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Doctor Who: The Adventure Games Scores A Second Season

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With the first three episodes downloaded more than 1.6 million times and a fourth episode on the way, the BBC reveals plans to continue the groundbreaking Doctor Who: The Adventure Games with a second season in 2011.


Doctor Who: The Adventure Games has been a tremendous success for the BBC and developer Sumo Digital, not only giving gamers a way to connect with the 11th Doctor and his companion Amy Pond outside of the television series, but also giving a large number of non-gaming fans their first taste of PC gaming.

"Given the success of the first series, we'd be daft not to recomission," says Simon Nelson, head of multiplatform in vision, BBC. "But it's not just about the numbers; the feedback we've had has been overwhelmingly positive. Our audience has been introduced to a new form of drama - and, for many, these have been the first computer games they have downloaded. We've set new standards in audience participation - and we think we've really helped push the concept of families actively playing together. I can't wait to see what the team does next."


Perhaps this series is a harbinger of things to come. One day many of our favorite television shows could have interactive gaming elements that tie directly into the continuity that glues us to the screen every week.

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Is this game (the first "season") any good? I'm currently in the process of convincing myself to spend the money to beef up my PC, and I need a larger wishlist of must-play games to push me over the edge.

I love the idea of quality serialized games as a way to advance the medium (1. imagine if the social games sweeping the nation actually had something more than a cursory social aspect - i.e. people really really started talking on each other's Facebook walls about the games they shared; and 2. look at how television is now the dominant medium of the country despite the actual TV set becoming less important in modern society - Mad Men recaps in every major publication, The Wire drawing untold amounts of attention to the plight of cities, etc.), so I'm hoping this is a step in the right direction, instead of a straight cash-in.