The BBC has confirmed that its Doctor Who: The Adventure Games will return in 2011 and they promise to be bigger and better than ever.

The first three episodes have had over 1.6 million downloads, and the final episode in series one will be released later this year.

The Adventure Games are being created in conjunction with British studio Sumo Digital and form an integral part of the Eleventh Doctor's second series.

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan will reprise their virtual roles, providing full voice-overs and likenesses, and will be joined by additional members of the Doctor Who cast. The second series will be written by established Doctor Who writers and will form part of the canon of Matt Smith's Doctor.

"Given the success of the first series, we'd be daft not to recomission," said Simon Nelson, head of multiplatform in vision, BBC. "But it's not just about the numbers; the feedback we've had has been overwhelmingly positive. Our audience has been introduced to a new form of drama - and, for many, these have been the first computer games they have downloaded. We've set new standards in audience participation - and we think we've really helped push the concept of families actively playing together. I can't wait to see what the team does next."

More information will be revealed soon.

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