The Science of Doctor Who
by Paul Parsons
Review by Cathy Green
The Johns Hopkins University Press Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780801895609
Date: 05 May 2010 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Johns Hopkins University Press has just published the updated American edition of Paul Parsons's popular science book, The Science Of Doctor Who. Parsons has written a fun (mostly) easy to understand book that covers a great deal of ground in matching up real world science to the gadgets, aliens and monsters of Doctor Who in a variety of areas including biology, physics and robotics. He has also updated book to include everything up through the episode "The End of Time" and the introduction of the Eleventh Doctor. Considering that the show has been around for forty-five years, that's a lot ground to cover. From official release/information:
Almost fifty years after he first crossed the small screen, Doctor Who remains a science fiction touchstone. His exploits are thrilling, his world is mind-boggling, and that time travel machine -- known as the Tardis -- is almost certainly an old-fashioned blue police box, once commonly found in London.
Paul Parsons's plain-English account of the real science behind the fantastic universe portrayed in the Doctor Who television series provides answers to such burning questions as whether a sonic screwdriver is any use for putting up a shelf, how Cybermen make little Cybermen, where the toilets are in the Tardis, and much more.
Taking the show as a starting point -- episode-by-episode in some cases -- Parsons dissects its scientific concepts. In addition to explaining why time travel is possible and just how that blue police box works, Parsons
• discusses who the Time Lords are and how we may one day be able to regenerate just like them• ponders the ways that the doctor's two hearts might work and introduces us to a terrestrial animal with five• details the alien populations and cosmology of the Whovian Universe and relates them to what we currently know about our universe• compares the robotics of the show with startlingly similar real-world applications
This slender, equation-free discussion is penned by a Ph.D. cosmologist and is ideal beach reading for anyone who loves science and watches the show -- no matter which planet the beach is on.
(Source: The Johns Hopkins University Press)