The BBC’s new Doctor Who creation is promising to put viewers in the thick of the action by transmitting an internet signal from their TV to a toy Dalek next to them on the sofa – enabling it to mirror the actions of its on-screen comrades.
Imagine having to fight the Daleks in your own living room – it may not be what you signed up for as a licence payer but the next time you hear ‘Exterminate! Exterminate!’ it will probably already be too late.
But don’t reach for the sonic blaster just yet, because it is simply the BBC’s technology team having some fun.
While only a 30cm (1ft) prototype has been developed up to now, the idea could pave the way for other characters to be transferred from screen to floor.
‘Effectively, this puts another actor in the living room, enabling a production team to write a script and include it as part of the viewer’s experience,’ project director Adrian Woolard explained.
‘It’s a playful illustration that shows the possibilities that exist to producers when we start to think about future connectivity in a home environment.
Creator Andrey Bonney programmed the Daleks with codes in their remote control system, which then triggered movement.
The same data was embedded within a Doctor Who episode and then sent out via a wi-fi-enabled set-top box when broadcast.