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Publisher(s)BBC Software[1]
SeriesDoctor Who
Platform(s)BBC Micro

Doctor Who: The First Adventure is a computer game based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who released for the BBC Micro[2] in 1983.[3] It was written by Jeremy Ruston.[4]

The third stage, a Doctor Who themed version of Space Invaders.
The third stage, a Doctor Who themed version of Space Invaders.

It featured the Fifth Doctor, despite only seeing one pixel as The Doctor, as the player ventured through four mini-games which went by levels of completion which were Doctor Who themed versions of Pac-Man, Frogger, Space Invaders and Battleship.[5] The first level called "Labyrinth of Death" was based on Pac-Man. Level 2, "The Prison" was a Frogger type game. The third level, "Terrordactyls" was a shooting game. The final level, "Box" was a variant on Battleships featuring hidden aliens as the targets. The player was given 15 lives, called regenerations, and 60 minutes to complete the game. This was the first officially licensed Doctor Who game; however, several unofficial Doctor Who games had been released previously such as Time Lords by Red Shift.[4]


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  2. ^ "Robot Claw". Archived from the original on 13 December 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Doctor Who - the First Adventure - Software - Game - Computing History".
  4. ^ a b "The CURSE of WHO: WHY has there never been a decent videogame with the Doctor?".
  5. ^ "A Timey Wimey History of Doctor Who Games". 8 November 2014.