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Doctor Who (Episode: Logopolis) (1981)
Christopher Bidmead

This episode of the popular BBC show "Doctor Who" (most famously the last episode featuring the fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker) involves a city of whispering mathematicians whose computations keep the universe running smoothly.

Contributed by Finn Clark

"The next broadcast story was a sequel, called Castrovalva, which was more about the art of M.C.Escher but carried over the Logopolis concept of reality-altering maths. Both stories were written by Christopher Bidmead."

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Works Similar to Doctor Who (Episode: Logopolis)
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Doctor Who: The Turing Test by Paul Leonard
  2. The Pythagoras Problem by Trevor Baxendale
  3. Doctor Who: The Algebra of Ice by Lloyd Rose (pseudonym of Sarah Tonyn)
  4. The Mathenauts by Norman Kagan
  5. A Very Peculiar Practice by Andrew Davies
  6. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  7. Cascade Point by Timothy Zahn
  8. Drode's Equations by Richard Grant
  9. Artifact by Gregory Benford
  10. Contact by Carl Sagan
Ratings for Doctor Who (Episode: Logopolis):
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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (4 votes)
Literary Quality:
3.75/5 (4 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MediumTelevision Series or Episode,

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