Google Outdoes Itself With Elaborate Doctor Who Doodle

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Nov. 22 2013 9:36 AM

Google Gives the World a Doctor Who Videogame

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You may have heard that today, Nov. 22, is the 50th anniversary of something. Well, tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of something else: Doctor Who. And for the occasion, Google has whipped up its most elaborate doodle to date: an 8-bit video game.

The game hit New Zealand Google several hours ago, and has made its way across the globe. Presumably it will arrive in the U.S. shortly (unless the bigshots at Google HQ are worried about stepping on the JFK anniversary?). According to Mashable, the game has been in the works for four months. The designer, Matt Cruickshank, apparently got permission from the BBC to use "authentic sound effects from the show." Chris Taylor explains how the game works:

Your goal as the Doctor is to retrieve all of the letters in "Google" and return them to your TARDIS, while avoiding the exterminating Dalek. Fall afoul of the evil Dalek and you regenerate into the next Doctor down the line.
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Got it? Give it a shot. Still confused? Watch the video below. And if none of this means anything to you, here's the place to get started with the franchise. Get into the long-running series now, and you can enjoy Peter Capaldi's debut as the 12th Doctor this Christmas.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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