BBC Doctor Who game designed to teach kids computer programming

A new free-to-play online Doctor Who game from the BBC hopes to bring the art of basic computer programming to kids.

The Doctor and the Dalek will be available on the CBBC website from Wednesday (October 22nd) and is voiced by the 12th Doctor himself Peter Capaldi.

The story has been penned by Doctor Who and Wizards vs Aliens TV writer Phil Ford and sees The Time Lord teaming up with a stranded Dalek. The puzzles featured are linked to the actual key stage two and three curriculum points taught in programming lessons.

The Doctor and the Dalek is a brand new Doctor Who story and a fantastic game, voiced by the wonderful Peter Capaldi,” BBC director of television Danny Cohen said. It’s an excellent example of how a hugely popular BBC show can give fans something extra, whilst also introducing wider audiences to increasingly important skills, such as coding and programming.”

Head of BBC learning Sinad Rocks added: We’re really excited about the launch of The Doctor and the Dalek as not only is it a really entertaining platform game for kids to play but it’s also a great introduction to some key principles of computer programing. We think it’s going to be a really valuable tool for students, parents and teachers.”

It’s all part of the BBC’s Make It Digital initiative.

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