“Doctor Who” may be science fiction, but the show often features real-life scientific phenomena, including the Sun’s eventual expansion and resulting death of the Earth in the episode “The End of the World.”
In this episode, humans (well, the LAST human), along with multiple other intelligent species, are on board a space station, attending a gala set up specifically for bidding the Earth farewell.
The fact is that the Sun *will* expand in the future, causing the Earth to bake in its presence.
In 1.1 billion years from now, the Sun will be 10% brighter than it is today. This extra energy will cause a moist greenhouse effect in the beginning, similar to the runaway warming on Venus. But then the Earth’s atmosphere will dry out as the water vapor is lost to space, never to return.
In 3.5 billion years from now, the Sun will be 40% brighter than it is today. It will be so hot that the oceans will boil and that water vapor will be lost to space as well. The ice caps will permanently melt, and snow will be ancient history; life will be unable to survive anywhere on the surface of the Earth. The Earth will resemble dry hot Venus.
What will become of humanity?
As the great Carl Sagan said, we must become spacefaring in order for the species to survive.
Can we do it? Can we be like all of those life forms in the show, living elsewhere in the galaxy or Universe but able to make a trip back to the solar system to see the end of the Earth?
With a Penny4NASA, we may be able to create some of the things necessary to have even a glimpse of what the species will need to survive in the future.
Doctor Who Series 4: The Doctor’s Daugther
I found this small article in The Big Issue, in an interview with Russell T Davids.
If this had happened.
*Makes inhuman noises* AHHHHHHHH!!!
A new series of Doctor Who stories is set to be published monthly to celebrate the 50th anniversary year of the hit television programme.
The 11 tales, known as “eshorts”, will each be written by a well-known children’s author.
Each story will feature one of the various regenerations of the Doctor, starting with William Hartnell, who played the character from 1963-1966.
A paperback of the stories will be published by Puffin in November.
The first children’s author will be revealed on the BBC Worldwide Doctor Who Facebook page on Monday 7 January, followed by the first story on Wednesday 23 January.
A promotional video of each author will also be available each month on the BBC Worldwide YouTube channel starting on Friday 11 January.
“Well-known children’s author.”
JK’s GOTTA be in there, right?!
That would be FAB.
But it was, it was a better life. I don’t mean all the traveling and seeing aliens and spaceships and things. That don’t matter. The Doctor showed me a better way of living your life.
Doctor Who trending high in the US section tonight! =]
I might actually die of fandom overload.