The Science of Doctor Who

One of the key elements of the Beeb's Doctor Who 50th Anniversary celebrations is this one-off special presented by Professor Brian Cox. Filmed in front of a live studio audience and with appearances by Matt Smith and a number of other celebrities it attempts to give the show's science fiction something of a grounding in reality.

It's pretty engaging stuff - much like all of Brian Cox' other work, it benefits greatly from from his passion for science and his ability to explain it in terms and with an energy that makes it interesting to all.

The great thing is, unlike other shows that have attempted to map science to science fiction, this time around we start with the concepts and use them as a launch pad to go into some pretty interesting and complex stuff. Cox touches on theories of Minkowski spacetime before moving on to recreating a Faraday experiment within a few minutes; without once losing viewer interest.

The show doesn't just stick to physics and theories but touches on the search for alien life and how we might go about discovering it. We learn about black holes, event horizons, faster-than-light travel and more.

Much like the show that inspired it, The Science of Doctor Who, is the perfect introduction for kids and teenagers to some of the more interesting theoretical science presented in a way that won't alienate them. Well worth checking out.

The Science of Doctor Who will be shown on BBC Two on 14th November.

You can also read about, and listen to, our special Dr Who 50th anniversary podcast by clicking here

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