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Doctor Who game to demystify computer science for children

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Media captionRory Cellan-Jones tries out the BBC's Dr Who coding game

They are unlikely allies, but Doctor Who joins forces with the Daleks in a new game aimed at encouraging computer skills in children.

Voiced by current Doctor Peter Capaldi, The Doctor and the Dalek is an online game aimed at six to 12-year-olds.

Players must solve puzzles through a series of commands - which teach the basics of computer coding and programming skills.

The puzzles are linked to Key Stage 2 and 3 learning outcomes.

Players start the game as the Tardis materialises during a pursuit through space - a Dalek saucer bearing down on a Cyber-ship.

But from that Cyber-ship emanates a distress call - from a Dalek.

On freeing his old enemy from the Cybermen, the Doctor finds himself taking his new ally on a mission to save all of creation.

Image caption Players will use computer commands to help the Dalek complete tasks

A range of puzzles are featured throughout the game, where players must take control of the Dalek and program it to "power up" its ability to perform a range of tasks.

Each puzzle unlocks an achievement that helps the Doctor build the Dalek back to full strength, ensuring it can take on increasingly difficult challenges as the game progresses.

Jo Pearce, of BBC Wales' Interactive team, said: "Children will be learning these increasingly important new skills while being actively entertained.

"The idea behind it is simply to use one of our biggest, most popular brands to inspire children to find out more about programming."

Specially released to be part of the BBC's Make it Digital initiative, the game will be available freely at bbc.co.uk/cbbc from 22 October.

Resources accompanying the game, in both English and Welsh, will be available from BBC Learning at bbc.co.uk/schoolscomputing.

Image caption The new Doctor Who game hopes to encourage children to try computer programming

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