Doctor Who: Legacy mini strategy guide

I’m seeing a lot of searches for help on the iOS/Android game Doctor Who: Legacy showing up in my blog stats, and I’ve been playing it pretty intensively the last couple of days, so I thought I would post a little bit of a strategy guide to help you with some of the parts of the game that the tutorial doesn’t tell you about. This won’t cover the actual basic mechanics of playing the puzzle game (I’m assuming you know how to clear pieces and basically what clearing pieces means), but will help you with figuring out all the little details of things like how to rank up your characters, where to get things you need/want, etc. And, it’s all in text form, for easy searching, instead of a stupid video. I hate informational videos: you can never find what you want in them, and they take forever to view. (Grump mode now off.)

(Check out my other guides.)

Characters

Clara's rank, attributes, and skill points.

Clara’s rank, color, attributes, and skill points.

Your team consists of six characters: a Doctor and five companions. In this game, “companion” means any character you can get that isn’t categorized as a Doctor.  For example, one of the purchasable characters is the Spoonhead Doctor from “The Bells of St. John”: this character is not a Doctor; he’s a companion. Each character has its own set of attributes: HP (number of hit poitnts), ATK (how much damage the character does), and Heal (how much HP the character provides when clearing health pieces).

Each character is one of five colors: red, green, blue, gold, or silver (black). You’ll notice that the monsters are colored, too. When you clear, say, a set of red pieces, all red characters in your team get to attack, and the amount of damage they do is based on their ATK stat, modified by the color of the monster being attacked.

  • If the color is vulnerable to the attack’s color, the damage is doubled.
  • If the color is resistant to the attack’s color, the damage is halved.
  • If the color is neutral to the attack’s color, the damage is exactly what it said on the tin.

Here’s how the colors stack up:

  • Red is vulnerable to blue and resistant to green. It is neutral to itself, gold, and silver.
  • Blue is vulnerable to green and resistant to red. It is neutral to itself, gold, and silver.
  • Green is vulnerable to red and resistant to blue. It is neutral to itself, gold and silver.
  • Gold is vulnerable to silver. It is neutral to all other colors.
  • Silver is vulnerable to gold. It is neutral to all other colors.
  • If that’s too hard to remember, try this:
    • Fire beats grass, grass beats water, water beats fire. Yes, that’s Pokemon. It works.
    • Gold and silver beat each other but aren’t vulnerable to anything, even themselves.

Each character also has a special power. When you start an episode, the power is not available, and becomes available after you take a certain number of turns (for companions) or make a certain number of combos (for Doctors). When it’s available, you can use it at any time, and it doesn’t take a turn to use (meaning, the monsters don’t get to attack after you use it). Some powers affect all of the monsters, some affect the targeted monster, and some affect the pieces on the board.

Lastly, characters can have different costumes. For example, the Eleventh Doctor starts with is tweed jacket and suspenders, but I currently have him dressed in his monk outfit from “The Bells of St. John.” Costumes are sometimes offered as random drops from playing episodes.

Team

Your characters attack separately, but heal and calculate HP as a team. Your HP bar is the total of your companions’ HP attributes, so if you want more HP, you need to add HP to individual companions. Similarly, the total of your companions’ Heal attributes determine how much you heal when you clear pink pieces.

The game gives you five team slots to build teams in, so you can set up different teams and use them for different situations.

Rank, Level, and Ranking Up

I still need two red Time Fragments (and 9 levels) to get Clara to rank 3.

I still need two red Time Fragments (and 9 levels) to get Clara to rank 3.

As you play the game, your companions gain experience and make levels. When a companion makes a level, his attributes go up by some amount, and he gets a skill point that you can spend to raise one of his attributes, thus giving you the ability to tailor them the way you want. The Doctors don’t have levels: their attributes are determined by their team.

Characters have a rank, indicated by the number of gold stars under their name on the attribute page. Every ten levels, your companions are at a level maximum and cannot gain more levels until you rank them up. You also cannot rank them up until they get to their current max level. To rank them up, you must spend the correct number of Time Fragments.

  • Time Fragments are obtained randomly by playing episodes.
  • The number of Time Fragments a companion needs to rank up is shown on the Rank tab.
  • At level 10, to rank up to rank 2, the companion needs 2 Time Fragments of his color and 2 Time Fragments of the color he beats.
  • At level 20, to rank up to rank 3, the companion needs 6 Time Fragments of his color, 6 Time Fragments of the color he beats, and 6 pink heart Time Fragments.
  • At level 30, to rank up to rank 4, the companion needs 10 Time Fragments of his color, 10 Time Fragments of the color he beats, and 10 pink heart Time Fragments.

For example, Clara Oswald is a red character. To get to rank 2, she will require 2 red Time Fragments and 2 green Time Fragments.

When the companion ranks up, he will be able to make more levels, and his special power becomes more powerful. When a Doctor ranks up, his special power becomes more powerful. I don’t remember if his attributes go up, too.

Time Fragments

Time Fragments are those little symbols you sometimes get while playing episodes, and they are used to rank up your characters. This is how to get the Time Fragments you’re looking for.

  • Time Fragments drop randomly from similar colored monsters. If you want blue hourglasses, kill blue monsters.
  • The episode list shows the two most common monsters, and therefore the two most common Time Fragments in the episode. There may be other color Time Fragments available in a episode.
  • Daleks are available in all colors. Most other monsters have one or two colors at most.
  • Pink heart Time Fragments become available in Season 6.

I did find that there are a few instances in which monsters drop different color Time Fragments from their actual colors, but these are rare.

Episodes

Episode list

Season 7 episode list

“Episode” refers to each puzzle  you can play, not episodes of the TV show. They usually consist of 3 to 6 stages of monster attacks, each of which contains 1 to 4 monsters. The last stage usually has a boss fight. In the episode list, each episode displays the following information.

  • Episode name: If it says “Time Attack:” then the episode has a timer and you must beat the episode within the time limit. Otherwise, you can play at your own pace.
  • “TV” icon: This means that the episode is associated with a specific TV episode, and you can click the icon to buy that episode from iTunes.
  • Character icon: This means a character or costume is available to win from this episode. The icon disappears once you have obtained the character or costume.
  • Time Fragment icons: These are the two most common Time Fragments, and therefore the most common monster colors, in the episode. It can help you tailor your team for maximum efficiency.

Other Notes

Are all the characters and costumes available for free? What does “chance to drop” mean?

As far as I can tell, all of the characters and costumes that are available from episodes can be obtained by playing those episodes. “Chance to drop” means that there’s a small chance when you play the episode that the offered item will drop. In general, the chance you’ll get the item is pretty low, so expect to play through the episode more than 10 times, maybe even more than 20 times. I’ve also seen rumors that the “real” companions (the ones we really refer to as companions, such as Amy and Clara, and recurring characters like the Paternoster Gang, as opposed to single-episode guests, like John Riddell from “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”) have a lower chance to drop.

You might notice that early on, the characters drop very quickly. The game designers made it so that you’ll have a total of four companions very easily. Getting the fifth one might be difficult.

What’s in the Fan Area?

The Fan Area has a number of free episodes, including ones that offer characters and costumes you can’t otherwise get. These characters and costumes in the Fan Area always drop the first time you play the episode. I’m not sure these levels offer anything else other than more challenges, but it’s certainly a nice bonus for supporting the game.

Will we get other seasons and Doctors?

The plan seems to be to work backwards first through the reboot series, and then move to the classic seasons. The next seasons, reboot series 5, is due out in January. This might mean it’ll take a long time for all  11 Doctors and 33 seasons (and the movie!) to come out, but I hope they do!

That’s all for now! Any questions? Leave a comment!

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