Published on January 4th, 2014 | by Christian Cawley

Have Time Travellers Left Trails On The Internet?

As a Doctor Who fansite, we’re always curious as to whether there are any real-world occurrences of time travel.

Previously, we’ve looked at clips featuring an old woman apparently using a mobile phone in a Charlie Chaplin movie (odd time to use a compact ear horn, we think you’ll agree), photo of editor Christian Cawley seemingly photographed in the past and even the Eleventh Doctor seemingly hanging out with The Beatles.

While none of the above can be called conclusive, however, this short report about how researchers are looking for time traveller’s Internet trails is particularly interesting.


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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+.

2 Responses to Have Time Travellers Left Trails On The Internet?

  1. avatar vortexter says:

    I have it from a ‘reliable source’ that Phil Morris doesn’t really travel Africa searching for film cans in dusty locales. He has a wormhole that leads to a skip in south Acton, 1975 where he pulls film cans out for us at 2 shillings a piece.
    Seriously though, didn’t Concorde once do an experiment where an atomic clock was placed on the ground and on the plane both perfectly in sync, and when the plane took off, flew around and returned, it was a few fractions of a second faster on the planes clock?
    The problem I have with Time Travel is getting my head around ‘What you push against’ to move for want of a better word. A car will push against tarmac while a plane gets thrust and uses the air, so what do you ‘push’ against to propel yourself back or forwards through time?

  2. avatar Geoff says:

    I understand very little about it but the essence is that your own passage of time passing is relevant to the speed you are travelling at which is how the experiment you mention with atomic clocks on a plane and on the ground works. Where it gets really obvious is when you start travelling at speeds close to the speed of light, if you travelled away from earth at just under the speed of light for one year and then back again a very different amount of time would have passed on earth compared to the two years you’d experienced. Now my brain hurts and I’m going to lie down!

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