Grab your sonic screwdriver because the BBC's official Doctor Who: Legacy game has just materialized on Android. You are invited to play The Doctor and do battle with his most fearsome enemies in this turn-based puzzler-strategy hybrid.

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The basic gameplay is a bit like Bejeweled with a turn-based strategy component. You play through various episodes and take on bad guys from the show – it almost goes without saying, but don't blink. Along the way you will unlock more companions and reincarnations of The Doctor to add to your team. It's a bit heavy on dialog, but it is Doctor Who.

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Seasons six and seven are available at launch, with more coming later as a free update. This is a free-to-play game, but you aren't required to buy boosts or energy to play the game. It doesn't seem to get in your face with the IAPs at all, actually. Doctor Who: Legacy is probably worth checking out for fans of the show.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • http://www.allankintz.com ack154

    "a bit like Bejeweled"
    Really? This is the best they can do for Doctor Who? I think I'd rather see a Doctor Who Angry Birds game if they're not going to do something somewhat original.

    • BrianLipp

      they tried something original on PS3/Vita, and lets just say the result was....mixed. The BBC even cancelled the other planned games they had with the studio (i think there was supposed to be some kind of trilogy).


      • http://www.allankintz.com ack154

        I don't know what that game was like, but it feels like it would be so easy to come up with an adventure game for this... You know, unlock the various doctors (start with the new, unlock the old) and their sonics. There are SO MANY enemies to battle and different worlds. Companions = multiplayer/co-op. It could be a really kick ass game. Hell, someone should make one for the consoles with as much content as they could work with.

        • Agung Rizani

          "it feels like it would be so easy to come up with an adventure game for this" , you are not a game designer, are you? it take more a lot than that to create a good game.

          The series are good because the storytelling fit for TV Series, storytelling for game is different. The interaction between player and character need to be strong enough to build the same quality.

          AFAIK, the only good game that based on Series are Tattletale's Walking Dead, and it's good because it doesn't bring (and by bring, i mean force) any major canon from the series to the game.

          And let's face it, the game will be interesting for DW fans only, at first. After that it needs to be Good from gamers perspective, not only fans.

          • http://www.allankintz.com ack154

            Of course I'm not a game designer... and I'm obviously not laying out the only steps necessary to create the game (not sure why you would think I'm saying it is literally easy to create a game from start to finish). I just think that there is enough content from the DW world to put serious effort into a quality game (that costs money) that could do very well.

    • Brendan Dillon

      No joke. What a freaking disappointment.

    • Doctor Who Legacy

      I hope you try the game, it's free! I think you'll find that a lot of effort went into making a fun, authentic Doctor Who game =)

      • http://www.allankintz.com ack154

        I'm sure it's a nice game and have no doubt that plenty of effort went into it... but I don't play any of these gem/orb/crystal/candy puzzle games. I really have no interest, even as a DW fan.

        • Doctor Who Legacy

          That's a real shame. It's free, and will always be, so if you change your mind in the future the game will be waiting for you =)

        • shaboogen

          Game is fun. Might be match 3 and gems, but beyond that the similarities to Bejeweled end as it's less about manual skill and more about strategy.

          Storytelling is good too. As a fan, you should at least give it a chance instead of shitting on it immediately.

  • Taomyn

    I'm getting "not available in my country".

    The 50th anniversary show was watched globally and I believe a record for a drama, and they pull this crap on us!!! FFS!

    • Doctor Who Legacy

      Hey there! The game was developed by two small indie teams, and sadly a worldwide simultaneous rollout was never going to be possible. We launched last night with the first set of countries, as soon as we're sure that everything is stable we'll be hitting the switch on many, many more. More than likely the game will be available in your country in the next 47 hours. Sorry about the wait!

      • Taomyn

        "The game was developed by two small indie teams, and sadly a worldwide simultaneous rollout was never going to be possible"

        Sorry, but WHAT!!!? There are thousands of one or two person dev teams on Play that happily deliver world-wide. That has to be one of the lamest excuses ever.

        You're not rolling out an operating system, just a game.

        • Doctor Who Legacy

          Hey there,

          Every game made has a different rollout plan. We have a significant amount of server side infrastructure we need to check is stable before we feel confident about launching in additional territories. Sorry if you don't believe this, but it's true. Our first territory went live about 15 hours ago, and we're rolling out new countries as quickly as possible. - Lee Cummings, Creative Director, Doctor Who: Legacy

          • ginobili

            Do not worry for people like this. I hope the game goes great ;)

      • Anthony James

        It doesn't seem to get in your face with the IAPs at all, actually.

    • Doctor Who Legacy

      It's coming, I promise --- we're being careful on the roll out to make sure that we're stable before adding more.

      • Anthony James

        Doctor Who: Legacy is probably worth checking out for fans of the show.

  • http://www.mscha.nl/ Michael Schaap

    "This item cannot be installed in your device's country.". (Netherlands.)

  • Kieron Quinn

    Use this to bypass the region lock if required:


    • http://www.diaz-caro.info/ Alejandro

      Amazing! Thanks.
      However, I installed it, but it won't start. Maybe it is not compatible with ART?

      • Kieron Quinn


  • Iftah

    Over here it says it's incompatible with my Nexus 4. Strange.

    • Doctor Who Legacy

      If it isnt live in your region yet it will say incompatible. Susan Cummings here, EP on Legacy. Thanks for the coverage and interest -- happy to answer questions. This game, I hope you will find from playing, is anything but a hacked together clone. This was an indie labor of love, independently funded by die hard fans of the show. I hope those who are assuming this is a clone will install it (its free!) and give it a try.

      • Primalxconvoy

        Then get off of your arse and make it available for all regions then. Honestly, it's feeble excuses like yours that just encourage piracy. Next you'll be saying that region restricted dvds are perfectly acceptable. You DO know it's 2013,, right?

      • Hirsute Hippo

        Thanks for the replies, Ms Cummings, I do hope there's a rollout plan to India as well, us Whovians at home were miffed as it is, considering how BBC conveniently skipped this tiny nation.

  • Wazzifer

    This Dr. Who mania needs to die already. I'm sick and tired of people talking about this show. It's been around for 50 years yet people only heard and started watching it two years ago. Over it.

    • Manny Soares

      Must suck to be you.

      • Wazzifer

        Aren't you supposed to go back to tumblr and post more dick picks? Fucking prick.

        • shaboogen

          lol... overreaction much?

          Did he hit a nerve or something?

          • Wazzifer


    • Agung Rizani

      Do you watch the show, at least? then you can tell if it's bad or good. Until then, it's subjective and your statement are kinda stupid.

    • qwerty

      I've never seen it.

    • Matthew Fry

      Well... if you want to be technical about it: from 1963-1989 which, by the way, is before some people here were born, then a failed reboot attempt in 1996 nobody knew about, and then 2005-2013. You can only claim you hipster status on anyone over the age of 40 that didn't know about Dr. Who.

    • Primalxconvoy

      Er, I've watched it all my life since i was a kid. Methinks you protest too much.

  • Kaldor

    Not compatible with Nexus 5 nor Nexus 7 :-(

    • Manny Soares

      I'm playing it on my Nexus 7 (2012).

    • Dean Jordan

      I'm playing it on my Nexus 5.

  • http://www.diaz-caro.info/ Alejandro

    Not installable in France neither. Can somebody install it and share the apk, please?

  • Godspoken

    Doctor Who-themed Puzzles & Dragons clone? Count me in!

  • Kevin

    Actually, its smaller on the outside

  • fredric

    They sure ripped the cr@p off Persona -_-'

  • Sir_Brizz

    Ugh... I hate these stupid Puzzle Quest clones.

    • Lumi

      FYI it's a Puzzle & Dragon clone. Similar match 3 concept, Big difference in how it plays.

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

    And another reason why these licence games needs to die.

  • Anthony James

    This is a free-to-play game, but you aren't required to buy boosts or energy to play the game.

  • Irwan Chandra

    its look VERY similiar to puzzle and dragon , a copy???

  • Rick

    Come on, Tiny Rebel Games... This is a simple puzzle game. I like this kind of game. Why couldn't you make this game compatible with previous Android versions, at least Gingerbread 2.3? Me and many people are very disappointed cause we can't play it on our devices.

  • Lumi

    Oh just another Puzzle Dragon... from BBC? What...? I thought these things only come out in Asia!

  • Primalxconvoy

    Not available in Japan... To the sideload-mobile!

  • jennifer smith

    how can i get the hearts in the game plz tell me

  • OzTazDevil

    Hi, I tried to download this game to my android tablet and it said it installed but when II tried to open it it said I can,t open it as I haven,t purchased. it.It,s supposed to be free so why won,t it open?

  • SJSladen

    I went to google play to get this but it's saying this version of the game is incompatable with your device? Huh? My phone's an android and I live in Australia. Shouldn't it work? Help?