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August 13, 2010 7:48 AM   Subscribe

Back in January, Dr. Megan Argo and an international team working at Jodrell Bank detected a powerful jet of energy from supernova 2007gr. Her way of announcing it? Doctor Who fan fiction describing the event from a TARDIS eye view. [via]
posted by quin (23 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
How does she get away with this? I've tried to deliver presentations at work in character as Adric, and I get nothing but strange looks and a note in my personnel file.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:58 AM on August 13, 2010 [8 favorites]


That is fantastic! (Wrong doctor, I know, but it felt appropriate. And man, how awesome would 9 and Martha together have been?)
posted by kmz at 8:00 AM on August 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


Now they just need to write an episode of Doctor Who in which a powerful jet of energy from a supernova is observed and described in a very technical, boring paper.
posted by Menthol at 8:01 AM on August 13, 2010 [5 favorites]


NEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRDDDSS
posted by mightygodking at 8:21 AM on August 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


Choosing Martha as the companion... brave move, unorthodox. I like her style.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 8:34 AM on August 13, 2010


I've tried to deliver presentations at work in character as Adric, and I get nothing but strange looks and a note in my personnel file
Maybe they hate Adric just as much as 90% of the rest of Whovian fandom.
posted by Electric Dragon at 8:45 AM on August 13, 2010 [2 favorites]


Nice. All science fiction papers should be written this way. In fact, I think I may go create a peer-reviewed journal which only accepts papers written as Dr. Who fan fiction. Entries will be reviewed for accuracy by both a scientific expert committee and a Dr. Who expert committee. Allons-y!
posted by Salvor Hardin at 8:47 AM on August 13, 2010 [4 favorites]


In fact, I think I may go create a peer-reviewed journal which only accepts papers written as Dr. Who fan fiction. Entries will be reviewed for accuracy by both a scientific expert committee and a Dr. Who expert committee.

In that case, I would be so much happier to do lit review.
posted by WidgetAlley at 8:53 AM on August 13, 2010


Maybe they hate Adric just as much as 90% of the rest of Whovian fandom.

Whaaat? The Fifth Doctor and Adric make Dr. Who's best tag team ever!

I keeed, I keeed.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:57 AM on August 13, 2010


Mrs.Charred Husk-to-be teaches astronomy and I recently got her hooked on Dr.Who. I should see if I can get her to make this required reading in her class.
posted by charred husk at 9:21 AM on August 13, 2010


Mrs.Charred Husk-to-be

Speaking as someone who often refers to Mrs. Bronzefist or even Mrs. Fist, this wins for most distressing reference to a MeFite's significant other

posted by Durn Bronzefist at 9:32 AM on August 13, 2010 [7 favorites]


Maybe they hate Adric just as much as 90% of the rest of Whovian fandom.

Hey, at least Who has the balls to get rid of sidekicks in famously heartless ways.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 9:45 AM on August 13, 2010


Choosing Martha as the companion... brave move, unorthodox. I like her style.

Ah, Martha. Between you and Gina Bellman on Jekyll, 2007 was a good year for developing massive crushes on BBC actresses.

Anyway, that fanfic was great! Megan Argo, you are VERY EXCELLENT.
posted by Greg Nog at 9:47 AM on August 13, 2010


With a grating, wheezing noise, a small blue box flickered into existence.

Not even so much fan fiction, but sounds like in the first couple of lines that it could have been written by Terrance Dicks -- or at least something for the Target line.

(For those of you who aren't fans, this is a pretty awesome thing.)


"It's beautiful. But... why are we here?"
"Why not?" he said. "Have you ever seen a star explode?!"


Poor Martha, little did he know that as soon as her back was turned, the Doctor was going to try to use that energy to make a call to Rose.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:11 AM on August 13, 2010 [5 favorites]


That is fantastic!

Oooh, I made that :-D
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 10:48 AM on August 13, 2010


Be sure to check out the Audio Drama version.
posted by chiefthe at 11:16 AM on August 13, 2010


As far as companions go, I feel I must admit ... yes, I applauded when Adric died.

If only Mel had been killed off. I couldn't stand her, either.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 11:21 AM on August 13, 2010


As long as we're having this companion discussion, I sill feel all tingly when I think of Peri.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 11:44 AM on August 13, 2010


I sill feel all tingly when I think of Peri.

Leela for me.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 12:06 PM on August 13, 2010


I recently went through and rewatched all the Leela episodes. She was so badass. I especially appreciate the arguments between her and the Doctor about the effectiveness of Leela going on a murderous rampage in a given situation.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 12:26 PM on August 13, 2010 [2 favorites]


Also, I always wished the Doctor could have had Jamie, Leela, and Ace as companions at the same time. That would have been a formidable fighting force!
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 3:22 PM on August 13, 2010


And K9, of course.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 3:24 PM on August 13, 2010


Supernovas could be directing the development of life throughout the universe
posted by homunculus at 3:23 PM on August 17, 2010


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