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Papers feature Dr Who's monsters

Scary monsters from the BBC's new Dr Who exercise the imagination of picture editors in Thursday's newspapers.

There is one on the front page of the Times - a sort of half woman, half log called "Jabe The Tree".

The Sun has a gallery of the timelord's latest foes who, it predicts, will have a whole new generation of viewers cowering behind their sofas.

The paper also carries an interview with Billie Piper, the show's star, who says "Dr Who saved my life".

Magnified monsters

Monsters of a different kind hit the headlines in some other papers.

The Independent has a hugely-magnified picture of a mosquito dominating its front page - more to do with scientific fact than science fiction.

Its story warns that more than 500m people suffer from malaria - a disease the paper calls "The Forgotten Killer".

The story also leads in the Guardian, which employs equally monstrous imagery - an enlarged photograph of red blood cells infected with malaria.

Merely shambolic

The Commons debate on the government's Prevention Of Terrorism Bill provides rich pickings for the sketch writers.

Simon Hoggart, in the Guardian, says things turned from being merely shambolic to really rather nasty.

The Daily Mail's Quentin Letts thinks the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, did not give the impression of being on top of his brief.

At times his answers about judicial process were as shaky as an alcoholic's handshake, Letts says.

'Treasure trove'

John Prescott's plans to relax planning laws for Gypsy camps infuriates both the Daily Mail and the Sun.

The Sun has a reader's letter claiming her peace of mind has been wrecked by living near just such a site.

But the Daily Mirror prefers to root through the rubbish bins of comedian Alistair McGowan to get its front page story.

The performer, who stars in adverts highlighting the risks of identity fraud, left a "treasure trove" of personal information in his refuse.

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