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Simon Guerrier & Dr Marek Kukula: The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who

12th January 2017
Venue: The Great Hall, Oundle School, New St, Oundle
Time: 7.45pm

The first official guide to the science of Doctor Who by acclaimed Doctor Who novelist Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula, the Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Weaving together authoritative scientific discussion with a series of new adventures by acclaimed Doctor Who writers including Jenny T Colgan, George Mann and Jacqueline Rayner, Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula explore the possibilities of time travel, life on other planets, artificial intelligence, parallel universes and more. From the dawn of astronomy and the discovery of gravity to the moon landings and string theory, the authors show how science has inspired Doctor Who, and how, on occasion, life has mirrored art, such as the 1989 discovery of ‘ice-canoes’ on Triton which were featured in the 1973 episode The Planet of the Daleks.

For example, did you know…

The creation of the Cybermen in The Tenth Planet in 1966 was prompted by two American neuroscientists who argued that astronauts’ bodies should be adapted to suit the conditions of space.

The failure of Beagle 2 to land on Mars on Christmas Day 2003 influenced the loss of Guinevere One at the start of The Christmas Invasion.

The many parallel universes that feature in Doctor Who, from Inferno to Rise of the Cybermen are inspired by a reaction to the Schrodinger’s Cat theory: that a new universe is created for each different outcome.

Simon Guerrier is co-author of The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who for BBC Books, and has written countless Doctor Who books, comics, audio plays and documentaries. As research for one of his Doctor Who stories, he studied GCSE astronomy at the Royal Observatory Greenwich – resulting in an A* and the plot for another Doctor Who story. In 2015 Simon was a guest on Front Row and The Infinite Monkey Cage on Radio 4, and with his brother Thomas, makes films and documentaries – most recently HG and the H-Bomb for Radio 3.

Dr Marek Kukula initially wanted to be a Time Lord when he grew up but settled on becoming an astronomer as the next most exciting thing. He obtained his PhD in Radio Astronomy at Jodrell Bank Observatory then carried out research into galaxies and black holes at a number of institutions including the University of Edinburgh and the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of the Hubble Space Telescope. As the Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich he gives talks, curates exhibitions and liaises with scientists and the media. Marek is a judge on the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition and is also the author of The Intimate Universe, published in 2015.

Doctor Who stories are many things: thrilling adventures, historical dramas, and science fiction tales. But how much of the science is real? And how much is fiction? Come along to the TARDIS, otherwise known as the Great Hall and find out!

Tickets £8 (£6), £1 off early bird tickets bought before 5th January, available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle.

Open hours: 10.00am – 4.00pm Mon to Fri: Tel 01832 274734, online at www.oundlefestival.org.uk

Any queries call Helen on 07743988181 or email oundlelitfestival@hotmail.co.uk