Review: The Science of Doctor Who

Everyone has heard of Doctor Who. It’s probably the most popular science fiction TV show ever created.

But behind the fiction in science fiction, how much science is behind the show? Is it realistic? Is it possible? Learn about time travel, string theory, regeneration and more with this fun and educational show presented by RiAus and BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand.

With comedian Rob Lloyd, a panel of scientists – Dr Martin White, Dr Alan Duffy and Dr Allie Ford – and The Whiteboard*, you’ll learn what is an isn’t possible. The science is explained at a level that children will understand. The show is very family orientated, with lots of children in the audience. It’s an almost-entirely sold out show just demonstrating the popularity of Doctor Who.

I gather that majority of the audience are Whovians (or have been dragged along with one). I admit that I was in neither of these categories, rather I was a curious audience member who was interested in what a good educational science show should be like. The show is highly entertaining and incredibly hilarious. I find myself laughing along and enjoying the show more than I thought I would.

The host, Rob Lloyd, does a great job in pushing the pace of the show along and thinking out loud, guiding the audience in understanding complex ideas as much as the scientists do. The format of the show is fast and there’s never a dull moment. The show goes for over 1.5 hours and I never felt bored. The snippets of Doctor Who footage interspersed with the appearance of The Whiteboard and a scientist to address each question is effective and simple. The science is fairly basic but it does cover the general ideas and was a wonderful introduction for those who want to learn more.

The use of mobile phones for live audience votes throughout makes the show a fun interactive experience too!

Tickets available now!

Sydney 23, 24, 25 May – BOOK HERE

Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre

Adelaide 31 May – BOOK HERE

Norwood Concert Hall, Norwood Town Hall

Melbourne 13, 14, 15 June –BOOK HERE

Merlyn Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse

For more details, visit

* The Whiteboard has its own Twitter account – follow it here at

We attended as a guest on behalf of RiAus – and would like to thank them for the opportunity to catch such a great show!


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