition on the Internet by chance and realised there was only a couple of days until the closing date,” he said.

“I hadn’t got any ideas so I slept on it and then started to get some inspiration.

“The wine cooler looked like a good weapon and I put some tights on my head and looked like a garish bank robber.”

A member of Lincoln Academy of Dramatic Arts, Mr Ingham cleverly constructed the costume utilising tights, gel pads from his fiancee’s bra and a wine cooler.

Tonight’s the Night airs Saturday evening, 7.20pm on BBC One.



A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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