It’s About Time We Got Some New Doctor Who Video Games

It’s About Time We Got Some New Doctor Who Video Games

Help the newly regenerated Eleventh Doctor, his gorgeous companion Amy Pond, and the Eleventh Doctor’s hair in Doctor Who: The Adventure Games, free interactive episodes of the beloved time-travelling TV series, coming this June from the BBC and Sumo Digital.

The Eleventh Doctor made his full-length episode debut this weekend in The Eleventh Hour, introducing us to Matt Smith’s quirky take on everyone’s favourite Time Lord, along with Amy Pond’s strong-will, determination, and heart-withering cuteness. The new cast, new theme song arrangement and new logo seem to usher the show into a new, more modern age.

An age where interactive adventure games based on the series are just around the corner.

The aptly-titled Doctor Who: The Adventure Games is a series of four downloadable interactive episodes of Doctor Who, starring digital versions of the Eleventh Doctor and Amy. The games will be released free for the Mac and PC starting in June.

The BBC isn’t just handing one of their top properties over to some random development team either. The show’s stars are lending their voices, the show’s composer is creating the music, and the episodes are produced by, among others, show executive producer Steven Moffat and one Charles Cecil, the creator of the acclaimed Broken Sword series and Beneath a Steel Sky.

The games’ development is being handled by Sumo Digital, who has worked on the Broken Sword series as well as Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.

“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.

It bears noting that these games are considered to be within the Doctor Who canon, or as Piers Wenger, Doctor Who executive producer puts it:

“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.”

I’m so excited I’m getting all tingly. I’ve watched the first episode of the new season, and Matt seems to capture a little bit of both Tenth Doctor David Tennant and Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston. If he keeps that up, he could wind up one of the best Doctor’s yet. He’ll certainly be one of the more interactive ones.

Doctor Who: The Adventure Games [BBC – Thanks Variasam2]


  • I was very sad to see David Tennant’s time as the Doctor come to an end, but any concerns I had about Matt Smith as the new Doctor were wiped out when I watched the first episode a few days ago.

    I’m really excited by the news that we may finally be getting a decent Doctor Who game. Though I’d often imagined that in a good Doctor Who game, we’d be playing a point and click style adventure from the perspective of one of the companions, which seems more fitting because, frankly, how can we possibly hope to be as brilliant as the Doctor? 😛

  • Smith doesn’t seem to have quite the same charm Tennant did on first impressions. Having said that though, he seems to be able to pull it off quite well (it also helps his companion is quite the looker). He does indeed seem like a mix of Eccleston’s and Tennant’s incarnations. Looking forward to his reign as The Doctor. Hope we’ll see some old faces pop up again in future, especially the characters Moffat created himself.

    Can’t say I have high hopes for anything TV turned video game even if it is just a point and click adventure. Nevertheless seeing as actors, writer and music are all straight from the actual show, can’t disregard it altogether.

  • It’s good to hear Steven Moffat is involved. He is responsible for all the best David Tennant episodes.

  • Never watched Dr. Who, never managed to get into it because the earlier episodes don’t even exist anymore, but this could be fun.

  • I love dr who-but this? it looks like something from 1998. The character models look like they have been thrown together in like an hour.
    I like Matt Smith but thank god tennant never tried any thing like this. The only way a dr who game could work is if you played as someone else, like jack harkness, and could actully fight, while the doctor plays a major role but you don’t actually play as him. Pacifists rarely make good video game characters.

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