Doctor Who is coming to VR, and if you’re a fan of virtual reality experiences that emulate their source material and play to the strengths of the parent brand… well, you’re in for a very special treat.
Published by PlayStack and developed by Maze Theory, the new VR adventure is called Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time and will tell a wholly original story where the player must rescue Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who from the edge of time as she guides you through myriad classic Doctor Who settings (and helps you avoid or defeat numerous Doctor Who villains!)
As you’d expect from a VR game, Doctor Who: The Edge of Time is a fully interactive experience, tasking you with using classic Doctor tools like the Sonic Screwdriver to solve puzzles and advance through the original, gripping plot.
In our brief hands-on with the game, we were shown gameplay beats that feel like sci-fi ‘escape the room’ setups as Jodie guides you through the world, and we got a glimpse of the Tardis – fully recreated, even down to the Custard Cream dispenser – that we’re assured you’ll get to pilot later on in your adventure.
What we found most impressive about The Edge of Time is how authentic it feels from a fan perspective: it looks, sounds and feels like a classic episode of the TV series, with its own intro crawl and take on the time-tunnel opening sequence to boot.
Maze Theory has worked with veteran Doctor Who scriptwriters to make sure this game fits into the universe, and we have to say from what we’ve seen so far, they’ve done an impeccable job.
It helps that Whittaker’s effortless shift to game voiceover from TV infuses the game with a level of authenticity other spin-off projects could only dream of, too.
Even if you’ve never played VR before, this game is going to deliver for you – the controls are intuitive, the gameplay elements are more puzzle-based than reaction-based (meaning you can go at your own speed), and the story is accessible to even the most passing Doctor Who fans.
Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time will launch in September 2019 on PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, HTC VIVE and the upcoming VIVE Cosmos – and we urge you to keep your eye on it. Maze Theory really is onto something special here.
If you need more information on the game – including a more detailed breakdown on the specific story set-up – here’s everything you need to know:
“Published by PlayStack and developed by Maze Theory, Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time will transport fans into a globally-beloved world of aliens, mystery and wonder, letting them embark on a brand-new and fully-interactive adventure, inspired by the show’s 55-year history and starring the Doctor’s current incarnation, played by Jodie Whittaker.
“Armed with the iconic Sonic Screwdriver, players will solve mind-bending puzzles, grapple with classic monsters and encounter new horizons in a quest to find the Doctor and defeat a powerful force that threatens to destroy the fabric of reality. They will face the infamous Daleks and other known faces from the Doctor’s world plus some brand new never-before-seen monsters as they travel through stunning cinematic environments that truly bring the show to life!
“The Doctor has been hurled through time to the end of the universe. A virus that threatens to rip apart reality itself has been unleashed. Players can pilot the TARDIS on a journey across worlds both familiar and strange to recover a series of powerful time crystals that can repair spacetime and ultimately, save the universe itself.”
Head of Digital Entertainment & Games for BBC Studios, Bradley Crooks said “VR is the perfect home for a truly immersive Doctor Who adventure. Fans and newcomers alike will be able experience the universe of Doctor Who like never before, working with the Doctor and facing enemies new and old. Gaming is a key part of the future of Doctor Who and allows us to tell new and exciting stories beyond the TV screen.”
Maze Theory Creative Director, Marcus Moresby said “Maze Theory is committed to re-defining storytelling through awesome, innovative and immersive experiences in virtual reality. Doctor Who is an incredibly exciting and timeless franchise with a passionate and committed global fan base. We are looking to give them an entirely new experience; an opportunity to team-up with the Doctor and feel like they are in the show. This of course includes piloting the TARDIS, a dream come true for fans!”
PlayStack CEO, Harvey Elliott said “Virtual Reality is unmatched in its ability to transport people to far flung worlds. PlayStack has always seen this as the central promise of the technology, and for us there’s no better place to take players than the iconic, eccentric, and deeply fascinating world of Doctor Who. We are delighted to be working with Maze Theory and the BBC Studios on this flagship VR project, and can’t wait for fans to experience the game for themselves.”
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