Single-handedly responsible for making bowties cool and armed with little more than a screwdriver and an unending sense of whimsy – Doctor Who is one of the ultimate and most enduring geek culture heroes. Always choosing mercy over vengeance, wits over weapons and forever reminding us to never be cruel and never be cowardly, the time lord from Gallifrey is the ultimate example of brains triumphing over brawn.
As the first-ever episode of Doctor Who was aired on British television in November 1963, here at Dicebox we thought it an apt time of year to turn our attention to the notions and theme of time travel.
Given that Christmas is rapidly approaching, we can only assume that there are many of us out there around about now who could use the ability to fast track payday or travel back a few hundred years to find out where Great-Great Grandpa kept the family silver. Unfortunately, despite everything all those Spielberg movies from the eighties taught us about the future, we have yet to harness the power of time travel in reality.
So, in honour of the Doctor, and with a variety of budgets and tastes in mind for those without their own TARDIS, we have compiled a selection of time travel-themed games perfect for the run-up to Christmas, rainy days and for whiling away the long winter hours.
Another game with expansion packs available is Time Arena ($25.00), a great option for those looking for a more budget-friendly alternative that works for a slightly younger audience. A strategy based game that can be played either one on one or with teams; this is a perfect choice for those looking to introduce players to timed games that pit them against the clock.
Quite simply, it is because the Doctor teaches us some important facts both about life and the way we feel about ourselves. Firstly, that time is precious and we should neither spend it unwisely nor alone. Secondly, you don’t have to have a rocket ship, an arsenal of weapons and a cool spandex outfit to be a hero. You just have to be nice, and kind. It’s cool to not be cool. There are a lot of people out there who need to hear that message from time to time, and to be reminded that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
So whilst we sit and patiently wait for the scientists to work out how to get us all from one dimension to the other, or for someone to suddenly discover the secrets of time travel, we will all just have to continue to live vicariously through our television screens, imagining what it would really be like to pop out and see Cleopatra for tea, or experience the thrill of the birth of a star. It might be just a dream, but it’s one that we can all share – from childhood through the years of adulthood and beyond, and above everything else, that is probably the most important thing – the opportunity and the ability to share time. That’s what the Doctor would do, and that’s why we love games.
Because, let’s face it – board games, biscuits, and madmen – all the best things come in boxes.