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Published on May 27th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Student Designs Doctor Who Game

As reported in the Bournemouth Daily Echo, a talented Bournemouth University student has built a Dalek, miniature police boxes and a game board as part of a Doctor Who game that also has an interactive computer element.

While the idea of combining real world gaming with a bit of computer processing might seem a bit 8-bit (Brian Clough’s Football Fortunes springs to mind…) the idea is to have as many elements as possible, said 28-year-old Swansea-born Doug Inman who designed and built the game.

“There’s a physical board on a table with miniature Tardis’s to move around, a bit like Trivial Pursuit. Then onscreen there’s interactive dice and players have to face challenges. It’s all introduced by the characters.

“I just wanted to include as many elements as possible to push myself.”

It’s an interesting prospect, and the Dalek itself looks impressive.

The BA media production course leader leader Rob Forrester said of the game (which sees players rescuing the Doctor from the Pandorica):

“If Doug’s smart he will push this game. No other Doctor Who merchandise out there has as good a concept and he could make a lot of money. We train our students to be good freelancers who can adapt.”

We’re yet to hear if the BBC have headhunted Mr Inman, however.

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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+.



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