Doctor Who virtual reality special coming soon

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Doctor Who fans will soon be able to step inside a virtual reality version of the TARDIS, in an upcoming immersive VR film titled Doctor Who: The Runaway.

Jodie Whittaker reprises her role as the thirteenth Doctor in this 12-minute animated interactive story from the BBC and Passion Animation Studios. Fans will get the chance to be the Doctor’s champion aboard the TARDIS and help her on an adventure as they find themselves at the centre of the action, facing a deadly threat.

The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) – (C) BBC / BBC Studios – Photographer: Coco Van Oppens

Jo Pearce, creative director for the BBC’s digital drama team, said: “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, said: “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.”

Featuring new original music from series composer Segun Akinola, 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. It has been produced by the BBC’s digital drama team, BBC VR Hub and Passion Animation Studios.

Doctor Who: The Runaway will be available on select VR headsets in the coming months. We will keep you informed when the details and release date are announced.