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Doctor Who is a long-running British series, having run for over half a century. 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:

Even the Doctor Who Expanded Universe has a few Expies of the Doctor due to the funkiness of copyright rules for licensed Doctor Who material as explained on its page, not counting other time travelers who the Doctor has inspired.

Straight Examples:

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    Doctor Who Expanded Universe 
  • Faction Paradox is a Doctor Who spin-off that had to have the Serial Numbers Filed Off for copyright reasons. A Homeworlder (not Time Lord) called the Evil Renegade rather than the Doctor appears. The corpse of his final regeneration called the Relic is a major MacGuffin.
    • The Time Lords become the Great Houses, who travel in Timeships (TARDISes) and are led by a War King who is clearly the Master. The Homeworld of the Great Houses was formerly defended by artificial beings called "casts" (Shaydes from the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip), and an attempt to produce semi-sentient casts created homicidal maniacs called "babels" (N-Forms from the Eighth Doctor Adventures).
  • The Minister of Chance, a Time Lord voiced 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. Instead, the character was spun off into the non-Doctor Who series The Minister of Chance.
  • 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.
  • When Telos Publishing lost their license from the BBC to publish Doctor Who literary material, they spun off their gentleman time traveller character Honoré Lechasseur and his travelling companion Emily, who debuted in a Doctor Who novella of theirs, into their own series Time Hunter which is in continuity with said debut novella. The Doctor does make recurring appearances in the series, under the Writing Around Trademarks name "Dr. Smith".
  • 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.
  • The novels have an In-Universe TV show called Professor X. It featured a strange scientist who travelled the universe in a time machine that looked like a pillar mailbox, and fought monsters such as Cybertrons, X-Terminators and Snow Vikings. The incarnation of the Professor who appears in the Trapped in TV Land chapter of the Doctor Who New Adventures novel No Future is clearly played by Frankie Howerd.
    • Another In-Universe Whoniverse TV show is called Doctor X, introduced in the online In Search of Doctor X Erimem spin-off short story. It gets mentioned in a few BBV Probe episodes.
    • And yet more in-universe in the comics- the Ninth Doctor encounters a Slitheen impersonating him to star in a series called Doctor Who? in Doctormania, complete with attractive companion "Penny" and said impersonator's in-character autobiography Doctor's Orders, and the Twelfth Doctor has an adventure involving the creators of Time Surgeon, involving expies of him, Clara, the Daleks, and the Tardis.
  • 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.
    • Iris sometimes interacts with a man nicknamed El Jefe, a parody of the First Doctor who worked for the Lords Temporal but got bored and stole a wordship. When the "First Meetings" short story was reprinted as When Iris Met Billy he's renamed The Doctor as Magrs was allowed to use names from the Doctor Who franchise.
    • The "In The Sixties" short story had Iris attend a party held by a man called Dr Oho who later takes his guests home in a phonebox. He seemed to be based on the Peter Cushing and Patrick Troughton incarnations of The Doctor.
  • The New Adventures novel Nightshade has The Doctor meet the lead actor from the titular TV show that Word of God says is a cross between Doctor Who and Quatermass.
  • The Sarah Jane Adventures had a mysterious unnamed shopkeeper who could teleport and had time portals in the back of his shop. An article in Doctor Who Magazine said it was originally supposed to be The Doctor dropping off baby Sky with Sarah Jane but they used the shopkeeper when they had trouble getting Matt Smith. Notably Russell T Davies likes to think he's The Corsair, a pirate-themed Time Lord introduced in the Neil Gaiman episode "The Doctor's Wife".
  • Doctor Who (Titan): Twelfth Doctor has The Doctor finding an In-Universe comic called Time Surgeon loosely based on himself.

    Audio Drama 
  • Sylvester McCoy made appearances in several semi-professional audio plays made by BBV Productions. 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 enough spun out of an official Doctor Who animation (see above).
  • 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 DW 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.
  • Valiant Comics has Ivar Anni-Padda, an immortal time-traveler from ancient Mesopotamia fittingly given the title "Timewalker". While he lacks many of the usual Whomage traits, Valiant does adapt the Doctor's formula of randomly travelling to different locales: in place of a Time Machine Ivar instead has a Tachyon Compass that lets him navigate "time arcs", brief wormholes that serve as gateways between two random points in space-time. His run in the 2012 reboot continuity even gives him a companion in the form of Dr. Neela Sethi, a physicist who goes on to become a Timewalker in her own right (in a manner not dissimilar to Doctor Who's own Clara Oswald).

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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 called The Stranger as the titular character, 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.

  • 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, and an interesting inversion before being played straight. 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 (Jean-Marc had previously written a few Doctor Who non-fiction books for the original series).
  • Calum P Cameron, creator of the Mediochre Q Seth Series, says the titular protagonist is a composite of The Doctor, Indiana Jones and Skulduggery Pleasant.
  • Lady Aesculapius from The 10,000 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.
  • In a rather bizarre example, an erotic romance novel called The Stranger by Portia da Costa features an expy of the Eighth Doctor. The character named "the Stranger" has the same name as the actor who played Eight (Paul), and is described very similarly, including wearing an Edwardian frock coat and suffering amnesia. The heroine Claudia Marwood shares a surname with Paul McGann's character from Withnail and I (which is also referenced in-story), and speculates whether the Stranger might really be an alien. When Paul recovers his memory he turns out to be a doctor, though it's never more than implied that he's the Doctor. To make matters even weirder, this all merits a sort of Continuity Nod in the Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures novel Father Time: the Doctor mentions spending time in England in 1976 with "a young widow named Claudia". Fandom speculates that "Portia da Costa" might be a pen name for the same author, which would make for a very strange case indeed of Ascended Fanfic.
  • Titus Crow has been compared to The Doctor due to travelling through time and space in the Bigger on the Inside De Marigny's Clock. Brian Lumley argued back that the clock was taken from the H. P. Lovecraft story, "Through the Gates of the Silver Key" where an alien wizard uses a clock as a spaceship.

    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, 1971's Jamie, was perhaps even more blatant. The story entailed a young boy named Jamie who became the companion of a mysterious cosmic hobo named MISTER ZED who ran an antique shop. The fact that Jamie was the name of one of the Doctor's previous companions may or may not have been a coincidence.
  • Although not from 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.
  • The 1980 educational show Maths-in-a-Box had an eccentric alien travelling with two human children in a magical box (so they could teach him, and the children watching, basic mathematics).
  • 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 DVD Commentary to Neverwhere that he conceived the Marquis De Carabas as a black Doctor Who.
  • Legends of Tomorrow turns Rip Hunter, who isnít particularly like or unlike the Doctor in the comics, into one of these. Rip is a renegade Time Master who went on the run and hired various assistants to help him stop Vandal Savage. From Season 2 onwards, his time machine even has a hexagonal console. 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 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 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.
  • Sam Tyler from Life on Mars (2006), specifically the Ninth Doctor - a time-traveller, eccentric (by 1973 standards), speaks with a Manchester accent, sports a short haircut and wears a leather jacket. His surname also alludes to Rose Tyler, the Doctor's companion at the time the show originally aired.

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    Video Games 
  • DragonFable has Doctor When, who is practically 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", and 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.
  • Wizard101 has the Professor. This being a game that thrives on pop culture references, a list of similarities would make this entry disproportionately long.

  • 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. The webcomic's writer/artist, Paul Gadzikowski, is a long-standing Doctor Who fan.
  • Endtown: Aaron Marx, a weirdo who seems unfazed by the apocalypse, has a variety of vaguely defined powers that seems to include dimensional travel, and the author has specifically stated he was modeled after the Second Doctor.

    Western Animation 
  • Ben 10: Alien Force and its Sequel Series Ben 10: Ultimate Alien have Professor Paradox, who is very clearly modeled on the Doctor and falls more into being an Expy than a Captain Ersatz of him, although he has all the hallmarks of the Doctor, and takes inspirations from different regenerations, such as the fact he Doesn't Like Guns. He has a tendency to give out gumballs like how the Fourth Doctor does with jelly babies, his Chrono Navigator resembles a fobwatch like the one the Tenth Doctor carries (later taking the form of a gauntlet like Rassilon's), had his arm cut off like the Tenth Doctor did, and uses the phrase "spoilers" like Eleventh Doctor companion River Song.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has Time Turner/Doctor Hooves, who is Ponyville's timekeeper — a nod to the Doctor's role and time travel. However, he's a minor character, and is relegated mainly to cameos. In the fifth season, he gets a single Day in the Limelight episode along with other minor characters, "Slice of Life".
  • In OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, Professor Greyman is a flamboyant extraterrestrial scientist who wears a Tom Baker-esque fedora and scarf. However, in a unique twist, he's a grey alien instead of a Human Alien, and his accent is German instead of British.
  • Rick Sanchez from Rick and Morty is a darker and more jerkassy version, being a dimensional traveler rather than a time traveler (he considers time travel too problematic on principle, and would rather avoid the Time Police who deal with actual temporal activities). Though he is primarily written as a parody of Doc Brown from Back to the Future, Word of God cites that Doctor Who was indeed one of his inspirations. One episode even has him calling himself "Doctor Who" as a Badass Boast to give a comparison of just how superior he actually is to normal people.
  • In the Shaun the Sheep movie Farmmageddon'', a clay version of the Fourth Doctor appears coming out of a port-o-potty, only to go back in once a sheep (in a Dalek disguise) goes past.


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  • 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:
    • 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, with the Seventh Doctor's hat and umbrella tossed in for good measure.
    • Peacock Jones is an alien adventurer who travels across space in a magic elevator who seeks out female companions to take on adventures. 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.
  • A couple resembling the Tenth Doctor and Rose cameo standing in front of a red phone box in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer story, "No Future For You".
  • A Comic Within A Comic, Hot-Rod Cow read by The Bash Street Kids from The Beano. His name is an anagram of "Doctor Who" and he carries a sonic moo-driver.
  • The Italian Mickey Mouse story "Mickey Mouse and the Chase between Ages" features Mickey and Goofy meeting during one of their usual time travels a man called "The Engineer" who owns a time travelling schoolbus and is obsessed with bowties and fezzes. The story was originally supposed to be published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who (which explains why the Doctor parody is heavily based on Matt Smith's portrayal), but due to Executive Meddling they didn't manage to publish it in time and came out only four years later.

    Films — 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.
  • In Space Jam the Nerdlucks watch a basketball game disguised in a coat, hat and oversized scarf as a nod to Tom Baker portraying the Fourth Doctor.

  • Adam Roberts wrote a parody novel in 2006 called Doctor Whom: E.T. Shoots and Leaves.
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  • In The Crew of the Copper-Colored Cupids story The Grand Multiverse Hotel, the Cupids mention they saw a time traveller with a bowtie who had blown up his reality, put it back together again, and later nearly blown it up again by trying to kill Death, referencing the Time Fracture.

    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 reprised his role of the Doctor on a professional production before his official return to the role... 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.
  • A Doctor What fan sketch on Jeremy Beadle's Hollywood Hotshots had Doctor What and his Screaming Woman companion travelling in their BARDIS note  fridge. Going up against the Headmaster and his Dalek-like Cyber Bins.
  • You're Skitting Me has one sketch known as "Doctor Who Downunder" where one version of the Doctor regenerates into a teenage bogan, with his previous companion Susan now having to put up with his incompetence. He also uses a time travelling bike called a TARDBIS in place of the TARDIS, as well as carrying a Sonic Sausage Roll.
  • The TARDIS materializes in the background of the first episode of Chelmsford 123 with a silhouette of a man who looks like the Fourth Doctor getting out and looking around briefly before getting back in again.

    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.

  • The '60s ensemble comedy show I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again had a long-running Show Within a Show called Professor Prune And His Electric Time Trousers, which featured an eccentric old buffer and his intrepid youg assistants, travelling through space and time in the aforementioned Time Trousers.

    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.
  • The Toon Ace Catalog includes the Ducktor and the Mouseter, The Doctor and The Master as a cartoon duck and mouse, respectively.

  • 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. Adams notably went on to write for the show and create some of the Whomages on this list.

    Video Games 
  • EverQuest added an NPC into its Seeds of Destruction expansion known as Tavid Dennant. If the nod to the actor isn't obvious enough, the character sends the players on a quest to help find his misplaced multi-colored scarf. He also misplaced a pocket watch that he can't recall who actually gave it to him, but feels it is an important part of him. This is a very specific nod to "The Family of Blood."
  • EverQuest II features an NPC during the Tinkerfest celebration: a gnome by the name of Professor Andipholitz Whatzzit, more commonly known as Professor What. He wears an unusually long scarf (for a gnome) and is interested in learning history about the city of Ak'Anon from before clockworks took it over. He is accompanied by his companion, Rosealyn, who offers a quest to advance her own studies into history.
  • Doctor What, a ZX Spectrum game from the mid-80s, saw Doctors When, Why, Where, and What, all with hangovers, searching for each other in their quest to find the Jelly Baby of Ultimate Wisdom. Its cover art featured a parody of the neon logo and a TARDIS—sorry, TRYDIS—with a giant muffler and fuzzy dice hanging off of it.
  • In Deponia Doomsday, a game all about time travel, Rufus ends up in Paradox City, where a diner hosts several time travellers, one of which is a doting, elderly man named Vince. Vince has white, thinned-out, but still fluffy hair and wears a light-grey hoodie, making him visually a combination of the First and Twelfth Doctors. His time machine, the "Retardis", is a green, pear-shaped box with noticeable similarities to German port-a-potties, which is "smaller on the inside". Rufus has to sit on Vince's lap and is noticeably uncomfortable.
    Gronkh: [after talking to Vince in the diner] Maybe there'll be a blue telephone booth waiting for us outside, who knows?

    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 
  • In Milo Murphy's Law, Milo and Sara's favorite show is The Doctor Zone Files. The main character is a Human Alien with a British accent, Time Travel motif, and totally bananas fashion sense. He's got one foot in the future / And one foot in the past / He's got one hand in the present / Or at least in a gift-shaped cast.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door has the Show Within a Show of Doctor Time, Space and the Continuum. It's rather popular among nerds, and the Amish chapter of the KND have to keep it a secret because they're not even supposed to have a TV or electricity to operate. Nothing is actually shown of the show, but dialogue indicates that the main character is a particularly intelligent character. Numbuh 1, Numbuh 4, and most other normal operatives find the show to be insufferable. The nerds will force people to watch it as punishment.
  • Arthur once featured a dog version of Doctor Who as a Show Within a Show. He was patterned after the Fourth Doctor and traveled around in a blue doghouse that was Bigger on the Inside and had a fairly-accurate central console modeled after the 1983-1989 version.
  • Danger Mouse:
    • in "Custard," DM and Penfold and a bug they've retrieved to help alleviate the flood of custard on Earth are in a pink hole. They come across a door; entering it, they emerge on Earth through "a time-traveller's potting shed."
    • "The Hickory Dickory Dock Dilemma " has the heroes in a grandfather clock that takes them through time. They invoke Doctor Who when they find this out.
  • British Family Guy clone Full English had a future Jamie Oliver in a phonebox time machine. He had shades of Rufus from Bill & Ted in that he helped the teenage protagonists to pass a history exam by taking them at gunpoint to watch various people have sex in the past.