Tuesday 22nd June 2010: An abandoned Arctic research centre... an ancient relic... an off-screen terror - the classic ingredients of a Doctor Who episode. Only this time you are the Doctor.
Episode two of the Doctor Who: The Adventure Games has today been unveiled by the BBC - and the good news is fans won't have to wait long to get their hands on it.
The game will be available to download from the Doctor Who website ( www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho) this Saturday (26th June 2010), immediately after the thrilling TV series finale.
'Blood of the Cybermen' has been executively produced by Steven Moffat, stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, has been written by Phil Ford, and is developed by BBC Wales and Sumo Digital. The games have been designed to complement the TV series, giving players the opportunity to finally 'be' the Doctor. The first episode 'City of the Daleks' received over 525,000 download requests in its first 12 days.
"Blood of the Cybermen is classic 'Who," says Phil Ford, Writer, Blood of the Cybermen, Doctor Who Waters of Mars and The Sarah Jane Adventures. "From the intriguing title, through the pre-credits intro to the mystery surrounding the Arctic base, this is everything you expect from a TV episode - only this time you control the action. It's an epic story, and one we could only tell in a computer game. We've ambitious sets, a thrill-a-minute narrative, and we re-introduce a Doctor Who adversary not seen since the Tom Baker era."
Doctor Who: The Adventure Games has been produced by a team drawing on the very best talent from TV and gaming. The interactive episodes are executive produced by Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and with Anwen Aspden (BBC Wales Interactive), alongside Charles Cecil, one of videogaming's most revered creators. The games are being developed by Sumo Digital, one of the UK's best game designers. Stories and scripts are from Phil Ford (co-writer Doctor Who 'Waters of Mars') and James Moran (Severance, Torchwood Children of Earth). The project has been commissioned forBBC Online by the Vision Multiplatform team, headed up by Simon Nelson and is being driven by BBC Wales Interactive.
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan have been digitally recreated in-game, and have provided full voice-overs. Music has been provided by TV series' composer Murray Gold. An additional cast portray original characters and classic enemies.
Doctor Who: The Adventure Games episode two 'Blood of the Cybermen' will be available to download for PC for UK users at no additional cost from the BBC Website from Saturday, 26th June 2010. A Mac version will follow shortly afterwards. International availability will be announced soon.