The long running science fiction television
series Doctor Who
has over the years been the subject of many comedy sketches and specially-made comedy programmes, from Spike Milligan
's "Pakistani Dalek
" to the Comic Relief episode Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death
. There have been occasional parodies and references to Doctor Who
on American TV shows such as Saturday Night Live
, The Simpsons
, Late Night With Conan O'Brien
, Robot Chicken
, and The Colbert Report
. What follows below is a chronological listing of Doctor Who
parody, categorized by medium:
It's a Square World (1963)
Probably the first televised Doctor Who
spoof was on the Michael Bentine
sketch show It's a Square World
in December 1963, only a few weeks after the series first aired. Bentine's season finale, broadcast on New Year's Eve
, featured Clive Dunn
playing a scientist called Doctor Fotheringown ("Doctor Who?" / "No, not Doctor Who, Doctor Fotheringown!"), for which Dunn wore William Hartnell
's First Doctor
costume and wig. The sketch, which was recorded on 16 December
and 20 December 1963
, also featured Wilfrid Brambell
and Patrick Moore
Dave Allen at Large (1970s)
The sketch/sitdown comedy series starring Irish comic Dave Allen
featured several Who
parodies throughout its long run. A prominent example originally aired in the early 1970s. An Irish country priest is tidying up his church. He becomes aware that the baptismal font
(which is roughly cylindrical, with a wide base and a domed top) seems to be following him
when he isn't looking directly at it. As the cleric quickens his pace down the nave
, the font charges after him screaming in metallic tones, "Exterminate! Exterminate! Annihilate! Destroy!" The priest ducks into the confessional
, which then dematerializes (accompanied by the familiar TARDIS sound effects).
Pakistani Dalek (1975)
's television sketch show Q
contained a memorable sketch in which a Dalek returns to its suburban home from a bad day at work and proceeds to exterminate things that irritate, including commuters on the tube, even demanding that his wife, in the trademark Dalek staccato, to "Put [the family dog] in the curry
!" It may be worth noting that because Milligan had been the one who helped Doctor Who writer Terry Nation
during the years in which he was impoverished.
The Goodies (1975, 1980)
In the British comedy series The Goodies
, there were Doctor Who spoofs in at least two of the episodes.
In the episode, Invasion of the Moon Creatures, Tim tells Graeme that he must telephone home, and Bill points to a telephone box floating past (actually Doctor Who's TARDIS).
In the episode U-Friend or UFO?, when Graeme asks his robot EB-GB: "How do you speak to aliens?", EB-GB replies "Exterminate!" in a Dalek voice, .
End of Part One (1979)
In the British comedy series End of Part One
, the one-off 'Doctor Eyes' sketch parodied the low budget nature of Doctor Who, featuring bad special effects and poor acting. Ironically, End of Part One director Geoffrey Sax would later also direct the Doctor Who telefilm
The Two Ronnies
An episode of the long-running comedy show The Two Ronnies
spoofed Doctor Who
in a sketch called "The Adventures of Archie". Ronnie Corbett
, as the eponymous character, becomes trapped in the past but is able to return to the twentieth century in the TARDIS after the Doctor turns up. Ronnie Barker
played Jon Pertwee
's Doctor as the scarecrow Worzel Gummidge
, Pertwee's other famous television role. In another sketch, both Ronnies portray robots which claim that "we're good enough for Doctor Who
"; they are then exterminated by two enormous cans of Dulux
paint that have acquired the mind of Daleks.
Lenny Henry (1986)
A sketch on The Lenny Henry Show
featured Lenny Henry
as the (newly regenerated) Doctor alongside his assistant Peri
. The two land on Earth in the year 2010 and encounter the Cybermen
and their leader "Thatchos" (a Cyberleader with a Margaret Thatcher
wig and handbag); the Doctor's response is to "run up and down lots of corridors". This sketch was included as an extra on the video release of Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death
. According to the BBFC case page
it will see DVD release as an extra on the Trial of a Time Lord
French & Saunders
A never-aired sketch filmed for French & Saunders
featured Dawn French
and Jennifer Saunders
as bored extras in Silurian
costumes during the filming of a Doctor Who
serial that resembles The Trial of a Time Lord
. They eventually disrupt filming so much that the floor manager tells them that all Silurians can have a tea break. Unfortunately, their version of the Inquisitor
also happens to come from the planet Siluria, and walks off the set as well. George Layton
played the Doctor. The segment was included as an extra on the video release of Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death
Victoria Wood (1987)
Victoria Wood As Seen On TV
featured a brief sketch in which Jim Broadbent
(later to appear in The Curse of Fatal Death
) appears as a Tom Baker
-style Doctor and comes up against a villain called Crayola
. The sketch parodies the technobabble of the show, and the amount of continuity references later episodes of the series had.
Fast Forward (1990)
The Australian Sketch Comedy Show Fast Forward
featured a sketch which combined political satire with a spoof of Doctor Who
The sketch featured "Doctor Whoson" (played by Steve Vizard), who was an amalgam of the Fourth Doctor and the then Australian Federal Opposition Leader, Dr John Hewson; Lylo (played by Marg Downey), based on Leela; a rubber alien, who after removing his rubber head was revealed to be the recurring character "Bruce Rump" (a spoof of Bruce Ruxton); Davros with the head of then opposition MP John Howard; and a disembodied voice called "Time Lord Malcolm", who had lost his trousers (former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser famously appeared in an American hotel lobby sans trousers in 1986). Davros was also towing a crude imitation K-9.
Doctor Whoson's mission was to find a new immigration policy, which he eventually took from some graffiti spray-painted on the TARDIS: "Two wongs don't make a white." (The implication is that Bruce Rump had put it there). However, Whoson says "two wogs" instead.
The Real McCoy
The Real McCoy
, a BBC sketch show, featured a sketch using footage from the serial Earthshock
. In a dubbed scene where the Fifth Doctor
confronts the Cyberleader, the two characters speak in Jamaican Creole
, with the Doctor telling the Cyberleader "You no look like no Dalek to me". This sketch was included as an "Easter Egg
" on the DVD release of Earthshock
The Corridor Sketch (1991)
The Corridor Sketch
was made in 1991 by Reeltime Pictures
. Its credits do not include a scriptwiter, but list "Cast & Crew" as gag writers and Kevin Davies
as script editor. It was produced by Keith Barnfather
It takes the form of a mockumentary, with Nicholas Briggs as a reporter visiting the set of Doctor Who on the first day of filming on 9 August 1963 (although the actual first day was on 20 August and what is being filmed appears to be the first episode of The Daleks).
The sketch includes several references to popular stories about the early days of the show. For example, "Sidney Newbaum" (Sydney Newman) assures the interviewer there will be no bug-eyed monsters, at which point a Dalek wrapped in brown paper gets wheeled across the corridor.
The sketch ends with the Director General of the BBC (played by Nicholas Courtney) predicting the series will last "twenty-six years, one week and six days". The credits then run over a reversed version of the theme tune.
It appears as an extra on the The Beginning DVD box set, alongside the three 1999 Doctor Who Night sketches.
Saturday Night Live (1992, 2002, 2005)
The March 14th
episode of Saturday Night Live had a parody where Democratic presidential candidates Paul Tsongas
, Jerry Brown
, and Bill Clinton
(played respectively by Al Franken
, Dana Carvey
, and Phil Hartman
) speak at a Star Trek convention. The Carvey/Brown character mentions Dr. Who.
The March 16 2002 episode of Saturday Night Live featured Sir Ian McKellen — then famous for his roles in the X-Men and The Lord of the Rings movies — in a sketch about a public access television programme titled "Kevin and Richie's Comic Book Zone". In it, McKellen plays a pizza parlour manager who is introduced as the "local Doctor Who impersonator", he comes out dressed in costume as the Fourth Doctor. The hosts question him about choice of subject (he responds that he's the only guy around with a British accent) and quickly ask him to try his hand at other English-accented characters, leading to McKellen mimicking his own performances in the genre. The TARDIS dematerialization sound is also used several times during the sketch.
The February 5 2005 episode featured Paris Hilton in a spoof advertisement for a phone sex line for science fiction and fantasy fans. At the sketch's conclusion, Hilton dons a Tom Baker-style scarf and floppy hat and mentions Doctor Who, the TARDIS, Daleks and "extermination".
All are notable for being rare inclusions of Doctor Who in American popular culture. The comparatively limited fashion in which Doctor Who has penetrated the American cultural consciousness (as opposed to Star Trek) may account for why SNL did not parody the series' specific concepts, but merely incorporated it as part of a parody of fandom in general.
The Simpsons (1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2007)
has briefly referred to Doctor Who
at least five times. The Fourth Doctor
(or Tom Baker
in costume) made cameo appearances in the episodes "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming
" (as one of the "esteemed representatives of television"), "Mayored to the Mob
" (at a science fiction convention), and "Treehouse of Horror X
" (in which he is kidnapped by the Comic Book Guy
, along with Lucy Lawless
and Yasmine Bleeth
). Tom Baker did not provide any voices for The Simpsons. Tables resembling the TARDIS
console appear briefly in "The Homer They Fall
", and in "Bart the Fink
" the Comic Book Guy is seen wheeling a wheelbarrow full of tacos and saying, "Yes, this should provide adequate sustenance for the Doctor Who
marathon." In the episode "Springfield Up
" a British filmmaker, voiced by Eric Idle, is interviewing the family and Homer calls him "Doctor Who." In the episode "Husbands and Knives
" Milhouse is attacked by a pop-up comic book of Wolverine
. After shedding a tear on the cover of the book, Comic Book Guy calls Milhouse "Doctor Boo-Who."
Doctor Who in turn referenced The Simpsons in the 2008 episode "Planet of the Ood", in which an Ood with a "comedy classic option" setting on his translator ball says, "D'oh!
The Fourth Doctor sells New Zealand investments (1996)
In his autobiography, Tom Baker writes, "'Would you like to go to New Zealand to do a commercial?' That's the sort of question an actor likes to hear from his agent in freezing mid-January."
Consequently, in January 1996, Tom Baker did an advertisement for New Zealand television, spoofing his own portrayal of the Fourth Doctor and advising viewers to plan for their financial future. He points out how the audience does not "need a sonic screwdriver or a Gallifreyan time capsule" to figure out that New Zealand Superannuation Services are a reasonable way to make their future dreams realities.
The 30-second spot licensed not just the Fourth Doctor's appearance, but the console room and a version of the show's theme music similar to that of the Seventh Doctor's. It ended on a scene of the TARDIS amongst New Zealand sheep.
Harry Enfield and Chums (1997)
A one-off sketch in the second series of Harry Enfield and Chums
parodied the then-recent casting of Liverpudlian
actor Paul McGann
as the Doctor in the 1996 TV movie. A workman stands next to a ladder in an otherwise abandoned TV studio, when suddenly the TARDIS appears, and out steps Gary Bleasdale
's "Gary Scouser" character (one of Enfield's popular trio of stereotypical Scouser
characters), dressed in the Fourth Doctor's coat, scarf and hat. The workman asks "Who are you?", to which Gary replies "I'm Doctor Who Are You Lookin' At?" He then headbutts the workman, and begins to rant "Come on then, where's all these friggin' Daleks, eh? I'll bleedin' exterminate yez!" as the Doctor Who
music fades in.
Although he did not appear in this particular sketch, Paul's brother Joe McGann is a regular in the Scouser segments, playing Barry Scouser.
TV Offal (1997)
, a creation of Victor Lewis Smith
had the Gay Daleks
as recurring characters. They came from the planet Maskaro and travelled in a flying portoloo known as the TURDIS. They also had pink livery and often sported handbags slung-over their plunger-arm, as well as distinctly un-Dalek-like phraseology such as "BITCH". Each episode ended with an aroused Dalek ejaculating (sometimes preceded by "I AM GOING TO EX-SPERMINATE!"), repeating in the metallic voice the phrase "WHITE WEE WEE!". In the pilot episode, dubbed clips from Destiny of the Daleks
were used instead.
After the first (and only) series the estate of Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks, refused to renew the license. Later attempts at reviving the Gay Daleks as an animated series were also blocked.
Shooting Stars (1997)
Episode 2 of the 3rd Series featured a sketch featuring the first four Doctors as the original members of the band The Who
- the Third Doctor
, Jon Pertwee
as Roger Daltrey
(played by Vic Reeves
); the Fourth Doctor
, Tom Baker
as Pete Townshend
(played by Mark Lamarr
); the First Doctor
, William Hartnell
as John Entwistle
(played by Bob Mortimer
); and the Second Doctor
, Patrick Troughton
as Keith Moon
(played by Matt Lucas
) performing "My (Re)Generation" in a studio with Tardis
-like roundels forming part of the set. This sketch formed part of a question for Janet Street-Porter
posed by host Vic Reeves
:; "Who is the current Doctor Who?" who at the time was Paul McGann
as the Eighth Doctor
Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death (1999)
An episode made for Comic Relief
with celebrity appearances from Rowan Atkinson
, Joanna Lumley
, Hugh Grant
, Richard E. Grant
(later to appear in the webcast Scream of the Shalka
) and Jim Broadbent as various incarnations of the Doctor and Jonathan Pryce
as the Master
Doctor Who Night (1999)
On November 13 1999, BBC Two showed various Doctor Who-related material interspersed with sketches and documentaries, under the title "Doctor Who Night". The night featured three sketches by writer Mark Gatiss, better known as a member of The League of Gentlemen, who went on to write the episodes "The Unquiet Dead" (2005) and "The Idiot's Lantern" (2006) for the revived series of Doctor Who, as well as starring in "The Lazarus Experiment" (2007). These sketches were co-written and performed with David Walliams, later to be better known for his work on Little Britain.
In "The Pitch of Fear", Walliams appears as Sydney Newman and Gatiss as fictional BBC executive "Mr Borusa" in a spoof about the early history of Doctor Who, which also features Little Britain's Paul Putner.
"The Web of Caves", which is in black and white, sees Walliams and Putner as aliens (somewhat similar in appearance to Movellans) trying to persuade the Doctor (Gatiss) to defeat their schemes. The Walliams alien appears alone at first and outlines his scheme to hollow out the core of the Earth and replace it with a motor (The Dalek Invasion of Earth) the Doctor dismisses this plan, in a rather bored fashion, as having been done and the alien suggests he will come back the next day with a new plan. The next day he returns, accompanied by the Putner alien, and proposes to drain the world's oceans into its core thus boiling them away (The Underwater Menace) again the Doctor points out that it has been done but decides he has to stop them. The two aliens and the Doctor agree a time for their battle and the Doctor leaves in the TARDIS, only to have it rematerialise in the same spot leaving the Doctor visibly annoyed. He disappears back into the TARDIS only to have the Walliams alien obliviously comment on how nice the Doctor is.
In "The Kidnappers", Walliams abducts Peter Davison for Gatiss.
All three sketches were included as extras in the DVD box set Doctor Who: The Beginning (consisting of the first three serials of the programme). A reference in "The Pitch of Fear" to Doctors "towards the end" of the series being played by "any old f***er with an Equity card" had deeply offended both Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy when it was first broadcast. (Steve Roberts, Restoration Team forum)
Gatiss gave permission for the sketch to be included on the DVD only on condition that the lines be excised, saying that he knew it was a mistake as soon as he saw it broadcast.(Steve Roberts, Restoration Team forum)
is a science-fiction show produced by Matt Groening
, a Doctor Who
fan and creator of The Simpsons
(see above). In Futurama
, one of the main characters is named Leela
, named after the Fourth Doctor companion of the same name
Dead Ringers (2000–)
One of the most prolific sources of Doctor Who
-related parody in recent years has been the radio and television programme Dead Ringers
. This is primarily due to comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw
and writer Nev Fountain
, both of whom are Doctor Who
fans. Culshaw often impersonates Tom Baker
in character as the Fourth Doctor
. In the radio programme, Culshaw often made live phone calls as the Doctor to everyday locations such as a hotel or DIY store, or to Doctor Who
celebrities, and taped the unscripted responses.
Culshaw's "Doctor" has telephoned four of the "real" Doctors — Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy. This prompted the bemused (and apparently confused) McCoy to ask the classic question: "Have you been in the pub?" When Culshaw phoned Tom Baker himself and stated that he "was the Doctor", Baker replied, "But there must be some mistake...I'm the Doctor..." Baker had previously worked with Culshaw and was aware of his impression but not when the call would come, if at all, so his reaction was genuine. On the other hand, McCoy has said that his reaction was faked, as he had been warned immediately before the call took place.
Culshaw's impression of the Fourth Doctor is now one of Dead Ringers' most recognisable trademarks, with the title credits (for the radio series and the TV series) now with the words "Dead Ringers" spoken by Culshaw in the recognisable voice.
When the programme moved to television, a now-visible Culshaw (in costume) was placed into mundane situations, such as the Fourth Doctor visiting a tanning salon and travelling on the Eurostar. At one point on his journey to France, Culshaw's "Doctor" stated to bemused passengers, "I am the Doctor. I travel in space and time.... and trains."
Though the Fourth Doctor was overwhelmingly the Doctor most imitated in the programme from 2000–2004, other Doctors also received treatment by the cast. With the coming of the 2005 series of Doctor Who, Dead Ringers added the most recent incarnations of the Doctor to its repertoire (for example, suggesting that Christopher Eccleston's real reason for leaving the programme was because his parents are hardcore Star Trek fans, which is possibly a parody of Star Trek fandom). The 2005 series trailer also parodied the "Do You Want To Come With Me?" trailers used to advertise the series; Eccleston's dialogue being spoken by impersonators of Tony Blair, Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy (due to BBC impartiality in the run-up to the 2005 General Election, all three political parties were represented).
In the 2005 Dead Ringers Christmas special, broadcast shortly before "The Christmas Invasion", Culshaw impersonated both the Fourth and Tenth Doctors, while the Second, Seventh and Ninth Doctors were impersonated by Mark Perry, Kevin Connelly and Phil Cornwell, respectively. The sketch also made reference to Christopher Eccleston's departure from the programme and displayed some antagonism between the Ninth and Tenth Doctors, with the Eccelston doctor referring to himself as having depth and grit, then the 10th as "Jarvis Cocker in space".
In Dead Ringers' 2006 series, Culshaw's Tenth Doctor was joined by Rose Tyler (portrayed by Jan Ravens) in two sketches. In one, the pair complained about the increasingly loud and intrusive music in the programme, and the Doctor was forced to use his sonic screwdriver to "turn on the subtitles, like everyone at home is doing." In another, the Doctor remarked how easy his job had become since he could learn all about his adventures beforehand from the Radio Times, Doctor Who Confidential, Totally Doctor Who and the TARDISODEs; since everything was revealed ahead of time, the Doctor said he could "phone the rest of the show in" and watch the World Cup (imminent at the time of the sketch's broadcast).
In addition to parodying Doctor Who, Dead Ringers has also parodied Torchwood. The sketches comment Torchwood's high level of sex, and low levels of characterisation (denoting Owen, Ianto, Jack and Gwen by the traits of "annoying", "dull and annoying", "camp and annoying" and "Welsh" respectively). The final episode of the seventh series also featured two spoofs of Torchwood, one of which featured Jack Harkness in a threesome with three Cybermen in a hotel. The other was "Driftwood" (a cut scene would have explained that it filled the one demographic not touched by Doctor Who, having a family show, a children's show, and an adult's show). June Whitfield talks to the camera about the worry about leaving behind families in danger from monsters of other worlds. She says that Driftwood can help, and a team comprising four OAPs, including Victor Meldrew and Albert Steptoe (with the latter having a mysterious event in his past - an event called UK Gold - "that means I can never die").
In another sketch Tony Blair (Culshaw) is seen giving an interview. He then stands-up and collapses. A regeneration-like special effect is added, and Culshaw's Blair is replaced by David Tennant, who was playing the Tenth Doctor at the time. David Tennant stands up, licks and sucks his teeth and says "Hmmm, New Labour, that's weird", a parody of one of David Tennant's first lines as the Doctor "Hmmm, new teeth, that's weird", and Tony Blair's rebranding of the Labour party, calling it "New Labour". David Tennant proceeds to make a speech in Tony Blair's early style.
Kit Kat advertisement (2001)
A 2001 advertising campaign for Kit Kat
chocolates showed celebrities doing things which were contrary to their popular images (for example, football player Roy Keane
doing needlepoint, and Motörhead
lead singer Lemmy
playing the violin). One of the first shots in the advertisement is of Daleks chasing people on the street saying, in the standard Dalek tones, "Give us a cuddle!" while the final shot had Daleks following a group of Hare Krishna
devotees, chanting "Peace and love!" The advertisement concluded with the Kit Kat slogan "Have a break, have a Kit Kat," implying that the Daleks were having a break from their habitual killing.
The Daleks' use in this advert was brought to an end by the estate of Terry Nation, who had not been aware of the usage. The advertising agency had mistakenly believed that the creatures were in the public domain.
Do You Have a Licence to Save this Planet? (2001)
production starred Sylvester McCoy
as the Foot Doctor doing battle against the Krynoids
, and Autons
. It also parodied elements of the Seventh Doctor's
tenure, including his incarnation's penchant for spoon-playing and his regeneration scene in Time and the Rani
. The title was a reference to how BBV had never obtained a license from the BBC to produce official Doctor Who
tie-in material and therefore had to create works that only narrowly avoided infringing the BBC's intellectual property rights.
Coupling (2001, 2004)
In the British comedy Coupling
, a main character, Steve makes reference to Daleks in his rant about cushions. (“…this… is a sofa; it is designed by clever scientists, in such a way so as to shield the unprotected user from the risk of, skin abrasions, head trauma, and of course… DALEKS!...” Season 2 Episode 3).
Other Doctor Who references are made by Oliver in Season 4. (in a dream a girl mentions a found episode "Only 108 missing episodes to go!" when he wakes he hits a box for emphisis and it echos "Exterminate, exterminate!". In the same episode, Oliver pretends a life size model Dalek is his ex-girl friend,"...yeah, well, maybe if you weren't such a... Dalek..." Season 4 Episode 2).
Later in Season for Oliver wears a blue sweater with a classic Doctor Who logo on the back. (Season 4 Episode 3).
Codename: Kids Next Door (2004, 2007)
In the Cartoon Network
series Codename: Kids Next Door
, the nerdier operatives enjoy a program called "Doctor Time Space and the Continuum". In the episode "Operation: U.N.C.O.O.L." Numbuhs 1, 3, 4, and 5 are captured and forced to watch the series, with Numbuh 5 pleading for it to stop. During the credits of the episode "Operation: A.M.I.S.H." a segment is presented, featuring a man on an ultra-low budget set (parodying the budget of the series) wearing several long scarves (a paordy of the Fourth Doctor) standing next to an equally low budget cardboard robot, which falls apart.
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (2005)
In a 2005 episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien
, Conan brings out his cousin who is a fan of "the 1970s science fiction show Dr. Who" and only talks about things in terms of Doctor Who
. When the cousin comes out (dressed as Tom Baker) and is asked a question, his unrelated response involves discussion traveling through time in the TARDIS with the Doctor.
Chewin' the Fat (2005)
In a sketch from the 2005 Hogmanay
edition of the BBC Scotland
comedy series Chewin' the Fat
, the character Ronald Villiers ("the world's worst actor") acts as an army soldier sent into a metal building to take on the Daleks. Villiers, however, keeps on messing up his lines and throwing in various ad-libs relating to Doctor Who
. After repeatedly failing to understand that the production crew are going to superimpose a Dalek onto the scene in the post-production stage, Villiers is thrown off set, but not before telling them that "All the Doctor Whos after Sylvester McCoy were rubbish anyway".
Robot Chicken (2006)
In the Adult Swim series Robot Chicken, the Fourth Doctor made an appearance, standing on the first base of a baseball diamond asking, "Do you get it?", a reference to the Abbott and Costello sketch "Who's on First?". In another episode, entitled "Suck It", a student begins to give a presentation about the TARDIS before being berated for his perceived geekiness.
The Chaser's War on Everything (2006)
The July 21 2006
episode of the Australian satirical comedy programme The Chaser's War On Everything
contained a song making fun of Doctor Who
fans, written and performed by Andrew Hansen
, who is himself a Doctor Who
The Charlotte Church Show (2006)
The second episode of The Charlotte Church Show
(broadcast on 8 September 2006
) included a sketch in which Church played the Doctor's new companion. In the sketch, Church complained about travelling to Cardiff
by TARDIS ("I can take the bloody bus!"). The sketch also noted the series' tendency to have "relationship-y episodes where somebody's gran's dying, that they use to pad out the middle of the series when they run out of money for special effects", referring to "that psychic girl with the crayons
" as a "rubbish" example. The sketch also showed the Doctor examining a scantily clad female mannequin, claiming he thought it was an Auton
. At the end of the sketch, the Doctor regenerated into Todd Carty
The Friday Night Project (2007)
actor David Tennant
appeared as host on the 5th January 2007 edition of Channel 4
show The Friday Night Project
. Tennant joined regulars Justin Lee Collins
and Alan Carr
in a number of jokes related to the show/role, including a short parody episode which saw Collins as the Tenth Doctor and Tennant in drag as his female assistant and a fake charity Doctor Who auction in which two fans were pranked (one being made to pay a large sum of money for an item he hadn't intended to bid on, the other being led to believe the auction had stolen his one of a kind prop of the Key to Time from the original series serial of the same name
Comic Relief Catherine Tate Sketch (2007)
Tennant also appeared in a sketch alongside comedienne Catherine Tate
, who plays companion Donna Noble
(though at the time she had only appeared as an apparent one off character in "The Runaway Bride
"), for Comic Relief
on March 16
(Red Nose Day
. In the sketch Tate played her character Lauren Cooper
from The Catherine Tate Show
and Tennant played her new English Teacher, Mr. Logan, who after being goaded by Lauren for his Scottish accent and resemblance to the Doctor is finally pushed over the edge when she insults Shakespeare
. He threatens to fail her, and Lauren proceeds to do her "Am I bovvered?" routine in Shakespearean style ("Amist I Bovvered?") followed by a recitation of Sonnet 130
off the top of her head only to have Mr. Logan produce the sonic screwdriver
from inside his jacket and turn her into a 5" Rose Tyler action figure
with it, misquoting Romeo and Juliet
by saying "Romeo and Juliet#Act II
". The figure proclaims that it "Still ain't bovvered".
The Colbert Report (2007)
On May 8, 2007, during his "Word" segment, Stephen Colbert
compared time travel to Senator Hillary Clinton
's motion to repeal President George W. Bush
's authorization to begin the Iraq War
. After he made this statement, the Word sidebar displayed, "Dr. Who is she kidding?"
On June 28, 2007, during an interview with Doug Bailey
, Bailey discussed an online convention for the Centrist Party at Unity08.com with polls on who should run for President. Colbert informed him that with an online convention "You're going to get a bunch of computer nerds [nominating] Doctor Who and Chewbacca
Mock the Week: Scenes we'd like to see (2007)
In the final "Scenes we'd like to see" round, one of the scenes in an episode on 26 July 2007
was, "Unlikely lines to hear in an episode of Doctor Who
." The lines given were:
- Frankie Boyle: "Between series I've painted the TARDIS red and sell coffee."
- Lauren Laverne: "Yes Doctor, I am your arch-nemesis. You may also recognise me as Giuseppe DiMarco from EastEnders and from my many walk-on parts on Casualty as "Wounded man"."
- Frankie Boyle: "Looks like we've materialised in the 19th century. Oh no, it's Glasgow, 2007."
- Hugh Dennis (in 'dull police officer' voice): "This is not a waste of time. You are a Time Lord. Have you ever given money to the Labour Party?"
- Frankie Boyle: "I'm here to save the Earth, but as a doctor, I won't be working evenings or weekends."
- Russell Howard: "K9, stop humping the toaster!"
- Frankie Boyle: "Welcome to my Dalek poetry reading! This one is called "Daffodils"! "Exterminate Daffodils!""
Family Guy (2007)
In "Blue Harvest
", the Star Wars
themed season premiere of the sixth season
of Family Guy
, Peter Griffin
(as Han Solo
) comments that "Hyperspace
always looks so freaky." The scene then cuts to the first Fourth Doctor
title sequence (with full audio) playing outside the Millennium Falcon
cockpit. This is a commentary on how the blue/green Star Wars
vortex looks similar to the Doctor Who
opening credits from that era.
Gina's Laughing Gear (2007)
In this children's spoof show on CBBC, three sketches spoofing Doctor Who are shown. The first begins with the Doctor and Rose stepping out of the TARDIS into a darkened room. The Doctor, using his sonic screwdriver as a torch, reveals several aliens, who are all blasted by Rose's ray gun. The Doctor then turns on the light and sees that they have materialised at a child dress up party. The child then comes in. The Doctor and Rose wish him a happy birthday. He calls them to get a doctor. "funny you should say that" says the Doctor. In the second sketch, the shortest of the three, we hear the TARDIS materialise and the Doctor inquiring where they are. Then we hear a scream, as a woman runs out of a building. The Doctor apologises, just as the camera focuses on a sign for ladies toilets. The third and final sketch starts with the Doctor stepping out of the TARDIS into Tim Westwood's (Pimp My Ride UK
) garage. The Doctor asks if he is a Cyberman. Tim corrects him and says he is a DJ-man. The Doctor then recognises this "alien that plays hip-hop music on the radio". Tim calls it old and a "turdis" and then says to the Doctor that he is going to "pimp his TARDIS". There are then several shots of mechanics attaching things to the TARDIS that are typical to Pimp My Ride, e.g. a customised number plate: T4RD15 and a disco ball where the normal light would be on top of the TARDIS. The Doctor doesn't mind as these are only cosmetic changes. But Tim has messed up the suspension, and the Doctor dematerialises from the garage with the TARDIS jumping to different places in the garage.
In the Christmas special finale of Extras
, Darren Lamb
) tells Andy Millman
that he's been offered a part in "the BBC's jewel in the crown, Doctor Who
", but Andy dismisses the show (along with Hotel Babylon
) as "camp, frothy nonsense". Later in the episode, Andy gets a new agent who proposes roles in the same programmes, which Andy again rejects. However, after not working for five months (and telling his new agent, "I've told you a thousand times, I'm not going to play an alien in Doctor Who
), we see Andy opposite the Tenth Doctor
), playing a slug-like alien named Schlong (in an unconvincing, rubbery costume, with Andy's face fully visible). In the scene, "Schlong" attacks the Doctor and the young woman with something the Doctor first describes in technobabble
as "hyperpodulating — he's using his molluscian gline valves to internally vibrillate our DNA!" and then explains that "we'll both turn into slugs in about thirty seconds unless I can reach that sodium chloride!" The Doctor throws the salt on the slug-creature, who collapses, foaming at the mouth.
I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (1965, 1969)
In the 8th episode of the first full series of I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again
, the main feature was a sketch called "Doctor Why and The Thing". In the sixth season the series had a running sketch entitled "Professor Prune and His Electric Time Trousers", which was a send-up of Doctor Who
Doctor Poo (1979-1981)
"It's all cisterns go, with the amazing man who dares to go anywhere. Doctor Poooooooooo."
The brainchild of comedians Geoff Kelso, Lance Curtis, Steve Johnston and Ken Mathews, this Australian radio serial started airing on the Double Jay AM radio station in Sydney, migrating briefly to FM when the station became Triple J.
In the serial, a pompous and selfish alien called Doctor Poo, from the planet Galah-Free, travels through time and space in his TURDIS with his "beautiful, but stupid" assistant, Dana Sock (a parody of many useless female companions on Doctor Who) and Dennis the Denim Cat (a possible parody of K-9), the homicidal moggie of the cat planet, Felix Major.
The 2-minute radio show even had parodies of the Daleks (the Drecks and their creator Lavdros) as well as the Master (Doctor Wee, an "Asian stereotype").
The show also introduced us to Doctor Poo's wife, Constance.
Proceedings were narrated by Kevin the Announcer — who would continually talk to the characters and make disparaging comments about the show.
Lance Curtis played Doctor Poo, Geoff Kelso was Kevin the Announcer and Dennis the Denim Cat and Steve Matthews voiced Dana Sock (in falsetto). Minor characters in each two-minute episode were voiced by various members of the cast.
The series spawned two record releases, Knees Ahoy which was a compilation of one of the radio storylines, and Dr Poo and the Psychic Koala's The Universe is Big, a musical LP recorded in 1981 but released in 1985, shortly after the death of Lance Curtis.
In late 1980, the Official Doctor Poo Fan Club numbered a membership over 10,000.
One storyline was replayed during the lunch breaks of a cricket test on 702 ABC in the mid eighties. This story, "The Dubbo and Western Plains French Revolution" included parodies of a number of cricket commentators.
Harry Hill's Fruit Corner (1993)
An episode of the radio series Harry Hill's Fruit Corner
entitled "Lords and Ladies" featured Jon Pertwee
playing a Time Lord
and the character Nana Hill spoofing the role of Davros
, creator of the Daleks
. Another episode featuring the Dalek
singing trio who were unable to complete any songs with the word 'Doctor' in the lyrics without resorting to extermination. Harry also had a Dalek
girlfriend who would phone him and refuse to hang up until he said 'I will obey'.
Whatever Happened to Susan Foreman? (1994)
"Whatever Happened to Susan Foreman?" was a BBC Radio 4
comedy drama play, part of the series Whatever Happened to ..?
The play followed a humorous account of Susan Foreman
's life after she departed from the TARDIS
, and featured Jane Asher
in the role of Susan and Andrew Sachs
as Temmosus Skyedron, a Thal
Nebulous (2005, 2006)
The BBC Radio 4
comedy series Nebulous
written by Graham Duff
, directed by Nicholas Briggs
and starring Mark Gatiss
parodies many elements of Doctor Who
. The eponymous Professor Nebulous is very Doctorish character, and the organisation K.E.N.T. echos Doctor Who
The first episode "The Night of the Vegetarians" has a Cactus villain reminiscent of Meglos, the second episode "The Lovely Invasion" is clearly based on The Claws of Axos with a race of beautiful aliens arriving on Earth and the recurring villain Doctor Klench brings to mind the Master, even going as far as carrying around his miniaturised victims (still living) with him.
The audio CD of the first series also includes in the liner notes a list of "missing episodes", a reference to the notorious missing Doctor Who episodes. Among the episodes listed are "Genesis of the Faceless Ambassadors of Fury", with a story which mimics Genesis of the Daleks and "The Farmers", which draws parallels between the episode and the less popular non-science fiction "historical" episodes of Who.
Doctor What? (2006)
was a radio show on SYN 90.7
, a youth community radio station in Melbourne
. In this show the hosts (changed on a weekly basis), would pick a part of time and talk about it; at the end a 2-minute radio play would be performed based around the Doctor and the hosts in their chosen period of time.
Carry On Screaming (1966)
In the spoof horror film Carry On Screaming
, one of the Carry On... film series
, Kenneth Williams
plays a scientist named "Dr Watt". At one point in the film another character responds to this name with the question "Doctor who?", to which Watt replies "No, Watt. Who's my uncle." Carry On Screaming
also features Jon Pertwee
, who later played the Third Doctor
, as a police scientist.
Roy 'Chubby' Brown
, playing himself in the sci-fi comedy U.F.O.
, is placed in a museum by a group of hyper-feminist
aliens as an example of outdated attitudes towards women. He soon tries to escape, and is pursued by guards into a police exhibition, where he hides himself in a Police Box. The guards demand that he come out of the box... only for it to dematerialise, revealing it as the TARDIS. Brown is dropped off in prehistoric times by the TARDIS, which then dematerialises, leaving him in a close encounter with a T-Rex
as the film ends.
Dr. Loo and the Filthy Phaleks (2005)
A pornographic film featuring Alicia Rhodes
as Dr. Loo, who travels through time and space in her Turdis, a time machine disguised as a public toilet. She and her trusty female shagbot get into numerous sexual adventures including run ins with the evil Empress Minge the Merciless and her army of ruthless robot killers, the Phaleks.
Abducted by the Daloids (2005) AKA Abducted by the Daleks
An unauthorized pornographic feature, Abducted by the Daloids
(although the disc itself uses "Daleks"). In the film, the "Daloids" (portrayed by several Dalek models) abduct four scantily-clad strippers (played by five women, four who spoke English with thick East European accents, and one with a strong Ulster
one ). Full frontal nudity, amazingly bad acting, and awful special effects but no actual sex follow. The BBC took action to prevent sale of the DVD upon learning of it in November 2005. Despite this action, the film was leaked onto the internet. While originally sold/released as Abducted by the Daleks, after the BBC’s action the film was re-released with the ‘Daloids’ title, though technically the film still infringes on copyright laws by using Dalek characters. The director “Don Skaro” is really erstwhile horror film magazine publisher Trevor Barley. Under a different pseudonym he also made the porn/horror film Fantom Kiler and its sequels.
Roland in Time (1985)
In this Amstrad CPC
game, the player warps to ten different time periods using a "phone box", and an enemy called a "Glider Cyborg" appears to be a Dalek
Hugo II, Whodunit? (1991)
In the DOS
computer game, Hugo II, Whodunit?
, the player uses a telephone booth to travel to the planet Retupmoc, where she meets a man who looks like Tom Baker
's Fourth Doctor
and identifies himself as "the Doctor". A "mechanical monster" appears to be a Dalek
, and the phone booth looks like the TARDIS
. The Doctor gives the player a "sonar screwdriver" for rescuing him.
In the DOS
version of Boppin'
, one of the monsters that Yeet and Boik can rescue looks distinctly like a Dalek.
In a single online RPG
, there is a level 122 monster called the ZARDIS. It resembled of one of their creatures, merged into a TARDIS
. There is another rarely seen enemy called a "Salek Sprayer" which is a photograph of a salt cellar with added graphics such as a Dalek-like gun stalk. It shoots water and shouts "Extinguish".
Destroy All Humans! 2 (2006)
Part of the video game Destroy All Humans! 2
takes place in "Albion
" (Britain). On this level, when the main character (Crypto
) terrorizes humans in his true form, their screams include the cries "Someone call the Doctor!" and "Where the hell's the bleedin' TARDIS?" Using the psychokinetic power 'Follow' on citizens of Albion causes them to sometimes chant "I obey," which is possible a nod to the Master or Daleks
. The Earth is also referred to as Sol 3, the name the Time Lords used to call it.
Rock Band (2007)
In the video game Rock Band
, a top purchased with one of the game's stores for the game's characters is named "Doctor What". The piece of clothing features both a scarf and long coat, a reference to the Fourth Doctor. The description for the piece of clothing reads as the following: "Traveling in time or just touring the Neighborhood, this long jacket and scarf combo won't let you down."
While traveling over the world map there is a chance to find a random encounter of the TARDIS fading away as you approach it.
The story "Timing Is Everything!", in issue 38 of Marvel Comics
comic, featured ALF's encounter with a time traveller named "Doctor Whozonfirst", who resembled a Melmacian version of the Fourth Doctor.
Viz magazine (1996)
The British adult spoof comic magazine Viz
featured a one page comic strip, "Doctor Poo
", in 1995. It features the increasingly desperate attempts of Doctor Poo (looking like the Fourth Doctor
, but with Jamie
as a companion) to find a quiet place to defecate.
#32 is a direct spoof of Doctor Who
, with Dr. Zoidberg
as the Doctor. Also in one comic, the "Deacons" were basically parodies of Daleks, which fire weapons out of their eyestalks at Fry, Leela and Bender shouting "Excommunicate! Excommunicate!" (a parody of the Dalek's "Exterminate" battle cry).
Dalek Survival Guide (2002)
Dalek Survival Guide
was a humorous book published by BBC Books
and written by Justin Richards
, Nicholas Briggs
(who provides voice acting for the Daleks
in the 2005 series), Stephen Cole
, Jacqueline Rayner
and Mike Tucker
. Parodying the The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbooks
, the Dalek Survival Guide
gives wry hints such as how Daleks work, how to recognise different Dalek variants
, "How to survive enforced captivity with a Dalek" and "What to do if you see a Dalek". This book became the subject of legal action due to copyright issues and is now a sought-after collectible due to being withdrawn from sale.
In this black comedy book by Andy Riley one drawing features the Fourth Doctor
escaping a Dalek
as he runs into the TARDIS
. On top of the TARDIS is a bunny with a slipknot tied round it's neck in order to hang itself once the TARDIS has dematerialized.
The Areas of My Expertise (2005)
John Hodgman's book The Areas of My Expertise makes references to Doctor Who in several places. In the beginning, where (made up) literary themes are being discussed, a still from "The Wheel in Space" is used to illustrate the theme of "Man vs. Cyborg." In a later section listing the names of hobos, one of the names is "The Nine Doctor Whos." In the same section, a "hobo pictogram" is stated as meaning "a house that is bigger on the inside than the outside."
The Beano (2006)
Beginning in their April 21
issue The Beano
ran a three-part parody comic-within-a-comic by writer-artist Kev F Sutherland called "Hot-Rod Cow", about a superhero time-travelling talking cow. "Hot-Rod Cow" is the favourite comic of The Bash Street Kids
character, Plug. The comic contained many in-jokes, for example Hot-Rod Cow wielded a "Sonic Moo-driver". The phrase "Hot-Rod Cow" is, like Torchwood
, an anagram of the phrase "Doctor Who". The comic also spoofed classic comic covers such as Amazing Fantasy
's first appearance) as well as containing other superhero related jokes. Later, a Dalek won a fancy dress competition in a Les Pretend
story, and another Dalek attacked the Bash Street Kids in BeanoMAX issue 1 - the Doctor appeared in his TARDIS to take it away.
Doctor Whom: E.T. Shoots and Leaves (2006)
Doctor Whom: E.T. Shoots and Leaves
(ISBN 0575079282) is a book by A. R. R. R. Roberts
, author of The Soddit
. It parodies Doctor Who
and Eats, Shoots & Leaves
by Lynne Truss
. The book is subtitled "E. T. shoots and leaves: the zero tolerance approach to parodication." It briefly mentions the Daleks "Garleks", the Cybermen "Cydermen" and the Master "The Master Debater". Another aspect of this book is how it mentions a philosophy by which parody is evolution, and those who are against parody are against evolution and thus the very basis of life. This turns out to be the keystone of the book.
"Under Torch Wood" (2006)
Satirical technology columnist Verity Stob
wrote a parody of Torchwood
in the style of Dylan Thomas
's radio play Under Milk Wood
. This parody described Captain Jack Harkness
as "the insomniac bicon; snug as a hobbit, pretty as a choirboy, immortal as carbon dioxide, wooden as a horse", and included a café sign reading "Llanfairfach giant maggots, fresh in today! Organic? Of course!", a reference to the Doctor Who
serial The Green Death
Bottom Live: Weapons Grade Y-Fronts Tour (2003)
In the final stage show based on the comedy show Bottom
written by Rik Mayall
and Adrian Edmondson
, Richie is concerned about Eddie, whom he hasn't seen for weeks. As it turns out, Eddie has been busy with his latest invention: a time travelling toilet which he names the Turdis
. The ship's dematerialisation noise consists of the original TARDIS sound effect with the noise of flatulence and flushing toilets mixed in, and it can only be recharged when someone masturbates inside it.
Chuckle Brothers (2006)
In 2006 the Chuckle Brothers
, a British comedy duo, toured the UK with their show Doctor What and the Return of the Garlics
. Russell T Davies
, the showrunner of the new Doctor Who
series, wrote three episodes of the duo's long-running Children's BBC
television series ChuckleVision
"I'm Gonna Spend My Christmas with a Dalek" (1964)
Perhaps one of the first parodies from Doctor Who was a song released the first Christmas after The Daleks was initially broadcast. The British Go-Go's best-selling Christmas novelty single tried to turn the sinister Daleks into another version of The Chipmunks. It was originally released as one of the many products fueling Dalekmania. However, as that craze fizzled out the song became largely forgotten, with snippets occasionally appearing only in Doctor Who anthological products. It finally resurfaced in its entirety on the October 2000 album, Who is Doctor Who.
Earthshock, Part Five (2003)
A spoof "episode" included in the Special Features section of the DVD release of Earthshock
, rendered in claymation
and computer animation
. It shows Adric
and the head of a Cyberman
surviving the crash of the freighter into Cretaceous
Earth, only for Adric to be eaten by a dinosaur
. The Cyberman head commenting by saying "Excellent!".