Doctor Who Time Lord-ing over PC, Mac
The British sci-fi icon will appear in four free episodic games, with designer Charles Cecil, Sumo Digital collaborating with the TV show's production team.
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Charles Cecil will join forces with the writers of Doctor Who to create four two-hour "interactive episodes" of the sci-fi show. Doctor Who: The Adventure Games will feature enemies and locations from the series, as well as one unique location that will be created especially for the games. The downloadable episodes will be made available for free via the BBC Web site in June 2010 and will be compatible with PC and Macs.
The games will complement the TV series, with scripts penned by Phil Ford, who cowrote the Doctor Who special Waters of Mars, and James Moran, who worked on the critically acclaimed Torchwood: Children of Earth. Matt Smith, who plays the latest incarnation of the Time Lord known as the Doctor, and Karen Gillan, who plays his companion Amy, will both be voiced by the original actors. Charles Cecil joins the team as an executive producer alongside Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis, and Anwen Aspden, who are all involved with the TV show.
Game creator Charles Cecil’s previous works include the classic adventure games Beneath a Steel Sky and Broken Sword. Development of the games will be handled by Sheffield-based studio Sumo Digital, who also worked on the Broken Sword series and recently developed Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing.
Doctor Who follows the adventures of a humanoid time and space traveler known as The Doctor. It originally debuted in 1963, and after an extended break, was rebooted in 2005 with Christopher Ecclestone (Shallow Grave) as the Doctor. The show has been inducted into the Guinness Book of Records for being the longest-running sci-fi show of all time.
GameSpot has confirmed that the PC/Mac Dr. Who title will not be related to the planned Nintendo Wii game that was announced earlier this year, which has been licensed in a separate deal with BBC Worldwide, the BBC's commercial arm.