Doctor Who began in 1963. His journeys have shown us alien worlds, strange lifeforms, futuristic technology and mindbending cosmic phenomena.
The breadth and imagination of the Doctor's adventures have made the show one of science fiction's truly monumental success stories. BBC Focus Editor Paul Parsons explains the scientific reality behind the fiction.
Why time travel isn't ruled out by the laws of physics
The real K-9 — the robot assistant for space travellers built by NASA
How genetic engineering is being used to breed Dalek-like designer lifeforms
Why before long we could all be regenerating like a Time Lord.
The medical truth about the Doctor's two hearts, and the real creature with five
With style and exuberance, The Science of Doctor Who brings the very latest scientific thinking down to Earth.
About the Author:
Paul Parsons is the editor of monthly science and technology magazine BBC Focus, and has contributed popular science articles to publications ranging from the Daily Telegraph to FHM. He holds a DPhil in cosmology and is a lifelong worshipper of Doctor Who.
Arthur C. Clarke is the visionary grandmaster of 20th and 21st century Science Fiction. In a writing career than spans seven decades he has both prophesied key, world changing technologies and written Science Fiction that has become a benchmark for the genre.