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Doctor Who teaches UK kids about coding

BBC is launching the online game The Doctor and the Dalek to teach youngsters about coding, while fueling the Doctor Who fandom early on.
October 20, 2014

“Oi, short and not-very-old-one! I need your help!” It appears that even the Doctor himself is getting in on the UK’s coding-literacy movement as the star of a new online game for kids from the BBC, based on the renowned series Doctor Who.

The online platform is the BBC’s latest effort to get more kids coding. Starting October 22, The Doctor and the Dalek will be available to UK kids on the CBBC site.

The game follows the time-travelling Doctor in a new standalone story from Doctor Who and Wizards vs. Aliens TV writer Phil Ford. It’s voiced by Peter Capaldi, who plays the 12th incarnation of the Doctor.

Introducing a new generation of kids to TARDIS, the game was released as part of the BBC’s Make it Digital initiative to get kids immersed in coding and digital technology.

Kids join the action as the TARDIS materializes in a chase through space. They must program a Dalek Saucer, powering up the ship’s ability to perform a variety of tasks, including flying. Featuring a range of puzzles linked to the UK’s new computing curriculum, it’s designed to teach kids the basics of programming.

The new game is the latest initiative from BBC Learning, as 2014 marks “The Year of Code” in the UK. It was commissioned by BBC Learning, and developed and produced by BBC Wales and Somethin’ Else, in association with BBC Future Media.

Along with the game, the Beeb is rolling out kids programming meant to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding. CBBC has already unveiled the digital-focused shows Appsolute Genius and Technobabble, while CBeebies bowed the series Nina and the Neurons: Go Digital last month.

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