Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat has praised the performances of his two stars, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in their digitised form in Doctor Who: The Adventure Games first installment City of the Daleks.
Moffat believes Smith & Gillan’s on-screen chemistry is part of the reason why families up and down the country are taking to these Adventure Games so enthusiastically – resulting in over 500,000 downloads so far!
“Matt Smith has conquered space, now he’s conquering cyberspace. The way the games capture the look and feel of the TV series is amazing. Matt Smith walks like a drunken giraffe on-screen and also in-game – it’s a virtuoso virtual performance, and one I’m delighted is proving to be so popular. Just worried I won’t get any writing done, what with playing the game all the time.”
City of the Daleks was scripted by Phil Ford (Waters of Mars) and features excellent dialogue between the two main characters. Writing dialogue for video games is no easy task, potentially involving multiple paths through the same set of events. Ford’s work here is largely linear, and works really well.
“Karen is a staggering companion,” continues Moffat,” – literally, have you seen her when the TARDIS shakes? – and her personality is perfectly captured in these episodes. There are some genuinely funny lines between the two, so we’ve really brought the TV series into the control of families up and down the country.”
Tuesday will see details of the second episode of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games. Speculation suggests the title is Winter of Fear – whatever the title, get ready for the Cybermen!
If you’re yet to play City of the Daleks the free-to-download game is now available for PC and Intel-powered Mac computers. Download from bbc.co.uk/doctorwho.