Doctor Who getting episodic PC adventure games

This news only matters to Doctor Who fans, but screw you if you don't care. We're Doctor Who nerds, which should be apparent by our willingness to actually invest energy caring about this. Don't make fun of us.

A few days ago the BBC announced four two-hour "interactive episodes" of Doctor Who for the PC and Mac. Charles Cecil, creator of the Broken Sword series, is heading up Sumo Digital's development of the games with help from Doctor Who's writers and producers, as well as The Doctor's current incarnation, Matt Smith, and his on-screen companion, Karen Gillan (Amy), who are providing voices.

Above: Come on, Matt Smith isn't that weird lookin'

According to a BBC News article about the games, they are "part of the BBC's drive to increase computer literacy among those who aren't regular net users." Wait. No. That doesn't sound fun. Tell us these are proper games, Piers Wenger, Head of Drama for BBC Wales and Executive Producer of Doctor Who:

"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."

Yes! Four canon Doctor Who games. Reaffirm our excitement, Steven Moffat, Head Writer and Executive Producer:

"Children don't just watch Doctor Who - they join in. They make up games, invent their monsters, create their own stories. Now, there's something else - now they can be the Doctor in brand new episodes."

We aren't children, Moffat. Adults like Doctor Who and adventure games too. Anticipation... fading... ow... it hurts. We just want to fly the TARDIS around and outsmart some Daleks, and for it to be fun. Please?

Above: The concept art looks good, right? Please be good... please be good... please be good

If we're lucky, the episodes will be delightful bite-sized adventures which capture the Doctor Who spirit. If we're not, they'll be dumbed-down family-oriented edutainment. The first episode will be available for download on the official Doctor Who website in June.

Apr 12, 2010


  • DustyRooster - April 13, 2010 5:17 p.m.

    I always wanted some one to make a Doctor Who game where you started off as the 1st old man Doctor and then over the course of the game you would regenerate into all the other Doctors. That would be sweet! I just want to play as Sylvester McCoy, and explore the TARDIS!
  • JohnnyMaverik - April 13, 2010 2:59 p.m.

    I read an article in PCGamer and they were really exited. They're using the current doctor who cast for the voice acting, motion capture, the BBC are taking it really seriously, as in the guys who are working on the game asked for an extra door to be added into the tardis so they could do a living room leading off it in-game, and guess what, they did... and it's guna be all 3D, a mixture of stealth and puzzle adventure from what I can gather, I'm guessing in third person. Also they said that when you go into the tardis it's not a cutscene or a loading screen, you walk upto the police box, open the door, and you can see it's really bigger on the inside than it is on the outside... which if you think about it will be really, really awesome. I'm not saying it'll be great, just that atm, us gamers should not write it off yet. Also, all the episodes will of course be free.
  • oufour - April 13, 2010 10:31 a.m.

    never got in to doctor who, though it seems like something I'd like. if it comes to steam, I'll check it out.
  • IamNOTatalkingpony - April 13, 2010 7:45 a.m.

    Damn. Crossed my fingers so hard for this to be good they snapped in half.
  • EDfromRED - April 13, 2010 6:22 a.m.

    Looking forward to this. The Matt Smith Doctor Who episodes so far, have been fantastic! The upcoming Dalek episode looks like a blast. The free to play nature is a welcome aspect too : )
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - April 13, 2010 4:06 a.m.

    lol @ CaptainHead... yes it is! You destroyed my ass.
  • garnsr - April 13, 2010 3:55 a.m.

    I like Amy, and the new Doctor isn't too bad. I won't be playing a PC game, though.
  • michaelmcc827 - April 13, 2010 2:42 a.m.

    I love Doctor Who! Not sure how this would work as a game though, since there's no combat. (or at least not a lot.)
  • TheSugarRay - April 13, 2010 2:41 a.m.

    Its a videogame they could have used any of the not ugly Dr. s as the charector moddel. Tennet would be best but it would be interesting if they used some of the older ones.
  • Billiam101 - April 13, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    I love Doctor Who and i never thought i would see an article about it on GR!
  • CaptainHead - April 13, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    So THIS is why you delayed playing Halo 2. I admire your dedication :)
  • Corsair89 - April 12, 2010 11:44 p.m.

    Man, I hope that these will be good. I love Doctor Who.
  • loonyman978 - April 12, 2010 11:43 p.m.

    This will be a kids game. This makes me sad.
  • Satu - April 12, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    It doesn't matter at all if they're going to be crap (which is all but inevitable, given the information the BBC has given out). It's Doctor Who; the fans are going to eat it up. It's not as if Doctor Who has a long history of being the most well-made show in the world. Plus, we have that Wii game to look forward to, right? I mean, surely that can't suck too badly either? Please?

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