- 1 Production
- 2 Promotion
- 3 Collectibles
- 4 Cast and characters
- 5 Games
- 6 Crew
- 7 Notes
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Doctor Who: The Adventure Games was a series of five adventure video games for PC and Mac that tied in with the first two years of the Matt Smith era as the Eleventh Doctor on television. It was the first series of games to feature the voice of the actors playing the then-current televised Doctor and companions.
The five games were delivered primarily by download from the main BBC Doctor Who website. Though primarily for UK habitants — since the games had in part been funded by the BBC license fee — the games were eventually made available internationally.
The series isn't available in any official online form since the end of May 2017. Due to the nature of desktop video games, usually the game could still be installed onto a device even after this point, but due to the nature of how the game's region-lock coding operates, this is not possible through any method that would generally be considered legitimate.
The Adventure Games was commissioned for BBC Online by BBC Wales Interactive as part of the "Doctor Who Episodic Game Initiative", which aimed to foster computer literacy through the use of a interactive game, made available for download.
Box UK worked with the BBC to create a web application which would integrate these game into the online space of the official Doctor Who website. This approach would allow for greater data extrapolation and a more streamlined user experience.
Details regarding the game were announced on 21 April 2010. The game was made in conjunction with the Doctor Who TV production team, with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan lending their voices and likenesses to the games. In announcing the game, series producer Piers Wenger stated, "There aren't 13 episodes of Doctor Who this year. There are 17 — four of which are interactive. Everything you see and experience within the game is part of the Doctor Who universe."
Footage of the game was shown after Victory of the Daleks. It revealed one game would involve the Daleks and a destroyed London in 1963 with the tagline "Fight the Daleks". This was later released as City of the Daleks by Phil Ford, initially announced as being available on the 5 June, 2010. A second series of another four games was commissioned for release in 2011, but only the first game of Series 2 was released before further production on The Adventure Games was cancelled.
The first of the games, City of the Daleks, was released for download via the BBC's official Doctor Who website on 2 June 2010 for PCs — a few days earlier than the originally announced release date of 5 June. It was later revealed that the early release of the game was part of a system test as they geared up for the official release date. A trailer for the game was shown after Vincent and the Doctor on Saturday to mark its official launch.  A Mac version was later released on 15 June 2010.
On 23 July 2010, the first two games were made available in the United States through digital distribution service Direct2Drive, However, Direct2Drive chosen not to release the Mac versions of the games. Only the first two games were released in the service.
Robert Nashak from BBC Worldwide has said that in the future there could be a retail version of the games, although it never was released.
In October 2015, the games became unavailable from the BBC website.
At the end of May 2017, the series was removed from Steam, due to an expiration of Legacy Games' license with the BBC.
The Adventure Games is a puzzle-based game. The player must navigate obstacles with a specific pattern to them, crack codes, use objects to bypass obstacles and navigate mazes. There is little margin for error; most hazards kill automatically and (as the Eleventh Doctor) it can be hard to escape from enemies once they've spotted you. The game follows a linear path: tasks have to be handled a certain way and in a certain sequence.
Playable characters in all the games are the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond and in the second series, Rory Williams. However, the player can not choose which character to play with, as this is tied to in-game story progression. The only exception is at the end of TARDIS.
Each game of the first season of The Adventure Games has collectible cards, marked with a "DW" logo, which provide extra information on the Doctor Who universe. There are fifty to collect in total over the four games, ten each of Doctors, Companions, Friends, Enemies and Jelly Babies.
There are also "Who Fact" popups which can be found throughout the games giving more info on the characters and objects encountered, but they are not counted toward a collectible total in Series 1.
- First Doctor
- Second Doctor
- Third Doctor
- Fourth Doctor
- Fifth Doctor
- Sixth Doctor
- Seventh Doctor
- Eighth Doctor
- Ninth Doctor
- Tenth Doctor
- Eleventh Doctor
- Amy Pond
- Rory Williams
- River Song
- Donna Noble
- Captain Jack Harkness
- Martha Jones
- Mickey Smith
- Rose Tyler
- Sarah Jane Smith
- Wilfred Mott
- Captain Adelaide Brooke
- Winston Churchill
- Van Gogh
- Jackie Tyler
- Nasreen Chaudhry
- Liz Ten
- The Ood
- The Master
- Vashta Nerada
- Sisters of the Water
- Weeping Angels
In the second season's single game The Gunpowder Plot the collectibles are 41 various facts about Jacobean Life, revealed by examining relevant objects in-game. Additionally, the "Who Fact" popups discovered by the player now count toward a goal of 20 collectible items of Who trivia; these can all be found in the Doctor's Drawing Room.
Cast and characters
- Sylvia - Sara Carver
- Chisholm - Barnaby Edwards
- Elizabeth Meadows, the Entity and Jones - Sarah Douglas
- Daleks, Cybermen and Oswald Fox - Nicholas Briggs
- Guy Fawkes - Ralf Little
- Lady Elizabeth Winters - Emilia Fox
- Barnaby - Chris Johnson
- Charlie - Jamie Oram
- Geoffrey Plum - Phil Daniels
- Field Major Kaarsh - Dan Starkey
- Black Rod - Miles Richardson
- Thomas Percy - David Ames
|1||City of the Daleks||Phil Ford||Daleks||5 June 2010|
|2||Blood of the Cybermen||Phil Ford||Cybermen||26 June 2010|
|3||TARDIS||James Moran||The Entity||27 August 2010|
|4||Shadows of Vashta Nerada||Phil Ford||Vashta Nerada||22 December 2010|
The second series of The Adventure Games was announced in 2010. The first and only game in the series was The Gunpowder Plot. The second series was announced as cancelled in February 2012, following a muted fan reaction to The Gunpowder Plot.
|1||The Gunpowder Plot||Phil Ford||Rutans, Sontarans, the Silence||31 October 2011|
- The Adventure Games prominently feature music from a previous series, unlike the majority of Series 5. Most Series 5 and 6 episodes used previously written music.
- A short teaser for the third game was released on the BBC website in the form of a short script entitled Wish You Were Here.
- The episode index at the back of the 2011 edition of Doctor Who: The Encyclopedia places the first series of The Adventure Games between Vincent and the Doctor and The Lodger, and places The Gunpowder Plot between The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex.