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The Doctor's epic adventures through time and space…with ponies!

Because you knew, deep down, that it was just a matter of time

An audio series on YouTube based around the popular background characters from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic series, Doctor Whooves and Ditzy Doo, a.k.a. Derpy Hooves.

The series commences when the TARDIS materializes in the area outside Ponyville. The Doctor steps out, bewildered at his arrival in such a colorful place, and is even more surprised to find that Ditzy can talk when the two encounter one another. She tells him that all ponies in this land can talk, and that he himself is now a pony, much to his bemusement.

The Doctor surmises that the TARDIS has brought him to Equestria to participate in an important event, and when the Doctor tells Ditzy this, she suggests that it could be the upcoming Summer Sun Celebration. Before they go, the Doctor taps Ditzy to act as his temporary assistant.

"Temporary assistant?!? EEE! EEE! EEE! What do I do?"

This series is notable for being able to work into both canons, running parallel with events in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and incorporating elements from Doctor Who, in contrast to Doctor Whooves Adventures, which is more of an alternate universe to the two.

And so ends the first episode and begins the adventure of our two heroes.

As of April 2024, the team's output includes 14.5 episodes and assorted shorts/specials, listed below in order of their release:

These episodes make up the first season of the series; the staff has announced that a second season will be made.

There's also a Tumblr run by the production staff. At BronyCon 2014, they announced a Spin-Off series, Jot's Journal, which will focus on the messenger dragon Jot (introduced in Episode 8). The first episode was posted to YouTube in November 2015, and the series playlist can be found here..

Can't get enough? Keikoandgilly (The Doctor's original voice actor) and BaldDumboRat (Derpy) livestreamed (and later placed on YouTube) the results of their playing Portal 2... In character as The Doctor and Derpy Hooves, thus making an hilarious three-way crossover between Doctor Who, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Portal 2's co-operative multiplayer. Yes, it's every bit as psychotically hilarious as you're imagining. They do slip out of character a few times, but it's worth it to hear the Doctor's anguished cry of "Ditzzzzzyyyyyyyyyyyy-*splashboom*" every time Ditzy's player mistakenly drops him to his doom. Good thing the robot reassembler cuts in before Time Lord regeneration. Especially hilarious thanks to the livestream audience chatting at BaldDumboRat who interprets them in-character as voices in Derpy's head.

To extend the crossovers still farther, Jestre DeRama (The Doctor's current voice actor) has recorded livestreams of himself playing the first five games in the Five Nights at Freddy's series, in character as the Doctor, and posted them on YouTube. The playlists:

The more frustrated he becomes, the funnier his rants get - even more so due to his efforts to keep himself from using bad language during the recording. BaldDumboRat can be heard in the background from time to time as well.

BaldDumboRat and Jestre have teamed up to do livestream playthroughs of Undertale, staying in character as Derpy and the Doctor and providing voices for the game's characters as they go. Can be found here.

Tropes that apply to the series go here:

  • Accidental Proposal: As a thank you gift, the Doctor gives Sapphire Shores a jelly jar of sugar cubes, which also happens to be an archaic method of proposing marriage. Cue the Doctor leaving as fast as possible.
  • Ass Kicks You: The destruction of the entire Cyberpony assembly plant is triggered by Derpy knocking a panel loose when she sits down.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Due to being ecstatic about ponies, the Doctor tends to get distracted easily by new things.
  • Badass Boast:
    "Now you listen to me and you listen to me good, Frolorn. This planet has a lot of wonderful ponies. I haven't met them all yet, but they're wonderful! And I'm not going to let their planet turn into a planet of ice. I'm the Doctor and the doctor is in!"
  • Been There, Shaped History: The Doctor carries this trait over from his series, where it's revealed that he accidentally set in motion the events that would cause the founding of Equestria.
  • Berserk Button: In Wrong Way Backwards, the Doctor gets uncharacteristically serious when he remembers that he needs to get back to Ditzy.
    • In the Portal 2 livestreams, Ditzy loves to drive the Doctor crazy by calling him fat.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Princess Luna in Episode 5 when the Doctor, Ditzy, and Celestia are surrounded by Cyberponies.
  • Break the Cutie: Celestia got this from the Cyberponies.
  • Brick Joke: Time Turner remembers Twilight Sparkle in the crossover as the rude purple unicorn, since she ignored him in the first episode
  • Carnivore Confusion: Lampshaded. After learning that Ditzy doesn't know what bacon is, the Doctor remembers that ponies are herbivores and that sentient ones eating other animals similar to them would probably be almost like cannibalism anyway. But he also notes how strange it is that they evidently eat and cook with eggs.
  • Catchphrase:"Fancy that!", "The Doctor is in!" occasionally, and recently "Avante!" for the Doctor.
    • Tick Tock tends to introduce himself to new ponies with "Greetings and salutations."
  • Centipede's Dilemma: Ditzy Doo can hold a screwdriver fine, but the Doctor can't pull it off, except until he stops trying to figure out how it worked and does it on accident.
  • Christmas Episode: The Christmas Special. Though nothing major happens except the reveal that the Windigos were aliens the Doctor accidentally sent back in time.
  • *Click* Hello: When Derpy and the Doctor crash into the tent of a ginger unicorn at the end of "Wrong Way Backwards", he responds by aiming a crossbow at them both.
  • Composite Character: The Doctor's voice actor has stated he's based the character off a combination of the 10th and 11th Doctors, occasionally adding a bit of the 9th during serious scenes.
  • Content Warnings: The Doctor gives one directly to the audience at the start of "Sunnytown", owing to the episode's content being far more graphic and horror-focused than normal. It IS based on Story of the Blanks, after all...
  • Crossover: The Doctor of Doctor Whooves and Assistant manage to pick up a transmission from the TARDIS from Doctor Whooves Adventures.
    • This type of crossover occurs again in "Wrong Way Backwards", except this one is canon.
  • The Ditz: Ditzy Doo, though moreso in the first episode than the rest.
    • First episode nothing. Episode Five sees her blowing up a Cyberpony assembly line by sitting down.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ditzy, if you can believe it. She seems very irritated that the Doctor's lack of knowledge about Equestria and ponies in general, leading to replies like this:
    (To The Doctor): No, we're at the Summer Sun Celebration, and you're really weird.
    • And then, a few months later:
      The Doctor: You're not as cynical as I remember you.
      Ditzy: Oh, sorry, that was because I thought you were crazy and kind of stupid.
  • Defied Running Gag:
    Ditzy: It's smaller on the outside!
  • Disaster Dominoes: How Derpy managed to destroy an entire Cyberpony construction line with her butt!
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The Cyberpony homeworld after Celestia is removed from their machine.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Regal Script
  • Exact Words: The Cyberponies offered to make Regal Script ruler of Equestria...but left out they considered Equestria their enemy.
  • Expospeak Gag: Tick Tock almost constantly uses big scientific words, which inevitably ends up confusing Derpy and forcing him to translate into plain English for her convenience.
  • Fingerless Hands: The Doctor is utterly (and understandably) befuddled by how ponies can apparently just stick things to their hooves after he struggles to pick up his sonic screwdriver. He gets the hang of it in the third episode, though. The Christmas Special reveals he has some struggles of the "aim for one button, hit seven" variety whilst piloting the TARDIS but as any Doctor Who fan will tell you, TARDIS piloting problems are nothing new for the Doctor.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: The Doctor, who is very amused at being a pony and fascinated at how the ponies work in this strange world.
  • Flanderization: The Doctor's love of butter was barely alluded to early on; he seemed to prefer muffins more, and only talked about butter as an addition to muffins. Come episode six, he's turned to eating the butter he and Ditzy are using to make pie (It Makes Sense in Context). Goes further in episode seven; Ditzy implies he often eats butter until he passes out, and he starts carrying butter around in his pocket.
  • Flat "What": Ditzy's reaction to the Doctor talking about the amorality of the eating of pigs in this world, she doesn't seem to remember the concept at all.
    • Ditzy does it again when the Doctor explains how he accidentally brought the Windigos to the planet.
    • Both Ditzy and the Doctor do it in unison during the Q&A episode when asked if they've met "Molestia".
    • The Doctor does it again in episode 6, when he learns that the battle for Appleloosa will be fought with pies.
  • Flintstone Theming: A trait carried over from MLP proper, and thoroughly lampshaded. The Doctor finds it endlessly amusing that so many important places and figures in Equestria have names that are horse puns.
  • Foreshadowing: The Doctor's reaction to hearing a transmission from the Doctor Whooves Adventures first mailbag short foreshadows his reaction to meeting Twilight in episode 7.
  • Forced Transformation: Played with. The Doctor is more amused than anything at being inexplicably turned into a pony. He does find it difficult to do anything with hooves, like pick up his sonic screwdriver, but he eventually gets over that once he learns how to pick things up with them. (See Feather Fingers below.) If anything he's more disappointed that he's still not ginger.
  • Fur Is Clothing: According to the third episode, ponies have pockets on their hides, as an explanation for their occasional use of Hammerspace in the cartoon.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Tick Tock, although he initially had a reputation for making inventions that literally blew up in his face.
  • Gilligan Cut: When the Doctor tries to talk Ditzy into going into the Everfree Forest to go after Nightmare Moon, she keeps telling him he's crazy. Until…
    The Doctor: We can have muffins afterwards.
    cut to Ditzy and the Doctor wandering in the forest
    Ditzy: How did I get here?
  • Good All Along: In Part 3 of Wrong Way Backwards, it is revealed that the Cheshire cats who started the whole thing were former pets of Lewis Carrot, and have been setting things up to defeat the Jabberwock the whole time.
  • Hate Plague: The parasite from episode 6 (pt. 2), the source of it being from an alien insect, that make the victim angrier to feed off them. It's revealed to be the cause of the conflict between the pony settlers and buffalo, as well as the fight between Ditzy and the Doctor, as well as the two being reduced to children.
  • Have We Met Yet?: Luna apparently knows the Doctor, even though they haven't met yet from his perspective.
  • The Heart: Wrong Way Backwards shows just how much Ditzy is this for The Doctor.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted by Tick Tock in Terror as part of a Taking You with Me plot to trap the Terror in a time lock. Fortunately the Doctor is able to rescue them before it comes to that.
  • Hero of Another Story: The Doctor and Ditzy's adventures run side by side the canon ones. For example, the first three episodes take place during "The Mare In the Moon - Parts 1 and 2" and episode four takes place during the Winter Wrap-Up, with scenes of Doctor Whooves from the episode used as reference for what he's doing. The Christmas Special takes place just after the end of the play in "Hearth Warming Eve" and reveals the Windigo's presence in pony history is the Doctor's fault.
    • In this show's first part of the Wrong Way Backwards crossover, the story starts during Hearts and Hooves Day, some point in or after the episode named after said event. Ditzy asks why he's so dirty, which happened to be explained during the "Perfect Stallion" musical number where the Doctor runs through a muddy puddle prompting the Cutie Mark Crusaders to claim he is "too splashy". Additionally a screenshot from said episode points the Doctor and Ditzy out in together in the background at the start of this episode.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Ditzy unleashes one to cheer up Time Turner near the end of the crossover.
  • Jumped at the Call: When the Doctor asks Ditzy to be his companion in episode four, she pretty much literally jumps into the TARDIS.
  • Last-Second Chance: As the Cyberpony homeworld is about to explode, the Doctor offers them a chance to redeem themselves and he'll save their planet from destruction. They turn him down, and he sadly leaves them to perish. He laments after watching their homeworld explode in the distance.
  • Love Triangle: Downplayed, but Derpy seems to have potential romantic interest in both the Doctor and Tick Tock.
  • Malicious Misnaming: "Derpy Hooves" appears to be a mean-spirited name the other ponies call Ditzy Doo; she doesn't like it very much until the Doctor says he finds it cute and melodious. By the end of episode 6, she sees that he means it as a sign of friendship and allows him to call her Derpy from that point on.
    • He spends most of episode 5 trying to convince her that "Miss Hooves" sounds better than "Miss Doo."
    • The ginger unicorn in "Terror" is referred to by several Neighers residents as "Cuckoo Clock." His real name is Tick Tock
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Pistol in the "Isle of Flaputa" episode created a machine with the intention of seeking virtual immortality, but the machine ended up killing the city's entire population, including himself.
  • Mood Whiplash: In part 1 of "Apples & Arguments", before the battle of Appleloosa, the Doctor has a somber moment where he laments that even in Equestria, he can't escape strife and conflict, and that he can only hope that there won't be too much blood shed. Then when he finds out that the "battle" is going to be a pie fight, he's stunned for a minute before becoming positively jubilant.
    • In part 2 of "Apples & Arguments", when the Doctor uses the only antidote to his reverse aging condition, apple pie, to stop the cause of it, Ditzy is holding his shrinking body in an emotional moment…and then the Doctor suddenly turns back to normal, squishing her.
    • In Part two of the Doctor Whooves Adventures part of "Wrong Way Backwards", this version of the doctor suddenly gets serious about returning to his own world after seeing the Doctor Whooves Adventures Ditzy, who reminds him of his own Ditzy, only to muse over Twilight's glowing horn as she uses it to turn pages in a reference book.
  • Motor Mouth: The Doctor likes to ramble quite a bit.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In Episode 6 preview: "Pretty soon, everyone is gonna be asking you, 'Doctor Who?'" Silence will fall when the question is asked...
    • Derpy also calls the Doctor "Grandpa," intending it as an insult in Episode 6. The First Doctor was, in fact, a grandfather before he regenerated. And potentially the Tenth Doctor as well, considering he now has a daughter.
    • The Doctor from Doctor Whooves Adventures kept getting Derpy's name wrong at first, and before he heard her name he called her Georgia.
    • In Wrong Way Backwards Part 2, events in each show reference each other for this part, such as the assistants/companions refusal to refer to The Doctors as The Doctor.
    • Anyone who has watched a Multi-Doctor episode before knows that having two doctors in the same place and having them argue... is not in any way, shape, or form, an unusual occurrence, such as what happens in Wrong Way Backward Part 3.
    • In Star Struck, the Doctor receives a makeover that includes a leather jacket but remarks that he doesn't have the ears for it, a clear reference to the Ninth Doctor.
      • In the same episode, Hoity-Toity suggests that a nice, long scarf would suit him better, a reference to the 4th Doctor.
      • Photo Finish tells the Doctor that "Green is Not Your Color", the episode name she first appeared in.
      • The villain in the episode is named that Gakamooze by the Doctor. (Gak has often been advertised during certain episodes.) It was compared to the Nestene complex, a plastic villain. It eventually calls itself the Smooze, an antagonist from the 80's cartoons.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: The Doctor warns Ditzy about this, saying it could cause a Temporal Paradox.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Remember the Windigos that nearly froze to extinction all three pony tribes while they were fighting each other? They're aliens the Doctor accidentally sent back in time through a worm hole. Though, thankfully, this also resulted in the founding of Equestria and creation of Hearth's Warming Eve.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Part 3 of Wrong Way Backwards. He explains that being overly creepy with Rarity was instrumental to not wasting time chatting with her, and then delivers an extremely serious speech about how he'll do whatever it takes to keep Twilight safe until the other Doctor switches back with him.
  • Obviously Evil: Regal Script. The Doctor spends some time kicking himself for not figuring it out earlier.
  • Only Sane Pony: Ditzy Doo, actually. Mostly because the Doctor is crazy even by pony standards.
  • Painting the Medium: Used to unnerving effect in the crossover when it is listened to with headphones - whenever the cats make an appearance their voices begin behind the left ear before moving to a less creepy position.
  • Parrot Expo-WHAT?:
    Doctor: (before realizing his transformation) "Oh, no, I can't possibly be a pony. Last I checked, I was at least Homo Sapien in appearance."
    Ditzy: "Eh, homo-say-what now?"
  • Perpetual Frowner: Tick Tock. Despite feeling a wide range of emotions, his expression almost never changes due to an accident which left his face paralyzed.
  • The Quisling: Regal Script
  • Real Stallions Like Unicorns: The Doctor has a serious thing for unicorns.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Ditzy gives a well-deserved one to Silver Tongue, the food merchant who was price gouging the desperate refugees in Episode 8. He takes it to heart.
  • Record Needle Scratch: In part 6:
    Doctor: Even here, there's war. I thought this place would be peaceful. I just wanted once, just for once, to travel the universe without having any incident and me being involved. Well, I'm just hoping there won't be too much bloodshed. (Sniff, sniff) (Record Needle Scratch) I smell pie.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Regal Script betrayed Equestria to the Cyberponies. He's rewarded by being "upgraded."
  • Running Gag: The Doctor's obsession with unicorns.
  • Sad Clown: The Doctor shows signs of this from time to time, but Wrong Way Backwards really highlights it.
  • Save the Villain: The Doctor sets off into the Everfree Forest with the full intention of saving Nightmare Moon, possibly from herself.
  • Sequel Hook: "Ahh, London! It's good to be ba-!…I'm still here…"
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: In Episode 5, a random civilian that they try to ask for information mistakes the two of them for a couple.
    • In this show's part 2 of Wrong Way Backwards Assistant!Twilight uncharacteristically assumes Ditzy and "Clockwork" are a couple with the only substantial evidence to suggest such a thing is that they were trying to find a book together on Hearts and Hooves day. This couldn't be any farther from the truth as Ditzy continues to think more and more about how he is not her own Doctor
    • Derpy gets a double dose of this trope in Episode 9, when her roommate Carrot Top insinuates the Derpy is in love with the Doctor, and later on Derpy's parents assume that she's dating Tick Tock.
  • Skewed Priorities: In Episode 8, the Doctor is too busy Squeeing over the ginger unicorn standing in front of him and Ditzy to care about the loaded crossbow said unicorn is aiming at them.
  • The Slow Path: For the Doctor only a few moments pass between part 3 and 4 but for Ditsy it's been 8 months. Ditzy just said 2 because 2 looks kinda like a 3 and 3 looks just like an 8 that's been cut in half.
  • Spock Speak: Tick Tock.
  • Squee: The Doctor at the thought of talking to a real unicorn.
    • Also Ditzy when the Doctor makes her his assistant, as seen in the quote at the top of the page.
    • The same goes for two of the civilians Derpy and the Doctor talk to in Episode 5.
  • The Stoic: Tick Tock. Justified in-universe as the result of severe paralysis which left him unable to change his facial expression.
  • Stock Scream: The Wilhelm can be heard in Episode 8 pt. 2, followed immediately by somepony saying "Whildhelmet is down!"
  • To Be Continued: The end of Episode three. Turns out the Doctor's work in Equestria isn't done, like he thought…
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Pistol, who believed himself to be a ghost, was actually just an AI recreation of his original self.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Muffins for Ditzy, just about anything (but especially English muffins) with butter for the Doctor, peaches for Tick Tock.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: At the end of Wrong Way Backwards, Doctor Whooves Adventures!Doctor calls out Assistant!Doctor for his belief in Violence is the Only Option.