Half a Million Daleks!

The BBC have revealed that City of the Daleks has so far been downloaded half a million times – making it the most popular Doctor Who game yet.

Doctor Who: The Adventure Games - City of the DaleksSpeaking to MCV, Simon Nelson, controller of portfolio and multiplatform at BBC Vision, declared:

“We’ve broken new ground for the TV and games industry”

“We had set ourselves some fairly stretched targets on this and we’ve blown them away.

The free game – available from the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site for PC and Mac – features great graphics, streamlined gameplay and the voices of Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Nick Briggs. 

“The credit goes to the Doctor Who and marketing teams, who are among the best in the BBC at creating integrated campaigns, messages and interactive spin-offs. This has been part of the Who planning process rather than just a bolt on at the end, which too many interactive things have been.”

“Crucially, the industry and the audience have felt we have created something different here that works. That’s probably more important than the numbers.”

With a second (Cyberman) instalment due soon and a third after that, Doctor Who: The Adventure Games has certainly surpassed all expectations.

We hope that the powers-that-be don’t however rest on their laurels and take this first real success in almost 30 years of Doctor Who games as a stepping stone to something bigger rather than repeatedly issuing variations on City of the Daleks using the same game engine over and over again…

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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