Archive for ‘Adventure Games’
June 7th, 2012

Believe it or not, it has now been two whole years since the first Doctor Who Adventure Game, City of the Daleks, was released unto the world!

To mark the anniversary, the official website caught up with one of the writers, Phil Ford, recently, who reflects on the success of the interactive episodes. He said: “Looking back, my strongest memory of the last two years is the first time I saw the finished project. I think seeing your script turned into something thrilling is what it’s all about.”

Altogether five episodes have been released, including City of the Daleks, Blood of the Cybermen, TARDIS, Shadows of the Vashta Nerada and, most recently, The Gunpowder Plot. However, there are “no current plans” for any further instalments.

What are your memories of the Adventure Games? Share ‘em in the comments below!

February 23rd, 2012

It has been confirmed today that the BBC has “no current plans” to release any further instalments of the Doctor Who Adventure Games series.

According to their executive producer Simon Harris, the team behind the free online games, which launched with City of the Daleks in 2010, have decided to concentrate on other projects, including the new PlayStation/PC game, The Eternity Clock, and the browser-based multiplayer adventure, Worlds in Time.

“We have other plans for other platforms and formats and we’ll be announcing those,” he said. “But right now, The Adventure Games have done a great job, and they’ve been done, we’re going to move forward and we’ll continue to develop plans as we go ahead.”

He also revealed that the Doctor Who team in Cardiff are working on “cool things” to extend the series brand, teasing: “I have seen some ideas they haven’t announced yet.”

What are your thoughts on this gaming news? The comments are ready for your views…

November 2nd, 2011
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The brand new Adventure Game, The Gunpowder Plot, was released for download on Monday, so we’ve all had a chance to play it for ourselves!

When the TARDIS materilizes in London in 1605, our heroes are thrown into one of the most terrifying conspiracies in history. Soon, they’re fighting familiar foes and trying to save Earth from what looks like certain destruction…

Have you played the game? What did you think?

Rate and discuss the adventure in the comments below. If you haven’t played, go, go go!

October 5th, 2011
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Another guest star for the forthcoming Adventure Game, The Gunpowder Plot, has been confirmed in a press release!

Merlin actress Emilia Fox will be voicing the character of the 14th Plotter in the interactive episode, which will be released on 31st October. It’s also been revealed that Ralf Little will play Guy Fawkes, Phil Daniels will be heard as the Town Crier, and CBBC presenter Chris Johnson is Barnaby.

It will also feature both the Sontarans and the Rutans!

Victoria Jaye, Head of IPTV and TV Online Content, said: “We’re always looking at ways to bring Doctor Who stories to life for the audience beyond broadcast television, seizing digital platforms to delight fans with new ways to engage with characters and worlds.”

In addition, a rather lengthy synopsis for the game has also been released! Read it below:

After a mid-space collision, the Doctor, Amy and Rory crash land on Earth, 1605 AD. Here they discover that a mothership belonging to the Sontaran’s age-old enemy, the Rutan Host, is on Earth. The only problem – the ship is buried deep below the site upon which the House of Lords has now been built.

Meanwhile, a secret society of malcontents is plotting to overthrow the Government by planting gunpowder beneath the House of Lords. Two members of this society are exposed in our story – Robert Catesby and Guy Fawkes. The 14th plotter, hitherto undisclosed in the history books, is a shape-shifting Rutan, who, by infiltrating the plotters and controlling their plans can have her ends met – the launch path cleared for her mothership, deep below the foundations of the House of Lords.

And so the Doctor, Amy and Rory must find a way to stop the plotters, the Sontarans and the Rutans, all of whom are intent on blowing something (if not everything!) to pieces.

This game puts the player in the shoes of one of the TARDIS crew, exploring the streets and communities of 1605 London, to become embroiled in the Gunpowder Plot as it draws to its explosive conclusion. The aim is to get beneath Parliament to stop the aliens starting a war on Earth, ensure that Guy Fawkes is arrested, everyone inside the House of Lords is safe – and above all, make sure history stays on its correct path.

It’s been written by Phil Ford, directed by Gary Russell and developed by Sumo Digital Ltd.

October 1st, 2011
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It has been confirmed that the fifth Adventure Game, The Gunpowder Plot, will be available to download from the official website from 31st October!

The interactive episode guest stars Ralf Little, Phil Daniels, Dan Starkey, Chris Johnson and Jamie Oram, as well as a yet to be revealed actress, and is set London in 1605, where the Doctor, Amy and Rory encounter Guy Fawkes, becoming embroiled in his plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament. It also features the return of not one but two old monsters.

September 4th, 2011
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It’s been confirmed on the official Doctor Who website (see the Fourth Dimension tab!) that Jamie Oram will appear in the forthcoming Adventure Game, The Gunpowder Plot.

Jamie played George in last night’s episode, Night Terrors, however it is unknown whether he will be back as George or voicing a new character in the game. The game will be set in 1605 London, where the Doctor, Amy and Rory meet Guy Fawkes. It will be released next month and also features the voice work of Phil Daniels.

August 15th, 2011
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It has been confirmed that Phil Daniels will be voicing one of the characters in the new Doctor Who Adventure Game!

The Gunpowder Plot was revealed last month and takes place in London in 1605, where the Doctor, Amy and Rory encounter Guy Fawkes as players of the game participate in one of history’s most notorious plots. It has been written by Phil Ford and will be available to download in October. The actor, known for his roles in Quadrophenia and EastEnders, recently recorded his lines for the game.

He told the official site: “It was great to do! You get to go through the gunpowder plot in various ways… It’s really interesting… It’ll be fantastic!”

July 21st, 2011
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The BBC Doctor Who website has released details of the fifth instalment of the Adventure Games!

The next episode is called The Gunpowder Plot and it’s been written by Phil Ford. It will star Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill as the Doctor, Amy and Rory, who travel back in time to London, 1605 to battle two yet-to-be-revealed old enemies. They’ll also encounter Guy Fawkes and as players we’ll be able to participate in one of the most notorious plots in history. Remember remember!

The fifth game is said to be the best yet and is to include multi-linear gameplay, even more sophisticated puzzles, and a complex lighting system recreating the atmosphere of 17th Century London. It’ll be released in October 2011, and more info is expected soon…

What do you think of the initial announcement? Have your say in the comments below!

July 13th, 2011
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Over the last few days, the official BBC website has shared two reports keeping us up to date on the latest Doctor Who developments!

The first, released yesterday, covers a recording session in London last week, during which Matt Smith recorded some of his dialogue for the fifth Adventure Game, which is said to be the “most ambitious” instalment yet. There’s also lots of other interesting tidbits in the report, including details of some forthcoming “unique” online trailers. Exciting!

Meanwhile, today they’ve posted coverage of the last day of Series 6 filming, for which Matt, Karen and Arthur were all present to film “one of the most memorable sequences” of the series. Sounds like a great scene to end the shoot on! We wonder what it entails…

The sixth series of Doctor Who continues later this year in Episode 8, Let’s Kill Hitler.

Did you enjoy the mid-series finale? Discuss the climax and its cliffhanger…

July 10th, 2011
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Lots of fans have been itching for more news about future Adventure Games since the popular first series ended at Christmas, and now we’ve finally had an update!

According to the Doctor Who Twitter (@bbcdoctorwho), Matt Smith was busy in the studios on Friday recording his dialogue for the next instalment, with the script including the words ‘Imperial’ and ‘duck’! They added that the next one looks set to the best yet, and promised more news and exclusives next week! We’ll keep you updated!

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