Do You Know If These Things Are From Dr. Who or Actual Science?
by Mark Lichtenstein

There's a startling amount of technology out there that was actually conceived of by a science fiction writer. You're probably going to touch at least one device today that some marvelous nerd read about in Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, or Issac Asimov and said to him or herself, "You know, there should really be a real version of that!" 

From the 3D printer to instant messaging to the heads-up display to a rather new heat ray (thankfully non-lethal in its current iteration), there are all sorts of devices around us that entered a fiction writer's imagination before they were made flesh.

Doctor Who is no exception. Even though it relies on an awful lot of "bad" science - something that inherently afflicts any show that has time travel as a major plot point - it's not actually all as magical as it looks. Some of the technologies used by the Doctor are plausible, even if they weren't when the show first aired in 1963.

That means it's time to find out if you can identify them! Is the sonic screwdriver just a fun gimmick, or a real device? Could a room be bigger on the inside? Might we cause a crack in space-time? It's time to find the answers.

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