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Virtual Reality (VR) Experience with BBC: Dr Who The Runaway

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Step inside the TARDIS with the Doctor in this beautiful, animated, interactive story from the Doctor Who team.

You’ve been in a collision. You wake inside the TARDIS. The Doctor introduces you to the person, or thing, you collided with. He’s a strange and magnificent ball of living energy called Volta. Part surly teenager, part bomb, Volta is very unstable. In fact, he’s primed to explode. Big time. Unless he can be returned to his home planet, sharpish. The problem is, a squad of galactic busybodies has other plans for Volta. Bad ones.

Drawn into a frantic chase, you become the Doctor’s unlikely assistant as she races against time to get Volta home to his parents. Armed with a sonic screwdriver, it is down to you to help the Doctor as she faces the forces of evil, and teenage angst, in this animated 13-minute VR adventure from the team behind Doctor Who Series 11.

Watch the trailer here


Want to know more about VR?

See the guide on the BBC website here


You can experience the best of BBC VR in the YouTube app on your smartphone. Move your phone or tablet around you to see through a magic window into the world of BBC Virtual Reality. You can also click and drag to change your view.

For fully interactive experiences you’ll need a headset, available from online and high street stores. The BBC’s VR app is available on Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR, and you can see most BBC VR experiences using the YouTube app on Google Daydream and cardboard headsets.

BBC are still experimenting with different platforms, such as PlayStation VR and Windows Mixed Reality, and may add support in the future. Keep an eye on for updates.