Doctor Who is set to become “Blocktor Who” when characters from the series arrive on the Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft in September.
Available on over 84 million Xbox devices worldwide, a deal between BBC Worldwide and developers Microsoft Studios and Mojang will give Minecraft players access to a range of Doctor Who assets, allowing them to change their avatar to resemble their favourite characters from the show.
The first pack – priced at just $2.99/£1.99/€2.85/$2.95AUS – will include a character inspired by the Twelfth Doctor, plus five other Doctors, each of their on-screen companions and some of the Doctor’s most well known adversaries including his arch-nemeses, the Daleks.
The deal will bring more packs as time goes on, introducing many of the most recognisable characters from the past 50 years of Doctor Who. Each skin pack will feature at least six Doctors and will be released regularly following the broadcast episodes in Series 8.
Rikesh Desai, Digital Entertainment and Games Director at BBC Worldwide UK says “We’re constantly looking for new and innovative ways to bring Doctor Who content to our loyal fans. Working collaboratively with Microsoft, we’ve created an exciting new product which will allow Doctor Who fans to create their own brand new adventures in the heart of the iconic world of Minecraft.”
Minecraft is one of the fastest selling Xbox game of all time with over 13 million sales to date. The deal to bring Doctor Who to Minecraft builds on BBC Worldwide’s successful partnership with Microsoft, which has seen Microsoft publish Forza racing games complete with Top Gear themed challenges and features.
Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew, players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things. It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.
From Cardiff and London via Seoul, Sydney, New York, and Mexico City, to finally ending up in Rio de Janeiro, its been a whirlwind of enthusiastic fans, sightseeing and celebrating all things Who.
Capaldi’s first full show as the 12th Time Lord was watched by 7.3million viewers – including Dunoon-born Sylvester McCoy.
Speaking while meeting fans at the Collectormania event in the Braehead arena near Glasgow, the seventh Doctor said: “I really enjoyed watching it.
“Peter was great – you can tell he’s an accomplished actor and he really enjoyed doing it.
“I laughed when the Doctor proclaimed himself to be Scottish. I don’t think we’d ever have got away with that in my time.
“I loved his line ‘I’m Scottish. I can complain about things.’ I thought that was brilliant.”
Sylvester took over the role from Colin Baker in 1987 and stayed for three series until the show was cancelled in 1989, returning to hand over to eighth Doctor Paul McGann in a 1996 TV movie.
The actor, who went on to appear in The Hobbit films, would love to return for an episode and said his successor didn’t need any guidance about how to perform his new role.
He added: “I wouldn’t give Peter any advice on how to play it. The best thing I can tell him is to learn the lines and avoid bumping into the monsters.”
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Elaine Collins, the wife of Scottish actor Peter Capaldi must be super proud of her hubby. The 56-year-old debuted as the 12th actor to take the lead role in Doctor Who attracted the long running BBC1 drama’s best ratings for a series opener for four years, with a peak audience of 7.3 million viewers.
His performance was generally well received, with several reviewers praising his first outing in the role and looking forward to him growing into it.
It is a celebrating time for Elaine, since she was the first person to find out her husband was the new Doctor Who. Last year Peter revealed it was his lovely wife the first person he told the news and he also revealed she’s been the foundation for his career.
The couple are believed to have one of the strongest marriages in showbiz, 22 years after tying the knot. They are parents of one child, daughter Cecily, 17.
Her husband attended drama classes and was accepted into the Glasgow School of Art. While studying there he secured his breakthrough role in Local Hero back in 1983.
Elaine is also an actress and producer, according to her IMDb profile, she is known for Mrs Brown (1997), Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1995) and Soft Top Hard Shoulder (1993).
Writer and actress Elaine, 55, who grew up in Motherwell, met Peter in 1983 in a touring production for the Paines Plough Theatre Company. They are said to have confessed their love for each other after a few drinks on the show’s first night.
Among Elaine’s other work we got her role as Willie Melvin’s girlfriend Janice in the BBC comedy City Lights. It is said that she soon left Glasgow to follow Peter in London at the time.
Peter asked Elaine to marry him but it was five years before she accepted. They got married in 1991 in a lavish ceremony at Country Club Hotel in Strathblane, Stirlingshire, and said their vows in front of a host of celebrities – including Lovejoy star Phyllis Logan and Elaine C. Smith. They have worked together on various projects, including the hit film Soft Top, Hard Shoulder.
Elaine –who gave up acting for a behind the camera job –is as active as her hubby; her recent projects include the first two series of Vera for ITV and she was executive producer of hit BBC1 show Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall.