The Doctor returns once again, this time to the interactive world of downloadable games. Earlier this year, in something of a first, the BBC decided to extend the 13 episode season of Doctor Who by adding four episode-like games, available through BBC. The game/episodes have been considered a success, and a second batch of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games has been greenlit for next year.
Of the current games, each story takes place during the events of the previous season, and follows the adventures of the 11th Doctor, played by Matt Smith, and his travelling companion Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan, both of whom contributed their voices and likenesses to the games. All four episodes are considered cannon to the history of the show. The idea was considered a huge success, after 1.6 million people downloaded the first of four games, and a second series has been commissioned to accompany the upcoming season of Doctor Who, which will air in the UK early next year, and in the U.S. on BBC America shortly after.
The current series of adventure games has recently released the third episode, and the fourth is scheduled for later this year. Although free in the UK thanks to BBC licensing fees, the first four games are being sold as a bundle through Direct2Drive for $13. No official word yet on the price of the next series of games, but they will likely be very close in cost.