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Jubilee for the Doctor Who series - each Doctor brought with him new scientific developments

In the fifty years of the mythological series Doctor Who, the actors and directors changed, and with them new scientific developments were also presented following discoveries by science - starting with computing and robotics, through regenerative medicine, nanotechnology and quantum physics, all to help the hero carry out his tasks in the series

A British postal stamp issued in 1999 commemorating the series Dr. Who. Photo: Neftali /
A stamp of the British post office issued in 1999 commemorating the Dr. Who series. Photo: Neftali /

Today, November 23, the BBC will broadcast a special episode for the 50th anniversary of the humorous science fiction series Doctor Who, which, under the pressure of fans, refuses to go off the air.

The first Doctor who was portrayed in the years 1963-1966 by William Hartnell, brought with him the gospel of time travel. The Doctor lands in different eras in history and in the future with the TARDIS - his battered police box, the type of box used by British police officers for their work in the field, and as a phone booth connected directly to police headquarters. The field of time travel remains to this day in the realm of science fiction, unless one calls for the correction made to take into account the theory of relativity in the construction of the clocks used by the GPS satellites, otherwise the GPS would drift 3 km every day.

The second doctor, Patrick Troghton (Troghton -1967-1969) has already added issues on regenerative medicine to the chapters. To explain the personal changes the Doctor had to reinvent himself. We cannot regenerate humans, but regenerative medicine allows us to grow tissues from that person's body outside the body and thus prevent the rejection of the transplant. Although already in 1997, Dr. Jay Vakanti from the Massachusetts General Hospital managed to grow a human ear on the back of a mouse, but it is only about the external configuration and not all the internal complexity. Today, the direction of regenerative medicine is to develop cells from induced stem cells (originating from the patient's own skin) and inject them back into the body in order to encourage it to regenerate the tissue itself.

During Trafton's time, the character of Cyberman was also upgraded - a hybrid of man and machine. Even today we are far from that regarding humans. Regarding other creatures anyway - in 2006, DARPA held a competition to develop hybrids of robots and insects. Today a startup company called Brains has developed such a kit that can be controlled from a smartphone.

John Pertwee, the Fourth Doctor 1968-1973 brought with him the news of transmitting electrical signals to crystals. At the time Su was a machine that shrunk anything it aimed at, in reality today crystals are used by us in countless sensors, and even in speakers and inkjet printers.
Tom Baker, who owned the series in the years 1974-1981, brought an innovation - the time machine in the series is controlled by a computer called the Matrix. Participants enter a virtual world where battles take place, but if someone is hurt in the game, their real body also dies. One could think that the director was inspired by the film but the famous Matrix was created only three decades later. There is no need to go into detail about the world of computing and virtual games that we all experience, it's just luck that we really don't die following the death of our characters in games.
Peter Davidson (the doctor in 1981-1984) brought antimatter with him. The Time Lord in his version was imprisoned for many years in a universe made of antimatter. Although it is not known if there are other universes in which there is a universe made of antimatter, it is likely that in the big bang there was a small excess of matter over antimatter, most of the matter evaporated with the antimatter and the little that is left we, the stars and galaxies are made of.

Colin Baker (Ph.D. in 1984-1986) provided viewers with information on the issue of the materials headquarters. A special M circuit inserted into the TARDIS caused the time machine to merge with its surroundings.

Sylvester McCoy (1987-1989) included teleportation, a topic that appears in many science fiction books, but in reality scientists have only been able to teleport at the atomic level.

Paul McGann, whose tenure was one season (1996), brought the interstellar journey to the series. With the help of the Eye of Harmony, an artificial black hole, the Time Lords (and Dr. Who) could move through space and time, the Eye of Harmony was the driving force of the TARDIS at that time.
The next innovation - nanotechnology was introduced in 2005 with the return of the series to revival played by Christopher Axelston. One of the characters, Captain Jack Harkens came from the 51st century and in his spaceship there are almost invisible devices that can enter the body and heal it.

David Tennant who hosted the series in 2005-2010 brought the Zeno effect from quantum physics. There it was in the great world of statues that move when you're not looking at them and reveal stone teeth and return to their former position when you look at them. In quantum physics, as we know, the location of particles is not absolute but probabilistic, the name Zeno effect was invented to describe the quantum phenomenon by two researchers from the University of Texas.

The actor Matt Smith who now plays Dr. He brought string theory to the series, and this for one important purpose - to allow the time machine to be big on the inside and small on the outside.

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  1. It sounds like you are describing a fictional series!?

    You have to remember that in the end it is a real factual basis that was revealed to us from a TV series but describes real events!

  2. Regarding your comments, since I was copying from a printed document, being tired, I may have had transcription errors here and there, and I will correct them. Certainly in the details of the series.
    In the article I read and from which I extracted it, it is written that he played in a long interim episode, which was actually the only episode in that season, there was no mention of a motion picture.

    And the same source also claims that it was a battered police box from the beginning. Regarding the robot, I will read the source again.
    As for the diversity in the form of referring to a character, at Ha'aretz they explained to me when I worked there that it was forbidden to repeat the same form in the same sentence or close to it, but to use a synonym.

  3. Not only in the names... there are quite a few mistakes.
    The regeneration is designed so that it is possible to change actors, and its explanation in the show is not to become younger but to recover from an injury (and the actor who will play the next Doctor will be older than the current one).
    TARDIS and not TRADIS. And she may look like a police box, but she really isn't.
    It is not clear to me what is meant by "robot" in the second sentence.
    Paul McGann played in the Dr. Who movie, and was not in the season of the series.
    And the thing that most betrays that you are not a real Whovian, because it tends to annoy fans of the series very much: the character's name is "The Doctor". There is no character in the series who answers to the name "Dr. Who".

  4. The time machine was bigger on the inside already from the first episode, and you have mistakes in names here and there, you should correct them (Matt Smith, Captain Jack Harkens).

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