This was the month when Missy's identity was unveiled on Doctor Who, Nigel Farage was unmasked as a future Gogglebox guest - and Benedict Cumberbatch announced his engagement to the dismay of millions of his fans
November 2014 saw Doctor who fans find out exactly who Missy was. Yes, Michelle Gomez’s Mary Poppins-alike character was long-time villain The Master in a new body (although attentive fans had guessed this a while back).
Cumber-fans also got a bit more of a surprise with the news that The Sherlock star Benedict C was getting hitched. The actor placed a classified ad in The Times announcing his engagement to theatre director Sophie Hunter and his huge following didn’t do much to hide their upset.
Still, there was plenty to cheer us up, not least the fact that Russell Brand’s Twitter followers had hit upon the jolly wheeze of tweeting the Blur refrain Parklife! after his every pronouncement. Sadly Russell was savvy enough to get in on the act and kill the prank stone dead.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.