There may not be a new series this year, but we will be getting a rather special new Doctor Who episode later this year.
The BBC, along with Passion Animation Studios, have been working on an immersive virtual reality adventure, called Doctor Who: The Runaway.
Produced by the BBC’s digital drama team, BBC VR Hub and Passion Animation Studios, the new original story will be a 12 minute episode set inside the TARDIS, featuring original music from the series composer Segun Akinola.
Jodie Whittaker will reprise her role as the Thirteenth Doctor, this time in animated form. The VR story will allow the viewer to be a part of the adventure, helping the Doctor face a ‘deadly threat’.
Doctor Who: The Runaway has been 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.
Jo Pearce, creative director for the BBC’s digital drama team, said of the episode:
“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.”
Zillah Watson, head of BBC VR Hub, added:
“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.”
Although there is no release date yet, the BBC have stated the VR episode will be available in ‘the coming months’, so keep your eyes peeled and your VR headsets at the ready.