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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.

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There’s a lot of science in Doctor Who, both real and fictional. Just what has it taught us over the years?
What happens when machines get ideas above their station? And how close are we to the age of the omnipotent supercomputer predicted by Doctor Who?
A nightmarish amalgam of organic and synthetic components, the Cybermen are probably Doctor Who’s grimmest warning about the perversion of technology.
Fixated on the conquest and annihilation of all other species, the Daleks have pursued technological innovation in their quest to become the ultimate form of life.
Some of Doctor Who’s most dangerous villains have dared to play God – with horrifying consequences. But have all their motives been sinister?
Who wants to love forever? Life-extending experiments have brought terrible consequences to some. Maybe immortality is best left to the experts…
The Doctor doesn’t always rely on the sonic screwdriver. Often, his solutions to problems are far more ingenious…
From advanced nanotechnology to the restorative properties of a nice cup of tea, the Doctor has come across some remarkable medical treatments over the centuries…
The Doctor is an accomplished hypnotist, but his enemies’ powers of persuasion are used to more damaging effect…
Shrinking people to microscopic size is commonplace in Earth’s far future – with both medical and punitive applications…
From Autons and Emojibots to Quarks and Vocs, the robots of Doctor Who go by many names and come in many sizes. Almost all of them, however, pose a threat to mankind…
Whatever you do in the Doctor Who universe, never doubt that you could be doing it better with sound waves.
Science has generally triumphed over magic in the history of Doctor Who, but what about characters and situations that defy scientific explanation?
The technology to freeze all bodily functions and thus survive for centuries is one that many races have employed…
The technology is more closely associated with Star Trek, but the selective reassembling of atoms has loomed large in Doctor Who…
Of all the technology in the universe, none is more impressive than that created by the Doctor’s own people…
The most powerful technology in the universe is one that has been mastered by the Doctor’s own people, and attempted by many others…
Much of the Doctor’s incredible ship is shrouded in mystery, but we’ve discovered that it’s far more than a machine for travelling through time and space…
The universe can be a strange and challenging place. But the environments found within virtual worlds can be even more terrifying…
From death rays to delta waves, via living plastic and nuclear missiles, Doctor Who has presented a chilling array of advanced weaponry.
Doctor Who has often favoured pseudo-scientific explanations for events that could otherwise be explained by magic. In 1975, one of its leading writers decided to apply this rule to an episode that had already been broadcast.