BBC Worldwide and Skype launch ‘Doctor Who’ bot

Doctor Who has launched its first ever bot, as part of an ongoing partnership between BBC Worldwide and Skype.

Launching today, ‘The Saviour of Time’, will give players the chance to help Doctor Who save the universe, in an exclusively written six part Doctor Who experience.

Created by author Joe Lidster, Doctor Who will communicate with players directly, setting them challenges, which can only be solved by the ‘best companions’.

The bot, which requires the players to find an artefact called ‘Key to Time,’ includes challenges, logic puzzles, and quizzes, and the voice-over of the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi.

Jaclyn Lee-Joe, chief marketing officer at BBC Worldwide, said the new bot gives the brand the opportunity to deliver a “new form of digital story-telling”.

“Through this new innovation we get to experience first-hand how bots can help deliver digital first content, and immerse audiences, old and new, in the Doctor Who universe like never before,” Lee-Joe said.

The latest initiative builds on the existing relationship between the BBC and Skype which started in 2015, when together they launched a movie and TV clips initiative featuring short form content from Top Gear, Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Steven Abrahams, group product manager, studios and strategic partnership at Skype, said the bot offers new features to the Skype platform.

“We’re excited to see the bot bring users and fans one step closer to meeting the iconic Doctor,” he said.

Following today’s launch, the bot will add a new Chapter every Sunday, shortly after episodes of series 10 of Doctor Who, which airs on the ABC locally.


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