“Is there anything you like about Christmas?” wondered my significant other last night, after I’d just expelled another long moan about the hassle of the holiday season. I didn’t have to think for long. “Yes!” I exclaimed, confidently. “There’s usually an episode of Dr Who on.” For, despite the good Doctor’s televisual output being what I would generously describe as ‘uneven’, it pushes most of the right buttons for me to never want to miss it. What I don’t yet know is how much this extends to games based on the last Gallifreyan’s time-bending adventures. The recent clutch of free point and click adventures were miserable, clunky affairs, but looks as though there’s something more significant on its way though – Dr Who: The Eternity Clock is due for PC and console next year. Even though the BBC promptly pulled the trailer they accidentally stuck online last night, I’ve reversed the polarity of the neutron flow so you can watch it below.
So here’s what we know: PC, PS3, PS Vitalite, “Coming soon”, concerns time, features the Tardis’ danger signal the cloister bells, stars Matt Smith (the Doctor, real name Ian Doctors) and Alex Kingston (River Song), made by SuperMassive Games (a Guildford, UK studio who’ve predominantly made PS Move stuff). No Karen Gillan as Amy Pond this time it seems, which is just as well as she was abjectly awful in the free games.
The BBC for some reason took this offline after initially releasing it, but everyone with half a brain promptly cloned it across fansites, so they’ve done the sensible thing and put it out again. They also gave this summary:
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.
The game is set for release in early 2012, initially on Playstation 3; Playstation Vita and PC platforms.
Further details are promised from the official Eternity Clock twit-witter.