Lego dimensions doctor who
Doctor Who is one of the many franchises featured in LEGO Dimensions. It is based on the 1963 science-fiction television series of the same name.
Doctor Who began airing on British television in November 1963 and ran continuously until the show was put on hiatus in 1989. An attempt was made to revive the show with a straight-to-TV movie in 1996, but this did not result in an ongoing series. In 2005 the show was successfully revived due to critical acclaim, and thankfully continues airing around the world to this day. (Unlike other revivals, the 1996 movie and 2005 series are direct continuations of the 1963-89 series, making it all one big series, though for simplicity's sake the BBC tends to treat the "Classic Era" and "Modern Era" separately in some things, like season numbering. 12 of the modern era seasons and 38 overall have aired as of 2020.)
Doctor Who celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. A key to its longevity is the plot element that the lead character, The Doctor, regenerates into a new body and personality (which sometimes includes changing gender) when the old one is mortally wounded or gets too old, allowing for the periodic recasting of the role, which is treated by the production team - and by fans - as a soft relaunch and renewal of the series. Since Christmas 2017, the role has been played by Jodie Whittaker. The changing of the Doctor's companion - usually a lone young and female human which shares adventures with the Doctor - has also been treated as a soft reboot. Since October 2018, the Doctor's companions have been three people: an older man, Graham O'Brien, played by Bradley Walsh; a young man, Ryan Sinclair, played by Tosin Cole; and a young woman, Yasmine Khan, played by Mandip Gill.
At the time of the release of LEGO Dimensions and the first two related character packs, the Doctor was played by Peter Capaldi, who appeared in the television series from 2013-17 while Jenna Coleman played his companion, Clara Oswald, who appeared from 2012-15 and in 2017. Along with other cast members, Capaldi and Coleman recorded dialogue for the game and took part in a major promotional event for the game at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con.
There have been several spin-off series produced since 2006; one of these, Torchwood, featured a former companion named Captain Jack Harkness, who appears as a non-playable mission-giving character in the Doctor Who Adventure World.
The Doctor is called a "Time Lord," a time-traveling adventurer from a far-off planet, who travels through time and space in a spacecraft known by the acronym TARDIS (short for Time And Relative Dimension In Space). A TARDIS is a machine that is larger on the inside than the outside and is supposed to change its appearance based on its surroundings; however, the Doctor's TARDIS is locked in the form of a 1960s police box. The Doctor is also able to regenerate upon facing critical injuries, so he appears as many different people throughout the series. The Doctor loves Earth, so he makes many trips here to save the planet, or to enlist earthlings to help him with tasks in the galaxy.
The Sarah Jane Adventures
How do you adjust to life after you've seen all of time and space? Sarah Jane Smith had every adventure possible until she had the one adventure she never dreamed of: she had a family. With her son Luke Smith and her two brave teen companions Clyde Langer and Rani Chandra, Sarah Jane and Co. save the world when the doctor's not around.
* Indicates a playable character upon completion of a certain level or a drone.
Doctor Who is an iconic series that has been around for over 50 years. If any doctor deserves to be shrunk down to Lego form; it's this one. You may wonder how well TT Games treated this unique pop culture phenomenon, so read on and find out.
The Doctor holds his mighty sonic screwdriver with K-9 and the TARDIS by his side
The following abilities become available for you to use throughout the Lego Dimensions universe when you purchase this Level Pack:
- Doctor: Use your sonic screwdriver to break glass (sonar smash), hack terminals, use technology panels and fix broken objects
- TARDIS transformations: TARDIS (time and space travel, stealth, use flight docks and cargo hooks), Laser-Pulse TARDIS (same abilities), Energy-Burst TARDIS (same abilities)
- K-9 transformations: K-9 (destroy silver blocks), K-9 Ruff Rover (sonar smash), K-9 Laser Cutter (destroy gold blocks)
The Dalek Extermination of Earth is the name given to the story level included in this pack. If you're exposed to anything about Doctor Who then you must know to be very afraid. At the start, you're dropped off in the TARDIS on a street in modern London where the Daleks are terminating and destroying everything in sight. Your mission is to travel through time and space to prevent this invasion from happening. Throughout the level, I traveled in the TARDIS a total of 8 times and traversed 3 different sections of London in their 19th and 21st century forms. Additionally, I set foot on the planets Trenzalore and Skaro (the daunting home of the Daleks).
The first half of the story level plays out like this: walk around until you get stuck then get into the TARDIS (while avoiding being shot), change something in a different dimensional version of the stage, get back into the TARDIS to proceed where you were previously stuck, and repeat. This felt a little repetitive but it does stay true to the formula of a typical Doctor Who episode. In the last half, you'll find yourself traversing the dusty planets of Trenzalore and Skaro where you'll see creepy Weeping Angels, fight members of The Silence and play in a giant Dalek. It took me almost an hour to complete the whole level which is a nice change from the shorter ones in other Level Packs. Also, the variety of environments kept it feeling fresh. Unfortunately, I encountered glitches during my second playthrough that should be mentioned. One was that K-9 stopped being able to destroy silver blocks after switching to his base form and the other made the TARDIS unable to become invisible. I had to quit the level and start over to get past the second problem. These kinds of issues are common in Lego games and I wouldn't say that they are more prevalent in this Level Pack versus the other ones.
You silly doctor, I said stay away from the Dalek's spotlight!
When I entered the Doctor Who adventure world and started pressing buttons in the TARDIS, I was very happy to find that 6 different areas were available for me to explore at the get-go. The complete list is: 19th Century London, 21st Century London, Mars, Skaro, Telos and Trenzalore. Upon taking the TARDIS to the location of your choice, you're tasked with building a device that ultimately connects that location with the other ones that you have previously connected. After building the device in each area, you don't need to travel in the TARDIS to reach them because they're joined together. 19th and 21st century London are similar in layout but they appear as two separate towns. One looks like a modern sunny London street and the other is a snowy setting like from a Charles Dickens novel. Mars and Skaro have similar red sandy terrain with the latter featuring a huge Dalek prominently overlooking the area. Telos displays snowy mountain peaks and Trenzalore's rocky terrain boasts a huge TARDIS that takes up almost half of its area.
As you travel around, you can tell that TT Games wanted to create an adventure world that would wow fans of the series. There are even multiple quests that will have you fighting many enemies from the franchise including Daleks, Cybermen, Zygons and Autons. A nice treat for Doctor Who fans is the fact that every time The Doctor dies in the adventure world (which can be quite often) he comes back as a different doctor (in homage to the ever-changing doctor throughout the television series). This is one of the few games that encourage you to kill your character over and over again for unlockables. When entering the TARDIS as the new doctor, it will change to reflect that Doctor's relevant TARDIS design during their time on television. In total, there are 12 doctors to play as and one extra variation. As a side note, The Doctor's assistant only makes a minor appearance in an optional quest which might disappoint fans.
The Doctor checks out what's in style from the mannequin-like Autons
If you liked what you saw when playing the creepy Doctor Who story level in the base game then you'll love how this Level Pack expands on the premise. Complete with many worlds, enemies and familiar plotlines from the series, this is a masterful representation of the Doctor Who universe. Considering I've reviewed all 4 current Lego Dimensions Level Packs, this one definitely stands out as the best. However, don't expect to get any unique abilities when you outfit your TARDIS with a new exterior.
The presence of Doctor Who in Lego Dimensions is undoubtedly one of the most important pieces of business for the game.
The BBC series remains immensely popular worldwide, and even though an official Lego TARDIS set was released just after this level pack was, it’s clear the Dimensions deal had been done a long time prior.
Thankfully this level pack is a treat for fans: not just of the Twelfth Doctor but, as it turns out, the entire series’ history as a whole.
The new stage you get with the Doctor Who level pack is called The Dalek Extermination Of Earth and plays out like an episode of the show, complete with an opening scene and title credits.
It’s a simple enough story: Davros has sent a swarm of Daleks to invade Earth as a way of luring the Doctor into his trap, so it’s up to you to save the planet and give him a swift boot in the plums for being such a sod.
Whereas this level follows a similar structure to the Simpsons, Back To The Future and Portal 2 level packs by splitting into numerous different areas, things are made a little more interesting here with the addition of a lovely little wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey mechanic.
You see, though there are a seemingly underwhelming three sections in the Doctor Who level compared to four in the others, technically it’s actually five because the first London section can be accessed in three different time zones.
You start off in London in 2025, with the city ablaze and loads of Daleks generally rolling around and wrecking stuff.
There’s a massive forcefield here which you have to disable by cutting off its three power supplies, but that’s easier said than done because a lot of your paths are blocked off by various obstacles you cant bypass.
To solve this, you travel back in time – first to London in 2015, then to Victorian London – to make changes to the landscape that have a subsequent effect in 2025.
The best example of this is the massive chasm that’s been blasted into one of the roads in 2025. You can’t get over it and there’s a double decker bus wedged in it.
You can’t climb the bus, so you have to travel back to 2015 and solve a puzzle to plant a tree nearby. Then, when you travel back to 2025, the tree’s grown and you can use its branches to get onto the bus and over the chasm.
There are similar tricks dotted around the three time zones, giving this first section a unique feel you don’t get elsewhere in Lego Dimensions.
Once you’re past this section, which takes up a good chunk of the level, you travel to Trenzalore to try to find the source of the invasion. There you’ll encounter both Weeping Angels and The Silence as you try to make your way through the stage.
After this, it’s off to Skaro where you finally get to face off against Davros one-on-one. Well, if you don’t count all the Daleks he summons.
This is a great level and one Doctor Who fans should be chuffed with. While the attempts at humour in the cutscenes fall uncharacteristically flat compared to the rest of the game, the level itself is still impressively detailed and the time-shifting puzzle is a nice change of pace.
The Doctor character
At first glance, Doctor is a neat little minifig. His design is based on the Twelfth Doctor as played by Peter Capaldi, and he comes with a Sonic Screwdriver.
In-game, said screwdriver is his main tool: he can use it to fix broken contraptions, shatter glass, hack computers and interact with control panels.
There aren’t many characters in the game with a skill set as wide as the Doctor’s, making him a really useful member to have in your roster. Or should I say ‘members’.
You see, once you beat the included level for the first time, you unlock the Doctor’s ability to regenerate. Fantastically, this means all 13 incarnations of the Doctor are playable, with him regenerating into the next Doctor in the sequence each time he dies.
Or, if you’d rather, by entering the TARDIS you can specify a specific Doctor to play as and ‘lock’ him in, ensuring he sticks around even when he pegs it.
GameCentral plays through all four of the Lego Dimensions Level Packs, including what is the best Doctor Who video game ever.
For years now we’ve bemoaned the fact that there are almost no quality video games aimed at children on the Xbox or PlayStation. In fact, since most companies stopped making movie and TV tie-ins there’s hardly been any kids games of any kind. But thanks to the toys-to-life concept suddenly they’re big business again. Although what’s more surprising is that all three of this year’s games – Skylanders: SuperChargers, Disney Infinity 3.0, and Lego Dimensions – were actually very good.
They were also very expensive, especially if you got dragged down the rabbit hole of buying the extra toys, which in Skylanders’ case opens up new characters and vehicles to play as and new areas to explore. Disney Infinity and Lego Dimensions though go further, by adding entirely new levels. We’ll look at Disney Infinity 3.0’s extra Star Wars Play Set later, but for now here’s a review of the four Lego Dimensions Level Packs currently available (Ghostbusters and Midway Arcade are also due out next year).
The three other Level Packs were available at launch but the Doctor Who one was only released earlier this month, although this is the first chance we’ve had to play any of them. The way Lego Dimensions works is that there are three categories of add-on pack: Fun Packs, which contain a minifigure and a vehicle, and cost around £15; Team Packs, which cost £30 for two figures and two vehicles; and Level Packs, which have one figure, two vehicles/gadgets, and an exclusive level.
That’s in-line with the pricing for the other toys-to-life games, even though it seems a lot for the small amount of Lego you get. The extra complication is that there are a number of hub worlds themed around each property in the game, and all you need to unlock them is a character from the right theme. So the question is, for example, is it worth paying £30 for The Simpsons level and its toys if you can get the hub world alone by buying Bart or Krusty the Clown for just £15?
This situation has been complicated further by a recent patch that introduces the unexpectedly generous concept of ‘Hire a Hero’, which allows you to use in-game points to play as a character you’d otherwise have to buy for 30 seconds – which is just enough time to use their unique power to unlock something.
The Byzantine calculations about which packs represent the best value for money are no doubt being factored into Christmas lists across the country, but for now the Doctor Who Level Pack is the only way to access its hub world. For although there is a Cyberman and Dalek Fun Pack it’s not out until January 22. Although the bottom line here is that the Doctor Who Level Pack is great, and if you have even a passing love for the good Doctor it’s probably the most affectionate homage to the series you’ll ever get as a video game.
It should be pointed out first of all that each of these themes are in the main game as well, including a Doctor Who level. But buying the Level Pack is the only way to play as The Doctor, or use K-9 and the TARDIS. And before you ask which Doctor the answer is all of them. Each one of the 13 Doctors, including John Hurt’s War Doctor, is in the game as their own minifgure, complete with dialogue from the show, their own unique TARDIS interior (even the Jules Verne one from Paul McGann’s TV movie), and their own era appropriate version of the theme tune.
When you die you can chose to regenerate as the next one in line, and many have heir own unique props such as Patrick Troughton’s recorder or Peter Davidson’s cricket bat. Developer Traveller’s Tales are obviously huge Doctor Who fans and at least two of their previous games have featured unofficial cameos of the TARDIS, as well as a Weeping Angel in Lego Batman 3. But here they’ve been able to go all out, with references and characters from the show’s entire 52 year history.
What makes the level itself unusual is that using the TARDIS vehicle you can actually travel to the same areas at different points in history, which is used for a couple of neat puzzles involving the passage of time. To do this the TARDIS has to park on special plinths, which are actually dotted around in other levels of the parent game and give access to some surprise homages to other TV franchises not in the rest of the game (we’re trying not to spoil anything).
The downside to all this is that there isn’t really any story – just a sequence of largely unconnected scenes that end with the Daleks being defeated, again. The Doctor Who level in the main game was like that too though, and like all the Level Pack levels there’s a lot of reused assets and backdrops between the two.
What sells the Doctor Who Level Pack though is the hub world, which is gloriously indulgent in terms of its fan service. It’s a series of connected worlds that include two time zones for London, as well as Mars, the Dalek homeworld, and others. Each has the usual range of mini-quests and secrets, most of which are based around recreations of famous episodes – from the first Silurian episode of Nu-Who to 1967 classic Tomb of the Cybermen.
The hub also features voiceovers from Michelle Gomez as Missy, who isn’t in the story levels, as well as Jenna Coleman, Peter Capaldi, and Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks and Cybermen. Whether we’ll ever get a standalone Lego Doctor Who is unclear – the series probably isn’t quite popular enough abroad to justify that yet – but this will do very well in the meantime.
Now you get the gist of it we can be briefer with these other Level Packs, since they all work in the same basic way. The Simpsons though is one of the weaker ones, because as you may have noticed from the main game none of the real actors provide voiceovers. There are a few hazily recorded samples from the show but main characters Bart, Lisa, and Marge don’t say a word. We assume that’s the main reason why the level is based on the episode The Mysterious Voyage of Homer, which we can’t say was ever one of our favourites.
It’s the one where Homer eats a dangerously hot chilli pepper and has a hallucinogenic trip, which for the purposes of the level means no other Simpsons characters for the second and third act and lots of weird camera effects for Traveller’s Tales to play around with. There are no particularly interesting puzzles though and the whole experience is just slightly dull. Although it does mean Johnny Cash gets to be in a Lego game, albeit voicing a coyote.
The hub world is more fun, but again the lack of voiceovers, and the fact that a lot of it was visible in the main game’s level, means some of the impact is lost. Especially as iconic locations like Moe’s Tavern and the church aren’t included. The vehicles are useful though, as Homer’s Car can be rebuilt as both a boat and a submarine and the exploding television can blow up silver, and later gold, objects. Homer is also the only character we’re aware of that can grow to giant form (because he gets angry) and smash down walls. Which is handy but still doesn’t make the level or hub particularly interesting.
Back to the Future
Surprisingly, Back to the Future does have all the proper voiceovers, with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd both reprising their roles. The exclusive level though is extremely disappointing, in that trying to adapt the movie it manages to leave out the entire plot. You get a very close recreation of events right up to Marty arriving in 1955, after which it immediately skips ahead to the finale with the town hall clock tower.
It’s easily the worst of the exclusive levels but thankfully the hub world is one of the best. It starts off in Hill Valley in 1985 (complete with Huey Lewis and the News warbling away) and allows you to travel back in time to the Wild West and forward to the far flung future of 2015. As such, most of the quests involve doing something in a previous time that then affects another, such as watering a bud in the past so it becomes a tree in the future.
It’s a neat trick, but the fact that a Fun Pack featuring Doc Brown and his time-travelling train will be released in January means that’s probably the better option, because neither the DeLorean, hoverboard, or Marty himself are that useful outside of the Level Pack.
Arguably the most peculiar inclusion in Lego Dimensions is Valve’s 2011 first person puzzle classic, which we’re going to assume most kids have never heard of. Apparently Traveller’s Tales are big fans though, which you can tell as the level in the main game is one of the longest and most complex. But as with Doctor Who you never got to play as the main character – unless you buy this Level Pack.
Of course Chell never speaks, but GLaDOS most certainly does and has some wickedly funny lines that are amusingly cutting despite the child-friendly atmosphere. She’s still voiced by Ellen McLain, and they’ve even got Stephen Merhcant and J.K. Simmons back to play Wheatley and Cave Johnson. (The level is vaguely implied to take place after the events of the real game.)
Playing as Chell means that you actually get to use a portal gun – and the paint-like gel – and although the puzzles are simplified from the real game there’s still a few that gave us pause for thought. As such it’s a great introduction to Portal 2 and its characters, and a fun novelty for existing fans. Although simply owning a real Lego Chell and companion cube will probably be attraction enough for them.
But once again the hub world is excellent, and filled with more complex puzzles than any of the others we’ve played. There’s also lots more dialogue from Stephen Merchant and co., making the whole thing a surprisingly authentic and enjoyable homage to one of gaming’s greats.
The LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack includes three Doctor Who levels, where you can battle the Daleks and Cybermen, complete with a cameo from the Twelfth Doctor. From November you will be able to purchase an additional pack enabling gamers to play as The Doctor. The pack will also introduce new buildable characters, including the TARDIS and K-9, unlocking compelling game content with mission-based levels and unique in-game abilities. The Doctor Who level pack will provide players the opportunity to use everything interchangeably, anywhere throughout the game.
Peter Capaldi at the SDCC launch (BBC Worldwide)
Imagine an incredible world where The Doctor teams up with Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle to defeat his evil foes; where The Doctor can dance down a yellow brick road or travel in The Mystery Machine with Scooby Doo. LEGO Dimensions is the new Toys-To-Life game from Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment and features the biggest brand mash ups the gaming world has ever seen – now including Doctor Who.
Doctor Who, which has never before been in a LEGO videogame, will be playable in the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack with a complete Doctor Who level where the game’s heroes continue their quest while encountering Daleks, Cybermen and other adversaries from the Whoniverse.
Fans who want more Doctor Who in LEGO Dimensions will be able to purchase the Doctor Who Level Pack which includes an additional mission-based Doctor Who level, along with a LEGO minifigure of the 12th Doctor and LEGO models of the TARDIS and K-9, all playable in the game. When the 12th Doctor is defeated in the level, he returns as the 1st Doctor and then regenerates back up to the 12th Doctor again. The interior of the TARDIS will reflect the corresponding Doctor the player embodies or can be manually selected. There’s even a jukebox inside where players can choose among different versions of the Doctor Who theme music. The TARDIS and K-9 models can each be physically built and then rebuilt twice to do entirely different things in the digital game for massive variety.
Doctor riding K-9!
There will also be a Doctor Who Fun Pack, which includes a playable Cyberman minifigure and Dalek model which can be physically built and then rebuilt twice for a total of three different objects.Doctor Who, which has never before been in a LEGO videogame, will be playable in the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack with a complete Doctor Who level where the game’s heroes continue their quest while encountering Daleks, Cybermen and other adversaries from the Whoniverse.
LEGO Dimension is due for release late September 2015 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Wii U.