As you read this, you’re on a huge, sticky rock called Earth, hurtling round a nuclear fireball at 67,000 miles per hour. If that fact feels weird and unsettling you’re more likely to remember it – the bits of our brains that encode long-term memory are linked to the bits dealing with emotion (and our sense of smell). And this odd memory-creating process affects our sense of the passing of time.
Lots of what we know about space, time and ourselves is surprising and counterintuitive. But if it’s so peculiar, how did we puzzle it out? Unlike the Doctor in Doctor Who, we can’t feel the turn of the Earth beneath us. We don’t have a TARDIS to take us to other planets for a quick look round. But what does the Doctor do when he lands on an alien world where something strange is happening? He explores, looks for clues and asks awkward questions – sometimes getting in trouble with whoever’s in charge…
Illustrated talk using clips from the TV show, Simon Guerrier will 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.
Simon Guerrier is co-author of Whographica and The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who for BBC Books, and has written countless Doctor Who books, comics, audio plays and documentaries. In 2015, Simon was a guest on Front Row and The Infinite Monkey Cage on Radio 4, and with his brother Thomas, makes films and documentaries – most recently John Ruskin’s Eurythmic Girls for Radio 3.
You can purchase his books here.