BBC prepares to release Doctor Who adventure games

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I reckon that at one point or another we’ve all said; ‘wouldn’t it be great if…’ whilst watching a TV show.  And this is something that the lead writer of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, agrees with – “Children don’t just watch Doctor Who – they join in. They make up games, invent their monsters, create their own stories.

Children don’t just watch Doctor Who – they join in. They make up games, invent their monsters, create their own stories.
Steven Moffat – Executive Producer

Soon we’ll be able to do just that. Through the Doctor Who website in June, the BBC will be releasing four interactive computer games to allow the viewers to control how the Doctor Who story unfolds.  Piers Wenger, one of the Executive Producers for Doctor Who says this about the new games: “There aren’t 13 episodes of Doctor Who this year, there are 17 – four of which are interactive. Everything you see and experience within the game is part of the Doctor Who universe: we’ll be taking you to places you’ve only ever dreamed about seeing – including locations impossible to create on television.

These four new stories will be an extension to the existing series, following the Doctor and Amy as they travel through time and space, moving from a desolate burning London to an ice world or a dark space ship.  In these episodes the Doctor and Amy will meet the Daleks and Cybermen, alongside a several completely new aliens.  The question is; will they be friend or foe?

The Doctor and Amy Pond have been recreated in 3D digital form, and Matt Smith and Karen Gillan have been in the recording studio to provide a voice over for their characters, alongside a full cast to provide voices for both the new and old characters.  Murray Gold, who has written the music for the Eccleston, Tennant and Smith eras of Doctor Who has been commissioned to add a sound track and sound effects for the games.

At the moment the plot and titles of these new interactive stories are being kept secret, but with the pen of Steven Moffat (Blink, The Empty Child), Phil Ford (The Waters of Mars) and James Moran (Fires of Pompeii) you can guarantee a gripping and scary ride!

More screenshots from the games are currently on the Doctor Who website .  All four of the interactive episodes will be completely free for both Mac and PC, with the first episode being made available from the Doctor Who website in June 2010. For a taste of what’s to come, enjoy the teaser trailer that was shown after Saturday’s episode:

Thoughts? Opinions? Hopes and fears for how the games will pan out? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for this James. I'm really looking forward to these, especially since I was SO disappointed that the last Doctor Who game was just an electronic version of Top Trumps.

    I'm not sure if my Mac Mini will run them (I bought it before they started including 3D graphics capabilities as standard) but I'm pretty certain my wife's laptop will.

    My only grump is that I really don't like the new look of the Daleks. They look like they wandered into the Dell factory and got caught in the paint sprayer.

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