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EINSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED

There’s a lot of science in Doctor Who, both real and fictional. Just what has it taught us over the years?
Count Scarlioni (Julian Glover) instructs Professor Kerensky (David Graham) in City of Death (1979).

COUNT SCARLIONI: The work progresses well.

Now I want you to find a way to vastly increase the time span.

PROFESSOR KERENSKY: I’m not certain, Count.

You see, Einstein says that – COUNT SCARLIONI: (interrupting) I’m not paying Einstein, Professor. I’m paying you.

City of Death (1979)

The Doctor (Peter Davison) in Four to Doomsday (1982).
A spacewalking Doctor apparently defies physics in Four to Doomsday.
The Doctor (Tom Baker) and Romana (Mary Tamm) beside the inertia-neutralised corridor in The Pirate Planet (1978).

Pace kills, so the Twelfth Doctor tells us in Oxygen (2017). If you were foolish enough to step out into the vacuum of space without a spacesuit, and you tried to survive as you would underwater, by holding your breath, your lungs would explode. But that’s not all: “Fun fact!

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Ever since the TARDIS was first revealed in 1963, Doctor Who has presented a bewildering array of alien technology and gadgetry. Human scientific knowledge can do nothing to explain the mysteries of the astonishing devices and phenomena that the Doctor takes for granted. This is the first publication devoted to the incredible ideas that the series has made its own. Highlights include a comprehensive guide to the sonic screwdriver, the secrets of the Time Lords and the weaponry of the Doctor’s most dangerous enemies.