The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who
Simon Guerrier and Marek Kukula

  • Friday 15 June 2018, 6.30PM to 7.30pm
  • Free admission
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  • Piazza Building, University of York (map|getting to campus)
  • Wheelchair accessible

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Doctor Who stories are many things: thrilling adventures, historical dramas, tales of love and war and jelly babies. They’re also science fiction - but how much of the science is actually real, and how much is really fiction?

Join Simon Guerrier and Marek Kukula, authors of The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who, for a mind-bending blend of story and science that will help you see Doctor Who in a whole new light. With commentary that explores the possibilities of time travel, life on other planets, artificial intelligence, parallel universes and more, they’ll 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.

About the speakers

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 including The Fundamentalist Queen, about the wife of Oliver Cromwell.

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 appears on TV and radio to explain the latest astronomical discoveries and is also the author of The Intimate Universe, a book about the ways in which our everyday environment here on Earth is shaped by objects and events in space.

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