Turning Your Phone Into A TARDIS: A Whovian’s Guide To Doctor Who On Android
I can feel the excitement across time and relative dimension in space going on as I type. Season 7 of Doctor Who airs in a few minutes and my bow tie is busting at the knot. This season is going to be epic, as well as extremely emotional, as we’re forced to say goodbye to the Doctor’s beloved companions Amy and Rory. It’s time to start preparing ourselves for what is going to be one wild ride, so grab your trusty sonic screwdriver and get ready to turn your Android device into your own personal TARDIS full of Doctor Who greatness.
Season 7 – Ep 1 – Aslyum of the Daleks airs tonight on BBC America at 9pm EST (Eastern Standard Time). If for some reason you have to miss it, don’t worry, it will air again at 12am and 3:05am September 2. To find your local BBC America channel, hit up the links below for the main BBC America page, as well as the upcoming schedule.
Looking to watch past episodes on your Android device? A few sources to consider:
- Netflix – You’ll need a Netflix subscription, but you’ll find tons of past episodes available for your viewing pleasure.
- Amazon Prime – If you happen to be an Amazon Prime member, you can watch past episodes online or via a Kindle Fire.
- XFINITY TV Player – If you’re a Comcast/XFINITY subscriber you can download the XFINITY TV Player app and watch older episodes from BBC America (as long as BBC America is part of your subscription).
Believe it or not, the Google Play Store actually carries quite a selection of Doctor Who books. You can find around 100 available titles by hitting up the link below.
While most everything falls under the category “Apps,” I kept it simple with just one app — Sonic Screwdriver.
- Sonic Screwdriver – This app emulates the universe’s utility knife: the Sonic Screwdriver. There’s also an ad-supported version of the app if you feel like testing it out first.
There only seems to be a couple Doctor Who games available in the play store, one is a puzzle, and the other doesn’t have the greatest reviews (due to limited device support) [Update: found another, added it to the list].
- Doctor Who – The Mazes of Time – An intrepid traveller through time and space and the last of the powerful Time Lords, the Doctor is armed only with his incredible intelligence and his sonic screwdriver. Join him and his human companion, Amy Pond, as they race to save an innocent family attacked by a rogue Dalek and hurtled into the depths of history. Your journey will take you from ancient Incan temples, to the frozen tombs of Telos and a stunning finale on a Dalek ship. Defeat your favourite enemies, solve devious puzzles, and restore peace throughout time!
- Doctor Who Puzzle – There are 60 Doctor Who puzzles and 5 difficulties. enjoy features such as Random Play, Daily Challenge, as well as a TARDIS sound. You can even set puzzle photos as your wallpaper.
- Daleks – Now you can play the classic Daleks game on your phone/tablet.
Music And Soundboards
There are plenty of Doctor Who sound boards available in the Play Store as well as a few albums featuring music from the famed series.
- Doctor Who Music
- Doctor Who 11th Doctor SB – This soundboard contains 108 sound clips of the 11th incarnation of Doctor Who. You can save any of the sounds to your sd card by long pressing on them. They can then be found in media/audio/ringtones also they can be set as ringtones or notifications by going through the android settings menu after you save them.
- NiftyDW11 – Doctor Who – Free Soundboard: Sound clips from the 11th Doctor Who, including some from Rory, Amy, River and more.
Swag And Accessories
The quickest way to turn your Android device into a TARDIS is with a custom Police Box case for your Android device. Follow the link below for a list of various Doctor Who cases and suppliers (yes, there are Android cases mixed in with all those iPhone cases).
These next links will take you to an array of Doctor Who swag, and while they really have nothing to do with Android, they’re pretty damn cool.
- BBC America Shop
Here’s a link to our Google+ page featuring a slew of Doctor Who wallpapers.
If you prefer live wallpapers, here’s a couple that might interest you:
He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun. He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and can see the turn of the universe. and… he’s wonderful.