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Published on June 21st, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Moffat Praises Game

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.

Doctor Who game - Winter of TerrorMoffat 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.

We’ve got two reviews to help you make up your mind – take a look at our review on Kasterborous and my own review here.

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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+.




One Response to Moffat Praises Game

  1. avatar Carn says:

    Well it was never gonna top Uncharted 2 as my fave game of all time but it’s not bad. The steady-hand puzzles are excruciating for me to play though because of stress issues my wrists have a tendency to shake a bit which is why I don’t like playing games with a mouse at all but I couldn’t resist this cos it’s a Doctor Who game. I might map it to a PS3 joypad later using JoyToKey and that should make it a lot more playable for me using my thumb on the analog stick to play them minigames.

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