PENSIONER Ken Dobson got an extra-tree-restrial shock when he was cutting wood at the weekend.

Ken, who is in his 70s and lives with wife Janet in Chiseldon, couldn’t quite believe his eyes when he blew off sawdust and saw the face of 80s movie phenomenon ET emerge from beneath.

The face is almost identical to that of the star from the popular Steven Spielberg film, whose catchphrase “ET phone home” captured the hearts of movie-goers around the world.

“I was just carving this wood up with my chain-saw and this was one of the last logs of the big pile,” said Ken.

“We dusted it off and said ‘Gosh look at that, it’s ET’.

“We can’t let it get too dry because it might crack, but what I would like to do is slice it into three and give two to my two sons – but it isn’t so clear all the way through the log.

“We’ve been cutting wood for years, and we’ve never found anything like this before.”

Janet said: “We couldn’t believe it when we saw it – it has even got the little lines around the chin and the neck and the big eyes.

“We were quite big fans of ET when the film came out back in the 80s, so we showed our son and straight away he said it looks just like ET.

“It was going to be for the fire but we aren’t going to burn it now – we would feel bad putting it on the fire.

“We’ve seen the stories in newspapers before when people have found faces in their toast or in wood, so we thought we should let the Adver know about it.”

Released in 1982, ET: The Extra-terrestrial became the highest-grossing film of all time, a record it held for 10 years.

Critics acclaimed it as a timeless story of friendship, and it ranks as the greatest science fiction film ever made in a survey by movie website Rotten Tomatoes.

The film was re-released in 1985, and then again in 2002 to celebrate it's 20th anniversary.