The Science of Doctor Who



If you haven’t already, check out ‘The Science of Doctor Who’ on BBC iPlayer. Not only does it feature Rufus Hound falling into a black hole, but it gives a great introduction into special and general relativity along with Maxwell’s equations (you will become very familiar with these during your degree)! It is removed from iPlayer in five days so hurry up if you want to watch it!

To be taken to the BBC iPlayer site click here.

On a similar note, as part of the Journal of Special Topics my study group recently wrote a paper regarding the ‘The Impossible Planet’ episode of Doctor Who. In the paper we look at the closest stable orbit to a type of black hole called a ‘Schwarzschild’ black hole. This is a black hole that is uncharged, non-rotating and spherically symmetric. Interestingly, the ‘Schwarzschild solution’ of Einstein’s field equations (of general relativity) was found by Karl Schwarzschild on the Russian front line!

When our paper gets published I’ll provide a link to it, just in case anyone is interested!

In case you were wondering, 'The Impossible Planet' is the first episode we meet the Ood.

In case you were wondering, ‘The Impossible Planet’ is the first episode we meet the Ood.

I didn’t get the chance to watch Doctor Who over the weekend since I was working on my Advanced Study Project. I think I’ll settle down with some jelly beans tonight instead!


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Lilian has now graduated from the University of Leicester and is no longer blogging for this site. Lilian was blogging as a fourth year MPhys student, explaining how Physics can be rocket science – but then it can be chemistry, nanotechnology, biology and astronomy too.

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One response to “The Science of Doctor Who”

  1. Matthew Marsden

    Hi Lilian,

    -Answers to Brian Cox’s Science of Dr Who:

    I look forward to reading your paper, i’ve done a lot of research into ‘time’ and i think i may even have a genuine insight into resolving many of its apparent paradoxes.

    i was concerned watching poor Rufus getting spaghettified, and possible lost in ‘time’,(he’s a fellow stand-up comedian), so i posted a video answer to professor Cox’s questions given in “the science of dr Who” which may give an alternative view , resolving many paradoxes.

    (of course i may be wrong) – but if you get a chance to watch it i’d love any feedback.

    yours sincerely

    matthew marsden, london

    (Answers to Brian Cox’s Science of Dr Who: )

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