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A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects...

#74 THE RING MODULATOR

Nicholas Briggs: lord of the ring.

Every Doctor Who fan knows what a ring modulator is, right? It’s an electronic device in which a ring of diodes is excited by a bi-directional carrier signal which is typically a square wave whose Fourier expansion contains a series of reducing-amplitude odd harmonics which, when manipulated, can create a wide range of frequency modulations.

No, I have no idea what it means either. Interestingly though, it suddenly makes complete sense if you read it back again and imagine Peter Davison’s Doctor frantically delivering it in a breathless, panicky sort of way while simultaneously defusing a bomb.

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Contents include: An exclusive interview with Captain Jack actor John Barrowman; a preview of the first episodes of the new Doctor Who spin-off Class, featuring an interview with Patrick Ness; a preview of the new animated version of The Power of the Daleks; exclusive chats with Douglas Mackinnon, Daniel O'Hara, Ed Bazalgette and Daniel Nettheim on the art of being a director; The Fact of Fiction looks at 1966's The Savages; brand-new comic strip action for the Twelfth Doctor and Jess in Bloodsport by Mark Wright, illustrated by Staz Johnson; the Time Team watch 2010's The Lodger; the Watcher considers monster voices in Wotcha!; the latest merchandise previewed and reviewed; prize-winning competitions and more.
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