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Impulse Gamer (Nov, 2010)
So that's is, Doctor Who: Return to Earth should be labelled, Doctor Who: Return to Store but don't fret because there is actually one game that does pay homage to Doctor Who on the console world. That game is Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth which is available on the Nintendo DS. I did manage to play this game and by Galileo, it's far superior than this title and my son thought the same. I gave this title 5 out of 10 and that's because I'm a fan of Doctor Who.
N-Europe (Nov 14, 2010)
Doctor Who: Return to Earth is not fun to play at all. It’s incredibly basic and yet frustratingly difficult for all the wrong reasons. The entire crystal/orb system is incredibly out-of-place and removes any feeling that you’re interacting with the environment. If I had to describe Return to Earth in one word it would be “evil”. Parents will likely see this game and, due to the fact that Doctor Who is on the box, will buy this for their kids as a Christmas present. It certainly feels as though Asylum know this, and have churned out any old rubbish as working hard on it won’t be much more profitable. Just think of all the kids that will be over the moon when they open this on Christmas day, only to have their hearts completely destroyed when they start playing it.
Digital Spy (Nov 19, 2010)
From top to bottom this is an incredibly frustrating game to play. Although it can be credited for trying to spice up the generic stealth concept, it has a strange desire to make you work for everything, and constantly penalises you with backtracking for the mistakes you're bound to incur. Ignore the attractive licence that sugar-coats this harsh game, and if you're insistent for some Doctor Who action this Christmas, pick up the fairly enjoyable handheld version instead.
Den of Geek (US) (Nov 22, 2010)
I can’t emphasize enough that this game should be avoided. It’s a shockingly poor release in almost every way, and it’s truly astonishing that Nintendo gave this a green light. If ever there was a clearer example of shitting out a prize turkey just to cash in on a big name, this is certainly it.
If you're a child, and you're reading this, you deserve better. I'm sorry people my age have slapped you in the face like this. But use the lesson well. Remember the hatred games like this rightfully deserve, and vow that you'll never produce such an execrable turd in your own adult life. Promise me that, and this won't have all been in vain.
10 (Dec 08, 2010)
An irremediably awful game that seems even worse when you consider all the wasted potential of a proper Doctor Who tie-in.