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Published on December 9th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Full Videogame Imminent? (UPDATED)

Since the release of the very first mass-market home computers back in the 1980s, fans of cried out for a Doctor Who game and many of those that we have been given have been unfortunate missteps. While there have been successes – the family oriented gameplay of the free Adventure Games series, for instance – on the whole this is a concept area that has been poorly realised.

What we at Kasterborous have been calling out for over the years is a fully fledged PC game aimed at older Doctor Who fans (say 11 and above) that successfully marries the non-violence of the character with an unfolding adventure. While the BBC/Sumo Digital co-productions featuring the Daleks, Cybermen and Sontarans manage this, there is always something a lacking, something that is also conspicuous by its absence on the iOS device game Mazes of Time and the Nintendo Wii and DS Doctor Who titles.

Thanks to eagle-eyed souls at Doctor Who TV
, we now know that there is something in the offing, with the ornate title of The Eternity Clock.

The game’s trailer was “accidentally” leaked onto YouTube yesterday by BBC Worldwide, only to be subsequently taken down again little later. While the clip is no longer available on YouTube, you can view it below – it looks very impressive, and features the voices of Matt Smith and Alex Kingston as the Doctor and River Song.

You should notice that the game is set to be available for a wide selection of platforms (curiously not Xbox 360) but as of yet we don’t know when it will be released.

News Just In…

This morning BBC Worldwide has confirmed the existence of The Eternity Clock, issuing a press release. The game is being developed by Supermassive Games (www.supermassivegames.com), an experienced group of Playstation and PC developers based in the UK who were a Develop Excellence Awards New Studio Finalist in 2011. This at least explains the lack of an Xbox 360 version of the game, although it flies in the face of PS3′s shrinking market share.

Robert Nashak, EVP of Digital Entertainment at BBC Worldwide said:

“We’re creating these new games for Playstation 3 and Vita with adaptations that will bring the wonder, adventure and madness of Doctor Who to each platform. Working with a top-tier UK development partner like Supermassive Games demonstrates BBC Worldwide’s commitment to create world-class Doctor Who games for fans of the show and gamers alike.”

It looks as though BBC Worldwide will be avoiding the bricks and mortar stores for this title, preferring to focus on digital distribution, something that has proved very successful with the Doctor Who: The Adventure Games series. Although we’re only finding out about the game this week, The Eternity Clock is apparently slated for release in early 2012 and features a brand new storyline written in collaboration with the BBC Wales team. Photo-real graphics, television quality scenes and highly realistic and motion capture in-game characters will bring the world of Doctor Who to life – sounds great so far!

What also sounds exciting is that there are two further console titles planned to follow this release.

For up-to-the-minute news on this game, follow @DoctorWhoTEC on Twitter.

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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+.




4 Responses to Full Videogame Imminent? (UPDATED)

  1. avatar Paddy says:

    If they don’t port this to the XBox 360 I will swear very loudly in a similar delivery style to “KHAAAAAAN!!”. The game I’ve been waiting for since the 90s, finally released, as a PS3 exclusive?? That’s just not fair.

    If the reviews are good it may end up being the most expensive game I ever bought.

  2. avatar Simon says:

    Let’s be clear – it wasn’t “leaked”, the studio released a trailer…

    Leaking something is when a product’s largely unfinished material suddenly appears on the Internet because an employee or third-party has violated their contract. As for platforms, it indicates the game will be launched for PS Vita and PS3 from the Playstation Network and for PC; however, this doesn’t mean that it won’t make an appearance later for Xbox Live.


    • Let’s be clearer, Simon: the trailer was released today and accidentally released online yesterday. Whether that constitutes a leak or not in your book is neither here nor there – I used the term “leak”, the audience understood the meaning, job done!

      I really don’t think that there is any need for unnecessary pedantry.

  3. avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

    It might not be any good though.

    Then again I will always play a who game, and this comes from someone who enjoyed destiny of the doctors where you play a blob for some reason.

    Who’s always needed a LucasArts style point and click type of adventure but I wonder if this will be it. Probably not.

    i had that DS game it was a buggy load of pants. Never tried the Wii version but it’s supposedly about as much fun as a night out with Nick Knowles.

    Personally I liked Dalek Attack though totally non-wh o in tone (blast everything that moves) though DOS version had nice sound clips…also Mines of Terror is fun but I doubt many would agree. Never played the old Davison games or the text adventures that came out in the 80s.

    Right! emulators! You know what to do!

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