VIDEO: David Tennant In The Trailer For The Real History Of Science Fiction

David Tennant and Karen Gillan appear in the trailer for episode 4 of The Real History Of Science Fiction. The final part of the documentary series covers the subject of Time and premieres on BBC America on Saturday 16th August at 10pm/9c.

Watch the trailer here (plays in the USA only)

The Real History Of Science Fiction
From Star Wars to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and from Jurassic Park to Doctor Who, each program is packed with contributors behind these creations and traces the developments of Robots, Space, Invasion and Time. Narrated by Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who writer, actor, and co-creator of the BBC’s Sherlock, the series determines why science fiction is not merely a genre… for its audience it’s a portal to a multi-verse – one that is all too easy to get lost in.

Episode 4: Time
BBC America
Saturday 16th August, 10pm/9c
What if we could travel not just through space, but through time itself? If you could travel through time, would you change the past or the future? What if you found it couldn’t be changed? What price does the time traveller — and the people they are closest to — pay? This is a journey from H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine through ideas like The Grandfather Paradox and The Butterfly Effect to the professional time traveller that is the ever popular Doctor Who. Steven Moffat, David Tennant, Karen Gillan, and Neil Gaiman offer a unique perspective on the Doctor. Edward James Olmos reveals the hidden meaning of the language he created for the vision of the future that isBlade Runner. Bob Gale and Christopher Lloyd take us behind the scenes of Back to the Future,while Ed Solomon describes the joy of solving a time travel conundrum for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. But what would be the physical and emotional cost to the time traveller? Audrey Niffenegger explains what inspired her novel The Time Traveller’s Wife. And what if someone from the future tried to travel back in time to warn us? Would we believe them? From the apocalyptic tones of 12 Monkeys to the drama of Quantum Leap and the comedy of Groundhog Day, time travel is a subject that has been irresistible to the creators of every type of science fiction.

The episode is preceded on BBC America by a brand new special: Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion where Peter Davison looks at exactly what it takes to be up to travelling through space and time with the Doctor, with contributions from David Tennant, Steven Moffat and many more.

The two specials are part of the lead up to the Doctor Who Season 8 premiere on Saturday 23rd August. The week from Monday 18th August will be Doctor Who week, including marathons of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors and specials.