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BBC Using the Power of Doctor Who to Teach Kids to Code

by Sean P. Aune | October 20, 2014October 20, 2014 9:30 pm PDT

What’s the easiest way to get kids to learn something? Disguise it as something they actually enjoy doing such as playing a game.

The BBC recently announced a new initiative where it will attempt to get kids interested in learning to code. This is being done in conjunction with an update to the curriculum in schools around England as children as young five will be receiving basic training in coding. To help do its part, the BBC is turning to that international sci-fi phenomenon known as Doctor Who for assistance.

The Doctor and the Dalek is a new game where you will play the role of a Dalek that has sided with the Doctor in a fight against the Cybermen. The Doctor – voiced by Peter Capaldi – will offer you guidance as you issue some basic coding commands to your Dalek to upgrade him and help him maneuver around the screen avoiding obstacles and so on.

The game will launch on Wednesday in the U.K., but no word as of yet if it will make its way stateside. It may be aimed at children 6 to 12-years-old, but it’s doubtful any Doctor Who fan would pass up a chance to try their hand at The Doctor and the Dalek.


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...