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The Trickster’s Brigade…

All is quiet on the Doctor Who front post-Torchwood, so it’s interesting to see how the press are keeping the series in the news. This time it’s all about a rather audacious conman…

The Mirror have reported the case of a conman who managed to get some free lodgings by posing as a producer on Doctor Who.

You would think that people would be more aware of tricksters – but of course as we’ve seen in world events over the last 40 years, the taller the story, the more willing people are to believe it.

A conman who tricked the managers of a luxury flat into letting him stay there by posing as a Doctor Who producer was jailed for 10 weeks yesterday.

Steven Murphy, 28, said he was filming on location in Swansea and the BBC would pay his £1,778 rent.

Thankfully for both the landlord and the conman, some called the BBC and checked; meanwhiel the conman gets away with 10 weeks in prison, a pretty light sentence that could have been far more if no one had checked.

Christian Cawley


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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