Project: WHO?

Tonight sees the broadcast of the first part of BBC Radio 2’s Project: WHO?, now narrated by Anthony Stewart Head (“Gold Blend Ads”, “Buffy”, “Little Britain”).

The first part is called “Bigger on the Inside” – below is the programme information from the BBC Press Office.

As BBC One prepares to launch an all-new Doctor Who for the 21st century, BBC Radio 2 examines the continuing fascination with the famous time traveller.

In this two-hour series, the network goes exclusively behind the scenes of the new BBC Television drama adventure to discover how Doctor Who has been “recreated” by acclaimed writer asnd producer Russell T Davies.

Project-Who? reveals how the word “buffalo” can save the world, why vinegar could save your life and why, though the Doctor is from another planet, he has a northern accent. It also features newly recorded interviews with the cast and creative team behind Doctor Who.

With exclusive excerpts from the new series, starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper, the programmes examine 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.

The opening programme, Bigger on the Inside, takes listeners back (without the aid of a Tardis) to September 2003, when Lorraine Heggessey, Controller of BBC One, announced that a new series of Doctor Who was being planned with Russell T Davies at the helm. The programme considers how the creator of Queer as Folk and The Second Coming approached the task of recreating one of the most popular and enduring formats on television.

The first part is broadcast tonight, 8.30 GMT. The original document can be read here

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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