Exactly 30 years ago, the world was introduced to the McFly family, and the amazing (albeit scattered) mind of Doctor Emmett Brown. From that day forward, the notion of time travel in the American mind would never be the same. But after three decades and as many films in the franchise, how does the story line up with the way we theorize about theoretical time travel today?

This week, we discuss the Back to the Future trilogy and the way it portrays both the mechanisms and ramifications of time travel. Being good Whovians, we also dive into how the films’ treatment of these concepts compares to the same within the world of Doctor Who as we know it.

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