"It looks like I just showed up in the nick of-"
— Professor Tock, Rick and Morty
Most homages or parodies will include:
- Their Cloudcuckoolander nature
- A Punny Name Captain Ersatz of the TARDIS, the Cool Ship the Doctor travels around in.
- A British accent of some sort, usually RP, although one has had an accent from Oop North and a few have been Scottish.
- An outlandish outfit very much a defining feature.
- Asexuality near-universal fanon until relatively recently.
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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.
- Irredeemable has Qubit. In a comic series where most 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 to create almost any device he imagines if he has some tools to work with.
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".
- 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.
- Although not a Sci-Fi show, Raymond Reddington from The Blacklist is seen as being an Expy of the First or Sixth Doctor by some of the fandom of Doctor Who, although the fandom of The Blacklist doesn't seem to notice this.
- In a What Could Have Been moment, The Only Way Is Essex, a British Reality TV series, wanted to have Peter Capaldi in-character as the Twelfth Doctor in 2015 (making it a Non-Serial Movie to Doctor Who but canon to The Only Way Is Essex), but it never got anywhere due to budget and planning reasons. It was meant to air in 2016 but didn't even get to negotiation with Peter Capaldi. However, as of 2019, they're trying again with Jodie Whittaker.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 is a Composite Character of the Byronic Hero Fourth Doctor (a reference to jelly babies is mentioned) and the Lighter and Softer Fifth and Sixth Doctors.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 finds the show to be insufferable. The nerds will force people to watch it as punishment.