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First episode of Doctor Who Debuts on BBC

This long-running science fiction program about a mysterious time-traveling adventurer known only as "the Doctor" has become a significant part of British popular culture. Despite low-budget special effects, it was widely recognized for its creative storytelling and use of innovative music. After twenty-six seasons and a TV movie, Doctor Who has recently reappeared as a new series. Which actors have played the role of "the Doctor?"

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Castanets

Castanets are percussion instruments used in North African, Roma, Spanish, and Latin American music. The most common type consists of two small matching pieces of hard wood or ivory, joined at the inner edge and used with a thin strap in the player's hand; they are snapped together between the palm and fingers and used to produce clicks for rhythmic accents or a ripping or rattling sound consisting of a rapid series of clicks. What is the origin of the instrument's name?

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Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid, whose real name was Henry McCarty, was an infamous outlaw and murderer who roamed the American West from his teenage years until his death at the age of 21. As a fugitive from the law, he performed several remarkable escapes from custody and prison before being killed by his friend Pat Garrett, a local sheriff. Although rooted in history, the story of Billy the Kid has developed into a popular legend. What role did he play in the eruption of the Lincoln County Cattle War?

Last updated on Thursday, 23rd November 2006

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