As we head towards Friday, one of the longest-running shows in television history creeps towards a milestone. That show would be the BBC’s little sci-fi show that could: Doctor Who. Yes, Doctor Who is going to turn 50 this year, and it’s only fitting that this icon of nerd culture gets a salute in the nerdiest way possible: via Google Doodle video game. That’s right kids, Doctor Who is getting the Pacman treatment in what Google is calling a “Whodle.”Google.co.uk has an awesome playable Doctor Who game doodle in honor of the show’s 50th anniversary, and The Guardian has an interview with the man who designed the game, Matthew Cruickshank.
“It’s the first game that I’ve designed,” explained Cruickshank from Google HQ in California. “But it’s the technicians and programmers that actually make the game. I just art direct, create the assets, set the visual tone, design the characters, and then do pieces of animation.” He added, “It was about four months ago that an employee here who’s a massive Doctor Who fan added it to our list of potential doodles. We looked through it and realized that this was something special, a chance to really celebrate a national institution.”
It’s a really clever game. Given that there are 11 doctors, you get 11 lives. When your doctor gets killed by a stray laser beam, one of the Daleks, one of the Cybermen, or a Weeping Angel in one of the game’s seven levels–the Doctor collects the word GOOGLE a letter at a time–he regenerates into the next doctor, and so on down the line. It’s funny and clever and surprisingly addictive, especially if you’re into trying to get the quickest time with the fewest deaths possible.
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