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Net première for Dr Who
BBC (BBC News)
Fans of cult sci-fi hero Dr Who will be able to watch the first episode of a new six-part web series from Thursday.
Cosgrove Hall Films, based in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, was asked to produce the series after the success of its previous web drama for BBCi, Ghosts of Albion.
Richard E Grant takes on the role of the ninth doctor in the webcast, which will be available at www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho from 1230 GMT on Thursday.
The new drama, entitled The Scream of the Shalka, has been produced to coincide with the Doctor's 40th anniversary celebrations.
The main storyline has been kept under wraps but the Tardis is expected to land in Lancashire in the first episode.
Grant will be joined by an all-star cast, including Derek Jacobi and Diana Quick.
Producer Steve Maher, from Cosgrove Hall, explained: "Doctor Who is a huge phenomenon and the idea of bringing an animated version to life was a big responsibility.
"There are literally thousands of fans out there waiting to see if we get it right.
"Thankfully the first episodes have had a sneak preview and it went down a storm.
"The whole idea of webisodes is a relatively new way of our animation being shown and the thought that people all over the planet can log in and watch when they like and as many times as they is amazing."
The Cosgrove Hall team also created Dangermouse, Count Duckula, Albie and Chorlton and the Wheelies.

Date Added: 11/12/2003

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