BBC to Launch ‘Doctor Who’ Online Game for Children

LONDON — U.K. public broadcaster the BBC is to launch “The Doctor and the Dalek,” an online game voiced by “Doctor Who” star Peter Capaldi.

The game sees the Doctor thrown into a dangerous quest in an unlikely alliance with a Dalek, one of his most devious of enemies, in a stand-alone story from Phil Ford, the writer on “Doctor Who and Wizards vs Aliens.”

The game has been released as part of the BBC’s Make it Digital initiative to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, digital technology and programming. It will be available for free at bbc.co.uk/cbbc from Wednesday.

The puzzles in the game are linked to the new U.K. computing curriculum, and are designed to allow children to pick up core programming principles as they play. Tasks such as combining instructions to accomplish a given goal, using variables to alter behavior, repetition and loops, and logical reasoning are integrated into the gameplay, and are intuitive and fun, the BBC said.

Danny Cohen, BBC director of television, said: “It’s an excellent example of how a hugely popular BBC show can give fans something extra, whilst also introducing wider audiences to increasingly important skills, such as coding and programming.”

It was commissioned by BBC Learning, developed and produced by BBC Wales and Somethin’ Else, in association with BBC Future Media.

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