BBC has announced, as part of the network’s Make it Digital initiative, a new online game based on the network’s extremely popular Doctor Who television series.
‘The Doctor and the Dalek’ is a standalone game starring the TV show’s current doctor, the Twelfth Doctor, voiced by Peter Capaldi himself and written by one of the show’s previous writers Phil Ford who also writes for the Wizards vs Aliens TV show. The plot of the game brings the Doctor and an unexpected ally, a Dalek, together to solve different logic puzzles to save humanity.
“The Doctor and the Dalek is a brand new Doctor Who story and a fantastic game, voiced by the wonderful Peter Capaldi. It’s an excellent example of how a hugely popular BBC show can give fans something extra, whilst also introducing wider audiences to increasingly important skills, such as coding and programming,” said Danny Cohen, BBC’s Director of Television.
The game’s puzzles are based on the UK’s curricula on computer education and BBC is hoping to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, digital technology, and programming. Different settings from the show will also be featured in the game including the TARDIS, a Cyber-ship, the Sontar homeworld, and the Cyber-tombs of Telos.
“We’re really excited about the launch of The Doctor and the Dalek as not only is it a really entertaining platform game for kids to play but it’s also a great introduction to some key principles of computer programing. Every puzzle has a strong link to the KS2 or KS3 computer science curriculum. So we think it’s going to be a really valuable tool for students, parents and teachers,” said Sinéad Rocks, Head of BBC Learning.
The Doctor and the Dalek will be available for free on the Children’s BBC website at bbc.co.uk/cbbc starting Wednesday or October 22, 2014. For now the game is only available for UK residents and BBC has not announced if they plan to make the game accessible for people outside the UK.