‘Doctor Who’ Sci-Fi or Sci-FACT?
TARDIS: Time And Relative Dimensions In Space
The TARDIS is the preferred method of travel for Time Lords – it moves in mysterious ways, grinding and whirring through space and time. In the real world, will humans soon be catching space waves in London phone booths?
'I think if there’s one enormous draw for every child, every adult who’s ever watched "Doctor Who," it’s one simple sentence: It’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.” – Steven Moffat, 'Doctor Who' Writer
On ‘Doctor Who,’ the Doc gets a new look every so often thanks to the powers of regeneration, causing a physical and psychological rebirth. Could normal human folk start regenerating a la Time Lord?
'Watching Doctor Who regenerate from cells you say to yourself, ‘Ha! Impossible!’ But actually we do it in the laboratory already.' – Dr. Michio Kaku, Theoretical Physicist
'One day we might be able to artificially grow a whole human.' – Dr. Jim Al Khalili, Theoretical Physicist
The Doctor’s go-to tool for self-preservation, the Sonic Screwdriver has a long list of functions, from opening doors to disarming bombs. The Sonic Screwdriver is a must-have in the Whoniverse, but will humans start whipping out their own sonic tools anytime soon?
'It sums him up. It’s inherently absurd and it’s not aggressive.' – Steven Moffat, 'Doctor Who' Writer
On ‘Doctor Who,’ Cyborgs are cybernetic organisms composed of both natural and mechanical parts. Cybermen were once human, but with a makeover – an ‘upgrade’ into a metal body that’s void of human emotion. In the real world, could humans undergo a cyber-conversion?
'A cyborg is a being made up of both biological and mechanical parts, and nine times out of ten it wants to kill you.' – Alison Haislip G4 Correspondent, Actress
'I think the process of us becoming cyborgs has already begun.' – Dr. Michio Kaku, Theoretical Physicist
K9 is the most loyal robo-pup around. A best friend and companion to all, K-9 was meant to be the dog of the future. But is the Doctor’s loyal robot a futuristic gadget we’ve already brought to life!
'I think this is one exception where the science fiction is actually gazumped by the science fact.' -- Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Space Scientist
'Shhh! Don’t say we surpassed K9! He’s from the year 5000.' – Scott Adsit, '30 Rock'
Time Travel/Parallel Universes
As a Time Lord, The Doctor can easily travel through time, in linear and non-linear direction, catching a nearby wormhole in his TARDIS. But outside the Whoniverse, will humans ever master time travel?
'You could travel from one planet to another planet in a matter of seconds by traveling through a wormhole.' – Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Space Scientist
'Time travel into the future, that’s a snap. Time travel into the past? That’s hard. That’s reeeal hard.' – Dr. Michio Kaku, Theoretical Physicist
'Our best theory of the nature of time is Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and that says it could be possible to travel back in time, provided you don’t change things and make them turn out any differently.' – Dr. Jim Al Khalili, Theoretical Physicist
Daleks – possibly the most hated and feared monsters in the world wide Whoniverse. The Doctor’s always on the lookout for his Ironslide friends, but should we start worrying about Daleks rolling around the real world?
'Really, has there been a more successful sci-fi monster in all of sci-fi? I mean I know they look like trembling bits of 60s pop art, but my God they work. And they work for the new kids and the old kids. Everybody loves the Dalek.' – Steven Moffat, 'Doctor Who' Writer
A bolt of solar energy struck a vat where The Flesh was held, and BOOM – a copy of the Eleventh Doctor, a Ganger clone, formed. The Flesh is a convenient way to create Doppelgangers on ‘Doctor Who,’ but is cloning conceivable in the real world?
'…The real original Doctor and the clone Doctor – in my mind they are BOTH the real Doctor. Neither one is any more original than the other. The clone doctor isn’t a cheaper, rough copy of the original. Either one of them has equal rights to claim to be the REAL Doctor.' – Dr. Jim Al Khalili, Theoretical Physicist