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Parents' Guide to

Doctor Who: The Edge of Time

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Timey-wimey Doctor Who VR adventure is a bit wibbly wobbly.

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It's been more than fifty years since a certain Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey first stole a time machine and went galivanting across all of space and time. While fans of the show have always been content to watch the Doctor on his and her fantastic journeys, it's Doctor Who: The Edge of Time that finally gives them a chance to live one. To its credit, the game does genuinely feel like an episode of the television series. And from the moment you first step into the "bigger on the outside than it is on the inside" TARDIS, you know this is undoubtedly a game for the fans. The game features an array of self-referential moments and Easter eggs, along with a Who's Who (pun intended) of Doctor Who villains. Unfortunately, if you're not already familiar with the show, most of the material will fly right over and completely miss its mark.

There's one big thing about The Edge of Time that sticks out more than a 1963 Police Box sitting in the middle of a forest. While it might be fun to play with a sonic screwdriver, or sneak past a few Weeping Angels, it's not long before you can't help but feel like something's missing. For a game that's got "Doctor Who" right in the title, there's a surprising lack of interaction with the actual Doctor. She pops up from time to time courtesy of holographic messages but that's about it, which is disappointing for would-be companions. Instead, most of the time you're led around by a chatty AI program which, while entertaining, isn't nearly the same as having a Time Lord at your side. Lacking that, the game winds up feeling like just another VR puzzle game, but with a smattering of Who's Whovian trivia tossed in for good measure.

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