BBCi has released details of the upcoming Project: Who? documentary to be broadcast on Radio 2. Presented by Patrick Stewart, the documentary is in two parts and will form a part of Radio 2’s Countdown to Who mini-season to herald the show’s return. Malcolm Prince is credited as writer and producer.
The full release is reproduced below.
“As BBC One launches an all new Doctor Who for the 21st Century, Radio 2 examines the continuing fascination with one of the BBC’s best loved and most enduring characters in Project: Who?, a two part documentary presented by Patrick Stewart.
Radio 2 goes exclusively behind the scenes of the BBC Television series to discover how Doctor Who has been “recreated” by BAFTA award-winning writer Russell T Davies.
The hour-long documentaries feature newly recorded interviews with the cast and creative team behind Doctor Who, and include special contributions from celebrity Who fans.
Featuring exclusive excerpts from the new series, Project: Who? is a reassessment and reappraisal of the ever-popular enigmatic time traveller.
The programmes examine why the BBC decided to launch a new television series nearly a decade after the Doctor’s last small screen adventure, how the format of the show has been developed and shaped for a new audience, how the character of the Doctor was cast, and how the series will be launched and marketed around the globe.
Featuring a dramatic mix of interviews, clips, archive and music, Project: Who? is part of Radio 2’s Countdown To Who? season. The network’s website â€“ bbc.co.uk/radio2 – will offer a dedicated mini-site about Doctor Who and Steve Wright’s weekday afternoon show, 2-5pm, will celebrate the series with interviews with the cast and specially themed ‘Factoids’.
Written and produced by Malcolm Prince, Project: Who?, presented by Patrick Stewart will broadcast on BBC Radio 2. Doctor Who starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper is currently filming on location in Cardiff. The new 13-part series is a BBC Wales production for BBC One.”
Each edition is stated above as being an hour long – in other words timed to fit a 60 minute slot in Radio 2’s schedules. Interestingly, BBC2 is currently running a two part celebration of EastEnders, also at 60 minutes a piece. Starting Tuesday 8th February), and concluding Tuesday 15th, this would possibly allow the Project: Who? documentary to air the subsequent weeks (Tuesday 22nd and March 1st), leading into a Saturday March 5th premier of the new series.