Well, this just isn’t fair now. Warner Bros. and TT Games already had my money. I am going to get to the new video game LEGO Dimensions for the Playstation 3 when it comes out on September 27th. The LEGO games have long since been my go-to pick for age-appropriate games to play with my nephew. We’ve made our way through multiple Batman games now as well as LEGO Lord of the Rings, LEGO Indiana Jones and one with all of the Marvel characters. It’s been fascinating to see how Warner Bros. has been able to license so many IPs they don’t own for the games, such as the aforementioned Indiana Jones and basically every Marvel character along with Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jurassic Park, etc. However, to this point all of these characters have stayed within their own respective games and cinematic universe.
LEGO Dimensions is taking a kitchen sink approach, running with a storyline where a masked villain breaks into multiple LEGO worlds thus causing Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle (from The LEGO Movie) to team up and chase after the baddie. That already means we’re talking about a mash-up of DC characters, Lord of the Rings and The LEGO movie, and they’ll eventually cross over into Back to the Future (with Christopher Lloyd back voicing Doc Brown), The Simpsons, and Portal 2. Plus, you’ll be able to play as characters from Ninjago, The Wizard of Oz, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World.
Stop, stop. It’s too much awesome in one game. I can’t take it anymore!
And then you went and did something like this:
Batman was just in the TARDIS, fighting off Cybermen and Daleks, and it’s not some cool fan-art or impressive fan-made YouTube video. This is actually happening in an officially licensed game. That sure sounds like Will Arnett reprising his role as Batman from LEGO Movie. That’s definitely Elizabeth Banks re-voicing Wyldstyle, and that’s 100% Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. In fact, it’s now been confirmed that Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez also recorded dialogue meaning we’ll see Clara and Missy (aka, The Master) in this game as well.
The timing of it all is a bit funny, though. Capaldi is the least kid-friendly Doctor we’ve had since at least Christopher Eccleston, and Doctor Who went to great lengths to go darker this past season. Not to make too much of it, but when DisneyXD recently started airing re-runs of Doctor Who they went straight to the David Tennant era and the Doctor Who toy commercials they air still feature the Matt Smith Doctor with Karen Gillan’s Amy Pond. Capaldi’s attack eyebrows are nowhere to be found. So, this isn’t the Doctor I would have imagined popping up in such a momentous video game, but he looks like a lot of fun in the trailer. Plus, if you’re one of those people who’s still on the fence about Capaldi’s Doctor LEGO Dimensions will eventually let you play as every single Doctor in the show’s history.
There is a catch. Dimensions is part of an ingenious, money-leeching new trend in family friendly video games which, well, ScreenRant had a pretty good summation, “Taking inspiration from Skylanders, Disney Infinity and Nintendo’s amiibo, LEGO Dimensions will use actual toy figures that can also be played digitally in the game.” When you buy the game it will come with toy figurines of Batman, Gandalf, Wyldstyle, the batmobile, a Stargate-esque gateaway you can imagine the toys jumping through as they enter the video game, a specific pad you have to put the characters on for the game to recognize them. In order to play the Back to the Future, Doctor Who, Simpsons or Portal 2 levels you’ll have to buy separate toy packs. The Doctor Who one, which will include the 12th Doctor, Tardis and K-9, won’t be available until November 3, 2015. A cursory glance at Amazon for the various Disney Infinity toy sets reveals an average price in the $10-$30 range. So, Dimensions will similarly attempt to continually bleed you dry.
If that price is too high or if you don’t even play video games but kind of want to watch this as a movie, you’ll probably be able to do so (illegally) through YouTube (did I mention the “illegal” part?), like how you can now watch everything from LEGO Jurassic World.
If you’re curious what LEGO Doctor Who gameplay might even look like, YouTube user BlobVanDam put together a rather convincing fan video approximation: