It apparently took new talent behind and in front of the cameras to make it happen, but Doctor Who is finally headed into the world of video games. The BBC has announced an episodic adventure game in four parts starring the Eleventh Doctor and new companion Amy Pond versus the Cybermen in which new stories that build on this season of the television series are up for exploration. The games will be available as free downloads for PCs and Macs starting in June from the BBC website (hopefully they're available internationally as well, as I've been waiting years for this announcement). Here's a bit of the press release:
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. 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.
It's about time that The Doctor became a video game star, although I'm curious just what sort of adventure game is in the works. Is it a Sam and Max type of interactive affair or something more in the Legend of Zelda or Tomb Raider genre? The BBC has a press conference scheduled for later this month in which more details will be made available, so I guess we'll just have to wait until then for more information. You know, on the slow path.
The meantime, here are the first screenshots. They look promising, although The Doctor looks a little dead behind the eyes.