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.
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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
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