The BBC’s Doctor Who coding game is launching for Android and iOS tablets today


The BBC has updated its online game The Doctor and the Dalek with four new levels, and is launching free iPad and Android tablet versions of the Doctor Who-themed title.

Developed as part of the BBC’s Make It Digital Initiative last October, the idea behind the game is to introduce players to the world of programming.

The Doctor and the Dalek is based on a stand-alone story from franchise writer Phil Ford, and follows the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor in a dangerous new quest.

Doctor Who Dalek

The Doctor will need several new abilities to overcome his enemies in the new levels, which can be unlocked by solving a series of coding puzzles, linked to the new computing curriculum in the UK. These focus on Boolean logic, introducing ‘if’ statements with a range of variables that gradually increase in complexity as users become more advanced.

In addition to the new levels and mobile games, the BBC has also released resources including a guide and worksheets, so parents and teachers can help children get the most out of the game at home and in the classroom.

Doctor Who and the Dalek

The Doctor and the Dalek is available to play online now, and the game will be available to download later today.

➀ The Doctor and the Dalek [The BBC]

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