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Today, 21 October 2015 is Back to the Future Day - the point in time to which the second instalment of the famous film trilogy propelled its protagonists in what at the time (the film was released in 1989) seemed a far-off and wondrous place.. 

To mark the occasion, we have traveled backwards and forwards to discover how the past has shaped our lives today, and take the opportunity to look back at some of the more memorable temporal shifting devices from film, television and literature. 

HG Wells’ The Time Machine

The Time Machine was the first major novel written by HG Wells. It is based on an earlier story that he wrote called the Chronic Argonauts. It was an instant bestseller. In the book, a 'Time Traveller' has a machine that transports him over 800,000 years into the future, where he meets the Eloi people and the brutish Morlocks who live underground and seem to do all the work that keeps this future world going. 

The Tardis

One of the most iconic of all time machines, the Type 40 time and space machine, Time and Relative Distance in Space... or TARDIS as we tend to call it. It is a small blue police box used by Doctor Who to travel the universe. The Tardis first appeared on UK television screens in 1963. It is better equipped than most houses, with a swimming pool, boot room, wardrobe and a library. It used to change its exterior appearance, almost like a chameleon, however it got stuck as a police box - Wonder it he has tried turning it on and off again? 

The DeLorean - Back to the future

In the 1985 film, Back to the Future, Dr Emmett 'Doc' Brown's time machine comes in the form of a modified DeLorean car, which combined with a 'flux capacitor,' and a little plutonium, accidentally transports our hero Marty McFly back to 1955. While there, he interferes with his then school-student parents' love life and introduces them to rock and roll music before making his way back to his own time and a happy ending. Two sequels followed in which the DeLorean transported Marty and the Doc forward to 21 October 2015 where cars flew, robot drones captured the news and 'skate' boards hovered, as well as taking them back to the year 1885.

The Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider is not technically a time machine, but it is built by scientists under the French-Swiss border and it might just be the closest we ever get. In this giant machine, two beams of particles race in the opposite directions around the circumference of a 17 mile, circular tunnel. The particles are guided by more than a thousand cylindrical, supercooled magnets, and crash into each other at nearly the speed of light. This should in effect replicate, and allow us to see, what happened when the universe began.



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