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Let Dr. Who read your text messages

Marc Perton

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If you live in the UK and use BT's text-to-voice system to get your SMS messages delivered to your landline, you'll be hearing a familiar voice at the other end of the line for the next few months. BT has scrapped the computerized voice the company had been using for the system, and replaced it with the voice of Tom Baker of Dr. Who fame. Baker spent 11 days recording nearly 12,000 words and sounds, which were then processed by BT engineers for five months in order to be usable by the text-to-speech system. We're not sure who BT will tap next after Baker's three-month stint is over. They can, of course, just rotate through Dr. Whos; that'll give them enough choices for about 20 years.

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