Have you ever watched an episode of and found yourself wondering how much of what was going on was actually possible, or the extent to which the ideas were inspired by reality?
If so, you’re going to be in your element at Doctor Who Worlds Of Wonder, an exhibition that explores the science behind the TV series.
The exhibition, at the National Museum of Scotland in , is split into zones, beginning with a Time Vortex Corridor – or entrance – which leads on to the control room.
You’ll find a facsimile of the original Tardis console from 1963, rebuilt for the show’s 50th anniversary.
The Tardis technology room is full of key iconography, such as robots, wormholes, sonic screwdrivers and hypercubes.
This is the place to focus on if you want to understand more about time travel and how this concept is rooted in science fact.
‘What are the scientific theories on how you can get something as big as the Tardis into a small blue box?’ asks Steven Swaby, the curator and lifelong Doctor Who fan.
‘Astrophysicists have come up with theories about how this might be possible, and we’re trying to explore some of that.’
Black holes were first discovered in the early 1970s, and almost immediately they began to feature in episodes of Doctor Who.
You’ll learn more about this in the Cosmic Curiosities zone. Get a close-up look at costumes and props in Bioscience Frontiers and the Monster Vault, where you’ll see Cybermen, Daleks, Weeping Angels, The Silence, Sontarans, and even a Sea Devil Costume, which is on show for the first time ever.
A multimedia chamber is packed with best bits from Doctor Who, and clips and messages from experts and other contributors to the show, including writer and actor Mark Gatiss and Dr Clifford V Johnson, a multiverse specialist who’s also a scientific consultant on Marvel films.