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.
An abandoned Arctic research centre... an ancient relic... an off-screen terror - the classic ingredients of a Doctor Who episode. Only this time you are the Doctor.
Episode two of the Doctor Who: The Adventure Games has today been unveiled by the BBC - and the good news is fans won't have to wait long to get their hands on it.
The game will be available to download from the Doctor Who website this Saturday (26th June 2010), immediately after the thrilling TV series finale.
'Blood of the Cybermen' has been executively produced by Steven Moffat, stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, has been written by Phil Ford, and is developed by BBC Wales and Sumo Digital. The games have been designed to complement the TV series, giving players the opportunity to finally 'be' the Doctor. The first episode 'City of the Daleks' received over 525,000 download requests in its first 12 days.
"Blood of the Cybermen is classic 'Who," says Phil Ford, Writer, Blood of the Cybermen, Doctor Who Waters of Mars and The Sarah Jane Adventures. "From the intriguing title, through the pre-credits intro to the mystery surrounding the Arctic base, this is everything you expect from a TV episode - only this time you control the action. It's an epic story, and one we could only tell in a computer game. We've ambitious sets, a thrill-a-minute narrative, and we re-introduce a Doctor Who adversary not seen since the Tom Baker era."
Establishing new forms of drama is exactly what the BBC should be doing. By aiming these 'interactive episodes' at the broad audience of 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 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.
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