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Doctor Who

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Doctor Who is a long-running British sci-fi show. It has run since 1963 and new series are still made. Matt Groening claims to be a fan of Doctor Who. The show has often been referenced in The Simpsons, usually with the Fourth Incarnation of The Doctor appearing, as portrayed by Tom Baker.

References to Doctor Who in The Simpsons[edit]


Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
5 84 "Homer Goes to College" When Homer visits his new roommates Benjamin, Doug and Gary they greet him by saying: "Intruder alert. Intruder alert. Get the humanoid", then giggling. This is a reference to the video game Berzerk, but also shares similarities with the catch phrase of the Dalek robots ("Intruder alert").
The Doctor.png 7 137 "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming" A caricature-like version of the Doctor appears as a representative of television.
CBG Wheelbarrow Full Of Tacos.png 143 "Bart the Fink" Comic Book Guy buys a hundred tacos from Tacomat and loads them into a wheelbarrow. As he leaves the restaurant pushing the wheelbarrow, he says, "This should provide adequate sustenance for the Doctor Who marathon."
Doctor Who Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con.png 10 212 "Mayored to the Mob" Tom Baker appears in costume at Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con, along with the TARDIS.
Doctor Who THOHX.png 11 230 "Treehouse of Horror X" Comic Book Guy, under the guise of The Collector, has the Doctor concealed in plastic, along with many other "geek" show characters. He introduces the Doctor as "Doctor Who", the character's common nickname.
Co-Dependents Day Daleks.png 15 328 "Co-Dependent's Day" In the Galactic Senate in Cosmic Wars: The Gathering Shadow, two Daleks can be seen.
MBFGW C3PO and Boba Fett.png 15 330 "My Big Fat Geek Wedding" The Doctor can be seen at the Comic-Con.
18 391 "Springfield Up" Homer mistakes Declan Desmond for the Doctor, when stating "Check with me in 8 years, Doctor Who, I'll be kicking your ass with a golden boot!".
19 407 "Husbands and Knives" Comic Book Guy says: "Nice work, Doctor Boo-hoo".
Treehouse of Horror XXII Vortex.png 23 489 "Treehouse of Horror XXII" The vortex Bart traverses is similar to Doctor Who's time vortex.
Dalek Police.png 495 "Holidays of Future Passed" The robot policemen are very similar to the Daleks.
Them, Robot Doctor Who reference.png 503 "Them, Robot" The robots smash through the glass room and surround Mr. Burns and Homer in similar fashion to the Cybermen in the Doctor Who episode "Rise of the Cybermen".
Doctor Who Love Is a Many Splintered Thing.png 24 520 "Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing" The TARDIS appears in the movie Love, Indubitably. Alfred Hitchcock then comes out of it.
Diggs arm cast.png 25 542 "Diggs" Two of the names on Diggs' arm cast are the TARDIS and Dalek #7.
Tell Each Doctor Who They're the Worst.png 26 556 "Treehouse of Horror XXV" During "A Clockwork Yellow", one of the "nasties" put into the hat is "Tell Each 'Doctor Who' They're the Worst".
Restroom of the Apes and TARDIS.png 29 620 "Springfield Splendor" The TARDIS is seen at Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con.
32 691 "Three Dreams Denied" Comic Book Guy mentions having the chance to rub elbows with the who's who of Doctor Who.


Picture Comic issue Story name Reference
Simpsons Comics 39 CBG's opening statement 2.png Simpsons Comics #39 Sense and Censorability During his opening statement, Comic Book Guy mentions the Draconian Empire.
Dr. Who.png Simpsons Comics #87 Hail to the Cat The Doctor is a member of the British invasion of Springfield.
Time Is No Longer My Master.png Simpsons Comics #121 The Town That Time Forgot Springfield abolishes daylight savings time and Comic Book Guy learns of it when he reads the news online. When he notices that the wording of the new law allows anyone to set their clocks any way they want to, he says, "Like Dr. Who, time is no longer my master!"
One Flu Over Springfield Doctor Who reference.png The Simpsons Winter Wingding #5 One Flu Over Springfield When Comic Book Guy takes a plane to get away from the flu epidemic in Springfield, he tells his seatmate that he'll try to refrain from reciting dialogue from the Doctor Who episodes he'll be watching during the flight.
Composite Dr. Who Comic Book Guy.png The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Hoodoo Voodoo Brouhaha Comic Book Guy's Best Costumes Ever - Part 1 Comic Book Guy dresses up as The Doctor, consisting of costume parts from various Doctors at Who-Con 1993.
The Once and Future Bartman Part Three Together Again For the First Time Doctor Who.png Bartman Spectacularly Super Secret Saga 3 The Once and Future Bartman Part Three: Together Again for the First Time The TARDIS is seen when Bartman and Houseboy travel back in time.
Dalek - Future Cop.png Chief Wiggum's Felonious Funnies 1 Future Cop! In Chief Wiggum's dream of being a cop in the future, he is called on to put down a riot at the space jail. A Dalek is among the crowd of rioters.


Picture Book Reference
CBG Prop Display.png Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture Comic Book Guy has props and costume pieces from several different superhero and sci-fi franchises displayed on a dress mannequin, including a scarf from Doctor Who.
Flanders' Book of Faith One of the entries in the Ned-Approved Family-Safe TV Viewing Log is Reverend Who, a reference to Doctor Who.
Table of Geeky Delights.jpg Lisa Simpson's Guide to Geek Chic The Doctor (Dc), Gallifrey (Gf) and Tardis (Td) are elements in Lisa's Table of Geeky Delights. The TARDIS also appears in the background of the page.


Picture Game Reference
Tapped Out Dr. Who reference.png The Simpsons: Tapped Out Database says "Gaaah! By Dr. Who's Tardis, I'm back!" once unlocked.
Tapped Out Boba Fett Silver Surfer Dr. Who.png In the Superheroes update, Comic Book Guy, dressed as The Collector, mentions his "Dr. Who" Sonic Screwdriver.
In the Thanksgiving 2018 update, Homer says "I tried using them in a payphone to see if I could travel back in time like Bill & Ted, but instead I just traveled back in time like stupid Doctor Who." referring to the Golden Tokens from Black Friday.

References to The Simpsons in Doctor Who[edit]

Doctor Who[edit]

Series Episode name Reference
2 "Fear Her" After figuring out a way to get an alien to stop inhabiting a young girl, the Doctor exclaims "Everything's coming up Doctor!"
4 "Planet of the Ood" One of the Ood's programming functions is 'classic comedy'. An Ood Operations worker says "Ood, you've dropped something.", to which the Ood replies "D'oh!".
4 "The Doctor's Daughter" When she encounters the alien Hath, Martha Jones says "I'm Martha Jones, who the hell are you?" referencing Bart's way of introducing himself.
2009 Specials "The End of Time" After the Doctor is rescued, he is strapped to a wheelchair. As he's pleading with his rescuers (the Vinvocci) to unstrap him, they wheel him down a flight of stairs. Halfway down, he shouts "Worst! Rescue! EVER!" very much in the manner of Comic Book Guy and his catchphrase.

The Sarah Jane Adventures[edit]

Series Episode name Reference
2 "Day of the Clown" One kid can be heard saying to this episodes villian, a clown, "Take a hike, Krusty!"


Series Episode name Reference
Doctor Who magazine comedy comic strips Party Animals In a spoof comic story, Bart Simpson makes a cameo in a crowd scene.
"Eighth Doctor Adventures" Novels Vampire Science The Doctor's companion Sam Jones says Lisa Simpson is her role model. She also says D'oh!
"New Adventures" Novels "GodEngine" Two Martian colonies are revealed to be named Springfield and Shelbyville

Audio CD[edit]

Series Episode name Reference
Big Finish Audio Drama: "Special Releases" range The Cuddlesome The Doctor is confronted with killer toys. Some of the toys can be heard saying "Ay Carumba!" and "Eat My Shorts!".

Common Cast and Crew[edit]


Picture Name Role in Doctor Who Role on The Simpsons
Brian Cox.jpg Brian Cox Voiced the Ood Elder in "The End of Time". Will voice a character in the upcoming two-part episode "A Serious Flanders".

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