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Video Game: Doctor Who Legacy

Legacy is a tactical Match Three Game with Role-Playing Game elements based on Doctor Who, published for tablets and smartphones by Tiny Rebel Games. It's part of the Doctor Who Expanded Universe.

Notable for its gorgeous art and its Continuity Porn, Doctor Who: Legacy proves that there's No Problem with Licensed Games. It's made for dorks, by dorks, and aims to celebrate all 50 years of the show. The game makes no division between "new" and "classic" Doctor Who, nor between the Whoniverse and the Doctor Who Expanded Universe: the game is filled to the brim with references and Continuity Nod moments, going beyond the televised canon and into the worlds of Big Finish, IDW comics, and so on.

The story starts with the Sontaran empire, which has gotten its hands on time travel technology and is causing a massive Time Crash in the process. The Eleventh Doctor, Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint resolve to prevent the universe from collapsing, using colourful orbs of Circular Gallifreyan. They soon stumble upon the Tenth and Seventh Doctors, and eventually encounter Doctors, companions and friends from all over time and space. Scenes and battles from throughout history get mashed up together by the Time Crash — not that the Sontarans care, because if the glorious Sontaran empire becomes the last surviving stable point in time, it means they'll have conquered the universe. And there are others, much more cunning than the Sontarans, who would use the shredded Web of Time for their own purposes...

New content is constantly added — version 1.0 started with adventures throughout Series 7 of the revived TV show, and earlier seasons and special episodes are gradually released. The game has an active fan community, and the creators frequently ask the fans for input and suggestions, which are directly reflected in new updates. Gamers who spend a little bit of money are also allowed access to beta levels, bonus levels and fan-created content.


Doctor Who: Legacy provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Always Save The Guy: Jack convinces the Doctor to make a detour and take him back to Cardiff, just so they can pick up Ianto.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Alternate outfits are available for many characters. The Third Doctor, of course, has about thrice as many outfits as any of the others.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All is a pretty powerful character. (But he's still carried around by Craig.)
  • Big Damn Heroes: River and the TARDIS, rescuing the group from falling to their deaths in Bubble Universe Beta.
  • The Big Guy: Ironically, Porridge — his HP and attack power are both massive.
  • Break the Cutie: Rory tells the Doctor he can't bring himself to go back to Apalapucia. But he has to, of course. The Eighth Doctor just gives him a sorrowful look.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The tutorial level starts off with the Doctor and Vastra noticing the player hiding behind some bins, and they give a quick introduction on the game's mechanics.
  • Calling Your Attacks: The Tenza dolls combine this, rather creepily, with Finishing Each Other's Sentences. It's used for plot foreshadowing — two Tenza dolls attacks in a row will spell out "HE IS" / "COMING" or "SAY" / "HIS NAME"...
  • Cast Full of Gay: The plot starts off with Jenny and Vastra, and two versions of Canton Everett Delaware III can join the crew shortly after that; Jack and Ianto show up later, as does Ace.
  • Character Focus: "The Hunt For Greyhound One", which takes place in the second half of season 5, is entirely about the search for the Bridagier. The Eighth Doctor will also have his own separate plotline in a future release.
  • Continuity Porn: Lots of characters and concepts from Doctor Who are referenced, even including Frobisher, as well as Charley, C'rizz, Lucie, Tamsin and Molly.
  • Crisis Crossover: Once the Seventh Doctor shows up, it becomes clear that this crisis is going to require every single Doctor to solve.
  • Distracted by My Own Sexy: Jack has a bit of a moment when confronted with himself:
    That may be a Zygon body-print, but it's a damn good looking one!
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Can halve or double the damage, meaning they're a core part of each team's strategy.
  • Expanded Universe: Not all companions are from the TV series: some are from non-televised Doctor Who media.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: The Doctors have a habit of this. So do the Tenza dolls (see Calling Your Attacks).
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Characters show up as the plot progresses, and sometimes get a proper introduction scene, but they can also simply be bought with crystals and added to the team as soon as the game starts. Additionally, the alternate outfits that the characters can wear are shown whenever they level up, but their cutscenes only show the default outfits. It's not exactly the most serious game in the world, though, so you're not meant to think about it too hard.
  • Instant Seduction: Jack's skill is simply called "Hello". It instantly cures paralysis.
    • On the flip side, the Zygon imitating him has a stun power simply called "Charm".
  • Knight in Sour Armor: The Eighth Doctor is lifted straight from the Time War to join the plot. He's not exactly thrilled.
  • Large Ham: THE MASTER.
  • Leitmotif: The Master has his four-beat drums.
  • One-Man Army: The Brigadier, to the point where the Doctors spend a very long time rigging the TARDIS just so she can jump into the right time track and recruit him, because the team needs his guidance to "think like an army".
  • Mad Bomber: Ace does awesome damage with her Nitro-9.
  • Sapient Ship: The TARDIS is, of course, a playable character.
  • Status Effect: Paralysis, locked orbs, poison, etc.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: One of the Seventh Doctor's attacks is "Dundrearyism".
  • Time Crash: The Sontaran plan starts literally ripping time apart, deleting entire races and planets... until even Sontar itself falls.
  • Villain Team-Up: Sontarans working together with Zygons!
  • Words Can Break My Bones: The "gem" equivalents in this game are Circular Gallifreyan glyphs.
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