Mass Effect's Garrus Looks a Lot Like a Character in the New Doctor Who Series

New trailer offers a glimpse at someone (or something) that looks like Mass Effect's turian squadmate.

Use the center slider to compare the Doctor Who character (left) with the real Garrus.

The BBC yesterday released a new trailer for the upcoming eighth series of Doctor Who, and eagle-eyed watchers have noticed that one character seen in it bears more than a passing resemblance to Mass Effect's Garrus Vakarian.

As pointed out by Eurogamer, the Garrus look-alike can be seen for a brief moment at the 27-second mark in the video below. The character in question appears to be some sort of robot--whereas Garrus is a turian, one of the many alien races in the Mass Effect universe--but otherwise looks a great deal like one of Commander Shepard's most popular squadmates.

We don't yet know when the episode(s) with the character in question will show up in, so we'll have to wait until at least August 23--the debut of the new Doctor Who series--to see if these similarities hold up to closer examination.

Eurogamer notes that executive producer and former Doctor Who actor Matt Smith were seen playing around with an omni-tool (a sort of futuristic multi-tool from the Mass Effect games) at last year's Comic-Con. As such, it's possible this could be a case of Moffat subtly referencing Mass Effect rather than Garrus' design being ripped off. Of course, it could also merely be a coincidence, but where's the fun in that?

With Mass Effect 3 wrapping up Shepard's story, future entries in the series will leave much of the existing series behind--including characters like Garrus, who is arguably the series' best character. (Mordin is the only other acceptable answer in that debate, if you ask me.)

We'll be learning more about BioWare's thought process behind the next Mass Effect later next week, when several of its developers discuss the project at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 26.

What do you think of this mystery character--is it a Garrus reference or not? Let us know in the comments.

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vunar
vunar

Whoa that center slide is cool.

Danio658
Danio658

Seriously? Nothing else to write about?

mike_baks
mike_baks

"Mass Effect's Garrus Looks a Lot Like a Character in the New Doctor Who Series"


Should be the other way around, Gamespot...

Character in the New Doctor Who Series looks a lot like Garrus from Mass Effect... Just FYI.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I guess that's what a turian would look like as a robot.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Looks like a rather blatant rip-off to me.

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

What do I think?

I think it's just far enough away to avoid lawsuits, and just close enough to get everyone talking.  So everyone at Dr. Who now apparently has the hots for Mass Effect?  Random.....

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

You would think after all these years, that someone would have released a good Doctor Who game.  There's a lot there to explore.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

I just recently picked up the Mass Effect Series and I'm playing thru  it now. I'm about 15% into ME2. GREAT series.  So, thanks, to people  in the comments sections for recommending it.  With that said,  I have a question, Why is Garrus's armor not repaired?  He is going on missions with me with his damaged looking armor. Yeah, I know it doesn't affect his shield, but its just weird.  No big deal, I'm loving the series.

Veenox
Veenox

The wording in the title is WRONG : A new character in Doctor Who looks like Garrus, not the other way around...

isshiah
isshiah

Ah, this is somewhat interesting. 

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

Well the ending of Matt Smith's Doctor and the ending to ME3 both sucked, so I guess the are suited for one another.

As for headline, well it makes little sense considering that Garrus had that look first, unless of course The Doctor went back in time before Turians existed. 

jeager_titan
jeager_titan

Dr Who should come to the mass effect universe.

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

Bad article title is bad. It should read: "New Dr. Who Character Looks Like a cyborg Garrus."

somberfox
somberfox

I don't think subtle is the right word for it.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Why does Garrus look like the Dr Who character?

Surely the Dr Who character looks like Garrus.

lostn
lostn

I smell a lawsuit.

Sir_Meowcat_Esq
Sir_Meowcat_Esq

Sarah Jessica Parker stole her look from the guy from Mask.  This stuff happens all the time.

supreme_piccolo
supreme_piccolo

@g1rldraco7 Saren from Mass Effect one at the end was technically a robot or metal exoskeleton. This would have been a cooler looking bad guy though. ^_^

Soundaholic92
Soundaholic92

@spartanx169x Like the scar on his face, Garrus mentioned he wanted to keep it as a memento I think. Also it's pretty badass

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

@spartanx169x Download the alternative appearance packs DLC.  You'll get Garrus' armor all shiny and new!  :-)

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@punksterdaddy I thought the war at the end of Matt's era was very Warhammer 40k, but then the two share a lot in common style wise. They only ever really mention big battles in Doctor Who but I always get the impression that they'd be like Warhammer battles if you could see them.

nparks
nparks

@gokartmozart89  No, it shouldn't.  You never abbreviate the 'Doctor' in 'Doctor Who' unless you are talking about the movies from the sixties which occurred in a completely different continuity.

Boosh!  Nerd Pwn!

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@Sir_Meowcat_Esq Yeah, like that time Rock* stole Lindsay Lohan's voice and appearance by hiring a voice actress and a model to play a generic Hollywood brat in GTAV.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@streamline

Oops, you beat me to it.

Sorry I wasn't trying to rip off your comment there, with my own one above.

eelektrik
eelektrik

@The-Neon-Seal @deathblow3 @DarkJedi8_basic The scale of an Elder Scrolls game wouldn't even begin to scratch the surface of an accurate open world Doctor Who game.


Then again this has been a long standing issue with trying to do open world games in modern or sci-fi settings. Access to faster or more efficient means of travel like airplanes, spaceships, time machines, etc. just make what is there feel too small. Fantasy works best for open world games when you aren't expecting your character to be able to traverse multiple planets(or the same place at any point in time) and the fastest form of travel is the much more game manageable horse. You can make a smaller area feel like a continent by restricting travel without breaking immersion too much.


In a Doctor Who game restricting travel would feel arbitrary and rightfully so, because it is. I just don't see how an open world Doctor Who game could ever work.

deathblow3
deathblow3

@The-Neon-Seal @deathblow3 @DarkJedi8_basic idk if doctor who would fit in a try open world environment. i didn't play the game they made so i don't know how bad /good it was. but Dr. Who's time and space travel would make for a good rpg  like game with the span of like big sky or mass effect. 

streamline
streamline

punksterdaddy, haha, it's all good and I agree that they didn't give Matt Smith's Doctor a good end. Oh, did you know that the new Doctor was the bureaucrat from Torchwood that spoke to that alien? It was the 3rd season of Torchwood, I think. It will take a little while to get used to the new Doctor after I found that out.

Kexster
Kexster

@streamline Hes also in an old episode of Dr. Who... He is a roman, I think.

eelektrik
eelektrik

@m0rbid_princess @eelektrik @The-Neon-Seal @deathblow3 @DarkJedi8_basic


Seemingly counter-intuitively a lot more could be done in the 80's and early 90's though. As graphics got better, the cost and length of time to develop games increased and games of that scope became nigh impossible, or at least infeasible. Procedural generation helps(No Man's Sky looks pretty good in that regard) but for a lot of people it is a far cry from actual developer crafted areas like you see in open world games like Skyrim or Grand Theft Auto V. A common complaint thrown around is areas looking too similar in games where procedural generation is used extensively.


Ideally I think a mixture of procedurally generated world and developer sculpted locations out of it is the best option but that still takes a lot of time and trying to do multiple planets gets incredibly time consuming and expensive.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@Kexster @streamline

Yes Peter Capaldi was in an episode of Tennat's 10th Doctor as a Roman character, the episode was called "The Fires of Pompeii," then he also appeared in Torchwood later as you said.

Russell T Davies said at the time that he felt that the character was a descendant of the one from Pompeii and because he survived that volcano, when he was meant to die, therefore he was punished all his other lives thereafter. Hence his bitter end in Torchwood.

If you want to get a good feel of Capaldi is like, then I suggest you look up a political comedy called "The Thick Of It," where he plays Malcolm Tucker and lets just say, he is a right c*** but brilliantly so. :)

(Oh he was in the Brad Pitt movie too World War Z, but it was a minor role that he likely got, simply because the movie was partly filmed in Glasgow).