Back when we brought you the article Doctor Who + Minecraft = Brilliant! we had no idea that the creator of that fun video, Jeen Epinga (), was some kind of a mind reader. Well, he’s either a mind reader or this is just one really serendipitous coincidence. Either way, fans of Doctor Who and Minecraft will be getting access to some show-themed avatars for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition.
The first pack, available in September, will include the Twelfth Doctor, five other Doctors, their companions, and a few classic enemies. This won’t take a huge bite out of your wallet, either, as the pack is priced at only $2.99 in the U.S and comparably priced around the world. More packs will be introduced as time passes, each containing some of the most recognizable characters from the show’s 50+ year history.
From the BBC America press release:
DOCTOR WHO COMES TO MINECRAFT ON XBOX
Join a community of millions with brand new Doctor Who themed characters
Available on over 84 million Xbox devices worldwide
New York, NY – August 27, 2014 – BBC Worldwide are delighted to announce a deal with Microsoft Studios and Mojang which will bring Doctor Who – the world’s longest running science fiction drama – to ‘Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition’.
From September 2014, Minecraft players will have access to a range of Doctor Who assets which will allow them to change their avatar to resemble their favorite characters from the show. The first pack – priced at just $2.99 in the U.S. (or £1.99/€2.85/$2.95AUS) – will include a character inspired by the Twelfth Doctor as well as five other Doctors, each of their on-screen companions and some of the Doctor’s most well known adversaries including his arch-nemeses, the Daleks.
Rikesh Desai, Digital Entertainment and Games Director at BBC Worldwide UK, says, “We’re constantly looking for new and innovative ways to bring Doctor Who content to our loyal fans. Working collaboratively with Microsoft, we’ve created an exciting new product which will allow Doctor Who fans to create their own brand new adventures in the heart of the iconic world of Minecraft.”
The deal will bring more packs as time goes on, introducing many of the most recognizable characters from the past 50 years of Doctor Who. Each skin pack will feature at least six Doctors and will be released regularly following the broadcast of the first episode.
Minecraft is one of the fastest selling Xbox game of all time with over 13 million sales to date. The deal to bring Doctor Who to Minecraft builds on BBC Worldwide’s successful partnership with Microsoft, which has seen Microsoft publish Forza racing games complete with Top Gear themed challenges and features.
Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew, players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things. It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.