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Computer Games Guide


The public view of Doctor Who fans has always shared many similarities with that of computer programmers spotty, geeky, friendless youths rapidly going short-sighted from staring at too many screens. Throw a scarf in, and it's hard to tell the difference.

Whether or not this perception is correct, when the computer hardware industry boomed in the 1980s, Who fans saw this as a damn good excuse to attempt to create their own interactive episodes, with far superior effects than the series could ever manage.

Here we present a more-or-less complete guide to these bundles of machine code produced over the years, across a variety of formats and in a surprising amount of styles. Some are entire games given over to the Time Lord, others just feature nods of the head which show just how many fans had managed to infiltrate the top-level positions at software companies.

Unlike anywhere else on the site, we have chosen to include amateur games here. Not only is there, in several cases, a blurred line between "amateur" and "professional", but a lot of the "amateur" ones are far superior to the official ones!

In order to draw some sort of line, we're not including variants of the Daleks game (see below for more info) or online games that purely take the form of a quiz/puzzle to test your knowledge of Doctor Who (the official website, then part of BBCi, included three of these in the late 90s, and dozens upon dozens of fans have created simple tests online, which would take far too long to catalogue here! Try Googling if you're interested).

Notes on downloads

All downloads are available by arrangement with the original authors - beware sites that offer downloadable copyrighted items without permission.

TME takes no responsibility for software or hardware damage caused by the downloads it provides. It does, however, offer free technical support - please contact us with as many details of the problems as possible, and we will endeavour to help. Most downloads require Winzip or Windows XP/Vista or to run.

If you're having trouble with emulators, TME is working on a "how to" page, available here.

The games

Games that take place in (or spoof) the Doctor Who universe
Games that feature references to Doctor Who
Game download available
Related download available
 
 
 
 
1980s
 
1983
Computer & Video Games
1983
 
BBC Soft
1983
 
Micropower Ltd
1983
 
Level 9/Mandarin
1984
 
Lumpsoft
1984
 
Amsoft
1984
 
Amsoft
1985
 
Amsoft
1985
 
BBC Software
1985
The Edge
1985?
 
Red Shift
1985
 
Superior Software
1985
Hewson
1985
Micro Power Ltd
1985
 
Kevin o'Shea
1986
 
Kevin o'Shea
1986
 
Strobe
1986
 
CRL Group PLC
1986
Mike-Gen Ltd
1987
 
Prism Leisure
1988
 
Global/SAEC
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1990s
 
1991
 
Mike Snyder
1991
Gray Design Associates
1991
 
Gonzo Games
1991
 
Zeppelin Games
1992
 
Alternative
1992
 
Jon Drukman
1992
 
Epic Megagames
1993
Virgin Interactive
1993
 
Systema
1994
 
Patrick Wigfull
1994
 
Brian Copeland
1995
 
Virgin
1995
Mick Spencer
1996
 
Patrick Wigfull
1997
Argolis Productions
1997
 
David Burke
1997
Richard Hallas
1997
 
Interplay
1997
Mick Spencer
1997
BBC Multimedia
1998
 
Josh Bender
1998
 
Beeb
1998
Time Vortex
1998
Argolis Productions
1998
 
Broadsoft
1999
 
Josh Bender
1999
Argolis Productions
1999?
The Production Centre
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2000s
 
2000
 
Josh Bender
2000
Argolis Productions
2000
Argolis Productions
2000
Argolis Productions
2000
Greg Smith
2000
Cheeky Monkey Games
2000
Cheeky Monkey Games
2001
Cheeky Monkey Games
2001
 
Cheeky Monkey Games
2001
 
Family Fun and Games
2001
 
EB Games and Turbine, Inc
2002
 
Paul Aslin
2002
Pixel Pie
2002
 
Chris Cole
2003
 
daleks.fanspace.com
2003
 
Kevin Wilson
2003
 
Kevin Wilson
2003
 
Kevin Wilson
2003
 
Kevin Wilson
2003
 
Kevin Wilson
2003
 
Kevin Wilson
2003
 
SCSoft
2003
 
BBCi
2003
 
BBC Sport
2003
 
Acclaim Entertainment
2004
 
Toast Prophet Games
2004
 
Toast Prophet Games
2005
 
NewMediaCollective
2005
 
Smila
2005
 
Eric Eve
2005
Character Options
2005
 
Peter Crossley
2005
 
Andy & James Bower
2005
 
BBC Online
2005
 
Various
2005
 
Murray Ewing
2006
 
Brent Silby
2005
Paul Somers & Wil Roysdon
2005
 
BBC Wales
2006
 
BBC Online
2006
 
BBC Online
2006
 
Theo's Grotto
2006
Paul Somers & Wil Roysdon
2006
 
Apathy Sketchpad
2006
 
Sequence
2006
 
Sequence
2006
 
Sequence
2006
 
Sequence
2006
 
Sequence
2006
 
Sequence
2006
 
Sequence
2006
 
Sequence
2006
 
Sequence
2006
 
Sequence
2006
 
Sequence
2006
 
Sequence
2006
 
Sequence
2006
 
Sequence
2006
 
Fish in a Bottle
2006
 
BBCi Advent Calender
BBCi
2006
 
Altered Vistas
2006
 
SCSoft
2007
Paul Somers & Wil Roysdon
2007
Paul Somers
2007
BBCi
2007
 
DWOMedia
2007
 
DWOMedia
2007
 
DWOMedia
2007
 
DWOMedia
2007
 
DWOMedia
2007
 
DWOMedia
2007
 
DWOMedia
2007
 
DWOMedia
2007
 
DWOMedia
2007
 
DWOMedia
2007
 
DWOMedia
2007
 
BBCi
2007
Paul Somers & Wil Roysdon
2007
 
BBCi
2007
 
BBCi
2007
 
BBCi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Appendix One: Unfinished
 
 
 
The Production Centre
 
 
Wayne Peters
 
Andrew Brockhouse
 
Cheeky Monkey Games
 
 
Corey Hollingsworth
 
 
Argolis Productions
 
 
Cheeky Monkey Games
 
 
Duckbutcher
 
 
Cirius
 
 
Christian Tate
 
 
Eidos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Appendix Two: Unofficial Game Mods
 
1996
 
Christian Darkin
1997
 
SCSoft
1997
 
SCSoft
1997
 
Unknown
1998
Andrew Brockhouse
1998
 
SCSoft
1999
Wayne Peters
1999
Conrad Feinson
1999
 
SCSoft
2000
 
Timequake [for Quake]
Giles Williams
2000
 
Wild Universe [for Homeworld]
Various
2000
 
Various
2001
Various
2003
 
Dalek War 2087 [for Wolfenstein 3D]
Paul Stone
2004
 
Dalek: Unbidden [for Half-Life]
Pixel-Pie
2005
 
Jamcat
2005
 
Dalek Mk IV [for Elite Force 2]
Andrew of Borg
2005
 
Rhys Salcombe and [DRuG]NiKt
2005
 
The Only Dalek (etc) [for Escape]
Henri Kareinen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Appendix Three: Myths, Rumours and Others...
 
1983
 
 
Philips
1983
 
 
J Morrison Micros
1983
 
 
Aardvark
1984
 
 
IJK Software
1984
 
 
New Generation Software
1985
 
 
Omega
1986
 
 
Ocean Software
1986
 
 
Vortex
1989
 
 
Milton Bradley
1990
 
 
Mal Harvey
1993
 
 
Fabio Bizzetti
1995
 
 
Squaresoft
1998
 
 
Chris Saloman
1998
 
 
LucasLearning
2000
 
 
Sonic Who (Now a Myth no longer!)
TMEGames
2004
 
 
HardCover Entertainment Software
2004
 
 
LucasArts Entertainment
2005
 
 
Linden Labs



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Daleks

In 1982, working for Williams Electronics, Eugene Jarvis created one of the most popular and enduring arcade machines for the early 80s Robotron 2084. Like other classics of its time, the gameplay was simple but addictive: as a robot, the player must save humans from an unfeasibly large amount of killer robots. This game has spawned many conversions from a DOS version, to the Nintendo N64's Robotron64. It also inspired a spate of Who-based games from the mid 80s to the present day: Daleks.

As the Doctor, the player must destroy as many Daleks as possible (either with his screwdriver or by making them bash into each other as they move towards him), in a turn-taking puzzle-type affair. It is never possible to "win", as every time the Daleks are wiped out, a larger attack force appears. This differs distinctly from Robotron, in which the player can shoot the enemies.

Many versions of this Daleks game have appeared over the years, on the DOS, Windows, Atari, Amiga and Mac platforms at the very least. Ethan Koehler has programmed a Java version of it which is available to play online, and a highly advanced version was created in 2005, under the name Dalektron - with the exception of this latest incarnation (simply because it's very different), we haven't attempted to catalogue the myriad other versions. Life's too short.

We do, however, recommend the excellent WinDaleks, if you want to try out a nice PC version, available here (487k).


Photography by Jane Walker