Science Goes to the Movies: Doctor Who

DOCTOR WHO, a British television series which began in 1963 and continues to the present day, engages both science and history. The main character travels backwards and forwards in time in a telephone booth used to call the police; The Doctor comes to the rescue instead. Dr. Mukund Vengalattore, an atomic physicist at Cornell University, discusses with Dr. Heather Berlin and journalist Faith Salie the plausibility of the series and “spooky action” (an actual scientific term coined by Einstein which in quantum physics means when separate groups of particles affect one another) in SCIENCE GOES TO THE MOVIES. The entire episode is available to stream below.

SCIENCE GOES TO THE MOVIES is a CUNY TV show made possible by a grant from the Sloan Foundation. This is the fourth episode of Season 2, which aired on public television on April 8.

On November 9, 2015 the Museum of the Moving Image hosted the world premiere screening of episode nine, "Sleep No More," of the ninth season of Doctor Who. Writer Mark Gatiss, who stars in the BBC SHERLOCK series opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, was interviewed by The New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff. Listen to that conversation below.