Doctor Who’s Crack in the Universe: It Could Be Real!

The appearance of an ominous fissure in the universe has been an ongoing plot point on Doctor Who this season. (And if you watched the last episode, “Cold Blood,” on Saturday, you saw that the crack obliterated one of the show’s most beloved characters. Sniff.) Well, NASA has discovered a “crack” in the Milky Way that eerily resembles the one that’s been haunting the Doctor since this season’s premiere. From SCI FI Wire:

The snake-like object located around 11,000 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius was snapped by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, and as described, it sounds as scary as anything the Doctor has ever faced: “A thick, sooty cloud large enough to swallow dozens of solar systems and may be harboring beastly stars in the process of forming.”

Here’s a photo comparison:

Is this one of those occasions in which science fiction has predicted science fact? Perhaps Doctor Who lead writer Steven Moffat is a visionary in more ways than one.

More on this from Daily Galaxy.

And here’s a clip of that contemptible crevice in action (alongside some particularly vicious Weeping Angels) on Doctor Who:

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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