It seems that Skype chatbots are the new in thing in TV circles: not long after Heston Blumenthal got his own chefbot, the BBC has announced they've made one for Doctor Who.
The Doctor Who bot is "an interactive digital experience" called The Saviour Of Time (catcher than 'Time Saver,' we suppose). It's designed to make you feel like the Doctor's latest companion, taking part in a six-episode adventure as the Doctor speaks to you and sets you challenges, culminating in reassembling the Key To Time from fragments. The voice acting is done by Capaldi himself, and the whole thing's been developed by Torchwood/Sarah Jane Adventures writer Joe Lidster.
You won't be able to binge-play all of it, though: after the launch today, new episodes will be released weekly at 6pm on Sundays.
Jaclyn Lee-Joe, Chief Marketing Officer at BBC Worldwide, said:
"It’s hugely exciting to be launching a Doctor Who Bot on Skype - which gives us the opportunity to deliver a new form of digital story-telling with our cutting-edge brand. Through this new innovation we get to experience first-hand how bots can help deliver digital first content, and immerse audiences, old and new, in the Doctor Who universe like never before."
You can add the bot manually by searching "Doctor Who Bot" in the Skype Bot directory, or go here to access it directly.