BBC teases new Doctor Who video game

Posted by CB Droege

BBC has released a teaser for its upcoming video game Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock, which is being developed by Supermassive Games.

Unfortunately, the short video provides little tangible information about the game, and pretty much just serves as a glorified announcement for eager Dr. Who fans.

Of course, The Eternity Clock isn't the first Doctor Who game by any stretch of the imagination.

Then again, past tie-in games with the show have been, frankly, pretty terrible, missing everything that makes Doctor Who a cool and fun story.

For example, the most recent batch of Doctor Who games were little more than interactive episodes in which the player basically just pushed a button to advance the plot. Yes, they were cool Doctor Who stories, but I’d be hard-pressed to actually label them "games," at least in the conventional sense.

"We’re very excited to be working with Supermassive Games," exec producer at BBC Worldwide, Simon Harris wrote a post on the Sony Playstation blog. "They’ve already delivered some great titles for PlayStation, such as Tumble, Start The Party and Start The Party: Save the World. The team are huge fans of the show and they’ve been great at bringing the key essence of Doctor Who into the game."

Since we don't even know what kind of game this will turn out to be, fans should be careful not to get their hopes up. I don’t think they’d make something so silly as a seek-and-find adventure or a puzzle game, but it is probably safe to speculate that Supermassive and the BBC probably haven’t created a massive open-world Doctor Who RPG. As such, the game probably fits in somewhere between the two extremes, which we'll be able to confirm when the BBC releases a real trailer.

Nevertheless, the video did come packaged with this brief synopsis:

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock will immerse gamers in the universe of Doctor Who, allowing them to take on the role of the Doctor and River Song as they travel across time and space to save the Earth.

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock is slated to hit all Sony platforms (PSP, PS3 and PSVita) and Windows in early 2012.