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BBC preps Doctor Who VR spin-off

The BBC has developed an animated virtual reality (VR) spin-off of Doctor Who that will allow fans to step inside the show’s iconic fictional time machine, the TARDIS.

Doctor Who: The Runaway is a 12-minute long immersive experience that is due to launch on selected VR headsets in the coming months. It was produced by the BBC’s digital drama team, BBC VR Hub and Passion Animation Studios.

“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,” said Zillah Watson, head of BBC VR Hub.

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

The new follows BBC Two’s commission of its first VR property show, which will see homeowners get a view into a dream home by ‘stepping into’ a VR concept created by architects Laura Clark and Robert Jamison.