Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Animated virtual reality Doctor Who short film to be released

Doctor Who’s virtual reality special (BBC/PA)
Doctor Who’s virtual reality special (BBC/PA)

A short animated virtual reality film of Doctor Who is being produced by the BBC to allow fans of the long-running sci-fi series to experience life on the Tardis from a different perspective.

Doctor Who: The Runaway is a 12-minute interactive story that will put viewers up close to the action dealing with a deadly threat, alongside the 13th Doctor, voiced by Jodie Whittaker.

“Fans will experience the Tardis like never before in this thrilling new interactive story,” Jo Pearce, creative director for the BBC’s digital drama team, said.

“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.”

Jodie Whittaker
Jodie Whittaker will lend her voice to the short film, reprising her role as the 13th Doctor (Danny Lawson/PA)

The broadcaster has worked with Passion Animation Studios to create the experience, which will be available on selected VR headsets in the coming months.

Current series composer Segun Akinola has worked on new original music for the VR short, with Victoria Asare-Archer writing the script and Mathias Chelebourg directing.

“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,” Zillah Watson, head of BBC VR Hub, said.

“The show has been pushing boundaries for over 55 years, and VR enables Doctor Who to explore a whole new dimension of storytelling.”

Series 11 of the main Doctor Who television programme ended in December last year, followed by a New Year’s Day special, but will not return to screens for series 12 until 2020.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]