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.
In an explosive return to the UK from the world tour, the Doctor – Peter Capaldi – and his companion Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman, made a surprise appearance this morning at the site of a specially constructed crash-landed TARDIS on London’s Parliament Square.
Ahead of the eighth series returning to BBC One this weekend, the theme of the crashed time machine was in keeping with the feature-length opening episode, entitled Deep Breath, which sees the Doctor arrive in Victorian London to find a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions.
In front of the TARDIS and through the debris of dinosaur bones, the show’s transmission date can be seen emblazoned in the grass – Saturday 23rd August. Deep Breath airs at 7.50 PM.
A Tardis has appeared alongside a cafe on the Bristol to Bath cycle path – with a Victorian-style bathroom inside.
The replica of Doctor Who’s time-travelling machine was bought by the owners of Warmley’s Waiting Room Cafe.
They have spent the past few months turning it into the “Who loo”, complete with flashing light and Tardis sound effects.
Owner Justin Hoggans said: “It’s got everything you need; a toilet, sink, hot and cold water and a hand dryer.”
He said he was a big fan of the television show, a new series of which starts on BBC One this Saturday starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.
Mr Hoggans said: “This is a replica [Tardis], made by a carpenter in York.
“We’ve got a doorbell we can press in the cafe that makes the sound go off, so we do it when someone’s having their photograph taken outside – which is quite often.
“The light is operated off a motion sensor so as someone goes into the toilet, the lights inside and on top of the box go on to indicate the toilet’s in use.”
He said: “We needed a toilet to operate. We’ve got public toilets just opposite us, but they were shut down for about three weeks last summer so we needed a toilet.
“We thought, if we’re going to have it let’s make a feature of it.”
via BBC News.
Instead of taking the day off to rest from the prior nights activities of interviewing the Doctor Who cast and attending the World Premiere of the new Season in New York City, Beyond the Marquee’s resident pint-size Whovian hitched a ride to Beacon, NY. to grab some lunch.
In the small town just about 90 minutes North of Manhattan, it’s here that Lindalee sits down with Shirley Hot, the owner and founder of The Pandorica restaurant, to learn it’s history, dive into it’s menu and find out what the future holds for this exciting new establishment.
Doctor Who’s whirlwind global tour landed in New York City today with Steven Moffat, Jenna Coleman, and new Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
After a press event where a Cyberman came by to delete people upon request, the press were treated to a screening. We can’t reveal details just yet (if for no other reason than Steven Moffat jokingly threatened to take our children hostage if we did), but I can tell you nine days from now fans are in for a hell of a ride.
Here are the top non-spoilery facts we learned today.
1. There is a new title sequence created by a fan
The new title sequence is a huge departure from anything we have seen so far. The audio is the familiar da-da-da-da, only with a stronger baseline and less techno-glitz. It’s definitely a case of less is more. The imagery has a steam-punk feel with gears of clockwork dominating as the TARDIS swirls through the Time Vortex.
2. Peter Capaldi draws you in without over selling it
Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara, said it best when she said she was drawn to Peter Capaldi’s performance not because he runs around the TARDIS flapping his arms and saying, “look at me.” His Doctor is quieter and more internal than recent incarnations. He draws you in and you want to know more because you want to know him on a personal level. Jenna stated, “the room comes to him, he doesn’t go to the room.”
3. Nods to other Doctors
There will be nods to other Doctors from time-to-time. In the episode that is coming up on August 23, there are two nods: one to a classic Doctor and one to a more modern one. Nonetheless, there will not be any ongoing quirks or ticks from previous Doctors that Capaldi will regularly incorporate into this performance. His Doctor is his own man.
4. Don’t worry… things will blow up
Steven Moffat assures fans that there will still be plenty of explosions and chase sequences despite the fact that Peter Capaldi is older than recent Doctors. In speaking about the magic of the character, and why the Doctor is timeless, Moffat stated, “The Doctor doesn’t know he’s a hero. He’s just a man who can’t drive a time machine properly.”
5. The fanboy moment
Every Doctor has a moment when his inner 10-year-old boy comes out. According to both Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat, it was when after a chase sequence through an airshaft, Peter Capaldi popped his head out and said with great enthusiasm, “CYBERMEN!” (Capaldi adored that moment, “when else do you get to do these things!”
6. Talking to Daleks
… is harder than you’d think. Nick Briggs does the voice off camera, the motion operator is off to another side, and then there’s the actor in the Dalek contraption who Capaldi rehearses with before hand when he isn’t in costume. It all came together for Capaldi when Briggs did the voice. Incidentally, Peter Capaldi did a spot on, spontaneous imitation of Nick Briggs’ Dalek voice that was so good the audience broke out in applause. It caused Moffat to quip, “Well, we could save a lot of money there. Budget cuts and you have double duty.”
7. Filming locations
This series is pretty much limiting itself to outer space and the U.K. Jenna Coleman stated, “We’re very domestic, actually.” Moffat isn’t ruling out travel in the future, but it’s not happening in the current series.
8. On the various fan responses
Unsurprisingly, Moffat is not a wild Twitter fan. He shared a tip he received from Gale Ann Hurd (executive producer of The Walking Dead): “You can’t mistake Twitter with the voice of the fans.” On the other hand, he loves fan ideas when it comes to well executed and thought out creativity rather than a 140 character comment. An example: He used fan talent that was pointed out to him on YouTube to do their new title sequence which he felt was better than anything they had come up with in-house (see below). Jenna Coleman also spoke up about loving the art that the fans come up with and the costumes.
9. On adjusting to each other
Jenna Coleman says the look of disbelief on her face when Clara sees the Doctor in action for the first time in the debut episode is real. She watched Peter Capaldi “throw 1,000 things at the wall” in his performance and was amazed at the creativity. Peter spoke about them getting to know each other as people just as the Doctor and Clara are on screen, and he thinks it works to their advantage.
10. On living the dream
Peter Capaldi has been a Doctor Who fan since he was a 5 years old. He credits previous Doctors like William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, and Jon Pertwee for having more influence on him wanting to be an actor and his acting style than English actor Laurence Olivier ever did. It’s obvious that he can’t wait to explore more of the Doctor – his face lights up every time he talks about it.
The new Doctor PETER CAPALDI lands on SATURDAY AUG 23 – but refresh your memory with BBC America’s DOCTOR WHO Takeover Week starting MON AUG 18. From Adipose to Zygons and everything in between!
It all leads up to the Season Premiere *** SATURDAY AUG 23 at 8/7c *** immediately followed by the Premiere of new paranormal thriller original series INTRUDERS at 10/9c and DOCTOR WHO: AFTER WHO LIVE Hosted by CHRIS HARDWICK at 11pm ET.