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Top video game magazine GamesMaster features a preview of the forthcoming Doctor Who Top Trumps videogame, reports DS News.

Published by Eidos and will be released in the spring on Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2 and PC. The report also confirms that Doctor Who Top Trumps will be visually based on The Infinite Quest cartoon serial.

As per previous reports, this tactical card game features head-to-head card battles between two players or versus the games AI with players utilising memory, luck and their knowledge of the deck to emerge victorious. Prior to each round, players can select up to three “special ability cards” some or all of which show the Doctor, Martha and Captain Jack and these provide players with special abilities.

The game will also feature a raft of mini-games, mainly testing the players’ memory and observational skills like some time travelling card game version of The Krypton Factor. Once on of these mini-games is successfully completed, other advantages against your opponent are awarded…

It all looks very promising, and fun – but not the deep, meaningful RPG that we’ve been crying out for.

So it’s not exactly the Doctor Who game everyone’s been hoping for, and when speaking of the possibility of a full-on action title in the future, developer Ironstone has simply said: “We could discuss this but we’d have to exterminate you.”

Perhaps all is not lost?

In related news, “an exploration of the online games dedicated to Doctor Who” is scheduled at Swansea Institute’s popular digital media forum amperSAND at the National Waterfront Museum on Wednesday, January 16, from 6.30pm.

This is apparently a regular meeting “for professionals and enthusiasts in digital media” and will be hosted by Mark Johnson, who is the creative director at Sequence, the agency commissioned to produce the games found at BBC’s Official Doctor Who website

“The BBC requested games which would really challenge viewers and give them round-the-clock access to the Doctor’s world.”

Should be interesting if you can make it…

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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