BBC Launches Doctor Who Episode In Virtual Reality
Virtual reality (VR) is becoming increasingly commonplace these days, with more people using their headsets to enjoy a new realm of animation and gaming.
So popular is VR that the BBC is jumping on the bandwagon, having announced its plans to launch the first ever Doctor Who episode in VR.
The episode entitled Doctor Who: The Runaway is set to be a huge hit among fans as it allows the viewer to play the Doctor’s companion in the storyline.
Jodie Whittaker takes on the role of Doctor Who again, offering her voice to the animated character, with the episode being set inside the Tardis.
In the animation, the viewer wakes up following a space accident and has to help the Doctor take a strange creature called Volta back to their home planet. What makes the VR show different from a normal animation is the audience participation, with piloting the Time Lord’s shop and using the Sonic Screwdriver just two interactive elements to the episode.
Creative director of the BBC’s digital drama team Jo Pearce said: “Fans will find themselves at the centre of this wonderfully animated story, helped by the natural charm and humour of Jodie Whittaker, in an adventure that really captures the magic of Doctor Who.”
She went on to say this is a dream come true for those who have ever imagined piloting the Tardis themselves.
The 13-minute show will be available for high-end VR systems in its interactive form. However, the BBC VR app will also offer a 360 video of the episode, which does not allow viewers to take part in the episode.
Head of the BBC VR hub Zillah Watson said this was the “most ambitious project yet” for the team, but she is confident all fans will “simply love” the adventure.
“It also shows the enormous potential that virtual reality has for creating new kinds of experiences that appeal to mainstream audiences,” Ms Watson stated.
Those who do not own their own VR headset might feel left out, but the BBC is offering VR Hub tours to combat this problem. The broadcaster is bringing VR specials to 40 different libraries around the country, opening up the opportunity to take part in the show to more people.
While this is the first time Doctor Who has been available in VR form, it has been animated previously. The Infinite Quest and Dreamland both featured David Tennant as Doctor Who.
Whittaker is the series’ 13th Doctor Who and is the first female to take on the role. The show was first launched in 1963, and since then the likes of Matt Smith, David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, and Peter Davison have been a few actors who have enjoyed playing the part.
William Hartnell was the first Doctor Who, with his time as the character between 1963 and 1966 involving him fooling Roman emperors and French revolutionaries.
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