Episodic Dr. Who game coming this June

A four-part interactive series will be released this June to complement the new Doctor Who on BBC. Produced by the BBC, the game is being developed by Sumo Digital with the help of adventure gaming auteur Charles Cecil.

The premiere of the "new" Doctor Who on BBC America set new records for BBC America this past weekend, and is currently the number one TV show download in the iTunes store. Despite raising some eyebrows when it announced that fan-favorite David Tennant would be replaced by the decidedly young looking Matt Smith, the BBC is increasingly bullish about the popularity of its long-standing franchise.

A big part of this year's push is the production of four episodes of an adventure game for the PC and Mac, imaginatively titled Doctor Who: The Adventure Games. These episodes will complement the new TV run, and are being produced by a team that draws on familiar talent from both the show, and the adventure genre of video games. The interactive episodes will be executive produced by Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and Anwen Aspden from the BBC, along with noted games auteur Charles Cecil from Revolution Software. Cecil previously produced noted titles such as Broken Sword, and Beneath a Steel Sky which have both recently been re-released on the iPhone. The games are being developed by Sumo Digital, the UK studio previously responsible for Sega Superstars Tennis, Formula 1 2009, and (most notably) Broken Sword 4: The Angel of Death.

"A few years ago we couldn't have dreamed of commissioning such an innovative form of drama," said Simon Nelson, Head of BBC Multiplatform in Vision. "By integrating the creation of these interactive episodes with the development of the TV series, we've been able to create amazing two-hour dramas in which you control the action. We've all imagined what it would be like to come face-to-face with some of the universe's most terrifying monsters - now viewers can find out for themselves. 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 first episode will be available on June 5, with the subsequent three to follow at regular intervals. No titles have been released yet, though screen shots confirm that we'll definitely see the Cybermen make an appearance.

This story, "Episodic Dr. Who game coming this June" was originally published by GamePro.

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