Ditch spooky boos, hello ‘Doctor Who’

Event for sci-fi series fans highlights scientific concepts in show, more

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

Science fiction and “Doctor Who” fans at WSU are in for a special not-so-spooky treat this October.

The WSU Planetarium, locat­ed in Sloan Hall, is hosting Time for Doctor Who, an event analyz­ing the science behind the popu­lar sci-fi series “Doctor Who.”

McCall Daniels, a senior envi­ronmental science major, has coordinated the event for the past three years.

During the event, Daniels will discuss various scientific con­cepts related to the TV show, including the Big Bang theory and the Fermi paradox, which describes the potential for alien life.

“I go through how life developed on Earth but then tie it into the crea­tures of ‘Doctor Who,’ ” Daniels said.

She will present her research and project detailed images of planets onto the planetarium ceil­ing for viewers. Daniels is also making sure that the show is accessible to everyone, including peo­ple without extensive sci­entific knowledge or those who have never seen “Doctor Who.”

“I want to get this into terms people understand easily,” she said. “You’re learning, but it’s fun [and] it’s not a lecture … it’s really laid back and people can ask questions if they want throughout the show.”

Attendees are encouraged to dress in a costume, as there will be a costume contest at the end of the show. There will also be “Doctor Who”- themed trivia and prizes.

For those who are interest­ed, Time for Doctor Who will be showing at 7 p.m. Oct.12 and at 5 p.m. Oct. 14 in Sloan 231. There will be a $5 entry fee.