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Doctor Who is a long-running British series, so iconic even Her Majesty the Queen watches it. The Doctor, is of course, the character from the show and so has become a popular target to Homage or parody, especially since the Revival during the Turn of the Millennium.

Homages or parodies of the character will usually include:

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Even the Doctor Who Expanded Universe has a few Expies of the Doctor, not counting other time travelers who the Doctor has inspired.


Straight Examples:

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     Audio Drama 
  • Sylvester McCoy made appearances in several semi-professional audio plays made by BBV. Here he appeared as "the Professor" while Sophie Aldred appeared as... Ace. (BBV thought that they could get away with this.) Due to legal pressure from the BBC, they were renamed Dominie (Scots for "schoolmaster") and "Alice", respectively.
  • The Wanderer (or "Fred"), an amnesiac time traveller played by Nicholas Briggs (who had previously played a fan-audio version of the Doctor, who had become sort-of-canonical through a cameo in the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip, again for BBV. In his first appearance he faced the "Cyberons", who (according to the CD cover) even had familiar-looking head-handles.
  • The titular character of The Minister of Chance, who weirdly, spun out of a BBC-official Doctor Who animation (see below).
  • Ford Prefect from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy can be summed up as the Doctor, if he just didn't care. Douglas Adams (who worked on his first Doctor Who script before getting a job as script editor for the show) said he wanted to write a character who would react to a threat to the universe by looking for a party.

     Comic Books 
  • Heroes for Hire: has Professor Justin Alphonse Gamble, an energetic, bizarrely dressed fat British man who pops up throughout the time stream, seen combating the incinerators who wheel around shouting their name at everything. Late of the Time Variance Agency, his mode of conveyance is a disappearing shop which helpfully changes to suit the time period. Clearly based on the Doctor, with probable special emphasis on the Fifth Doctor (the incumbent at the time of Gamble's first appearance, circa 1982).
  • Irredeemable has Qubit. In a comic series where most of the characters are expies of other superheroes and villains, Qubit is an homage to the Tenth Doctor in looks and demeanor. He has Messy Hair and a Badass Longcoat, and is a Non-Action Guy, Science Hero, and Squishy Wizard with the power to create almost any device he imagines if he has some tools to work with.
  • During the Slott/Allred run of the Silver Surfer, he is depicted as basically the Marvel Universe version of the Doctor, complete with hero-worshipping contemporary-Earth everywoman companion.

     Fan Works 
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    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Christopher Lee Dracula film The Satanic Rites of Dracula has Peter Cushing's Van Helsing as scientific advisor to a paranormal investigation unit of British Intelligence, with a Brigadier-esque boss, a granddaughter assistant, and the Count (now calling himself "The Master") is an international supervillain presiding over a plague while disguised as a property developer. Don Houghton had written for Doctor Who a few years earlier, and it seems to have been a model for this film.
  • Newt Scamander, the protagonist of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has enough similarities to 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 has with him is "bigger on the inside", having an entire nature reserve where he keeps and cares for the "fantastic beasts" he discovers and protects from muggles and hunters. Even better — Matt Smith was considered for the role.
  • As with Sylvester McCoy as "The Professor", Colin Baker had earlier appeared in a series of semi-professional direct-to-video productions as "The Stranger" with Nicola Bryant as "Miss Brown" (sans her Fake American accent this time). Many fans regarded these as an unofficial continuation of Baker's role as the Sixth Doctor. He gets less Doctor-like as the series goes on.
  • Rufus from Bill & Ted is a strange man from the future with a time travelling phone box. Apparently an accidental example because the creators admitted they hadn't heard of Doctor Who and gave him a phone box time machine by coincidence.
    • The Boom! Studios comics lampshade it with a teenager from the future saying that Rufus converted Earth's unused phoneboxes into time machines after getting the idea from aliens with British accents.

    Literature 
  • Turlough and the Earthlink Dilemma by Tony Attwood, the first full-length licensed Doctor Who original novel, which starred the Doctor's companion Turlough, had a Time Lord called the Magician.
  • 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. (Although the character who very roughly maps onto the Doctor's role in "Shada" is Dirk himself.)
  • Life, the Universe and Everything was originally written by Adams as a screenplay titled Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen. Slartibartfast from the original The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy novel shows up with his Starship Bistromath standing in for the TARDIS and fills the role of The Doctor with Arthur and Ford as companions.
  • Doctor Omega was 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 two compatriots in the spacecraft Cosmos. In the original novel, Dr. Omega bears a 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.
  • Calum P Cameron, creator of Mediochre Q Seth Series says the titular protagonist is a composite of The Doctor, Indiana Jones and Skulduggery Pleasant.
  • Lady Aesculapius from The 10000 Dawns is a time-traveling, dimension-traveling alien who changes bodies every time she dies. Her race, The Firmament are basically Time Lords if they were Guardians of The Multiverse rather than Time Police.
  • Dr. Tachyon from Wild Cards. A heroic renegade from a race of haughty aristocratic Human Aliens, known for being a flamboyantly dressed Insufferable Genius Science Hero. Though he's a womanizer where the Doctor is chaste and a bit of a failure while the Doctor is fairly invincible, and his species is known for Organic Technology, not time travel.
  • In The Balanced Sword series, one of the enigmatic mentor characters who occasionally show up in the fantasy world of Zarathan is the Wanderer, a mysterious wizard who is known to be centuries old, reputed to be from another world, and has been seen with many different faces. In Phoenix in Shadow, he makes a dramatic entrance with a rhyming Badass Boast that's a direct quotation from a Doctor Who novelty single.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The 1980-1982 HTV kids' fantasy series Into the Labyrinth starred Ron Moody as a mysterious time-travelling magician called Rothgo who recruits the help of three children to help him chase a valuable McGuffin through time and space, against an evil witch. Many of the writers, including the showrunner, had worked on Doctor Who. And one episode (Robert Holmes' "Shadrach") is almost a companion piece to "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", but with Indian thuggees instead of Chinese Tongs. Moody had been offered the role of the Doctor at least once (but turned it down post-Oliver!, only to regret it when his film career didn't work out as hoped). The series may have been created purely to give him a Doctorish vehicle.
  • Another ITV series, Jamie, was perhaps even more blatant. The story entailed a young boy named Jamie who became the companion of a mysterious cosmic hobo who ran an antique shop, named MISTER ZED. The fact that Jamie was the name of the Doctor's current companion may or may not have been a coincidence.
  • Although not appearing in a Sci-Fi show, Raymond Reddington from The Blacklist is seen as being an Expy of the First or Sixth Doctor by some Doctor Who fans. The fandom of The Blacklist hasn't apparently noticed.
  • Steven Moffat created Colonel X, a Refugee from TV Land who appeared in one episode of his series Press Gang. Michael Jayston, who had played a evil possible future of the Doctor, appeared as the colonel, an enigmatic super-spy.
  • Neil Gaiman says in the commentary to Neverwhere that he conceived the Marquis De Carabas as a black Doctor Who.
  • Rip Hunter from Legends of Tomorrow is a renegade Time Master who went on the run and hired various assistants to help him stop Vandal Savage. Funnier still, he's played by Arthur Darvill, who had previously played a companion to the Eleventh Doctor (Rory Williams, to be precise).
  • Star Trek;
    • Gary Seven from the The Original Series episode, Assignment Earth. He descends from a group of Transplanted Humans and was sent by aliens to protect humanity. Notable for having a similar Magic Tool called a servo that debuted on TV a month before The Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver.
    • The Enterprise episode, Future Tense episode involved the crew finding a Bigger on the Inside spaceship from the future with a dead pilot. This episode was originally intended to be a crossover with Doctor Who or at least of the time machine being shaped like a phonebox as a nod but these were scrapped for copyright reasons.

    Tabletop Games 
  • FASA's licensed Doctor Who tabletop RPG, which came out in the mid-'80s, encouraged players to create Time Lords other than the Doctor, who would work for the Time Lords' special ops division the Celestial Intervention Agency (already part of the Whoniverse) and have human companions. The flavor text for the base game had a Time Lord named Stan (short for his Gallifreyan name) and an adventure called The Lords of Destiny had stats for the Professor and his companions.
  • 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.
  • The Tick-Tock Doc of the Freedom City setting is the Doctor if he were a hippie, a Well-Intentioned Extremist and a likable Anti-Villain.

    Video Games 
tically one giant love letter to The Doctor. His outfit is a combination of the Tenth Doctor's suit and the Eleventh Doctor's bowtie. He travels around in a TARDIS-like phone box called a time-booth that's "smaller on the inside", uses what looks like the sonic screwdriver as a weapon. When defeated he regenerates into a new form. In Book 3, the Hero decides to simply call him "Doctor" after some punny confusion over his name.
  • 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.
  • Wizard 101 has the Professor. This being a game that thrives on pop culture references, a list of similarities would make this entry disproportionately long.

    Web Animation 
  • The Minister of Chance, a Time Lord played by Stephen Fry, filled in for the Doctor in part of Death Comes to Time, in which the Doctor himself also appeared. At the conclusion of the story, the Doctor dies. If, as as intended, the series had served as a pilot for a revived version of Doctor Who, the Minister of Chance would have taken over from the Doctor and presumably also taken his title.

    Webcomics 
  • Merlin in the space arc of Arthur, King of Time and Space is a time traveling wizard from the lost planet of Avalon whose time machine is accessible from a wooden door that appears in a random wall. It's especially noticeable when he's traveling with Morgan or Nimue.

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Parodies

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     Advertising 
  • The "Adventures of Doctor Pepper" 2019 ad campaign for the soda Dr. Pepper features an eccentric Sharp-Dressed Man who gained the ability to travel through 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.
  • This advert for Walker's Crisps in the 1980s.

    Comic Books 
  • Being a British publication, 2000 AD has taken a crack at lampooning the Doctor 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:
    • 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 (Oni) comic books have Doctor Tock and Peacock Jones:
    • The page image and quote, 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 most Doctors have had at least one female companion at one point or another to accompany them, and the romantic subtext these relationships have often had in the new series.
  • Viz did a parody called Doctor Poo who travels all over time and space looking for a toilet.
  • Tom Davison from PS238 is a time traveller who's named after two of the Doctor Who actors.

     Film: Live Action 
  • BBV Productions, creators of the Professor, the Stranger, and the Wanderer (see above under straight examples), eventually parodied their own tendency to do this with the Self-Parody Do You Have a Licence to Save This Planet?, in which Sylvester McCoy played the "Foot Doctor", who travelled through time and space in a washing machine, battling the monsters BBV had the rights for, and thinly-disguised versions of the ones they didn't, while avoiding the Licensed Reality Corporation and their attempts to have him removed from Accepted Canonicity.
  • Carry On Screaming features Kenneth Williams as "Dr. Watt",who though a mad scientist on the side of evil, claims to be Who's nephew.

    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.
  • Iris Wildthyme was originally a Distaff Counterpart parody of The Doctor, who later got Canon Welded into the Doctor Who novels and audio plays as a Time Lady who has a history with The Doctor.
  • Adam Roberts wrote a parody novel in 2006 called Doctor Whom: E.T. Shoots and Leaves.

    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.
  • Christopher Eccleston appeared as "Dr. Lazer Rage" in a Show Within a Show on The Sarah Silverman Program. This means that he has reprised his role of the Doctor on a professional production already... sort of.
  • Sylvester McCoy put in a moving appearance as the time-traveling Lollipop Man both in a Show Within a Show and as the actor who played him on the medical soap Doctors.
  • Jeremy Beadle once played Doctor What in a sketch on Beadle's Hot Shots.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Sesame Street:
    • A brief sketch on Sesame Street had Mando as "Doctor Two," with an Anything Muppet playing his regeneration.
    • In an appearance on Entertainment Weekly, Grover played the Eleventh Doctor with Cookie Monster in drag as Amy Pond.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons AD&D 1st Edition module WG7 Castle Greyhawk contained one level that was a parody of other popular roleplaying games of the time. In the room parodying FASA's Doctor Who Roleplaying Game (above) an oblong blue box appears out of nowhere. Out of it appears a halfling dressed like the Fourth Doctor named Professor Why, complete with two "absolutely gorgeous women" and an armored dog named B-9. The professor calls the blue box the CURDIS (Chronically Unable to Reach Destination In Silence). If the PCs enter it, they discover that it is Bigger on the Inside; if they leave in it (which they may do if they fail a save to fall in love with the companions on sight), they're never seen again.
  • Illuminati University in the GURPS supplement IOU has the College of Temporal Happenstance, Ultimate Lies, and Historical Undertakings (CTHULHU), whose dean is Doctor What7 (the number's because there are seven different versions of him from different parts of the timestream, matching how many incarnations of the Doctor there were at the time of publication). The version(s) in the book's art look like black Fourth Doctors. They 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 PCs 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.

    Theatre 
  • The Muppets Take the O2 had an extended sketch guest starring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, who used a "regeneration chamber" to turn Link Hogthrob into a series of different Muppet characters portraying all 13 Doctors.
  • Shortly after Doctor Who appeared on TV, a teenage Douglas Adams wrote a school play called Doctor Which. Adam's notably went on to write for the show and create some of the Whomages on this list.

    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.

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