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Extremis

The Pope summons the Doctor to the Vatican with an unusual request. He is to read the Veritas, an ancient text containing a truth so terrible it drives the reader to self-destruction…

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Could it be that you – yes, you, the presumed ‘reader’ right now presumed to be scanning your presumed ‘eyes’ along this presumed ‘sentence’ in this presumed ‘Doctor Who Magazine Yearbook’, and translating these presumed ‘letters’ into input for your presumed ‘consciousness’ – exists only in a simulated reality?

A detailed analysis of the so-called ‘simulation argument’ – ie, that we are ‘living’ in a simulation created by ‘posthumans’ – was published by Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom in a 2003 issue of Philosophical Quarterly (see simulation-argument. com). Bostrom concluded that ‘the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation.’

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At the end of 2017 a remarkable chapter in the history of Doctor Who drew to a close. Two incarnations of the Time Lord overcame an existential threat... before the arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor heralded a bold new era for the programme. The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine is a unique souvenir of the Twelfth Doctor’s final adventures, from The Return of Doctor Mysterio through to Twice Upon a Time. Packed full of all-new features and previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the year in Doctor Who.