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Can time travel make the leap from the screen to reality?

July 21st, 2014 by Marc Comments

The sci-fi spans as far back as the 1950s, with many different themes explored. One of the most common is time travel, which is at the heart of the plot of series and film franchises. It’s something which doesn’t look likely to happen in the foreseeable future, but we can all dream, can’t we?

If any of us were able to go back or forth in time, there are so many questions to be answered such as where would we go, what would we change and which part of our lives would do differently, if we could? A survey among sci-fi fans across the UK recently asked all those questions and more, receiving some very intriguing responses.

Back to… the swinging sixties
The survey found that, when asking sci-fi fans which period of time people would like to go, 28.2% would go back to the 1960s. Another interesting response discovered that 39.3% of people would like to go back to their teenage years, while 25-34 year-olds were seen as the most sceptical about the concept of time travel ever coming true.

Best time-travel movie
Debate has always been intense over what film fans believe the best time-travel film or TV series to be. Film and TV have used the idea of time travel in a variety of ways over the years, from Arnie travelling through time to save the future in the Terminator films, to Richard Kelly’s head-scratching cult film, Donnie Darko in 2001.

Of course, the late 80s and early 90s are the decades best remembered for cult time travel flicks. Time travel films can’t be discussed without mentioning Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future franchise, which also proved to be the nation’s favourite in the survey, scoring 22.25% of the vote. Everyone’s favourite Time Lord, Doctor Who came a close second with 20.4% of those taking part agreeing it was the best time-travel series. See the Full Dr Who series 8 trailer here.

How to go back
Where the Doctor did come out on top was for his mode of transport. The TARDIS (a converted police box) got just over one in three votes as the most popular method of time travel, leaving Marty McFly and the Doc’s DeLorean trailing in second place. Sci-fi films have used a variety of vehicles to span time and space over the years, such as Bill and Ted’s phone booth, Hermione Granger’s time turner in Harry Potter and even a hot tub in Steve Pink’s aptly named Hot Tub Time Machine.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….