Voices make a safe return from the Moon

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  • December 5, 2013
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Voices make a safe return from the Moon

The voices that were sent to the Moon as part of Dr Who’s 50th anniversary celebrations have made a safe return to planet Earth and can now be heard at the Moonbouncer website.

The campaign, which was conceptualised by the creatives at DraftFCB, was brought to life by the radio astronomy expertise of Swiss scientist Daniel Gautshi.

Using a rare form of celestial communication called 'moon bounce,' Gautshi was able to send 50 lucky voices on a 750,000km journey to the barren surface of the Moon, from which they were retransmitted back to Earth.

“I did not expect to receive the amount of voice entries that we did. It was exciting to be a part of it. They were all very different. It’s incredible what the human brain can come up with,” says the scientist.

These well-travelled recordings, which underwent galactic distortion during the journey, range from heartfelt and philosophical to humorous and downright bizarre.

One fan sent a recording of his dog barking, which made his pet the first canine to be heard on the lunar surface.

Another standout recording was five-year-old James Dibble Bell’s entry, in which he proclaimed his love for bow ties and the show.

“Let's talk about time and relative dimensions and space! I'm James. I like to wear... Oh! I've been around the sun five times! I like to wear a blazer and bow tie to school, because bow ties are cool! Doctor Who's awesome! Yeah, oh yeah,” he said.

And the young fan’s 17 seconds of fame won’t end here, because his recording has also been selected to feature in a radio advertisement to promote the show.    

While these entries were entertaining, the recording sent in by a fan named Curtis definitely won the creepy category.

“Doctor please come, I've been waiting for you. I love you. I am in Chongquing China, please come to me please. Please, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you Doctor,” he said in a message that could’ve been scripted into a film about an obsessed fan.

To listen to these and the 47 other voice messages that travelled to the Moon and back, visit the Moonbouncer website.

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