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Doctor Who: The Adventure Games announced for PC, Mac

Thursday, 8th April 2010 09:50 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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The BBC’s announced a brand new episodic Doctor Who game for PC and Mac.

Known as Doctor Who: The Adventure Games, the title, developed by Sumo Digital with Broken Sword creator Charles Cecil thrown in too, will be available for free when it goes live this summer.

It’ll feature the current Doctor, Matt Smith, and his latest companion Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan in both likeness and voice. The game will be  produced by new show runner Steven Moffat, as well as fellow executive producers Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and Anwen Aspden.

There’s a whole batch of screens over at Develop, where there’s a whole bunch of interviews with the Doctor Who production team and Charles Cecil.

Go read the PR with some fish custard.

Four additional episodes of Doctor Who revealed as the BBC announces Doctor Who: The Adventure Games, executive produced by Steven Moffat

New, original adventures form part of the new TV series; TV and gaming talent combine to premiere new form of interactive drama

Cardiff, London and Sheffield: April 8th 2010: The Doctor, Amy and some of the show’s most iconic monsters will be making a journey from TV to home computers, as the BBC unveils Doctor Who: The Adventure Games – four original ‘interactive episodes’ which will be made available for free from www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho.

These four new adventures will take the form of downloadable computer games available for PC and Mac, in which players assume control of the Doctor and Amy as they embark on new adventures which complement the new TV series.

Doctor Who: The Adventure Games has been produced by a team drawing on the very best talent from TV and gaming. The interactive episodes are executive produced by Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and Anwen Aspden (BBC Wales Interactive), alongside Charles Cecil, one of videogaming’s most revered creators. The games are being developed by Sumo Digital, one of the UK’s best game designers. Stories and scripts are from Phil Ford (co-writer Doctor Who ‘Waters of Mars’) and James Moran (Severance, Torchwood Children of Earth). The project has been commissioned for BBC Online by the Vision Multiplatform team, headed up by Simon Nelson, and is being driven by BBC Wales Interactive.

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan have been digitally recreated in-game, and have provided full voice-overs. Music has been provided by TV series’ composer Murray Gold. An additional cast will portray original characters and classic enemies.

“Children don’t just watch Doctor Who – they join in. They make up games, invent their monsters, create their own stories,” says Steven Moffat, Head Writer and Executive Producer, Doctor Who. “Now, there’s something else – now they can be the Doctor in brand new episodes. Doctor Who: The Adventure Games will offer fans of the Doctor a unique opportunity to enter his world, face his challenges and grapple with his deadliest foes.

“By developing these games alongside the new TV series, we’ve been able to weave exciting narrative strands with the very finest game design to create a new kind of Doctor Who, which can be enjoyed by the whole family.”

“There aren’t 13 episodes of Doctor Who this year,” adds Piers Wenger, Head of Drama, BBC Wales and Executive Producer, Doctor Who. “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.”

Simon Nelson, Head of BBC Multiplatform in Vision, continues: “A few years ago we couldn’t have dreamt of commissioning such an innovative form of drama. By integrating the creation of these ‘interactive episodes’ with the development of the TV series, we’ve been able to create amazing two-hour dramas in which you control the action. We’ve all imagined what it would be like to come face-to-face with some of the universe’s most terrifying monsters – now viewers can find out for themselves.

“Establishing new forms of drama is exactly what the BBC should be doing. By aiming these ‘interactive episodes’ at the broad audience of TV show – unique in British television, in that it encompasses at least three generations – we’re aiming to encourage the family to gather round the PC or Mac in the same way they do the television. Driving computer literacy is a keystone of the BBC’s public service remit and we expectDoctor Who: The Adventure Games to be hugely popular in the homes of Britain this year.

“Only the BBC could produce such an innovative slice of new drama. We’re offering two-hour original Doctor Who episodes to production standards on a par with the TV series, working with the very best creatives within the UK. We’re hugely proud of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games, which will establish new standards in interactive drama and allow families the country over to enjoy Doctor Who stories in unique and innovative ways.”

“Doctor Who: The Adventure Games will offer the chance for Doctor Who fans to visit places they’ve only dreamed off, facing off against monsters they’ve previously had to imagine,” concludes Anwen Aspden, Executive Producer, BBC Wales Online. “Players will visit places which have never been shown on television – and these will go on to define the look and feel of future TV episodes.”

The exact titles of the four episodes are being kept secret for the time being, but the four original stories will take players on a journey throughout time and space, including one location from the Doctor Who series which has never been seen before on screen. Players will encounter new and original monsters, in stories which form part of the overall Doctor Who canon.

The first episode of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games will be available to download for PC and Mac from www.bbc.co.uk/docotorwho in June 2010.

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16 Comments

  1. Gekidami

    So you report this but not the Dr. House game? Bias!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Blerk

    I’d prefer an interactive Karen Gillan ‘game’.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. mington

    http://www.mcvuk.com/static/images/assets/454/814_willt_2010_02_22_15_53_57_SuperScreenShot.jpg

    i hope that isn’t the finished model :/

    he looks a like RPG character creator model when you’ve slid the slider too far

    #3 5 years ago
  4. NGCes26294BIV

    Matt Smith looks a bit like a skinny lion.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Johnny Cullen

    I’m calling it: this will be the best use of a TV show licence since 24: The Game.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. mington

    lolz

    why does everything have to be 3d these days!? i want a 2d point a click adventure goddamnit…..not that i’ll EVER play this

    machinarium friging ruled!!!

    #6 5 years ago
  7. JPickford

    Some good people behind this. It might just work.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. NGCes26294BIV

    Seriously, no one else sees the lion thing?

    #8 5 years ago
  9. justiceblob

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Stephany Nunneley

    Matt Smith is no David Tennant. :*(

    #10 5 years ago
  11. mington

    i thought he was really funny when he was spitting the food all over the place

    actually made me lol

    that last episode with Tennant was utter guff

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Stephany Nunneley

    @11 I was talking looks-wise. :D

    #12 5 years ago
  13. mington

    i kinda guessed that actually ;) i’ve got a friend whos infatuated by the Tennant

    Matt Smiths alright…just his skulls too big for his face, looks a bit like a skinny lion :P

    i once fancy dressed as Tennant doctor who, i got a lot of attention that night :) red converse trainers, a scarf and a gray suit 2 size to small (i was too stingy to buy a plastic sonic screw driver)

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Stephany Nunneley

    @13 :D Pictures. Or it didn’t happen ;)

    #14 5 years ago
  15. mington

    http://www.paramountbathrooms.co.uk/n566036853_55010_8130.jpg

    lolz it just looks like i’m wearing a suit, the trainers made the outfit though!

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Edward Cullen

    /waits for the barrage of wise-ass comments on fred flinstone

    #16 5 years ago

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