Program your own Dalek with new Doctor Who video game

The Doctor and the Dalek - a free, educational game from the BBC - teaches children how to program with a little help from Peter Capaldi

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If you didn’t understand that hilarious programming joke, you should call the Doctor (and his Dalek friend). 

The Doctor and the Dalek is a new video game from the BBC, free to play on the CBBC website from Wednesday. It sees the Doctor (voiced by Peter Capaldi) team up with a suspiciously friendly Dalek in order to take on Cybermen, Sontarans and Britain’s shaky position in the digital economy. 

Released as part of the BBC’s Make It Digital initiative, the aim is to teach children programming skills as they guide the Dalek across alien worlds including Sontar and the Cyber-tombs of Telos. Every time they encounter new obstacles, such as impassable chasms or powerful enemies, players can upgrade the Dalek by playing minigames that cover the fundamentals of coding. Although it will start with the basics, eventually the game will explain complex subjects like Boolean operators and hacking telepathic Pathwebs.

The story from series writer Phil Ford promises derring-do and universe-ending consequences, as well as tying into the curriculum for Key Stage 2 and 3. And if that’s not enough, the Doctor has issued a heart-felt plea to children around the world:

“Oi! Short and not-very-old one! I need your help – I’ve got a Dalek and we’ve got a mission to save the universe,” the Time Lord said. “Come on! Chop chop!”

The Doctor and the Dalek is released Wednesday 22nd October at bbc.co.uk/cbbc

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