Blac k Hole Fun
Four more science fiction singularities
Doctor Who, “The Three Doctors” 1972- 1973
The Time Lords owe their mighty powers to the Eye of Harmony, the nucleus of a black hole created by stellar engineer Omega. In Who’s tenth anniversary team- up, the Second and Third Doctors journey through the event horizon into an anti- matter universe shaped by the vengeful Gallifreyan’s will. It looks pretty much like Cromer. Into Infinity 1975
Shot by Gerry Anderson in- between seasons of Space: 1999, this one- off special/ unsuccessful pilot aimed to introduce kids to concepts like the theory of relativity. BRIAN BLESSED is among the crew of a faster- thanlight vessel that ultimately passes through a black hole into a parallel universe where space is blue, not black. Event Horizon 1997
Hey, you! Don’t fit a gravity drive which generates artificial black holes to power your spaceship. You’ll probably just create a gateway into a hell dimension, leaving your ship with an evil mind of its own – and the ability to torment anyone on board with horrifying hallucinations. Which is really annoying. Star Trek 2009
Black holes can also be used for time travel, as Nero discovers when one flings him back 25 years. They can also be weaponised, as the narked Romulan demonstrates when he spanks Spock for failing to save his homeworld by generating one deep inside Vulcan. Why he doesn’t just send Spock a text reading, “Get your pointy- eared ass to Romulus earlier!”, lord only knows.