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Doctor Who – 4 computer adventure games are part of the series

Posted by LiveFor on April 9, 2010

Doctor Who: The Adventure Games has been produced by a team drawing on the very best talent from TV and gaming. The four interactive episodes are executive produced by Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis, along with Anwen Aspden (BBC Wales Interactive) and 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.

“Children don’t just watch Doctor Who – they join in. They make up games, invent their monsters, create their own stories,”
says Steven Moffat, Head Writer and Executive Producer, Doctor Who. “Now, there’s something else – now they can be the Doctor in brand new episodes. Doctor Who: The Adventure Games will offer fans of the Doctor a unique opportunity to enter his world, face his challenges and grapple with his deadliest foes.

“By developing these games alongside the new TV series, we’ve been able to weave exciting narrative strands with the very finest game design to create a new kind of Doctor Who, which can be enjoyed by the whole family.”

“There aren’t 13 episodes of Doctor Who this year,” adds Piers Wenger, Head of Drama, BBC Wales and Executive Producer, Doctor Who. “There are 17 – four of which are interactive. Everything you see and experience within the game is part of the Doctor Who universe: we’ll be taking you to places you’ve only ever dreamed about seeing – including locations impossible to create on television.”

Simon Nelson, Head of BBC Multiplatform in Vision, continues: “A few years ago we couldn’t have dreamt of commissioning such an innovative form of drama. 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.

“Only the BBC could produce such an innovative slice of new drama. We’re offering two-hour original Doctor Who episodes to production standards on a par with the TV series, working with the very best creatives within the UK. We’re hugely proud of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games, which will establish new standards in interactive drama and allow families the country over to enjoy Doctor Who stories in unique and innovative ways.”

“Doctor Who: The Adventure Games will offer the chance for Doctor Who fans to visit places they’ve only dreamed off, facing off against monsters they’ve previously had to imagine,” concludes Anwen Aspden, Executive Producer, BBC Wales Online. “Players will visit places which have never been shown on television – and these will go on to define the look and feel of future TV episodes.”

The exact titles of the four free 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.

The first episode of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games will be available to download for PC and Mac from the BBC website in June 2010. Its title will be revealed at a special press event on April 21st 2010.

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Dr Who – A look at the new Sonic Screwdriver and other things

Posted by LiveFor on July 23, 2009

Here are some new photos from the Dr Who shoot. They include our first look at the new sonic screwdriver, Matt Smith as the Doctor, Alex Kingston as River Song and Karen Gillan as the new companion.
The sonic screwdriver looks a little sleeker than the old one. I wonder if the old one has been upgraded and passed to River Song?
io9 had the photos and they mention that the wreckage is a ship called the Byzantium – River Song mentions the crash of the Byzantium when she meets David Tennant’s Doctor.

Not sure if Matt Smith is in character in the photo above or if he has just messed up his lines.


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Doctor Who – Here is his new costume

Posted by LiveFor on July 20, 2009

The BBC have debuted a photo of Matt Smith in costume as the new incarnation of the Time Lord. He is the 11th actor to play the role.

The Time Lord’s new look consists of tweed jacket, bow tie, rolled up trousers and black boots.

Also in the photo is the new companion, Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan, who meets the Time Lord in episode one of the new series.

Filming on the new episodes begins on Monday in Cardiff, with the new series going out in spring 2010.

Not sure about the new look to be honest. I had expected frilly shirts and a throwback to the Sean Pertwee look.

What do you think of the Doctor’s new costume? Good or bad?


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The new Doctor’s new companion has been cast

Posted by LiveFor on May 30, 2009

A virtually unknown actress as been picked to partner new Time Lord, the virtually unknown actor, Matt Smith in the latest series of Doctor Who, to be broadcast later this year. Karen Gillan, 21, will play the Doctor’s assistant in the BBC’s prime-time sci-fi drama.

It is thought Gillan, who played a Roman soothsayer in an episode in the last series of Doctor Who, was chosen so as not to overshadow Smith – the youngest Doctor ever – in his first season as David Tennant’s replacement.

Writer and executive producer Steven Moffat told the BBC that Gillan is funny, clever, gorgeous and sexy: “A generation of little girls will want to be her. And a generation of little boys will want them to be her, too.”

Gillan, an alumnus of London’s Italia Conti drama school, has appeared in Scottish detective drama Rebus and Channel 4 fashion drama Stacked. She will also appear in British horror film Outcast (that’s the one starring James Nesbitt that I’ve mentioned a while back), which is in production.

After her unveiling, Gillan said: “I am absolutely over the moon at being chosen to play the Doctor’s new companion – I just can’t wait to get started. The show is such a massive phenomenon that I can’t quite believe I am going to be a part of it.”

Source: FP

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