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Doctor Who: Time Vortex VR – FAQ

Doctor Who: Time Vortex VR is a virtual reality game that anyone with a compatible web browser and device can play.

The BBC Taster site has more safety information and terms of use around using VR. We recommended headsets are not used by children without adult supervision and permission. Taster experiences are designed for people aged 16 years old or over.

Please be aware that the content may contain flashing images. If you are pregnant or have a medical condition such as being prone to binocular vision abnormalities or psychiatric disorders, seizures or suffer from a heart condition or other medical conditions, consult a medical professional before using a Headset.

Throughout the experience, make sure you are in a safe environment and take regular breaks - at least 15 minutes every 30 minutes.

If you feel nauseous or experience any other kind of discomfort at any point, stop immediately.

No – the game offers a non-headset version that can be played on mobile or desktop with the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome on Android or PC, and with Safari on iOS or Mac.

However, for the full VR experience you will require a compatible web browser, device and headset.

Without a headset:

You can load and play the game with modern mobiles and tablets running newer versions of Android or iOS and the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

The game has also been tested to work with:

  • Kindle Fire HD 7 (3rd Generation) with Android 4.4+ and the Amazon Silk browser
  • iPad Air with iOS 8+ and Safari

To start, visit BBC Taster. Click ‘Try’ to launch the experience, then select the play button from the game home screen.

With a headset:

Google Cardboard

You can load and play the game with compatible mobiles running the newest versions of Android or iOS and the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

The game has been optimised for:

  • iPhone 6 with iOS10 and the latest version of Safari
  • Google Pixel with Android 7 (Nougat) and the latest version of Chrome

Google Daydream

The game has been optimised for:

  • Google Pixel with Android 7 (Nougat) and the latest version of Chrome

HTC Vive

The game has been optimised for:

  • HTC Vive with the latest version of Firefox

Samsung Gear VR

The game has been optimised for:

  • Samsung S6 with Android and latest version of Samsung Internet or Firefox

Step-by-step guide:

  1. Navigate to bbc.in/TimeVortexVR in Samsung Internet on your Galaxy device.
  2. Slide your phone into a Gear VR compatible headset.
  3. Tap on “Option 3: Gear VR” and read terms and conditions.
  4. Tap on “I agree. Play” 5. Once the page is ready in Samsung Internet for Gear VR, tap on the VR goggles icon.

To start, visit BBC Taster. Click ‘Try’ to launch the experience, then select the Goggles/Headset button from the game home screen.

If you are using an iPhone or iPad, your screen will Auto-Lock after a set amount of time while playing the game. Follow these instructions to adjust the Auto-Lock settings on your device:

  1. Launch Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on Display & Brightness.
  3. Tap on Auto-Lock.
  4. Tap on the Auto-Lock timing you prefer

Without a headset:

You can load and play the game with modern Windows or macOS machines running up to date versions of the Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers.

To start, visit BBC Taster. Click ‘Try’ to launch the experience, then select the play button from the game home screen.

With a headset:

HTV Vive VR

The game has been optimised for Windows machines running the latest version of Chrome or Firefox

To start, visit BBC Taster. Click ‘Try’ to launch the experience, then select the Goggles/Headset button from the game home screen.

Go to BBC Taster on a supported device with a compatible browser. Select ‘Try’ to load the game page.

When the home menu has loaded you can select play to begin in non-headset 360 mode or select the Goggles icon to make the experience ready for a headset.

For the non-headset version of the experience, clicking the play button on the game home screen will begin the experience.

To play using a VR headset you need to tap the headset icon. Before you tap the headset icon it is important that you hold your phone in the direction you will be facing when playing the game, as the forward direction in the game will calibrate to the direction your phone is facing when you tap the headset icon.

In the headset mode, the TARDIS will move based on where you look. Move your head until the TARDIS is positioned over the planet. After a few seconds the game will begin.

Follow the on-screen instructions to navigate the TARDIS through the vortex.

On desktop you can use a mouse.

On mobile/tablet you can physically move your device or use touch.

On headset you should move your head to control the TARDIS.

The experience is optimised for modern devices. Make sure your version of the browser is up to date. If that doesn’t work, try an alternate browser or device.