BBC launches Doctor Who coding challenge on tablets for kids

By John McCarthy | Media editor

Somethin' Else


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February 2, 2015 | 2 min read

The BBC has launched a Doctor Who coding game for children called ‘the Doctor and the Dalek’ on the iOS and Amazon digital stores.

The free app features Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who as he battles his oldest enemy, the Daleks. Kids will be tasked with fundamental coding assignments to help the Doctor progress to his goal.

The game comes as part of the BBC’s ‘Make it Digital’ initiative, which aims to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, digital technology and programming.

Jo Pearce, executive producer BBC Doctor Who Interactive, said: “The Doctor and the Dalek has had a great response from children, parents and teachers. The one overriding request was for a tablet version. The new levels, with our updated resources from BBC Learning, allow children to take their skills a little further… and help the Doctor save the universe.”

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The Doctor and the Dalek was commissioned by BBC Learning, developed and produced by BBC Wales and Somethin’ Else in association with BBC Future Media.


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