But what was writer Peter Harness thinking when he wrote the latest episode – Kill the Moon? Sorry Peter, but here are some questions for you:
- How can the mass of the moon increase? Hint: it can’t (conservation of mass.)
- How can a dragon fly through space? Hint: it can’t (conservation of momentum.)
- Why did the Doctor say the moon is 100 million years old, when it’s actually several billion?
- What was all that nonsense about the aliens being single-celled organisms when they are clearly not?
- Why was Courtney carrying anti-bacterial kitchen spray in her school bag?
- When you had complete carte blanche to create a new alien species, why did you make them look exactly like giant spiders?
- How could predators live on the moon where there is nothing for them to catch and eat?
- How could Courtney possibly become President of the United States when she is British?
- Why did the Doctor say Courtney was the first woman on the moon when she arrived at the same time as two other women?
- How did the Doctor get back out of the big hole he jumped into?
- How did the Tardis get back out of the big hole it fell into?
- Why did the people of Earth send three geriatric astronauts to save the planet (one of whom didn’t even know how the nuclear bombs were supposed to work)?
- Why did the astronauts say that humans no longer had rocket technology, when the Mexicans had visited the Moon ten years earlier?
- Why did the astronauts say that humans no longer had rocket technology, when previous episodes of Doctor Who have shown humans to be developing space technology?
- Why did the Mexicans fail to find any minerals on the moon, when it is already known that the moon is packed with minerals?
I’m used to Doctor Who violating all kinds of science, and I hate that, because it’s such a good opportunity to get kids interested in science and to teach them a little about how the world works. But when an episode violates common sense and simple facts in such a grand fashion, it makes my blood boil (although not literally, because that would be unscientific.) It’s just a metaphor, children.
Oh, Peter, you are turning me into a grumpy old sod, and I hate that most of all!