While we won’t see Doctor Who on our telly until 2020, fans will be able to see an animated version of the Thirteen Doctor via a short virtual reality film called Doctor Who: The Runaway.

Fans will be able to interact with the Doctor (as portrayed by Jodie Whittaker) and her TARDIS via the magic of virtual reality as both resolve a deadly threat in this new adventure.

Jo Pearce, creative director for the BBC’s digital drama team, said: “Fans will experience the TARDIS like never before in this thrilling new interactive story. As ever, the Doctor is full of warmth, wit and charm – helped by a wonderful performance from Jodie – which puts fans at the heart of the story as they immerse themselves in this beautifully animated world.” 

The interactive story was written by Victoria Asare-Archer and directed by Mathias Chelebourg, whose previous VR films include Alice, the Virtual Reality Play and The Real Thing VR.  Produced by the BBC’s digital drama team, BBC VR Hub and Passion Animation Studios, Doctor Who: The Runaway features new original music from series composer Segun Akinola.

Zillah Watson, head of BBC VR Hub, said: “Our team at the BBC VR Hub has been creating new experiences with the goal of helping to usher virtual reality into the mainstream, and Doctor Who is exactly the sort of series that can help more people to try this new technology. The show has been pushing boundaries for over 55 years, and VR enables Doctor Who to explore a whole new dimension of storytelling.”

Doctor Who: The Runaway is currently in development for a release later in the year.  We’ll let you know the date when it is available.  The interactive animation film will be about 12 minutes long and work with selected VR headsets also to be defined.

BTW — The Doctor seems to look a bit like a character from Frozen.  Or is that just me?

Doctor Who Series 12 is currently in production and will return in 2020 featuring Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole.

Doctor Who: The Runaway - (c) BBC VR Hub and Passion Animation Studio
Doctor Who: The Runaway – (c) BBC VR Hub and Passion Animation Studios

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