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Funny moments from the Doctor Who series.

Doctor Who Expanded Universe

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    Other Comics 
  • Issue 11 of IDW's Doctor Who Ongoing has a Freaky Friday plot in which Amy and the Eleventh Doctor get swapped. Rory doesn't care what Amy looks like. At the end, not knowing that they've just switched back, he declares this and says they'll make it work just before passionately kissing the Doctor. Amy says they should do it again, but slower.
  • One of Eleven's comics-only companions is Kevin. The ROBOT DINOSAUR. Need we say more?
  • IDW has given us Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation², where The Eleventh Doctor interacts with another Sci-Fi LongRunner.
    • Hilarity Ensues when The Doctor meets Data.
      Doctor: An android! A positively spendid android! What do you have in here, a positronic brain? Those can be tricky to untangle, need lots of artificial synapse jumping. Looks like you've got it running very smoothly.
      Data: Curious...
      Riker: Um...
      Amy: Doctor, you're being rude!
      Doctor: Top-notch workmanship, I have to say. Did you build him yourself?
      Data: Please let go of my head.
    • Worf tires of the Doctor's nonstop Gibbering Genius tendencies:
      The Doctor: Very nice, very impressive. Roomy. I like roomy. I like the lines. Very nice use of space.
      Worf: Will you PLEASE stop talking!
    • Issue #3 has Spock giving a detailed analysis of the jellybaby that the 4th Doctor gives him.
  • Titan's Ninth Doctor comic Weapons of Past Destruction has the Doctor doing an impression of Jackie Tyler. Rose is not amused.
    Rose: Oi, leave my mum out of this! And while you're at it, Dick Van Dyke wants his accent back.

     Other Books 
  • In Past Doctor Adventures novel Verdigris, the Master pulls off a dine-and-dash on the frustrated Big Bad of the book and steals his dinner in the process.
  • The kid-oriented book How to Be a Time Lord is presented as the Eleventh Doctor's rewrite of a book on Time Lord history, meant to help his next incarnation get his bearings post-regeneration. In the section "Enemies of the Time Lords", Eleven lists several telltale signs of an enemy, accompanied by his own cartoony illustrations. The last sign has an illustration suspiciously similar-looking to a certain Wham Shot in "The Day of the Doctor": "Beady eyes! Totally creepy. And those mean, downward-pointing eyebrows. They mean trouble." Um, Eleven, you meant well, but...
  • The Time Lord Letters has tons of funny bits:
    • Letters 31-33 chronicle the temporary tenure of one John "The Doctor" Smith as caretaker of Coal Hill School. His application letter for the post, noting that the regular caretaker has fallen ill, arrives at the school the day before that caretaker calls in sick, and via notes The Doctor dispenses unwanted advice about everything from the untidiness of Danny Pink's classroom to the poor quality of the chips in the cafeteria ("they need to be much crispier if you want children to enjoy eating them. And may I suggest a selection of dips and dressings?").
    • Letter 37, which comes in the wake of the Seventh Doctor's adventure in Paradise Towers, is a thank you note from the Acting Interim Chief Caretaker. It's titled "Thank You (in accordance with Rule 1781-B)", and the by-the-book speak just mounts from there.
    • Letter 97, "Naughty or Nice?", is the Twelfth Doctor's thank-you note to Santa Claus for his help in reuniting him and Clara. The P.S. reveals that he's sending it by sticking it up a chimney, and it sits around in one "for over a century", according to the book's compilers, before being discovered. Also, while the letter is largely friendly, the Doctor once again notes "But seriously — you should give up on the tangerines. No one likes them. No one at all. Signature gift or not, it's time to move on, Big Fellah."
    • Letter 99, "Not So Sorry", has the Fourth Doctor's draft of an apology for skipping out on lunch with the Prime Minister after defeating a giant robot...which the Brigadier heavily Quote Mines before sending it out to be typed up. Among the material lost in the process: "Can't you liven things up a bit [at cabinet meetings]? Maybe play musical chairs or something?" Letter 100, "Royal Excuses", has Four apologize for also missing dinner at Buckingham Palace, and it's even worse — partially because he discusses everything he did after defeating the robot, up through the beginning of his investigation of "trouble in the North Sea". The Brigadier doesn't even try to edit it, and forbids it to be sent!
  • The Dangerous Book of Monsters is presented as the Twelfth Doctor's guide to children on how to avoid/deal with — if possible — the myriad of villains in the Whoniverse. He's a mighty prickly advice-giver:
    • "The actual, real Emperor Dalek Creature is inside this transparent tank. He can see out, so you could wave to him. No, don't actually wave to him. STOP THAT!"
    • On the Half-Face Man: "He shouldn't give you any trouble, as he fell out of a flying restaurant. That's my story, anyway."
    • On Missy: "If she doesn't kill you, she'll probably kiss you. Not sure which is worse."
    • With regards to the Futurekind, he captions a picture of one with "Good eyebrows though. They got that right."
    • On avoiding the Flood: "Well, I'm not going to say you shouldn't wash, so don't get your hopes up....But if you see anyone who's dripping wet, with cracked skin and a gargly voice — probably talking about world domination — then take a break from showers."
    • He notes among basic rules in the afterword: "If in doubt, hide. Not under the bed, because a monster might have beaten you to it. But behind the sofa is good."

Outside the Universe

    The Curse of Fatal Death (charity spoof) 
  • Easily the funniest line came from the Master as he was about to dump the Doctor and his assistant into the vast sewers of Tersurus:
    The Master: Prepare for 500 miles of fear and feces!
    [Later on:]
    The Master: 624 years... in a sodding sewer!
  • Jonathan Pryce's gloriously OTT Master is a Crowning Villain of Funny. The Evil Laugh that causes thunder and lightning to strike while he's inside his TARDIS? The Dalek control "bumps"? His cybernetic upgrade (his hand's been replaced by a plunger)? And he is NOT CAMP!
    • The Master and Emma get a bit snide with each other over the matter of the 'bumps':
    The Master: They're not breasts, they're Dalek bumps. They can detect ion charged emissions and operate as atheric beam locators at a distance of up to 20,000 light years.
    [Emma snorts derisively]
    The Master: They're also extremely firm.
    Emma: What are you trying to say?!
    The Master: [Bitchy] Oh. Nothing.
  • The female Doctor, inspecting her sonic screwdriver: "Ooh, look—it's got three settings!"
  • After the Doctor explains how he'll tell the Master that the Daleks are planning to screw him overnote :
    Emma: ...Can I be tied to a different chair?
    Dalek: Si-lence.
    Emma: ...Why do you have chairs on a Dalek spaceship anyway?
    Dalek: ...We will ex-plain la-ter.
    • Heck, every time they need to say "I/We will explain later".

     The Weakest Link Special 
  • The very fact that K-9 is a contestant. No, not his voice actor, K-9 himself.
  • Then, at the end of the first round, everyone votes for K-9 as the Weakest Link. Even K-9 himself, who said "K-9" when the answer on his podium said "Andrew". This was actually a deliberate choice to eliminate the tin dog first because K-9 props just have the worst track record of breaking down out of nowhere and they didn't want to chance it in-game.
  • David Tennant introducing himself.
    David: Hello, I'm David Tennant, I'm over 900 years old, and I'm from Gallifrey.
  • John Barrowman vocally improvises the Doctor Who theme tune and hams up the "DOO-WEE-DOO! WEE-OOH-WOO!"
  • The game was rigged from the start to carry the main cast members through to the final round. By that logic, David and John would have been the last two contestants as the most popular. That is, until Noel Clarke decided to play competitively. And even so, Camille Coduri won Sudden Death and clinched the whole game, even after struggling to get through some of the game's earlier rounds.

     The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot 
Peter Davison's response to the 50th Anniversary special involving so few of the Classic Doctors was to make an unbelievably funny half-hour short film, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, about himself, Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker trying to get into the special. The whole thing is rife with cameos and steeped in references and jokes. Highlights include:
  • The three Doctors trying to call Tom Baker. Nobody wants to do it at first, but Colin Baker finally calls him, and his voice mail says he's not available because he's been sucked into the Time Vortex. Again. Made better because they used the same footage that was used in the original Five Doctors (taken from unfinished story "Shada") when Tom Baker had refused to do that as well.
    • Tom Baker's irate voicemail message is supplied by long-time Tom Baker impersonator Jon Culshaw, who imbues the voicemail message with his parody version of Four's Sophisticated as Hell tendencies.
      Greetings, greetings, greetings. Well, I seem to be stuck in the sodding time vortex. Again. So I can't assist you. Just one of the many regrets of my life. Goodbye, my dears!
  • Peter Davison and his dream about the Doctor Who production team — including Matt Smith and Steven Moffat — welcoming him to the studio.
    • Jenna-Louise Coleman warmly assures Peter Davison that he was her mum's favourite Doctor. One double-take stink-eye later, she amends it to her favourite Doctor.
    • Who else should snap him out of his dream but Tegan herself, Janet Fielding?
  • Sylvester McCoy and his constant bragging about being in The Hobbit. This culminates in a cameo by Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen (in full Gandalf gear), the latter initially having trouble remembering who Sylvester is, before deciding to do his scene without him, because it'll probably be better that way.
    • The description of Sylvester/Radagast: "Little bloke, bird poo..."
    • Gets even funnier when you listen to behind-the-scenes for "The Light at the End", which makes it appear that he is really like that. First, he says that he had the luck of playing three great roles in his life: the Doctor, the Fool in King Lear, and Radagast. He then proceeds to explain how he got the role of Radagast (starting with how he was considered for Bilbo in LotR). When they start talking about stamps made with all of the Doctors, he says that he is on two different stamps, since there is a Radagast stamp in New Zealand.
  • Colin Baker forcing his family to watch one of his old episodes with him, which he bought to replace the copy that "mysteriously" got destroyed.
    Colin: You're wasting your time. I've locked all the doors!
    • Funnier in that some of the family are so desperate to run from him, they don't even put on shoes.
    • Also the Brick Joke to his earlier complaint that there's no reception at the bottom of his garden, cutting to him randomly standing on a tractor.
  • David Tennant appears and gets a phone call from his wife. She asks him to help out her dad — Peter Davison — while she's in the hospital about to have her baby. David hangs up on her and completely forgets to ask about his kid.
  • How about Peter Davison's sons being totally thrilled their brother-in-law David will probably be in the special — and when they realize their father won't be in it, they're even happier!
  • John Barrowman driving the three old Doctors to Cardiff and singing Broadway tunes all the way there. When they get out of the car, he throws them each a John Barrowman CD which they use as payment to get into the Doctor Who Experience exhibition.
    • What clinches it is the fact that the receptionists have a box full of them.
    • The fact that they get the lift by blackmailing John Barrowman after learning his awful Dark Secret — he's straight, married and has kids.
    Sylvester: Blimey!
  • Earlier, John Barrowman snarking at their picketing at BBC Television Centre by pointing out that the new series is filmed in Cardiff.
    • And before John gets there, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy are drinking tea, while Peter Davison stands there with a sign, and they have this little side exchange:
      Colin: Sugar?
      Sylvester: Ah, yes. A decision. Thank you...will it make a difference?
      Colin: What?
      Sylvester: Every great decision creates ripples.
      Colin: In your tea?
      Sylvester: Like a big boulder dropping into a lake.
      Colin: Sylvester, if you don't stop quoting yourself I'll put you back on the plane myself.
      Sylvester: I got it a bit wrong, actually.
  • Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker and Peter Davison stealing their old costumes and breaking into the TARDIS set, and promptly complaining about every single design change, such as the "spinning things".
    Sylvester: And what the heck are those things? Have they turned it into a helicopter?
  • Culminating in Peter Davison complaining about how the new sets are actually built to be sturdy.
    Peter: And look at this, look! You lean on it and nothing happens! It doesn't wobble at all! I used to love the old wobble!
  • The same three disguising themselves as Daleks to get into the 50th anniversary special. At the end of the short film, Steven Moffat cuts all the footage of those Daleks from the special.
  • When the three are escaping from the studio, an angry assistant - mistaking them for the Dalek operators - tells them they have to stay to play the Zygons. Peter Davison turns around and says "Sorry, must dash!" and then looks immensely proud of himself.
  • Then in a mid-credits scene, we learn they ended up becoming the shrouded Zygons in the Under Gallery.
  • The very fact that Steven Moffat appeared in the special at all is kind of a Crowning Moment of Awesome, at least because he's not ignoring the older Doctors entirely and is perfectly willing to poke fun at himself.
  • Steven Moffat looking like he's busy writing, only for the camera to pan out and reveal he's actually playing with figurines of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors.
  • The very beginning, where Sean Pertwee and Olivia Colman compare their very prestigious upcoming projects, only to start complaining about how they couldn't even get a look-in to participate in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot:
    Olivia Colman: I'm usually in everything!
  • After cramping themselves into the fake TARDIS prop, causing Peter to become confused why they didn't end up in the "real" TARDIS, Sylvester adopts an expression that makes it clear he thinks Peter has gone absolutely insane.
    Sylvester: (Worried) I think I want to go home now.
  • Slightly before Sylvester chimes in, Colin says to Peter with a look of complete incredulity:
    Colin: You really are from another planet, you know that?
  • One of the security guards on the set refers to Sylvester, Colin and Peter as "illegal aliens".
  • The reveal that Paul McGann and Russell T. Davies are similarly badgering people to get involved in the anniversary and the Five(ish) Doctors Special. The latter's voice mail to Peter containing various pitches for his cameo lasts over 27 minutes.
    • Even better, McGann seemingly disappears after having one scene, despite being listed in the main titles, due to filming commitments. The other Doctors don't know just what filming commitment he has, but the audience does: The Night of the Doctor! And in keeping with the tone of the movie, of course he doesn't tell them!
  • Steven Moffat has a nightmare about floating heads of all the previous companions nagging him about appearing in the anniversary. It culminates in Matthew Waterhouse (Adric) popping up and asking gleefully "It's me, isn't it?!" The floating heads all explode, causing Matthew to go "Now I'll never know if I was right!".
  • The three Dalek operators are all reading the latest issue of Dalek Operator's Gazette.
  • As they're breaking into the studio, one of the Dalek props turns to look at them as they walk past.
    • More Dalek prop humor, when the production assistant is haranguing the Dalek!Doctors, asking them if they understand how lucky they are, and what an honor it is to appear in the episode; the Doctors look at each other and then silently nod their eye-stalks.
  • The whole short is a Crowning Moment of Awesome as they've managed to incorporate every living Doctor into the half-hour parody somehow, as well as Ian McKellen and Peter Jackson and several members of the actors' extended families. Except they missed Christopher Eccleston. The funny happens when you realize this means that they skipped Nine.

  • When Jenna-Louise Coleman was having her first interview after it was announced that she'd be the next Companion, she was asked her favorite monster and she replied, "I'm pretty sure I'll run into the Daleks at some point." A bit of Hilarious in Hindsight deliberately invoked by Jenna, since she definitely already knew (and had possibly already filmed it) that in her first episode, she'd be playing a human turned into a Dalek, 5 episodes and 3 months before anyone was expecting to see her on the show.
  • The entire cast and crew of the Davies/Tennant era performing The Proclaimers' "500 Miles" at the wrap party for "The End of Time". I dare you not to laugh at the sight of an Ood dancing.
  • After the word got out that a warehouse in America accidentally sent out the Series 7b DVD a little too early (as in, before the finale aired), the BBC and other assorted Powers That Be all politely asked that the fans who received them not spoil anything for the rest. Whovians responded in their own unique way, namely by spamming the post with so much insane nonsense that even if the truth were revealed (which it wasn't, by the way) they wouldn't believe it anyway.
    • It was only the Blu-Ray that was leaked, and Steven Moffat's comment about that is pretty hilarious as well:
      Moffat: We don't leak just any old junk. 1080p or nothing, that's us! It's like getting caught extra naked.

  • When Peter Capaldi got cast as Matt Smith's replacement, many Whovians (notably those on Tumblr) jokingly theorized that the Twelfth Doctor would be much like another role of Capaldi's.
    • See this video and this video. Oh yes, and this.
      • It was even joked about during the actual announcement shortly after Capaldi came on stage.
  • Also, after his casting, he was interviewed by Graham Norton on his show. And was mortified when Norton started reading letters written about him by officials of the Doctor Who Fan Club and the BBC in The '70s.
  • Karen Gillan's tweet following the casting of the Twelfth Doctor:
    KarenGillan2: CAPALDI! Superb choice. Swear I've seen him in Pompeii...
  • For the 50th anniversary of the show, the official Twitter put an image with the phrase "On this day [September 19] 50 years ago, filming began on a new BBC TV Series called Doctor Who…". The fans' response? "It will never catch on."
  • The entirety of the Doctor Who Cast vs Nerdist Bowling Match. Some highlights include:
    • Karen Gillan being so accidentally good at bowling at one point she's doing even better than Chris Hardwick. Who is the son of a professional bowler. And usually gets several strikes a game.
      Chris Hardwick: From a scientific standpoint, everything she's doing should not work. And yet it is.

      Matt Smith: Karen's got the highest score!
      Chris Hardwick: SHE DOES HAVE THE HIGHEST SCORE. *hangs head in shame*
      • Matt and Arthur poke fun at this, affectionately agreeing to call Karen "an idiot", to which Karen gets adorably defensive.
    • Chris Hardwick's TARDIS ball.
      Chris Hardwick: It came through a tear in the fabric of the universe. Or I just paid a hundred bucks and had this printed onto a ball. With a laser, so that's kinda sciencey.
    • Matt Smith being absolutely terrible, to the point where he has a counter for the number of pins he's hit (his final total seemed to be roughly 16, which a competent bowler can make in two turns.)
      Steven Moffat: What you need to do is try to hit some of the pins.

      Matt Smith: I've got one pin! I'm the worst in the game!
      Karen Gillan: Hahahaha, one pin!
      Matt Smith: Shut up, Karen.
      • Steven Moffat wasn't much better; in several frames the ball would arc through the air and only land about halfway down the lane. One of the other guys said he throws the ball like a caveman and should probably switch to softball. Notice that Moffat's competitiveness still came through, lasering in on the fact that he was at least better than somebody, namely Matt, who he teased mercilessly about it.
    • Arthur Darvill is so "fluid" when swinging his bowling ball (using just about his whole body to throw it) that Karen jokes that he "has no bones".
      Karen Gillan: Come on, Arthur! Show them what you're made of!
      Arthur Darvill: I'm not really made of very much.
    • On Hardwick's team was Wil Wheaton, who, after a rather poor frame, gets Steven Moffat to unleash his inner snark.
      Moffat: And they said he was a boy genius. What happened? If Beverly Crusher could see this...
  • David Tennant introduces "The Day of the Doctor".
  • What the Official Twitter of Historical Royal Palaces says about the Black Archive shown in the 50th Anniversary special:
    We have no knowledge of the black archive at the Tower of London. Then again, we might have had our memories wiped
  • During the 50th anniversary of the series, multiple live celebrations were going on. Ironically, Doctor Who Afterparty, the one with the main cast members of the special, executive producer of the special Steven Moffat, and many prominent classic series stars, went completely Off the Rails. They decided to do an interview with One Direction over their live feed, who had declared the same day as the anniversary "1DDAY" and were performing a 24-hour livestream. Someone got the crazy idea this was to rival the series, when OD was a band having next to nothing to do with the series, and it was merely an accidental coincidence. This livestream linkup could have worked in both the band's and DW's popularity favor... except that there was a delay between transmissions on either side. It promptly turned into a massive farce that will go down in Doctor Who infamy even more than Dimensions in Time.
    Steven Moffat: In the name of God, we can't do this!!
    • Matt Smith also appeared to flick the V at One Direction. In America, the gesture can be seen as inoffensive, but in Britain... it means "piss off".
    • Amusingly, the afterparty's list of companions includes Caitlin Blackwood (Young Amy) who stretches the definition of "companion" to breaking point and Andrew Hayden Smith (Jake Simmonds from Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel and Army of Ghosts / Doomsday) who completely and utterly shatters it.
  • This Tonight's the Night skit introduced by John Barrowman.
    David Tennant: My TARDIS.
  • During his photo shoot as Orson Pink, Samuel Anderson started randomly quoting Buzz Lightyear.
  • Russell T. Davies, Steven Moffat and David Tennant all sat down to do the commentary for the episode Forest of the Dead. As you can guess, the three men tease each other and geek over Doctor Who lore more than they actually talk about the episode. It was also taped right when Moffat was announced as the next showrunner following RTD, so naturally there's some good natured ribbing on the situation.
  • Missy reading a book titled "World Domination" with a picture of Roger Degaldo's Master on the back.
  • Dalek relaxation tape. Yes. That exists.
  • Before the BBC decided to revive Doctor Who and before Christopher Eccleston was announced as the official Ninth Doctor, the official Ninth Doctor was the "Shalka Doctor" from the webisode "Scream of the Shalka". This incarnation of the Ninth Doctor was played by Richard E. Grant, and the preceding incarnation, the Eighth Doctor, was played by Paul McGann. In other words, "& I" regenerated into "Withnail" in this continuity.
    • What makes it even funnier is that Richard Griffiths, who plays Withnail's Uncle Monty in Withnail & I, was considered for the part of the Eighth Doctor once Sylvester McCoy left the role in the unmade Season 27 had the series not been canceled.
  • The working title for "The Eleventh Hour" was "The Doctor Returns". Until some smartarse pointed out that the Doctor never actually "left".
  • Matt Lucas, in an end-of-season-10 "Behind The Scenes" interview clip, proclaims that he'll sorely miss everyone he's worked with on Doctor Who ... except the "Behind The Scenes" crew, who really got on his nerves.
  • Alex Kingston missed the official announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, and found out from the crowd at a panel. She promptly got an expression of "I wonder how good a snogger she is?"
  • Matt Lucas' response regarding the casting of the Thirteenth Doctor: "Can't believe they cast a human to play the Doctor."
  • An article from a Russian Sci-fi/Fantasy journal on Jodie's casting:
    People are joking that the new Doctor will pack TARDIS full with dresses or won't be able to park her. As if the previous men-Doctors had their socks strewn all over the consoles!
  • Matt Smith literally called as many higher-ups at the BBC that he could and begged them to tell him who the Thirteenth Doctor was. When he found out it was Jodie Whittaker, he was so excited that he left a voicemail on her phone of him singing the theme song.

"This is my Timey Wimey Detector. Goes ding when there's stuff."