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Lego Dimensions: Doctor Who Level Pack for PS4, PS3, Wii U, Xbox One and Xbox 360

This is the second and possibly final Lego Dimension pack that I can be bothered to get so thankfully it’s a good one. Lego and Doctor Who feel like a natural mix and this has whetted my appetite for a full Lego Doctor Who game somewhere down the line.

As with the Portal pack, there isn’t much story. The Daleks, under the command of Davros, are invading Earth and the Doctor fights to stop them. The story may be lacking, but Capaldi’s more lighthearted turn than usual as the Doctor just about makes up for it.

The Lego pack contains a 12th Doctor figurine, a TARDIS and a K9 robotic dog. Unlike the Portal pack where the figures aren’t actually that fun in practice, the TARDIS and K9 are pretty fun to use. K9 works like a vehicle, which is fun to zip around in and blast people in an extremely un-Doctor like manner. The TARDIS is a flying vehicle and floating around is quite fun, particularly in the open Adventure Worlds. During the level you can travel through time, which is fun with some very simple puzzles. There’s also a hacking minigame which involves hopping around a little maze, which is enjoyable enough. The short level is a lot of fun, but it’s the Adventure World which is the stronger element of the pack.

The Adventure World covers several different areas and times which you can mash together, namely 21st Century and 19th Century versions of London, Mars, Telos, Skaro and Trenzalore. The variety of scenery allows a a wide range of Doctor Who fan service, with voice acted appearances from characters like Missy, Madame Vastra and Captain Jack Harkness. I’m not convinced that I’m thrilled that John Barrowman’s first appearance in Doctor Who in over five years is in a Lego game, but I guess I’ll take it. Overall though, it’s less impressive than the Portal 2 world. A big issue is the quality of missions, with about three involving fighting off thirty enemies. Considering that combat is comfortably the worst thing about the Lego games, fighting a total of ninety enemies isn’t particularly edifying.

There are some lovely touches, with the best being the appearances of all 12 Doctors, plus the John Hurt War Doctor. When you die in the Adventure World you regenerate into the next Doctor, starting with William Hartnell and winding back to Peter Capaldi. The voice acting is provided from archive footage, but each Doctor is brimming with their unique personality, moving and fighting in ways true to their characters. They even all have their own TARDIS from their time, including the ridiculously elaborate Paul McGann TARDIS from the TV movie. As a final lovely touch, when piloting the TARDIS whatever version of the theme tune was around during their run plays. The actual content of this pack isn’t amazing, but the attention to detail and clear love of the source material really elevates the experience.

Although not quite as good as the Portal 2 pack, Doctor Who wins in the sheer fan service department. I have no problem being bent over a table and fan serviced as long as I know what’s happening, so I’ll take it.

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