We're Getting a Virtual Reality Episode of Doctor Who

By Holly Brockwell on at

Despite not doing a new series this year, the BBC is treating Doctor Who fans to a special VR-only episode. OK, it's only 12 minutes long and animated, but we'll take what we can get.

We don't have a release date for the episode, titled The Runaway, but according to Engadget it'll be "in the near future" (although who knows what that means when you have the ability to bend time and space). The BBC announcement post just says "in the coming months."

The short will allow you to step into the Tardis (well... an animated version of it) with a cartoon Doctor, who will of course be voiced by Jodie Whittaker. You'll be "the Doctor's champion" and "help her on this exciting adventure" as the two of you find yourselves "at the centre of the action facing a deadly threat."

Jo Pearce, creative director for the BBC's digital drama team, explains:

"Fans will experience the TARDIS like never before in this thrilling new interactive story. 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."

Zillah Watson, head of BBC VR Hub, adds:

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

We don't yet know which VR headsets will be able to play the episode, but we're hoping there'll be at least one Google Cardboard-style option for the fans who spent all their pennies on overpriced Doctor merch.