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Published on December 18th, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett

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Could You Be the Doctor?

The Irish Times has published a small article entitled “Could you be Doctor Who?” 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:

“Some animals are able to regenerate body parts though. If an adult salamander loses an arm or leg, it can regrow that limb: it’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.

“One 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.”

When looking at the Doctor’s incredibly long life, we know that Time Lords have “little tricks” 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:

“Mice 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.

“The mice aged quickly but when the telomerase was turned back on, the mice appeared younger, even inside their cells.”

Time travel is mentioned as well, dabbling with atomic clocks (as mentioned in the TV movie) and with satellites haven’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 it’s unlikely that we’d be looking at full scale intergalactic war (fingers crossed).

All in all, we’re a long way off from being a race of Gallifreyans but science and technology have advanced so much in the last 50 years, who’s to say what could be hanging around the corner?

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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!




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