Pilot The TARDIS In The New Time Vortex VR Game

Do you want to get that much closer to living in the world of Doctor Who? Of course you do! Especially in VR.

BBC has released a virtual reality reboot of their game “Time Vortex 360”. You play as the TARDIS, dangerously making your way through the Time Vortex. You’ll go through various versions of our favourite title sequence from through the ages including the 1960’s to present day. The big twist, of course, is that now you’ll be able to do this in virtual reality!

You can still play the classic version without the VR on newer versions of Android or iOS on your mobile devices, or on a desktop with the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Naturally, the big draw will be playing this new version in VR with Cardboard headsets, Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR or HTC Vive. Check out their FAQ for a list of supported devices.

Black and White VR
Black and White VR

Jo Pearce, Creative Director, BBC Digital Drama, said: “This game allows you to step inside one of the most iconic title sequences in TV history, as you pilot the TARDIS through modern, 80s and 60s versions of the vortex. Digital innovation is at the very heart of Doctor Who – and this new game combines casual, arcade-style gaming with virtual reality to create an unforgettable experience.

“After releasing the 360 version of the game, we had lots of comments from players suggesting it would make a great VR experience. For this reboot, we wanted to offer a VR gaming experience that is as accessible as possible and test the limits of what is possible to develop using WebVR.”

Where to play!

Head to bbc.in/TimeVortexVR to play this never-ending game which grows more challenging with every passing level. Have fun travelling backwards and forward in time and getting better as you go!

The game is available to play using cardboard headsets, Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive via your web browser. However, those without headsets can play the game with mobiles and tablets running newer versions of Android or iOS and the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari. A full list of all supported devices is available in the FAQ.


Time Vortex VR has been developed for the BBC by Goodboy Digital, the game has been created using the WebVR API and combines cutting-edge HTML5 and WebGL using PixiJS v5.0 to create a breath-taking journey that works on a wide range of hardware.

BBC Time Vortex VR
BBC Time Vortex VR
Time Vortex VR Gallifrey
Time Vortex VR Gallifrey


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