Reality+ boss Tony Pearce tells of his own journey through time and space and how he got Doctor Who to materialize in Web3.
The Christmas viewing figures for BBC’s flagship program Doctor Who are in, and the show continues to prove supernaturally popular with more than 10 million views on iPlayer over the Christmas season.
For some, the timeless popularity of Doctor Who is as mysterious as the different iterations of the Doctor. It has been more than 60 years since the first episode aired, and the upcoming 2024 series will not only be broadcast on the BBC but also make its debut on Disney+ in April. The House of Mouse is tipping in substantially larger budgets meaning an ever larger audience beckons, not least North America. And it doesn’t end there.
The UK corporation is also moving with the times and has entered the blockchain games world by working with European Web3 company Reality+. It’s not the metaverse though — the BBC was very clear about that.
Reality+ worked with BBC Studios to create a Doctor Who trading card game where each card is a unique NFT. Fans collect digital versions of their favorite Doctor Who characters in the form of Doctor Who: Worlds Apart trading cards.
Doctor Who: Worlds Apart uses the Hedera blockchain
Reality+ CEO Tony Pearce explains that when he co-founded the company back in 2017, the biggest-selling blockchain games were trading card games such as Gods Unchained, where players could buy packs of digital cards, play them in the game, or trade them in NFT marketplaces.
Pearce wanted to create a new game based on the concept but wanted to find a brand that had millions of fans and thousands of great characters that could be used in the cards.
“I put my thinking cap on, and it came to me. Doctor Who was it! A global IP with more than 60 years of great content and a huge fan base. Even better, the BBC was based 30 minutes from my office and not 11 hours on a plane to Hollywood.”
Pearce came up with a game design similar to Top Trumps where users purchase a pack of digital cards and then challenge an opponent trying to win their card – a Dalek will take on a Cyberman, for example.
“I eventually got a meeting with the BBC and presented this new concept. Almost a year later, and many, many meetings with the BBC, they agreed to license to us the global rights to Doctor Who.”