Doctor Who: The Gunpowder Plot is the last of the graphic adventures featuring the eleventh Doctor, portrayed by Matt Smith. The game was released for free by the BBC in October 2011.
The BBC had previously released four episodes in 2010 under the title Doctor Who: The Adventure Games. The Gunpowder Plot was written by Phil Ford, who also wrote the fourth chapter of the previous series, "Shadows of the Vashta Nerada." Sumo Digital was the development studio once again, and this adventure also had Charles Cecil and Steven Moffat as executive producers.
The Gunpowder Plot was supposed to be the first episode of a second series of adventures that was never realized, so it remains an independent game. However, if the first series' episodes were little more than mini-games, this new adventure is much longer and more complex in terms of both the plot and mechanics, to the point that it can be considered a full-fledged game.
In terms of the story, the adventure takes place between the episodes "The Girl Who Waited" and "The God Complex," introducing Rory Williams not only as part of the cast but also as a playable character. In fact, during the game, you'll find yourself taking on the roles of Amy, Rory, and the Doctor. As you might guess, the plot catapults you to London in 1605, where you can relive the events of the famous Gunpowder Plot, enriched with some science fiction elements. Our heroes will encounter two alien races and, of course, the historical figure Guy Fawkes.
The game holds up well compared to similar adventures, featuring a good plot, excellent puzzles, and a well-balanced difficulty level. However, its most appreciated elements are the original voices of Matt Smith (the Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy), and Arthur Darvill (Rory), as well as the original series' soundtrack. In short, it's a must-play for Doctor Who fans. While it can no longer be downloaded from the BBC's website, we've found it for you. Enjoy!