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Friday, 09 December 2011 12:44

Dr Who headed for consoles

Written by Nick Farell

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At last some real sci-fi for gamers

BBC Worldwide has been telling the world+cyber dog about how it is going to put Dr Who onto the consoles.

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock will be the first of a series of Doctor Who console games developed by BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment and Games. Two further Doctor Who console game titles are planned to follow this release with details to be announced next year. Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock is being created in full high definition for digital download platforms and is set for release in early 2012, initially on Playstation 3, Playstation Vita and PC platforms.

In the game you will get the chance to be either the Doctor or his squeeze River Song as they travel across time and space to save the
Earth. Gamers must learn to master the complexities of time travel with exceptional time based game play, changes made in one time will impact another creating multiple possibilities and challenging players to solve puzzles across the centuries.

A new storyline has been developed especially for this new Doctor Who console game franchise, written in collaboration with the BBC Wales
team. It will use photo-real graphics, television quality scenes. Additionally, Matt Smith (the Doctor) and Alex Kingston (River Song) have recorded full voiceovers for their characters.

The game uses motion capture has been used to create in-game characters which look the part. It will be the sort of game where you don't try to kill everything and must instead run down a lot of corridors.

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0 #1 Kryojenix 2011-12-09 13:10
Yay! :D Wait - photo-real graphics?! That's not authentic Doctor Who!! (Unless it's a blurry green-screen/bad-photoshop photoreality! :P )

Actually, I was horrified by the title of this article, until I realised that 'consoles' also includes 'PC platforms' ... :-?

I dunno if the current set can be honestly emphasised as 'real sci-fi' though ... very, very soft-edged sci-fi made by good writers who don't know a lot of science.

Anyway, Doctor Who's been a pioneering format, so hopefully the branch-out into games will be gradually innovative too. ;-)
-1 #2 STRESS 2011-12-09 13:15
Just like the TV series this is going to be an EPIC fail in the quality department
+1 #3 Super XP 2011-12-09 15:53
The TV series is great, the best all time series and the longest running Doctor Who was from 1974 to 1981 with Tom Baker as Doctor Who. The new Doctor Who actor sort of mimicks how Tom Baker would have acted when young.

Screw the consoles and there crappy 10year old graphics and release this on the more advanced PC.
0 #4 FakeJ 2011-12-09 16:58
Dr Who is one of those British things I just don't get, but in a way am kinda jealous of. No other nation/network would keep a show about a odd-looking/dressed guy with a special screwdriver and painted garbage can villains on the air for 30 years (or however long).

I remember trying to watch as a kid and being totally confused.
0 #5 Super XP 2011-12-09 17:32
Same here. If it wasn't for Tom Bakers performance between 1974-1981, Doctor Who would have been killed off. It's a great series I have to admit and the Brits love it.

What they should do is consider coming out with a motion picture for theatres.
0 #6 Kryojenix 2011-12-10 10:52
Quoting FakeJ:
Dr Who is...on the air for 30 years (or however long).

It's 50 years, mate.
(in a couple of years)(albeit, not continuously, due to the 16 year hiatus)
0 #7 Kryojenix 2011-12-10 10:57
Quoting Super XP:
If it wasn't for Tom Baker...Doctor Who would have been killed off.
This is a highly overblown opinion and I disagree with it.

Quoting Super XP:
What they should do is consider coming out with a motion picture for theatres.
Currently in pre-production, or pre-development or whatever they call the really early stages. It will not be a re-boot, it will tie in to the mainstream series.

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