So what’s got us all fired up for this sci-fi tie-in? Well perhaps it’s that there will be four distinct and canonical ‘episodes’, which are set to feature classic foes from the series plus a few new bad guys to contend with. Of course it could be that we like that Steven Moffat (the man in charge of the new series) is heavily involved with the project, as is Phil Ford (co-writer of DW episode ‘Waters of Mars’) and James Moran (whose credits include spin-off show Torchwood), all backed by the development talent of UK based uber studio Sumo Digital.
Maybe it’s that both of the new heroes, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, are lending their voices to the title, or maybe it’s that adventure game legend Charles Cecil (Broken Sword, Beneath A Steel Sky) will be on hand to ensure the game meets his very high standards. But we think we’re most excited about the forthcoming adventure because it’ll be free! That’s right, you won’t pay a single penny when the individual outings are released digitally for PC and Mac in June.
Talking about the title, Steven Moffat said that the episodes 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.’
‘Establishing new forms of drama is exactly what the BBC should be doing’ continues Simon Nelson, Head of BBC Multiplatform in Vision, ‘By aiming these ‘interactive episodes’ at the broad audience of a 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 expect Doctor Who: The Adventure Games to be hugely popular in the homes of Britain this year.’
The team behind the title are very keen to stress that this is a brand new type of Doctor Who experience, as Anwen Aspden (Executive Producer at BBC Wales Online) remarks, ‘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.’
Exciting stuff indeed, we certainly can’t think of a better way to spend tax payers money and we’ll be looking forward to Episode 1 of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games, when it’s released for PC and Mac via www.bbc.co.uk/docotorwho in June of this year.