The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who

The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who

by Simon Guerrier, Marek Kukula


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Doctor Who stories are many things: thrilling adventures, historical dramas, tales of love and war and jelly babies. They’re also science fiction—but how much of the science is actually real, and how much is really fiction?

The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who is a mind-bending blend of story and science that will help you see Doctor Who in a whole new light, weaving together a series of all-new adventures, featuring every incarnation of the Doctor. With commentary that explores the possibilities of time travel, life on other planets, artificial intelligence, parallel universes and more, Simon Guerrier and Dr. Marek Kukula show how Doctor Who uses science to inform its unique style of storytelling—and just how close it has often come to predicting future scientific discoveries.

This book is your chance to be the Doctor’s companion and explore what’s out there. It will make you laugh, and think, and see the world around you differently.

Because anything could be out there. And going out is the only way to learn what it is.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062386960
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 548,658
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Simon Guerrier has written countless Doctor Who books, comics, audio plays, and documentaries. As research for one of his Doctor Who stories, he took night classes in astronomy at the Royal Observatory Greenwich—which resulted in an A-plus and the plot for another Doctor Who story. Simon regularly writes for Horrible Histories magazine and the medical journal The Lancet Psychiatry. With his brother Thomas, Simon also makes films and documentaries—most recently The Fundamentalist Queen, about the wife of Oliver Cromwell, broadcast by the BBC in December 2014.

Dr. Marek Kukula is the public astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the home of time and space. Originally he wanted to be a Time Lord when he grew up but settled on astronomy as the next most exciting thing, going on to study quasars and distant galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope. Marek regularly appears on BBC science shows such as The Sky at Night and Bang Goes the Theory to explain the latest astronomical discoveries and has also turned up in Doctor Who Confidential, where he showed Karen Gillan how to view Saturn through a telescope.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Space

Sunset over Venus Mark Wright 5

1 Alien Life and Other Worlds 19

The Lost Generation George Mann 35

2 Space Travel 47

The Room with All the Doors James Goss 59

3 The Multiverse 73

The Hungry Night Jonathan Morris 85

4 The Power of the TARDIS 97

All the Empty Towers Jenny T. Colgan 111

5 The Future of Earth 129

Part 2 Time

Rewriting History James Swallow 143

6 The Laws of Time 155

Silver Mosquitoes L.M. Myles 167

7 The Practicalities of Time Travel 179

In Search of Lost Time Una McCormdck 193

8 Time and Memory 203

Natural Regression Justin Richards 217

9 What is a Time War? 229

Potential Energy Jacqueline Rayner 241

10 The History of Earth 253

Part 3 Humanity

The Arboreals Marc Piatt 267

11 Evolution 277

The Piper Mark Morris 289

12 Man and Machine 307

The Girl Who Stole the Stars Andrew Cartmel 319

13 Artificial Intelligence 331

The Mercy Seats David Llewellyn 343

14 Entropy and Death 355

The Constant Doctor Andrew Smith 365

15 Regeneration 379

Further reading 393

Acknowledgements 399

Index 400

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