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Published on April 17th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Science of Doctor Who Author Interviewed

Paul Parsons – author of The Science of Doctor Who – was interviewed on The Peverett Phile blog recently.

Long-term Doctor Who fans might recall the minor storm that occurred a couple of years ago when several outlets implied that Parsons used his position as the editor of the BBC Focus magazine to promote his book.

The interview coincides with Parsons’ book being published in the USA by Johns Hopkins University Press in May/June 2010, and while you’ll have to get through a lot of Jason’s usual stuff first (not bad for regular visitors, a case of “try me” for newbies) it is worth a read for anyone interested in real life uses and possibilities of Whoniverse concepts – such as the sonic screwdriver!

“It turns out devices like sonic screwdrivers are already used for fixing parts together in modern factories.  The sound waves set up high-frequency vibrations in the screw, that cause it to rattle along in the direction of the screw threads to either tighten or loosen (the direction is controlled by rotating the beam).

“That’s the basic idea but it turns out that real-world sonic screwdrivers can do more than just turn screws – just like the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver. They can cut through metal and even solder electrical wires in place…”

All in all, fascinating stuff which also touches upon time travel and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity; The Science of Doctor Who is out in the next couple of months in the USA, but can be bought by UK readers from Amazon for just £6.99!

(Many thanks to Jason)

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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