Given that the Guess Who? game has been around since the late ’70s, I’m guessing fangirl extraordinaire Karen Kavett probably isn’t the first person to come up with the idea of doing a Doctor Who version. She stands out from all those that came before, however, because she didn’t just chuckle at the idea and then move on with her day. No, she went to the trouble of actually building her very own Doctor Who / Guess Who? mash-up, complete with an over-enthusiastic mock commercial for the product.
If you’re a child of the ’80s like myself, you probably remember Guess Who?, even if you never played it. For you young’uns out there, players sat across from each other with an array of little flip-down cartoons of different characters. Each player picks a card that corresponds with one of the characters. The players then ask each other questions to try and guess the other player’s character, flipping down the characters on their board as each new piece of information allows them to eliminate candidates from the running. It’s a nice way to kill some time if you’re a kid, but it probably doesn’t have the same appeal to us cynical grown-up types. But that being said, I would totally buy a copy of this. If for no other reason than to help brainwash my children into tiny little Doctor Who fans.
Karen created the Who version of Who? by starting with standard copy of the game, so while you can’t buy your very own copy of Doctor Who Guess Who?, you can order the regular game and then follow Karen’s instructions from her blog. She’s even included free downloads of the card designs, so yours will look just as snazzy and professional as hers.
Great job, Karen. You’re a geek after our own (dual) hearts.