Doctor Who: The Runaway comes to more VR platforms and gets a global launch

More Doctor Who fans than ever can now step inside a VR version of the TARDIS. The virtual reality experience Doctor Who: The Runaway comes to the Doctor Who YouTube channel. And it’s also launching internationally for fans around the world.

The VR experience stars Jodie Whittaker voicing an animated version of the Doctor, as currently back on TV. The viewer crash lands in the TARDIS and is quickly recruited by the Doctor. Their mission: to help return a strange and potentially dangerous creature called Volta to its home planet.

Previously the experience has only been available to view on VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR. But now the YouTube 360 version makes it compatible with entry level VR headset like the Google Cardboard. So it’s easier than ever to step into the TARDIS and try out the adventure for yourself.

Gameplay from Doctor Who: The Runaway (c) BBC VR Hub
Gameplay from Doctor Who: The Runaway (c) BBC VR Hub

The international launch will also enable the show’s fans around the world to team up with the Doctor in virtual reality. Until now, The Runaway has only been available in the UK. But it’s now available globally for free on the Steam store for the first time. It’s also launching on the Oculus and Viveport stores internationally. Finally, it’s available globally on the BBC VR app for the Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR.

Doctor Who: The Runaway features new original music from series composer Segun Akinola. And it’s directed by Mathias Chelebourg, whose previous work in virtual reality includes Alice, the Virtual Reality Play and The Real Thing VR. The script was an original story written by Victoria Asare-Archer, and is being published today on the BBC Writersroom blog.

 

Doctor Who: The Runaway

Doctor Who: The Runaway has been produced by the BBC’s digital drama team, BBC VR Hub and Passion Animation Studios. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year and has since been shown at the Sandbox Immersive Festival in China and the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France, among many others. The BBC VR Hub has also taken it on an extensive tour of UK libraries.  This means even people without their own VR headsets can give it a try it at their local library.

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