BBC’s first VR game puts Dr Who fans in control of the TARDIS

The BBC’s first virtual reality (VR) game will allow Dr Who fans to pilot the TARDIS through a time vortex, while avoiding obstacles from the past and future.

Essentially riffing on the open credit sequence of the BBC’s hit sci-fi series, Time Vortex VR works on all manner of VR headsets from the high-end HTC Vive and Oculus Rift through to Samsung’s Gear VR headset and the Google Cardboard goggles.

The Beeb turned to Goodboy Digital who made the game multiplatform by using the WebVR application programming interface (API) which allows it to work in desktop browsers as well as on mobile and PC connected VR headsets.

“This game allows you to step inside one of the most iconic title sequences in TV history, as you pilot the TARDIS through modern, 80s and 60s versions of the vortex. Digital innovation is at the very heart of Doctor Who – and this new game combines casual, arcade-style gaming with virtual reality to create an unforgettable experience,” said Jo Pearce, creative director at BBC Digital Drama.

This means Time Vortex VR should appeal to ‘Whovians’ old and new, thanks to ticking the nostalgia boxes as well as capturing the flavour of the ‘modern’ reboot of the long-standing series.

The game also comes in time to get Dr Who fans excited for the Christmas special of the show, which will be the final appearance of Peter Capaldri’s Dr, paving the way for Jodie Whittaker who’ll be the first female Dr in the series’ history.

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