Published on December 18th, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett
Could You Be the Doctor?
The Irish Times has published a small article entitled â€œCould you be Doctor Who?â€ in which it looks at several key features that make our favourite Time Lord unique and grounds them in a reality similar to ours.
For example, the article talks firstly about regeneration. This is something that we have no knowledge of but it specifies that:
â€œSome animals are able to regenerate body parts though. If an adult salamander loses an arm or leg, it can regrow that limb: itâ€™s thought to be the only back-boned animal that can pull off this trick. But if you look in other areas of the animal kingdom, some species have even more amazing powers of regeneration.
â€œOne marine animal, Hydractinia echinata, can even regrow a lost head…Understanding regeneration in real life (rather than Doctor Who-style morphing) could help us find better ways to help humans heal after serious injuries or illness.â€
When looking at the Doctorâ€™s incredibly long life, we know that Time Lords have â€œlittle tricksâ€ as well as an advanced physical make up to achieve these extended, near immortal years but how close are human beings to slowing down the aging process? The article explains:
â€œMice may also offer clues about ageing, and scientists are looking at how quieting down a process called inflammation in mice could lengthen their lives. In another experiment that has just been published in the scientific journal Nature, researchers switched off an enzyme called telomerase, which helps to protect the ends of DNA strands in cells as they get older.
â€œThe mice aged quickly but when the telomerase was turned back on, the mice appeared younger, even inside their cells.â€
Time travel is mentioned as well, dabbling with atomic clocks (as mentioned in the TV movie) and with satellites havenâ€™t got us that much nearer unfortunately and as for evil beings like the Daleks or the Cybermen coming round our way anytime soon… well the possibility can never be ruled out but itâ€™s unlikely that weâ€™d be looking at full scale intergalactic war (fingers crossed).