Brighton Science Festival

The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who



Saturday 16 July 2016



NOTE – ONLINE TICKET SALES FINISH AT 5.00 pm, BUT SOME TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE AT THE DOOR

Doctor Who stories are many things: thrilling adventures, historical dramas, and science fiction tales. But how much of the science is real? And how much is fiction?

Why is it a bad idea to change history? How do you tell one Sontaran from another? How difficult is it to turn someone into a Cyberman?

Prepare to step beyond space and time for a very special one-off event on July 16th, as we tackle the science of Doctor Who. Dr Who writer Simon Guerrier teams up with Public Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula to expound subjects as diverse as time travel, regeneration, artificial intelligence and how to operate a sonic screwdriver, in ways easy for all to understand, even parents. If you’ve got a burning question about the science of Doctor Who, send it in; let’s keep the panellists on their toes.

Tickets are available online for £7.

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THE BOOK

dr-who-scientific-secrets-book-cover The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who is a mind-bending blend of story and science that will help you see Doctor Who in a whole new light, weaving together a series of all-new adventures, featuring every incarnation of the Doctor. This book is your chance to be the Doctor’s companion and explore what’s out there. It will make you laugh, and think, and see the world around you differently.

 

THE SPEAKERS

 

Dr. Marek Kukula is the public astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the home of time and space. Originally he wanted to be a Time Lord when he grew up but settled on astronomy as the next most exciting thing, going on to study quasars and distant galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope. Marek regularly aucasinosonline appears on BBC science shows such as The Sky at Night and Bang Goes the Theory to explain the latest astronomical discoveries and has also turned up in Doctor Who Confidential, where he showed Karen Gillan how to view Saturn through a telescope.

Simon Guerrier has written countless Doctor Who books, comics, audio plays, and documentaries. As research for one of his Doctor Who stories, he took night classes in astronomy at the Royal Observatory Greenwich which resulted in an A-plus and the plot for another Doctor Who story. Simon regularly writes for Horrible Histories magazine and the medical journal The Lancet Psychiatry. With his brother Thomas, Simon also makes films and documentaries most recently The Fundamentalist Queen, about the wife of Oliver Cromwell, broadcast by the BBC in December 2014.