WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Maze Theory’s Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality, available now.
Doctor Who has faced a slew of horrific enemies throughout the course of its 58-year run, each one more terrifying than the last: the Cybermen, the Daleks, the Eternals, the Doctor’s ultimate opponent, the Master, and a slew of others. As a result, it’s only natural that some of these villains would appear in the VR-inspired video game Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality. Maze Theory’s video game, on the other hand, includes some unique villains. Of course, there’s the terrifying new Cyberman, the CyberReaper. Furthermore, the game features the franchise’s most powerful cosmic foe to date: an entity known as The First.
The Edge of Reality
Users begin The Edge of Reality as a human who is destined to become the Doctor’s newest friend and companion. Players receive a long-distance message from the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) after finding themselves in a laundry, revealing that she is stuck at the border of time and space while the dreadful Reality Virus threatens all of existence. The Doctor requires players to seek three Time Crystals that, once collected, will release her and, presumably, contain the Reality Virus and vanquish the perpetrator.
The game’s villain
The one behind the Reality Virus is revealed only after players begin collecting these Time Crystals. The new villain is revealed to be a species known only as The First by the Doctor. She is a cosmic entity who is almost as old as the cosmos. She is the universe’s very first sentient being, and she is effectively defined as the mother of all sentient life.
She awoke after a long period of dormancy to discover how life had spread over the universe. She became dissatisfied and angry with her children after witnessing the atrocities of their hatred, conflicts, and misery. She devised the Reality Virus in order to wipe out her children and wipe out the universe. Only then could she begin again, giving birth to a new life in her image.
After collecting all of the Time Crystals, players will finally meet The First, a massive, statuesque entity whose regalia and size genuinely convey an old cosmic being. While a foe like this may appear unbeatable, the Doctor reveals her true plan: the three locations where the crystals originated actually concealed three buried parts of a Time Lord weapon designed to defeat The First. The Doctor uses the weapon to confine The First in an everlasting time loop, a prison where she will dwell for all eternity, after offering the mother of sentient life a chance to submit. Unless she manages to flee in some way.
Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality is out now on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Steam, and Nintendo Switch coming on October 21.