Doctor Who – The Edge of Time: A VR Game Like No Other

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As a Whovian myself, I can understand the demand for a game like Doctor Who: The Edge of Time. The Doctor Who franchise has been around for over 50 years; welcoming fans of all ages, locations, and beliefs. There have also been so many ways to experience and enjoy Doctor Who: from the actual show, to a series of novels, a comic book, and the Big Finish audio dramas – there has never been a shortage of ways to celebrate The Doctor. But on the video game front, there haven’t been as many options for Doctor Who, and there certainly was a huge opportunity as the world of VR continues to grow. Thanks to Maze Theory, Playstack, and BBC – fans will be finally able to step into The TARDIS, and into the role of the companion in this fully-interactive VR game!

We were lucky enough to play through a demo of Doctor Who: The Edge of Time at San Diego Comic Con last weekend – and I couldn’t be more excited. Being a Whovian – any chance you give me to become the Companion and run away in the TARDIS with The Doctor, or to save The Doctor – I’m game. No questions asked. Which is why I also had a VR fanatic play through the demo – to comment on the actual VR design/production. What I think fans will love about Doctor Who: The Edge of Time is that we’re getting a brand new story, within the world of the 13th Doctor, and Jodie Whittaker voices The Doctor in this game. Every Doctor Who fan dreams about the day they hear the TARDIS appear outside, and running away with The Doctor to some new planet (or time), for an adventure – and that is precisely what Doctor Who: The Edge of Time allows fans to experience. This is a feature-length VR game, that is fully interactive, and throws you right into the universe of Doctor Who. Not only will you play as a companion, recruited by The Doctor to save her; you get control of The TARDIS and will have to face some of your favorite monsters from the series.

Game synopsis:

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 space-time and ultimately, save the universe itself. 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!

I think that BBC felt like doing this in VR would be a great extension of what they already do, giving fans a chance to be inside the episode and experience it like never before. – Ian Hambleton – Maze Theory: Founder

Fans of Doctor Who will love the new story and puzzle solving aspect of the game, because you really do feel like you’ve been transported right into an episode of the show. I believe that fans of VR (those who are not self-proclaimed Whovians) will also love playing Doctor Who: The Edge of Time for the beautiful & realistic graphics this game features. You can tell that both Maze Theory and Playstack are passionate about Doctor Who: The Edge of Time and want to put out a finished product that will hold it’s own in the Doctor Who universe. Do you have to be a Doctor Who fan to enjoy this new VR game? Absolutely not, and I feel like bringing Doctor Who to such a wide range of VR platforms will actually draw in new fans to the franchise. VR is really starting to take off, and becoming more obtainable to the average gaming audience –  so this is the perfect time for Doctor Who: The Edge of Time to hit the market. Between the exciting new story-line, interactive play, and stunning visuals; this game is perfect for both Whovians and VR gamers alike.

It’s something that needs to come to life in new and interesting ways to stand the test of time. – Harvey Elliott: Playstack Founder

One of the things that many fans of Doctor Who love are the classic and unique monsters featured in the show. Doctor Who: The Edge of Time includes a few fan-favorites, as well as introducing new monsters to the world. I feel that we will have a whole new generation of fans terrified by any and all statues they walk by, and the idea of facing off against the Weeping Angels in a VR setting gives me chills just to think about. Alongside classic monsters, like the Weeping Angels and the Daleks; get ready to face a brand new monster in this game – the Hydrorks!

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Excited? I know I am! The game will launch on PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Vive Cosmos in September 2019.

Which platform will you be playing Doctor Who: The Edge of Time on? Any particular favorite monster you want to face off against in VR?

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Michelle Harvey