The BBC ‘Doctor Who’ Inventor Kit Teaches You to Code With Jodie Whittaker

The Thirteenth Doctor holding an inventory coding kit.
HiFive Inventory

If you’re going to learn to code, you want a really good teacher and could be better than the Doctor? That’s the theory anyways with the new Doctor Who-themed HiFive inventor kit. The $75 coding kit comes with an open-source hand-shaped mini-computer full of lessons hosted by the 13th Doctor.

Yes, you read that right. The HiFive kit looks like a little hand, and on its face, you’ll find an LED matrix and two buttons, along with LOGOS from Doctor Who and other properties. But much like the Tardis, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

The Thirteenth Doctor looking at a schematic and a mini-computer.
HiFive Inventor

The HiFive mini-computer comes with several sensors, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability, and more. You’ll also get an external speaker to connect, an external battery pack, alligator clips, and more. The mini-computer takes on an adventure of self-paced block coding lessons narrated by Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor.

Along the way, you’ll learn to control a robot, build alien musical instruments, create a security system, and even design your own sonic screwdriver. Or, uh, we mean your children will cause the box says it’s for people seven and up, and we know you’re totally not buying this for yourself.

You can grab the BBC Doctor Who HiFive Inventor Kit today at Adafruit.

A Coding Kit

BBC Doctor Who HiFive Inventor Kit

Learn to code with the Doctor! Time travel not included.

Josh Hendrickson Josh Hendrickson
Josh Hendrickson has worked in IT for nearly a decade, including four years spent repairing and servicing computers for Microsoft. He’s also a smarthome enthusiast who built his own smart mirror with just a frame, some electronics, a Raspberry Pi, and open-source code. Read Full Bio »

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