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Picture power: 10 films that shook the world

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Thousands of new feature films are produced ever year, with India’s Bollywood leading the way with well over a 1200 glittering cinematic spectaculars released annually. Add to that the vast amount of independent and short films created and, by some estimates, you reach an astounding 50 000. But how many actually made a difference to the way we live, the way we think, the way the world is?

Movie making is more than a hundred years old, yet in all that time only a handful of films have really shook the world. Think spectacle. Controversy. Conscience. Science and politics use logic – but cinematic art gets a grip on your emotions. Then doesn’t let go. The following films have made the world think differently, argue and ultimately, change:

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50 out of this world facts about Doctor Who you (probably) didn’t know

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It’s 1963 and Beatlemania is in full swing with “I Want to Hold Your Hand” rocking the charts. Martin Luther King, Jr. has delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech and Lawrence of Arabia is the wowing cinema crowds. Meanwhile, in the UK an obscure TV science fiction drama, originally intended as an educational programme, launches on the BBC. Doctor Who, the universe’s most famous Time Lord, had arrived. Fast forward fifty years, and eleven incarnations, and he’s still going strong.

In homage to his half a century here, we’re unearthed fifty out of this world facts about the greatest gentleman adventurer in the galaxy. Hold unto your hats and join us going back in time.

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