Nerd Equipment Showdown: Star Wars vs. Doctor Who

April 23, 2012

I have a feeling this is going to come off as really stilted. I’ve been a fan of Star Wars for most of my life, and I’ve never seen an episode of Doctor Who. But, my ideas may surprise you.

So, between these two giants of sci-fi/fantasy, who has the best technology? Who has the best nerd equipment?

Let’s find out:

It’s no doubt that the signature piece of technology for the Star Wars universe is…

the lightsaber.

Yes, that lightning sword of destruction wielded by Jedi and Sith alike. With the power to cut through pretty much any material and the ability to cut AND cauterize a wound at the same time, it’s not hard to see why so many kids (and adults. Don’t judge.) would be perfectly content to own one of their own.

Lightsabers can deflect blaster bolts, tear through packs of battle droids and make an iconic sound while doing so. It’s like the samurai sword of the… well, “long ago” times.

Bad example.

However, the signature piece of Doctor Who tech is the sonic screwdriver. It’s basically the opposite of a lightsaber. It can open almost any lock in the Universe, control any computer EVER, do health scans, things like that. It’s a bit more like something from Star Trek than Star Wars, but it’s still pretty awesome.

So, an electrical wand that can control all of the Universe, or a hand-held death-bolt that can destroy anything. That’s basically what it boils down to.

When you put it like that, it sounds like Doctor Who has the leg up.

As for transportation, Star Wars has a battalion of iconic ships. TIE Fighters, X-wings, Slave 1, Luke’s landspeeder, and the Millennium Falcon are some of the most ubiquitous modes of transportation in all of sci-fi. They are iconic beyond belief, but they have limitations. They can only travel so fast.

Even Han Solo says that Millennium Falcon can only travel .5 past light speed.

Why do I say “only”?

TARDIS is instantaneous.

There’s no worrying able navi-computers or coordinates in a TARDIS. You hop in, and you are where (and when) you want.

In a TARDIS, you don’t have to worry about navigating asteroid fields while fending off flocks of TIE fighters. In a TARDIS, Luke could just transport to the middle of the Death Star, make one swipe with a lightsaber and transport right the hell out again.

Hell, with a TARDIS, Luke could have just gone back in time and stabbed Empire Palpatine when he was a child.

So, I suppose, when you put it that way, Doctor Who has the leg up again.

So…. Doctor Who wins?

I don’t know. For me, it’s still Star Wars.

Yes, in general, Doctor Who tech is better, but I’ve wanted a lightsaber since I was 7.

My biases are pulling on my heartstrings harder than logical ever could.





This is not included in the 500 word limit.

Thanks to Tristram Salisbury for the challenge.

I love any time that I can spend talking about Star Wars.

And I really have been meaning to catch some Doctor Who. It’s all over Netflix. I really have no excuse.


Truly ghjr


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