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Doctor Who has long been an iconic British series, so iconic even Her Majesty the Queen watches it.

The Doctor, is of course, the character from that show and he's become popular for Homage and as a Stock Parody over the years, especially since the Revival during Turn of the Millennium.

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  • A 2019 ad campaign for the soda Dr Pepper features the eponymous Doctor Pepper, an eccentric Sharp-Dressed Man who gained the ability to travel trough time after combining the drink's 23 flavors. He warps through history in a swirling soda vortex that resembles the time vortex and has a robot buddy from the future.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Due to rights issues resulting in the actual character of the Doctor being Exiled from Continuity from an Alternate Continuity that was inspired by the Whoniverse, Sylvester McCoy made appearances in several Direct-to-Video films playing "The Professor", who was very similar.
  • Newt Scamander, the protagonist of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has enough similitudes with the Eleventh incarnation of the Doctor to be called an expy of him: similar haircut and clothes, has a Cloudcuckoolander personality, can't stand still and his briefcase he always get with him is "bigger on the inside", having an entire nature reserve where he keeps and cares the "fantastic beasts" he discovers and protects from muggles and hunters. Even better — Matt Smith was considered for the role.
  • Similar to Sylvester McCoy appearances as "The Professor", Colin Baker appeared in a series of direct-to-video productions playing a character called "The Stranger". Many fans regarded these as an unofficial continuation of Baker's role as the Sixth Doctor. This was strengthened by the appearance of Nicola Bryant appearing as a companion named "Miss Brown".
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    Literature 
  • In the Urban Fantasy works of Simon R. Green, Father Time takes the form of a gray-haired gentleman in an Edwardian suit and cravat. At one point, he remarks that "the Travelling Doctor" has a lot to answer for, in regards to how he, Father Time, appears to mortals these days.
  • Professor Chronotis from Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is more or less exactly the Doctor — but then, Douglas Adams used his own Doctor Who scripts "City of Death" and "Shada" for inspiration.
  • Doctor Omega is a 1906 science fiction novel by French writer Arnould Galopin. Inspired by H. G. Wells' novels The War of the Worlds and The First Men in the Moon, it follows the adventures of the eponymous scientist Doctor Omega and his companions in the spacecraft Cosmos. In the original novel, Doctor Omega bears some coincidental resemblance to the First Doctor. In 2003, Los Angeles's Black Coat Press published an edition "adapted and retold" by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier. In addition to other changes, references were added to imply that Doctor Omega was the Doctor from Doctor Who.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons AD&D 1st Edition module WG7 Castle Greyhawk. An oblong blue box appears out of nowhere. Out of it appears a halfling wearing a large floppy hat and a long multicolored scarf around his neck (a.k.a. the Fourth Doctor played by Tom Baker) who calls himself Professor Why. He is accompanied by two beautiful women who appear to have no romantic interest in him (Companions) and an armor-wearing dog called B-9 (K-9). The professor calls the blue box the CURDIS (Chronically Unable to Reach Destination In Silence). If the P Cs enter it, they discover that it is Bigger on the Inside. The Professor cannot control the CURDIS's movements.
  • Dragon Magazine Issue 100 had a full module called "The City Beyond the Gate", which had the adventurers travel to modern-day (circa 1985) London. Among the random encounters is one where the characters approach a blue police box. A "tall, curly-haired man in a floppy hat and a long scarf" enters, trailed by a woman who says "Doctor, what are we going to do now?" After they enter, the box slowly vanishes.

    Video Games 
  • Fallout presents the opportunity to witness the TARDIS in a random encounter. It will warp away as the player approaches, but leaves a Stealth Boy in its wake.
  • The Star Trek Online mission "Sunrise" (which kicks off the game's Temporal Cold War story arc) is packed with Doctor Who references: time traveler Kal Dano arrives from the far future in the game's 25th century present day on a small ship that is Bigger on the Inside, with a roughly circular interior around a cylindrical console at the center.

    Western Animation 

Parodies

    Comic Books 
  • Being a british publication, 2000 AD has taken a crack at lampooning the man several times.
    • The Judge Dredd story "Doctor What" features a scientist by the name of Troughton Watt, being merged together with an illegal nano-cloud and a public restroom, granting him the ability to use the toilet to travel through time and begin meddling with it. Unfortunately, the timeline is much less robust than in the original series, and so Judge Dredd takes him down as a criminal. Virtually every name thrown in the story — from an illegal scientist to a pet rat — is after a character from the series, an actor, or a producer. Several catchphrases and common terms such as "companion" and "Geronimo!" are also liberally thrown about.
    • In another story, Dredd arrests a hapless time traveler from the past, whose increasingly mutated and unhinged future selves then attempt to rescue him. In the end, they manage to stop him from travelling in time altogether, and are dressed as various Doctors as they do so.
  • From Marvel Comics:
    • Professor Justin Alphonse Gamble of the Time Variance Authority. An energetic, bizarrely dressed little British man who pops up throughout the time stream, he is very clearly based on the Doctor, with probable special emphasis on the Fifth Doctor (the incumbent at the time of Gamble's first appearance).
    • Though not The Doctor himself, a certain (though legally distinct) Brigadier note  Stuart, is a recurring character in Excalibur, the leader of a UK-based government paranormal intelligence agency known as the Weird Happenings Organisation. note 
    • The Exiles were gathered by the Time Broker, a being who exists beyond time and uses A Form You Are Comfortable With. The form the reader sees is a small balding man wearing outrageous clothing, possibly another reference to a certain Time Lord.
  • The Rick and Morty comic books have Doctor Tock and Peacock Jones:
    • Professor Tock is a Hero Antagonist who travels through time and space with the mission of arresting those who abuse time and space. He looks like a cross between the First Doctor's elderly appearance with the Sixth Doctor's multicolored clothes.
    • Peacock Jones is an alien adventurer who travels across space in a magic elevator who seeks out female companions to take on adventurers. He expects and insists upon earning sexual favors in exchange for taking them on his adventures. If they die, he immediately looks for the next sexy companion and carries on. This is a jab at how the newer Doctors usually have had at least one female companion at one point or another to accompany them.

    Literature 
  • The Doctor Who literary Expanded Universe did this recursively, with a Show Within a Show called Professor X. It featured a strange scientist who traveled the universe in a time machine that looked like a pillar mailbox.
  • Ford Prefect from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy can be summed up as "The Doctor, if he were incompetent". Within the same series Slartibartfast serves as a more straight example. Life, the Universe and Everything was originally written by Adams as a screenplay titled Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen. Slartibartfast arrives with his time machine and takes up Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect as his "companions" and largely fills the presumed role the Doctor would have in the original script.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Community has the Show Within a Show Inspector Spacetime, which is basically just a bizarro universe copy of Doctor Who. Apparently within the Community universe, Doctor Who does still exist, but only as the less-popular ripoff of Inspector Spacetime.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Illuminati University in the GURPS supplement IOU has the College of Temporal Happenstance, Ultimate Lies, and Historical Undertakings (CTHULHU), whose dean is Doctor What7. He (or she, or they, depending on version) use a blue portable toilet with a light on top as their home and office - the Temporally Oscillating Interdimensional Lift with Endochronosynclastic Tendencies, or TOILET for short.
  • The Paranoia unproduct Vulture Squadron of Dimension X has a long, extended parody wherein the P Cs crash their time machine into a thinly veiled Expy of the TARDIS piloted by an even less thinly veiled Expy of the Fourth Doctor, and then fight even more thinly veiled parodies of Davros, the Cybermen, and the Daleks. The adventure's finale is less a thinly veiled parody of Ghostbusters (1984) and more a carbon copy.

    Web Comics 
  • Unwinder's Tall Comics: In this comic, Barbecue Sauce is reading "some non-canon comic continuations of old, canceled, BBC science fiction shows". We get a closeup of the Professor Bluebottle comic cover, featuring a scientist hero in a goofy white suit, accompanied by two younger companions, squaring off against aliens known as the Dops.

    Western Animation 

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