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If you ever wondered if the weird science in Doctor Who could really happen, then this show is for you, writes Sophie Perri Four scientists and a comedian walk on to a stage to talk about the TV show Doctor Who ...

This is not the start to some bad joke, but what will happen when stage show The Science of Doctor Who - a joint venture between Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) and the BBC - comes to Brisbane next month.

Hosted by comedian Rob Lloyd (who bears a striking resemblance to Doctor Who's David Tennant), the show will attempt to analyse the science behind the BBC TV series.

RiAus director Paul Willis, who has a PhD in palaeontology, says science has the most inspiring stories to tell.

"A lot of interesting science is discussed in all forms of science-fiction and Doctor Who is no exception, so what an interesting way to be able to explore some key scientific concepts," Willis says.

The merging of science and art is something RiAus embraces. The non-profit organisation, based in Adelaide, is believed to have the country's only science-themed art gallery.Willis has been "pleasantly surprised" at his own change of attitude toward the relationship between art and science.

"Previously, I have to admit, I found a lot of art-meets-science stuff to be quite tokenistic and not really adding any value either to the art or science," he says.

"But as time has gone on I have realised the real nexus between art and science is the fact that just about anything in science you cannot see ... whereas art is a specialist skillset in visualising the unseen.

"So when you bring those two together, you have a way of being able to explain science through art." Not only does Willis have a love for science, he loves engaging with others about science, a skill he honed during his days on TV shows Catalyst and Quantum.

Five years ago when RiAus was in its infancy, there was little dialogue beyond the local.

Now, its programs such as Science Behind the Headlines are streamed online and viewers across the world can pose questions through social media.The Science of Dr Who, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, May 10; visit riaus.org.au/DoctorWho to book.

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