The BBC has today announced The Doctor and the Dalek – a new online game voiced by new Doctor Peter Capaldi and aimed at CBBC audiences.
Written by Phil Ford, the game sees the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor (Capaldi ) thrown into a dangerous quest with his most devious of enemies.
Players join the action as the TARDIS materialises amidst a deadly pursuit through space – a Dalek Saucer bearing down on a Cyber-ship. But from that Cyber-ship emanates a distress call – from a Dalek.
On freeing the battered Dalek from his Cybermen captors, the Doctor finds himself taking his new unlikely ally on a mission to save all of creation from destruction at the hands of his greatest enemies…
The action moves from the Cyber-ship to the Sontar homeworld – seen on screen for the first time – and the icy Cyber-tombs of Telos which haven’t been seen since the classic series.
The Doctor and the Dalek has been developed as part of the BBC’s Make it Digital initiative to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, digital technology and programming.
It introduces players to computing skills at the key stage 2 and 3 computing curriculum and is supported by online educational material from BBC Learning so teachers and parents can help children get the most out of the game.
Danny Cohen, BBC Director of Television, said: “’The Doctor and the Dalek’ is a brand-new Doctor Who story and a fantastic game, voiced by the wonderful Peter Capaldi.
“It’s an excellent example of how a hugely popular BBC show can give fans something extra, whilst also introducing wider audiences to increasingly important skills, such as coding and programming.”
Sinéad Rocks, Head of BBC Learning, said: “We’re really excited about the launch of ‘The Doctor and the Dalek’ as not only is it a really entertaining platform game for kids to play but it’s also a great introduction to some key principles of computer programming.
“Every puzzle has a strong link to the KS2 or KS3 computing curriculum. So we think it’s going to be a really valuable tool for students, parents and teachers.”
The Doctor and the Dalek will be available freely at bbc.co.uk/cbbc from Wednesday 22 October