The Fourth Dimension
The Gunpowder Plot
The name of the new Adventure Game was announced 21 July, 2011. Working titles for The Gunpowder Plot included Doomsday of the Sontarans.
Karen Gillan recorded her lines on 15 August, 2011, the same day as Let's Kill Hitler premiered at the British Film Institute. She cut it fine, travelling straight from the recording studios to the screening!
This is the first Adventure Game to feature Rory Williams. Arthur Darvill took a break from shooting The Girl Who Waited on the afternoon of 10 March, 2011, to be rotoscoped, in order to capture the style of his movements for The Gunpowder Plot.
Rory's 'Say hello to my little friend!' is a reference to Scarface (1983) whilst his line, 'Hasta la vista, baby!' was famously said by John Connor and the eponymous robot in Terminator 2.
The Gunpowder Plot is the fifth Adventure Game and easily the biggest, offering approximately six hours of gameplay! It also boasts the most star studded cast. Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill are joined by Ralf Little, Emilia Fox, Phil Daniels, Dan Starkey, Chris Johnson and many more!
If the voice of the young boy in The Gunpowder Plot sounds familiar, that's because he's played by Jamie Oram, best known as George in Night Terrors.
Dan Starkey, who plays Kaarsh and the other Sontarans in The Gunpowder Plot, based some of their voices on the speech patterns that Kevin Lindsay used for Lynx in the Sontarans' debut story, The Time Warrior. Find out more!
We've seldom seen the Doctor in China, although the TARDIS did visit Central Asia, notably Beijing/Peking, in the 1964 adventure, Marco Polo.
The 'Tyburn Tree' was a set of gallows erected in 1571, close to the current location of Marble Arch in what is now West London. Public executions were enormously popular in the Seventeenth Century with hangings attracting large and vocal crowds.
A launch event for The Gunpowder Plot took place in York, the birthplace of Guy Fawkes. In the game, some characters refer to him as Guido. Fawkes adopted this name whist fighting for the Spanish, years before he returned to England and becoming embroiled in the plot to blow up parliament.
Rockets, Roman candles and flares are strongly associated with Guy Fawkes Night but fireworks actually originated in Seventh Century China. The Doctor and Litefoot discuss the roots of firework displays in The Talons of Weng-Chiang, but that's another story...