Doctor Who landing on Wii, DS

Long-rumoured family-focused console outing for Matt Smith's Time Lord confirmed, Asylum Entertainment developing.

While Doctor Who has a long history with books, merchandising tie-ins, and licensed products, the Time Lord has rarely ventured into the world of games. David Tennant's 10th Doctor did make a game appearance via the Doctor Who Top Trumps titles, but the iconic character's previous appearance in a full-fledged adventure game was 1997's Destiny of the Doctors.

Matt Smith seems to be faring better in terms of digital adventures, however, as the show's production teams are starting to embrace gaming. The BBC has recently begun releasing Doctor Who: The Adventure games online and has now confirmed that two retail games featuring the bow-tied incarnation of the storied time traveller are on the way.

The Running Man was as popular on Gallifrey as on Earth.

Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth and Doctor Who: Return to Earth are coming to the Nintendo DS and Wii respectively and are due out in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and select European territories later this year. The games, which are aimed at the younger end of the Doctor Who fan base, may be released in other territories at a later date, but the BBC would not confirm any specific plans for other regions when contacted by GameSpot.

Matt Smith, who stars in the current run of the series as the 11th incarnation of the Gallifreyan time-traveller, will star in the game alongside his companion, Amy Pond, voiced by actress Karen Gillan. Judging by the box shots for the two titles, Return to Earth will feature longtime Time Lord antagonists the Cybermen, while Evacuation Earth will feature the menacing Daleks. Writing for the games will be done by Asylum in conjunction with the show's production team.

Both titles are being developed by Asylum Entertainment, which specialises in "the major brand name children's market." Asylum's most recent console title was Horrid Henry: Mission of Mischief, which was released on the Wii and DS earlier this year.

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13 comments
LondonGamer986
LondonGamer986

Bad move making them Nintendo exclusive, they could have had a killer online if they had them on Xbox and PS. The Doctor and his companions in a team deathmatch with The Daleks and Cybermen. Ah, What a shame.

benleslie5
benleslie5

Hope it's not anothor Top Trump type game, back around 2008.

glhx1rush
glhx1rush

We need this on PC, so we can run the Amy Pond naked mod.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@okcmills Yes you can get both DW Adventure Games over here in the US, but you have to pay for them. They don't cost too much. Both of the ones released over here so far are around five dollars total. That is both games together cost five dollars. Just visit BBC UK's Doctor Who website to get details on where to download them at.

Franzkill
Franzkill

@ockmills Yes you are absolutely right since America has to have everything while everyone else gets either ripped off or bombarded with delays and constant waiting. I'm glad your grateful for the stuff that you get as well as being considerate. :)

holypro
holypro

meh i will just get my fill of Doctor Who whit the unreal 3 mod Doctor Who : Time After Time

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

Damn! I want David Tennant instead of Matt Smith. Matt's good, but David's my favorite Doctor!

The_CJ_Dude
The_CJ_Dude

A Dr Who game where you can explore the TARDIS, choose your destinations and explore planets using different equipment and your trusty sonic screwdriver would be the best use of the license I think when it comes to games.

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

what a waste, they need to make an epic pc point & click puzzle or something, that would be awesome.

okcmills
okcmills

Too bad we can't get ANY Dr. Who video games in the US...

ZachBobBob
ZachBobBob

The adventure games for pc are great...and free :D They should just port those onto wii instead. Or I'd gladly download them as DLC on my xbox.