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The Science of Doctor Who, By Paul Parsons June 25, 2010

Posted by rainegendron in Doctor Who, Science Fiction, Science Fiction Television.
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I love the plethora of science shows available today that cover everything from going Through the Wormhole with actor Morgan Freeman to learning about The Science of Science Fiction with theoretical physicist with Michio Kaku. Heck, we can even go Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking.

It’s no surprise then, that I gravitated toward a book about the real science [yes, there actually is some!] behind the TV show Doctor Who. Beware however; this book is not for the faint of heart or science haters. It is a book about real science, not a history of Doctor Who.

I love science, especially astrophysics and theoretical physics, but unfortunately my brain didn’t like the math. Parsons goes easy on the math, but still gets you up-to-date on some of the ideas behind the science of the show and our favorite alien, the Doctor.

Parsons covers such things as how the TARDIS may work, how it may travel in space and time, and why the Doctor and his people may have evolved with two hearts on Gallifrey, while us humans on Earth have only one. Parsons even attempts to explain why the Doctor remains so steadfastly asexual despite have so many nubile young companions.

Best Parts:
Full coverage of how all the Doctor’s sonic toys might work
How humans are learning to regenerate like Time Lords
Owning a roadworthy wormhole
Taking a journey through E-Space

“He got it wrong on the first line! Why didn’t he ask someone who saw it happen?”
—The Forth Doctor reading Origins of the Universe by Oolon Caluphid.

Worst Parts:
My only quibble (such as it is) would be that so much of this stuff has already been covered elsewhere AND in a more visually pleasing format on some of the shows listed above, most notably that of Michio Kaku. However, those shows never reference Doctor Who directly, as Parsons does, so for Who fans who want that direct connection, this book is a winner.

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