Google's doodlers reveal all: How the search giant turned Doctor Who into a game

Putting the office dogs to work

Matt Cruickshank

Corrie Scalisi, an engineer on the project, said the Doctor Who doodle is the most complex ever attempted.

“This is definitely the largest Doodle we’ve ever attempted - it’s huge," she said.

Her dog, Cody, a 6.5 year old mini Alaskan Husky, provided some of the sound effects for the game.

“Cody is the squeaky gate, and also the sound effect for a weeping angel,” she explained.

Rui Lopes is the main engineer on the project, and joined the team as part of his ’20% time’, a Google idea that lets workers take part in different projects as part of their working day.

Cruickshank, who previously worked as an animator, joined the team a year ago, and claims “Doodles are the perfect mix of technology and art.”

“Within Google, doodles are seen as really positive - they’re a fun way to engage users,” he said. “I think people see it as one of the coolest job within Google.”

The team now creates hundreds of Doodles every year, celebrating holidays, people and events around the world.

“We’ve done thousands of doodles, and we on average do around 400 a year around the world," said Cruickshank.

“We aim to do one global doodle at least every quarter, then 4 static doodles as well."

He also revealed that the future is bright for the Doodle team, with the only issue being thw wait for technology to catch up.

"We could do anything with that homepage, it’s really exciting, and we often wait a bit for technology to catch up with what we want to do."

How Google Doodles began

Doodles began life at Google in 2008, when Google founders Larry and Sergey played with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival.

They placed a stick figure drawing behind the 2nd "o" in the word Google, and the revised logo was intended as a comical message to Google users that the founders were "out of office."

Since then, thousands have been created to mark holidays, special events and famous figures.