27 APRIL 2006

There was no shortage of glamorous gowns on show when the Royal Court Theatre marked its 50th anniversary with a glitzy bash in London. But despite the presence of some of the capital's most stylish women, it was the laid-back look of an eccentric Timelord that turned the most heads on Wednesday night.

Doctor Who star David Tennant made quite an impression on the other revellers in the exclusive Titanic bar when he made his entrance sporting a straggly beard instead of his normally clean-cut features. "It's my new look – do you like it?" asked the small screen favourite as other celebs in attendance craned their necks to catch a glimpse.

With his open-necked white shirt, the 6ft 1in actor easily stood out from the rest of the guests, most of whom had gone for a rather more polished look. Former Bond girl Rosamund Pike was stunning in a halter-neck silver creation, while Lady Helen Taylor was looking chic in a floor-length ruffled black skirt and white blouse.

Tamzin Outhwaite, who has swapped her trademark blonde locks for a brunette look, was also in attendance, along with Casanova star Helen McCrory, who went for a vintage-style black number with plunging neckline. TV veteran Richard Wilson meanwhile used a colourful bow tie to eye-catching effect, though Scottish movie veteran Brian Cox preferred to play it safe with a simple black suit.

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David kept his clean-cut features covered on Wednesday night. Helen McCrory was meanwhile following a less-is-more approach with a figure-hugging black gownPhoto: © Getty ImagesClick on photos for gallery
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Rosamund Pike meets up with Lady Helen Taylor at the glitzy soireePhoto: © Getty Images
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