The BBC has launched ‘The Doctor and the Dalek’ for tablets and released four new levels across all platforms. The game is available freely online now from Google Play, Apple and Amazon app stores.
Voiced by Peter Capaldi, The Doctor and the Dalek follows the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor as he is thrown into a dangerous quest with the most devious of his enemies in a stand-alone story from Doctor Who and Wizards vs Aliens TV writer, Phil Ford. The game forms part of the BBC’s Make it Digital initiative – which aims to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, digital technology and programming – and introduces players to fundamental coding principles as they help the Doctor on his latest adventure.
The new levels bring the Doctor and the Dalek’s adventure to its conclusion, having landed on the old Gallifreyan ship, the Starbane. The pair continue their quest to destroy a powerful weapon, the Orb of Fates, before it falls into the wrong hands. And the Doctor has even more tricks up his sleeve to power-up his companion, including full flight ability, spreading fire and even faster speed. But can the Doctor trust his unlikely ally as the Dalek regains its strength?
To unlock these capabilities players need to solve a series of coding puzzles for the Doctor, linked to the new computing curriculum. These focus on Boolean logic, introducing ‘if’ statements with a range of variables that gradually increase in complexity as users become more advanced. The BBC has also released updated resources for parents and teachers to help children get the most out of the game at home and in the classroom.
Jo Pearce, Executive Producer BBC Doctor Who Interactive, said: “The Doctor and the Dalek has had a great response from children, parents and teachers. The one overriding request was for a tablet version. The new levels, with our updated resources from BBC Learning, allow children to take their skills a little further… and help the Doctor save the universe!”
The Doctor and the Dalek was commissioned by BBC Learning, developed and produced by BBC Wales and Somethin’ Else in association with BBC Future Media.
Earth. Early 20th century. The planet has faced many invasions in the past, but never has mankind faced an assault like this, as multiple Dalek armies descend from the skies, seeking to destroy one another and conquer the world.
Many years ago, an ancient artefact was hidden somewhere on the planet, an artefact that will enable the Daleks to reign supreme across the universe, defeating any who stand in their way. Such an object is so valuable that even the Daleks cannot agree how best to wield it, and have split into renegade armies, each as cunning and determined as the next.
Play as one of 5 different armies, either classic (Black, Bronze & Silver) or New Dalek Paradigm (Red & Yellow)as you invade Earth seeking the ancient weapon. Only once all opposition has been wiped out can you begin the search – will you be the last Dalek army left? Watch out for the TARDIS sweeping round the board to defend Earth!
As you fight for supremacy, the Doctor will do his best to stop you, bringing peace to a different territory each turn, and if your army is not victorious by his eleventh regeneration, then the battle is over and all Daleks must retreat as the Oncoming Storm saves the Earth.
With special power cards to boost your forces or destroy your plans, and special missions to defeat other invading forces, this game of Risk is an epic battle for control of the Earth…and the universe.
- -5 different Daleks Armies to control (Classic Bronze, Silver, Black) and New Dalek (Yellow and Red)
- -10 Mission Cards
- -15 Power Cards
- -42 Territory Cards
- -1 Board (49cm x 75cm)
- -1 16 page rules booklet
- -5 Dice
- -1 Clara Token
- -1 TARDIS Piece
- -315 Dalek pieces – each army has 42 small, 15 medium and 6 large
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The designer of the Daleks from the BBC’s Doctor Who has died aged 84 after a short illness, his daughter has said.
Former BBC designer Ray Cusick died of heart failure in his sleep on Thursday, Claire Heawood added.
The Daleks became the iconic villains in cult science fiction series Doctor Who, which is due to mark its 50th anniversary with events this year.
Mr Cusick, from Horsham, West Sussex, leaves two daughters and seven grandchildren, his family said.
The official Doctor Who Magazine tweeted: “It’s with great sadness that we report the death of Ray Cusick – the designer of the Daleks. Half a century on, his iconic design lives on.”
Doctor Who actor and writer Mark Gatiss tweeted: “Farewell to the great Ray Cusick. His passing is especially sad in this anniversary year but his creation remains immortal. Daleks forever!”
‘System of logic’
The designer gave form to the concept of the Daleks, created by Doctor Who screenwriter Terry Nation and which first appeared in series one of Doctor Who nearly 50 years ago.
In the show, the race of Daleks was said to have been developed by a scientist to survive a war on their home planet of Skaro. However, the scientist was later killed by his own creation.
The Daleks, mutants encased in studded, tank-like machinery that appear to glide over the ground, became a cultural sensation, with generations growing to love their famous electronic command of “Exterminate”.
In a 2008 episode of BBC Three’s Doctor Who Confidential, Mr Cusick visited the BBC props department and explained his inspiration for the design of the Daleks, which has changed very little over the years.
“People do say I was inspired by a pepper pot – but I always think ‘If that’s all it takes to become a designer then it’s a doddle’.”
He explained that, in fact, the pepper pot detail came from a lunch with Bill Roberts, the special effects expert who would make the Daleks, when Mr Cusick picked up a pepper pot and moved it around the table, telling him: “It’s going to move like that – no visible means.”
“Ever since then people say I was inspired by a pepper pot – but it could have been the salt pot I picked up,” he said.
He went on: “When I’m asked what I was inspired by I suppose it was really a system of logic because I realised that you’ve got to have an operator to operate them. If you had anything mechanical, 10 to one on the take it would go wrong, so you’ve got a human being in there who would be absolutely totally reliable…
“I then thought ‘Well, the operator’s got to sit down’, [so I] drew a seat, ergonomic height, 18in, got the operator down, and then drew round him. That’s how the basic shape appeared.”
David Graham, who created the original voice of the Daleks, said the villains’ success in frightening generations of viewers was a combination of “brilliant design” and the synthesised voice added to it.
He said Mr Cusick was responsible for “one of the most iconic designs of television sci-fi”.
“They captured the imagination of so many people. It was a wonderful thing,” he told BBC Radio 5 live’s Stephen Nolan show.
Four generations of Daleks crossing Westminster Bridge in London Doctor Who will mark 50 years since its first episode
Nicholas Briggs, who voices the modern Daleks, said the show would not be the same without them.
“Extinction is not an option – If you say Doctor Who to someone in the street about the second thing they’re going to say is ‘Exterminate’,” he said.
“Lots of my friends who are not Doctor Who fans think that the programme is ‘Doctor Who and the Daleks’ – that surely the Daleks are in it all the time – which isn’t true but that is the impression.
“That’s the brilliance of the creation of the Daleks. They’ve made an indelible stamp on the series really.”
via BBC News
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The Daleks have been hated and feared throughout time and space, so maybe it’s time someone gave them a hug.
After all, it just might be worth it to get one on your side! Showcasing the very best from the Doctor Who rogues’ gallery, this 15-inch tall talking plush features the infamous Dalek in red.
The villain’s spoken phrases include: “Exterminate, Exterminate.” and “You would make a good Dalek. You must be destroyed.” But it doesn’t want your destruction… just your admiration. Really!
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