The BBC has announced that a new Doctor Who Adventure Game – The Gunpowder Plot – will be available to download via the Doctor Who website from 31 October, 2011.
The Doctor Who Adventure Game: The Gunpowder Plot features a star-studded cast, including Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Ralf Little as Guy Fawkes, Phil Daniels as Town Crier, Emilia Fox as the 14th Plotter and CBBC presenter Chris Johnson as Barnaby.
It will offer players a unique experience of one of the most important and memorable moments in British history.
Ralf Little, who plays Guy Fawkes in the game, says: “It is a way of bringing the story alive to, probably, millions of kids who are aware of the name Guy Fawkes because of November the 5th, but not actually really understand what the historical significance is behind it.”
Written by Phil Ford, voice directed by Gary Russell and produced by a team drawing on the very best talent from TV and the games industry, the Adventure Game was executive produced by Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and Anwen Aspden, alongside Charles Cecil, one of video gaming’s most revered creators. The game is being developed by independent UK game development studio Sumo Digital Ltd.
Commissioned by Victoria Jaye, Head of IPTV and TV Online Content, BBC Vision – in collaboration with Controller of BBC Learning, Saul Nassé – the game provides audiences with a unique way to learn about one of the most significant periods in British history, through an interactive experience of one of the UK’s best-loved programmes.
The last four-game series, released in 2010, exceeded all expectations with more than 2.8m downloads requested so far.
Victoria Jaye says: “We’re always looking at ways to bring Doctor Who stories to life for the audience beyond broadcast television, seizing the creative potential of digital platforms to delight fans with new ways to engage with characters and story worlds.”
The game will be available for UK households on PC and Mac as a free download from the Doctor Who website from 31 October.
A preview is available here: bbc.co.uk/doctorwho