BBC announces Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock game

Doctor Who is coming to PS3, Vita and PC courtesy of a new collaboration between BBC Worldwide and developer Supermassive Games

BBC Worldwide has announced a new Doctor Who game for PS3, Vita and PC. Subtitled The Eternity Clock, the downloadable title will be the first in a series of new interactive adventures for the Time Lord. It’s due to materialise on Earth early next year.

From the little info the BBC is handing out at the moment, players are set to take on the roles of the Doctor and River Song as they explore the universe in the Tardis. According to the press release, time travel will form the basis of the game’s structure: “Changes made in one time will impact another, creating multiple possibilities and challenging players to solve puzzles across the centuries.”

The story has been co-written by the BBC Wales team responsible for the TV series, and Matt Smith and Alex Kingston will be voicing their roles. There’s no mention yet of any other major characters from the series appearing in the game, but more announcements are planned soon.

For now, the pairing of the Doc with River rather than with Amy suggests the timeline of the game is around the sixth series or possibly after. Interestingly, you’ll get to play as both the Doctor and River, maybe swapping roles to solve different game elements. It also suggests the possibility of co-op play.

Eternity Clock is being developed by Guildford-based independent studio Supermassive Games, previously responsible for PlayStation Move titles Start the Party and Tumble. We’re promised, “photo-real graphics, television quality scenes and highly realistic characters”, which moves us on visually from the browser-based series Doctor Who: The Adventure Games – these took a more stylised approach.

Next year will be an interesting one for Doctor Who-loving gamers. It should also see the release of Doctor Who: Worlds in Time, a free-to-play MMORPG from US developer, Three Rings. Co-published with Sega, this one was expected at the end of 2011, but will surely arrive at some point in 2012.

So, a downloadable action-adventure with the Doctor, River Song and a range of multi-chronological challenges … thoughts?




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