“Do you want to come with me? But if you do I should warn you: you’re going to see all sorts of things. Ghosts from the past, aliens from the future, the day the Earth died in a ball of flame. It won’t be quiet, it won’t be safe and it won’t be calm, but I tell you what it will be: a trip of a lifetime!” – The Ninth Doctor
10 years ago today, after a hiatus of nearly a decade away from our TV screens, Doctor Who returned with the episode Rose – and started the trip of a lifetime that we’re still embarked upon today! On today’s blog, we thought we’d take a look at the past ten years of Doctor Who, through the lens of our own games and supplements!
We started our own trip of a lifetime back in 2009, with the release of the Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space roleplaying game designed by Dave F Chapman, garnering both critical acclaim and a swathe of awards and nominations. The roleplaying game encouraged adventures in the style of the show, with talking and invention held more highly than guns and violence. This first edition, featuring the Tenth Doctor, was a boxed set, featuring an assortment of books, cards and dice, something we continued with the second edition, featuring the Eleventh Doctor.
The Eleventh Doctor featured prominently in Cubicle 7’s first card game too, Doctor Who: The Card Game. Designed by Martin Wallace, the card game garnered us our first Origins Award, something we’re still inordinately proud of, and remains our best-selling game.
We released a second edition of Doctor Who: The Card Game at the end of last year, but this time rather than just featuring the Eleventh Doctor and his adventures, it celebrated the past decade of Doctor Who with the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors, and some of their iconic foes, locations and companions too – including Rose and the Powell Estate.
While it might be ten years since Doctor Who returned to our TV screens, it’s been around for far longer than that. Tied into the show’s 50th anniversary in 2012, we decided to celebrate by releasing a series of sourcebooks, each focusing on a different incarnation of the Doctor, his companions and his adventures. Rather timely, we’ve just released The Ninth Doctor Sourcebook…
The Doctor Sourcebooks wasn’t the only way we celebrated the 50th anniversary either – we released the beautiful Doctor Who Limited Edition Core Rulebook too, focusing on not only the Day of the Doctor special episode, but also on our favourite moments from the whole history of the show too! With the Limited Edition Core Rulebook, we took the roleplaying game in a new direction, releasing it as a single volume hardback book, rather than a boxed set – something we’ll be continuing with for the forthcoming edition of the Doctor Who Roleplaying Game, which features the Twelfth Doctor for the first time.
But for us, the trip of a lifetime is still ongoing – and we’ve got some fantastic releases ahead of us. Some of those we’ve already announced, such as our new dice game, Dalek Dice by Marco Maggi and Francesco Nepitello, or The Silurian Age supplement for the roleplaying game. Others we’re keeping in UNIT’s vaults for now, such as an expansion for Doctor Who: The Card Game and some other very exciting new Doctor Who games…
Here’s to another 10 (or 50) years of Doctor Who!