Watch The Real History of Science Fiction

This television documentary series from the BBC explores the genre of science fiction, with an intensive examination of different aspects of movies and television productions dealing with this theme. Mark Gatiss serves as the narrator. However, many episodes also contain interviews with leading actors and actresses from a variety of science fiction productions. The guest list includes William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols, both from the original Star Trek series; Scott Bakula, from Quantum Leap and Star Trek:Enterprise; Peter Weller, from Robocop; Nathan Fillion, from Firefly; David Tennant, from Dr. Who; and Christopher Lloyd, from Back to the Future.

Saturdays 10:00 PM et/pt on BBC America
2 Seasons, 5 Episodes
April 19, 2014
Action & Adventure, Drama
7.4/10
Cast: Charlie Jane Anders, Mark Gatiss, Dominic Sandbrook, Keir Dullea
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The Real History of Science Fiction Full Episode Guide

  • This Time Travel Special journeys from H. G. Wells The Time Machine through ideas like The Grandfather Paradox and The Butterfly Effect, to the professional time traveler that is the ever popular Doctor Who. Steven Moffat, David Tennant, Karen Gillan, and Neil Gaiman offer a unique perspective on the Doctor. Furthermore, Edward James Olmos reveals the hidden meaning of the language he created for the vision of the future that is Blade Runner, while Bob Gale and Christopher Lloyd take us behind the scenes of Back to the Future.

  • A look into the history of time.

  • A exploration of alien invasion's in the world of science fiction.

  • What if we could explore the vastness of Space? Science fiction has always fed upon our need to wonder what is out there. From the horrifying scenes of Alien, to the epic spectacle of Star Wars, this is a journey to the stars and the alien encounters that await us there.

  • The show takes a look at the world of robots including HAL in "2001: A Space Odyssey" and theCylons of "Battlestar Galactica.

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