Can watching Doctor Who earn you science credits?

New special explores the "science" of British sci-fi show

Coming soon to BBC America is another one of their Doctor Who specials, this time focusing on "The Science of Doctor Who."

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The special basically takes clips from the show and interweaves them with interviews with actual scientists, discussing the scientific plausibility of concepts from the show. In this clip, we see a bunch of writers and scientists discussing time travel.

Considering how many real-life inventions have been created from science fiction in the past (witness all of the developments from Star Trek for example - the tricorder/smartphone, the PADD/tablet, etc.), it's not surprising to see if things like the "sonic screwdriver" could be a reality in the future. Unfortunately, I doubt that watching the show will give you a higher grade in temporal physics.

The show will air on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at 9 p.m. Eastern on BBC America.

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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