The long-running sci-fi showDoctor Who is about to undergo its next evolution, as the BBC is bringing its popular fictional universe from the TV screen to live escape rooms across the UK. The interactive puzzle experiences will become available for fans in December 2018 in Bristol’s Escape Hunt venue, before expanding to Birmingham, Leeds, Oxford, and Reading in early 2019.
Right now, no details have been released about how the rooms will operate, or what they’ll look like, but fans can already register for the experience on the Escape Hunt website as well as reserve their ticket. Escape Hunt CEO Richard Harpham said in a press release, “We are thrilled to be partnering with BBC Studios to create Doctor Who — The Life Escape Game.” He added that since escape rooms are all about experiencing new worlds, a Doctor Who theme was a no-brainer. “Doctor Who represents the very best in British action adventure and has a loyal and dedicated fan base that spans all generations.”
And it sounds like this isn’t the only live Doctor Who experience on the horizon. BBC Studios is working on several Doctor Who-themed attractions, activities, and experiences over the coming months and years, to satiate the thirst of an ever-growing fan base. It’s safe to say that fans of the series will be busy in the next few months, especially since a brand new season (season 11) is also coming this autumn.
The Doctor Who escape room follows in the tradition of a similarly immersive Sherlock-themed experience. If it proves successful, we might be seeing an increasing number of escape rooms inspired by popular TV shows.