BBC’s Doctor Who game hits the states

The BBC has seen a lot of buzz surrounding this season’s
“Doctor Who,” with the recasting of the titular role as well as the show’s
omnipresent companion. Now it’s hoping that excitement will carry over into the
gaming world.

The broadcaster has released the first two chapters of an
episodic game based on the series (and featuring voice work by Matt Smith and
Karen Gillan) to the U.S. and other territories. (U.K. gamers got their hands
on it last month.)

Unlike the Brits, who got the game for free, other global
citizens will have to pay $4.95 for the pair – entitled “City of the
Daleks” and “Blood of the Cybermen”. The games, developed by
Sumo Digital, are available exclusively via

The episodes currently for sale have received decent, though not glowing, reviews from the
gaming press, though most critics agreed people who weren’t fans of the series
would probably wonder what the big deal was.

Developers are reportedly working on two more installments
to the game, though no release date has been announced yet. The U.S. release of
the games comes as BBC America prepares to air the season finale of Doctor Who
Saturday night.

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