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October 23rd, 2013 21 comments

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The Science Of Doctor Who Thur 14th Nov BBC2

The Science Of Doctor Who

Thursday 14 November

For one night only, Professor Brian Cox explores the universe of the world’s favourite Timelord, Doctor Who.

Brian takes an audience, with the help of celebrity guests, on a journey into the wonderful universe of The Doctor, in a specially recorded programme from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Brian reveals the science behind the spectacle and explains the physics that allows Doctor Who to travel through space and time. Fun, but filled with real science, it’s a special night for Who fans as well anyone with a thirst for understanding.

Brian is in the unique position of knowing The Doctor’s universe inside out as well as the reality behind the drama. When the TARDIS travels through time and space, Brian understands the physics involved. And when it comes to life on other planets, Brian knows the real science that could prove extra-terrestrial life might just really exist in our galaxy.



  • RYCBAR123

    November 16th, 2013 - 9:33am

    I just watched this. This guy is brilliant! 😀

  • The Moffat Paradox

    November 15th, 2013 - 5:20pm

    Now having seen the programme Brian Cox did provide some interesting insights around the concept of black holes being able to trap light and bend space and time so that it might just be theoretically possible(if such super massive energy could be harnessed like the Eye Of Harmony virtual black hole star in a Tardis)to travel to any point in space and time.

    Its not that removed from ideas used in Star Trek either of matter/anti matter in a warp engine being able to create a similar effect with a subspace warp field.

    That and the idea of “transdimensional engineering” that bigger volumes can be contained in a seemingly smaller outside volume that apparently has been worked on in reality with research into the properties of Tesseracts.

    Though that would be something worthy of a lecture in itself to better explain in English.

  • alex

    November 14th, 2013 - 9:23pm

    I’m not really sure if I am enjoying this.

  • The Moffat Paradox

    November 10th, 2013 - 11:38pm

    Indeed. But in the Star Trek universe there has been (as with publications of the technical manuals for The Enterprise D and the Station in Deep Space 9)a more comprehensive explanation as to how things like warp drive, phasers/torpedo systems transporter beams and the rest are envisaged as working even if from a REAL scientific viewpoint holes can be shot through the premises.

    As far as I am aware there has been no similar holistic attempt at creating a more scientifically based canon for the entire Who universe. Even how a Dalek gun actually in canon works seems open to conjecture.

  • Andre Pacheco

    November 10th, 2013 - 3:04pm

    how do I watch it. I need to watch it.

  • 100000BC

    November 8th, 2013 - 3:51pm

    Kit Pedler who invented the cybermen was a scientist; he wrote quite a few stories.

  • Mister

    November 8th, 2013 - 3:48pm

    After seeing the clip, I will give it a go. I thought it would just be Brian Cox explaining trans-dimentional portals and stuff.

  • Bob

    November 1st, 2013 - 9:03pm

    I have seen it for my self, not to spoil the surprise but the guests are brilliant actors, professors and comedians with nothing to do with doctor who. It is mainly to do with science and if time and aliens exist. There are a few funny scenes with Brian Cox and the 11th doctor in the “make up department” that turns out to be the tardis.

  • The Moffat Paradox

    October 30th, 2013 - 2:34pm

    There has been a far more extensive scientific back story to the Star Trek universe than to Doctor Who so it will be interesting to see if Brian Cox can convincingly fill in some of the gaps.

    That should have been done more by Doctor Who writers with maybe using people like Brian Cox as technical consultants as they have done in Star Trek long ago.

  • Anonymous

    October 27th, 2013 - 10:43pm


  • tardis guy

    October 27th, 2013 - 5:56pm

    yeah i think to late for younger audiences and on a school nigh

  • allan

    October 26th, 2013 - 10:28pm

    well done bring on more

  • RYCBAR123

    October 24th, 2013 - 9:30pm

    Definitely recording this! It looks great, and it combines two of my favourite things: science and Doctor Who! 😀

  • Scott’s TARDIS

    October 24th, 2013 - 9:19pm

    And as long as he doesn’t explain the ‘three knocks’!

  • 100000BC

    October 24th, 2013 - 8:50pm

    As long as we don’t get “Peter Eccleston”!!!

  • UnitedGamers2013

    October 24th, 2013 - 7:58pm

    On a bit late thought it would be on more earlier so more people can watch it

  • Ian Mackay

    October 23rd, 2013 - 11:55pm

    The Galilean Society in Glasgow are hosting a similar event. 16th Nov 2013 at Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

  • Whoisthedoctor

    October 23rd, 2013 - 6:07pm

    The celeb guests will probably be one classic doctor, a few companions a Radom comedian or two. And that’s if we’re lucky, if not there will be a bunch of celebs that have nothing to do with doctor who

  • Matt Smithy

    October 23rd, 2013 - 5:53pm

    better make a note of this.

  • drjakeyoung

    October 23rd, 2013 - 5:17pm

    I love doctor who!

    I love science!

    I love the science of Doctor who!

  • matparks08

    October 23rd, 2013 - 3:32pm

    the word ‘celebrity guests’ sends a shudder down my spine – good programme if it’s old doctors or companions, bad programme if it’s Louis Spence or X-Factor winners.

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