The Eternity Clock is ticking
Whirling through quantum space, ricocheting between time streams, the TARDIS is out of control. In Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock, you'll slip on the tweed jacket of the 11th Doctor before returning to Earth with a crash in search of the cause of a raging time storm that engulfs the planet.
Caught between four disparate ages, the TARDIS is in danger of buckling under the immense temporal pressure. If the time machine is destroyed, the whole world – possibly even the universe – is doomed, as rips in time threaten to tear history apart and destroy any prospect of a future for mankind.
What causes these destructive forces, and why are they so ominously co-ordinated? Armed with your trusty Sonic Screwdriver, you set out to investigate, exploring four vastly different versions of London. And amid Elizabethan courtyards, Victorian sewers, present day skyscrapers and near future streets, you'll encounter familiar enemies working to realise a very new threat.
Meanwhile, River Song, a reluctant guest at the Stormcage Containment Facility, receives an SOS call from the TARDIS. Somehow, she must find a way to join forces with the Doctor and stop the Eternity Clock's path of destruction before it's too late.
"Bow ties are cool."
Sprinting through the vaults of the Bank of England, effortlessly disabling complex security systems along the way, before facing down an army of fearsome Cybermen with his trademark, mischievous one-liners... it sounds like an episode of the hugely popular TV series, and in a way it is – only it's one you get to play in.
Devised by developer Supermassive Games alongside the Doctor Who production team, Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock features the voices of the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, and Alex Kingston, who plays River Song in the TV show. Their witty quips will drive you on; as well as fiendish puzzles and deadly enemies, the game's sense of humour is a gem waiting to be discovered.
Surreal environments have also been directly inspired by the TV show. Sixteenth century England, for instance, is a world of rain, candlelight and jumpy yeoman guards, yet the reptilian Silurians have built a network of pipes through the streets to pump bright green toxins around.
Elsewhere, the Cybermen have parked their enormous conversion facility in the middle of present-day London, while the eerie Silence must be confronted aboard their shadowy spacecraft. Whether or not you're a seasoned time traveller, Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock will offer you an unforgettably quirky adventure.
Set screwdriver to scan
Relying on mental deftness and resourcefulness, the Doctor and River must sneak, trick and improvise their way through a chaotic London, zipping between time periods to confound alien schemers and restore the world to order.
The Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver lets him scan his surroundings for hidden areas, lifts and special objects, opening the way for a series of ingenious mini-games. One has you matching up radio waves to defeat the Cybermen; another sees you frantically trying to complete an electrical circuit to unlock doors. You'll also match up mysterious symbols to crack clues, and hack into advanced security systems.
When you're not solving puzzles, you're beating a path through time periods: inching up ancient pulley systems to raise a drawbridge one minute, fiddling with Victorian gasworks plans the next. Everything you do in any one moment influences what happens further down the line, so those gasworks end up being moved during the 1800s so they don't blow up an important street in the present day.
Mixing intricate brain-teasers with atmospheric platforming action, Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock is a race against time – yet you'll hope those final grains of sand take forever to fall. And when they do, you can experience the whole adventure again, cranking the difficulty setting up and proving your Time Lord credentials.
Team up and run rings around the Doctor's foes by inviting a friend along on your time travels. When starting a new game, you can choose to play in the split screen co-operative mode and double the brainpower working to save Earth.
Access secret areas and use distraction tactics to clear a path back to the TARDIS with your own companion alongside. Get a helping hand to overcome high obstacles and activate dual-control machinery, or split up and head off into different eras to leave helpful objects for your partner to discover in the future.
You can even swap equipment, so for instance, River herself can wield the Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver to seek out entrances to new dimensions.
Your teamwork will pay off in the form of spectacular battles across the centuries, as you combine the Doctor's mighty intellect with River's attitude and agility to heal the fractures in temporal space.