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Buffy the Vampire Slayer was an American television series which ran from 1997 to 2003, and was created by Joss Whedon. It followed the adventures of Buffy Summers, chosen by mystical forces to be the Slayer, and who fought vampires and other demons with her friends. The television series also had a spin-off, Angel. The fictional universe in which both series, as well as their various tie-in media, inhabit is known as the "Buffyverse".

Often credited as changing the landscape of television in terms of blurring the lines between drama and comedy, and episodic vs serialised storytelling, Buffy was a big influence on the revived series of Doctor Who, as well as Torchwood.[1] [2][3]

Connections with the Doctor Who Universe Edit

Buffyverse references Edit

Elements of the Doctor Who universe have been specifically mentioned in the Buffyverse, most notably in the season 6 episode of Buffy, "Smashed", when Andrew mentions that he has seen "every episode of Doctor Who."

There have also been several references to the show in the comics which continue the narrative of the series. [4] David Tennant appeared as himself in the comic In Perfect Harmony, along with a joke about the TARDIS, and a miniature figure of a Dalek can be seen inside Xander Harris' room in Welcome to the Team, Part One and I Wish, Part Two.

Crossovers Edit


The Doctor and Rose — or at least lookalikes — appear in No Future For You.

Each of the two fictional universes also contain at least one reference to an in-universe element of the other. In the Buffyverise, this occurs when the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler made a cameo appearance in the comic No Future for You.

The first such reference to appear in the Doctor who universe was the appearance of "William the Bloody Awful Poet", the former human self of the vampire Spike, in PROSE: Camera Obscura

Possum Kingdom also mentions Sunnydale as a city where Yesterways LTD wanted to take the visitors of the V is for Vampire Tour. Sunnydale is the main setting of the Buffy Television series. The city is again mentioned when the Eighth Doctor told Anji Kapoor that any real vampires would shun cities like Sunnydale and New Orleans, although she did not believe that Sunnydale was real. (PROSE: The City of the Dead)

Similarities Edit

Connections with Doctor Who Edit

Buffy dressed as Jenny

Buffy Summers dressed as Jenny in Twilight, Part One.

Connections with Torchwood Edit

  • James Marsters, who played the vampire Spike in both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff Angel, played Captain John Hart in Series 2 of Torchwood. The two characters also had similar personalities as well.
  • As Miracle Day was an American co-production, the two shows also share a number of cast and crew, including recurring guest star Robin Sachs who played Ethan Rayne, writer/producer Jane Espenson, and costume designer Shawna Trpcic. Eliza Dushku, who played Faith Lehane in Buffy and Angel also provided her voice for Web of Lies.
  • On the Torchwood website, one of the creatures described by Owen Harper as being in stasis in the Torchwood morgue is the "Invincible Vampire", which reconstitutes itself after it is "dusted". "Dusted" is terminology from Buffy for the slaying of a vampire, referring to the fact their bodies would turn to dust once killed.
  • The Angel episode A Hole in the World features a pit that extends all the way through the Earth, between England and New Zealand. Miracle Day has a similar feature called the Blessing, which extends between Shanghai and Buenos Aires.
  • The Series 2 of Torchwood episode, Adam is very similar to the Buffy episode Superstar in which 'new' characters appear in the episode as established parts of the team. The trick with putting clips of this new character into the intro is used here with Adam Smith appearing in the same way as the character of Jonathan Levinson did in the episode. Both are also villains; however, Jonathan becomes a villain later in Buffy.

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External links Edit

  • The Buffyverse wiki, focusing on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, its spin-offs, and expanded media.

Footnotes Edit

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