Doctor Who is taking education into another dimension with a new BBC online game to improve children’s computer skills and introduce them to coding.
The Doctor And The Dalek, featuring Peter Capaldi, sees children tackling puzzles linked with curriculum skills and comes ahead of a major BBC push to encourage coding albility.
The game, called The Doctor And The Dalek, is being launched for CBBC audiences on Wednesday with a story created by Wizards Vs Aliens writer Phil Ford.
It comes ahead of a major BBC push to encourage people across the UK to develop an ability in coding next year, called Make It Digital.
In the game, The Doctor answers a distress call from a Dalek captured by Cybermen and held on their spacecraft. After freeing it, players help the Doctor restore the Dalek to full power by tackling a series of tasks.
Several Key Stage 2 and 3 curriculum points, such as combining instructions to achieve a goal and using logical reasoning feature in the game. There are supporting resources for teachers and parents to help them get more from the game, which is part of Make it Digital.
Danny Cohen, the BBC’s director of television, said: “It’s an excellent example of how a hugely popular BBC show can give fans something extra, whilst also introducing wider audiences to increasingly important skills, such as coding and programming.”
Sinead Rocks, head of BBC Learning, said: “We’re really excited about the launch of The Doctor And The Dalek as not only is it a really entertaining platform game for kids to play but it’s also a great introduction to some key principles of computer programming.
“Every puzzle has a strong link to the KS2 or KS3 computer science curriculum. So we think it’s going to be a really valuable tool for students, parents and teachers.”
It will be available at www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc from Wednesday, on October 22, 2014.