The Doctor and the Dalek -Educational Game

The BBC have announced that as part of their school computing initiative, designed to help children learn computers skills including coding, a new Doctor Who game will be made available on the CBBC website from Wednesday this week (22nd October, 2014).

The game will be free to play online and features the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor. Written by veteran Doctor Who and Wizards vs Aliens writer, Phil Ford, The Doctor and the Dalek has our hero responding to a distress signal from an unlikely source … a Dalek! Here’s the official summary for the game:

Players join the action as the TARDIS materialises amidst a deadly pursuit through space – a Dalek Saucer bearing down on a Cyber-ship. But from that Cyber-ship emanates a distress call – from a Dalek! On freeing the battered Dalek from his Cybermen captors, the Doctor finds himself taking his new unlikely ally on a mission to save all of creation from destruction at the hands of his greatest enemies.


But why would a Dalek turn to its mortal foe for help? To find out, join the Doctor and the Dalek in a new adventure spanning the Sontar homeworld and its vile Clone Chambers, which have never been shown on-screen before, as well as reintroducing the icy Cyber-tombs of Telos – last seen in classic Doctor Who episodes.


The Doctor said: “Oi! Short and not-very-old one! I need your help – I’ve got a Dalek and we’ve got a mission to save the universe. So get on over to the CBBC website, and play The Doctor and the Dalek while there’s still a universe left! Come on! Chop chop! Make it Digital on the BBC.”

The game features platforming levels and puzzles that tie in with the Computer Science curriculum at Key Stages 2 and 3.

The Doctor and the Dalek Screen Shot

The Doctor and the Dalek Screen Shot


This all sounds pretty cool to me and I’m sure my wife (a Computer Science teacher) will be checking this one out. I think this is a great way for people to learn programming basics – not just children, but anyone interested in learning the fundamentals.

Great stuff, Beeb!

Source: BBC Press Release

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