Celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who, the Lancashire Science Festival presents: The Science Behind the Scenes

Posted on - 1st November, 2013 - 9:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Things to Do in and around Preston, University campus, What's On in Preston



Doctor Who is 50 years old in November (not the person of course, as he is nearer 900 years old!). To celebrate the fact Lancashire Science Festival are presenting Doctor Who: The Science Behind the Scenes.

The festival will discuss the concept of time travel. Are sonic screwdrivers possible? Is Dr Who an actual doctor?

Top experts who think they know a thing or two about the universe Doctor Who inhabits will give presentations that include: Doctor Who: Science Fact or Science Fiction? Creating Worlds for Doctor Who: The Science Behind the Illusion and the Psychology of Doctor Who?

Workshops will be held throughout the day including Q&A sessions with the experts and screenings of old episodes.

Bring your Doctor Who memorabilia and have it valued on the day by the events resident Doctor Who expert.

If you dress up on the day you will not be alone. Fund-raisers and UCLan students will be costumed and offering make-up tips, mask-making and set design.


The full programme is here:

10.00-10:45 Doctor Who: Science Fact or Science Fiction?

How close are we to time travel? What is a sonic screwdriver? And how can the Tardis possibly be that roomy? Find out the answers to these questions as Dr Matt Dickinson presents the science fact behind the science fiction.

11:00-11:45 Is Doctor Who a Modern Doctor?

Is Doctor Who an epitome of a modern doctor? What extra qualities would he bring? What type of doctor would he be? And what would he make of the modern day NHS? Or should we be grateful that he doesn’t practise medicine? This will be a light-hearted look at whether the doctor deserves his title.

12.00-12:45 Creating Worlds for Doctor Who: The Science Behind the Illusion

Find out about the various techniques used to portray alien worlds on our TV screens over the past 50 years, and how changes in production technology and the way of making TV shows has shaped how Doctor Who has developed.

13.45-14.30 The Psychology of Doctor Who

We know that the Doctor has two hearts but what is going on in his head? Can we really understand the Doctor’s moods and motivations? How does regeneration affect him? Why does he strive to save the human race? And what impact does travelling in time and space have on the Doctor’s long suffering companions? Find out the answers to these questions as Sarita Robinson explores both human and alien psychology.

14:45-15:30 Is Time Travel Possible?

Is time travel really an option? James Davies will guide you on a journey looking at the physics of time travel theory. How is it affected by Quantum Entanglement? What’s the deal with Worm Holes? Find out answers to these issues and many more to help you make your own decision.

Tickets £5 for the day including all presentations
Free entry to the festival excluding presentations
Saturday 16 November 2013
09:30am – 16:00pm
Free parking

Darwin Building
(DB in the blue zone on the UCLan map)
University of Central Lancashire

For further information please contact us –, 01772 892596

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