As a cultural phenomenon for half a century, Doctor Who has been both the target of parody, as well as the frame of reference for satire of other subjects.

Only a handful of these skits were licensed. Many appearances of parody Daleks may have appeared on the BBC but however they were not licensed by Terry Nation.

Television Edit

Doctor Who it's a square world

The first Doctor Who parody ever, from It's a Square World.

1960s Edit

  • On 31 December 1963, the first ever parody of Doctor Who was broadcast. It starred Clive Dunn as the Doctor and it featured on It's a Square World. See The Doctor's New Invention for more information.
  • In an episode of Big Night Out, broadcast 7th April 1964, Bernie Winters plays an approximation of the First Doctor, but who is called Doctor Shmoo.
  • In January 1966, the Toy Fair of that year was televised and had a very strange sketch with a toy baby and toy Daleks.
  • Blue Peter has featured many Doctor Who themed episodes, the first starting in the 1960s with a guide of how to make a Dalek cake. Others include; War Machine appearance in 1966, design your own monster in 1967, Jon Pertwee tests the Whomobile and we hear a warning from the Daleks about the stolen Dalek and its much-needed safe return in the 1970s.

1970s Edit

  • Doctor Who has appeared several times on The Generation Game, including appearances of Daleks and K9 in role.
  • An episode of the children's variety series Crackerjack featured "Hallo My Dalek" including Don Maclean as a Tom Baker-ish Doctor Why and Peter Glaze as a portly Brigadier. The sketch takes place within the TARDIS, which has landed on top of the Post Office Tower. Harry is absent, having been dispatched to hospital to have his duffelcoat removed. There's a cameo of a Dalek with a eyestalk in a fixed rampant position. Don MacLean played the Doctor.
  • In the programme Mathshow there was a sketch called Doctor Where that featured Tony Hughes as the Doctor.
  • In an episode of Basil Brush, Basil confronts a Dalek.

    Spike Milligan's Pakistani Dalek.

  • An episode of Spike Milligan's "Q" series featured the sketch "Pakistani Daleks" in which a turban-wearing Dalek is shown living in a suburban home with a human wife, Dalek child, granny and dog. The chant "Put them in the curry" followed the extermination of the last two.
  • The supreme Dalek makes a live appearance in role on Nationwide.
  • Pebble Mill and Pebble Mill at One have both had live appearances from Doctor Who villains and K9 in role.
  • An episode of "Emu's Broadcasting Company" (aka EBC1) featured puppeteer Rod Hull and his permanently attached avian sidekick Emu as a gestalt Doctor battling the Deadly Dustbins (with their war cry "Rubbish! Rubbish!"). The TARDIS in this segment was seen to be a red UK telephone kiosk.
  • An episode of the London Weekend Television sketch show "End Of Part One" (directed by Geoffrey Sax) featured a spoof called Doctor Eyes. Fred Harris played the Doctor, who is shot through his contract and is quickly replaced by Tony Aitken. Sue Holderness played a Romana-like Gloria.

1980s Edit

  • In 1982, K9 made an appearance on The Computer Programme.
  • Ron Bain appeared as the Fifth Doctor in A Kick Up the Eighties in 1982.
  • The Fifth Doctor and the Master plus many villains appeared in role on This is Your Life.
  • Ronnie Barker played a Worzel Gummidge/Third Doctor in a sketch The Adventures of Archie on the Two Ronnies in 1983.
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    The Sixth Doctor on Roland Rat: The Series.

  • In 1985, Colin Baker appeared as the Sixth Doctor in a skit called Space Invaders on The Saturday Night Picture Show.
  • Colin Baker appeared as the Sixth Doctor in Roland Rat: The Series in 1986.
  • On Breakfast a Dalek is seen in role and Colin Baker is seen in costume in 1986.
  • In The Saturday Morning Picture Show, Colin Baker appeared as The Sixth Doctor in 1986.
  • In Terry Wogan's show Wogan, a cyberman can be seen in role in 1986.
  • In The Krankies' Elektronik Komik, Ian Krankie played the Doctor in 1986.
  • A Dalek appeared live in role on The Six O'Clock News.
  • In a sketch from French and Saunders, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders appeared as extras playing Silurians on the actual set of The Trial of a Time Lord until all concerned, including the extras, got bogged down in a discussion of made-up Doctor Who universe continuity. The two eventually brought the filming of an episode to a halt. Though it was never aired, the sketch was included with the home release of the later The Curse of Fatal Death.
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    Thatchos in The Lenny Henry Show.

  • A 1986 episode of The Lenny Henry Show included a sketch with Henry as a just-regenerated Seventh Doctor battling the Cybermen and their leader Thatchos, a Cyberman version of Margaret Thatcher, complete with bouffant hair and purse.
  • An episode of Victoria Wood As Seen On TV featured Jim Broadbent as a Tom Baker-ish Doctor battling old nemesis Crayola (a brand of wax crayon).
  • Sylvester McCoy appeared as the Seventh Doctor in two episodes of Noel Edmund's Saturday Roadshow.

1990s Edit

  • In an unknown Australian comedy show, Steve Vizard appeared as Doctor Hewson, this was broadcast in 1990.
  • In a documentary about The Lime Grove Story, there was a parody version of the policeman from An Unearthly Child.
  • The Real McCoy spoofed Doctor Who in an early episode.
  • In The Late Show, Rod Sitch played The Fourth Doctor in 1992.
  • In 1992, a Cyberman appeared in role in British comedy show Absolutely.
  • In the popular kids show Rugrats, which ran from 1991 to 2004, in an episode where the characters visit the local Toy Mega-Store, toys lining one of the shelves can be clearly identified as Daleks.
  • Daleks appeared live in role on This Morning in 1993.
  • In Gaytime TV, many Doctor Who aliens appeared live in role.
  • The actual last appearance of Jon Pertwee as The Third Doctor on Surprise, Surprise in 1996.
  • Jeremy Beadle played Doctor What in a sketch on Beadle's Hotshots in 1996.
  • In Planet Mirth, an unknown actor portrays the Fourth Doctor.
  • In Harry Enfield and Chums, Gary Bleasdale played a Scouse Doctor in 1997.
  • In the TV series Crime Traveller episode six, as one of the main characters talks to another character, he notices a blue police box there is an also slower version of the Doctor Who theme, this is a clear nod to Doctor Who's TARDIS.

    Two Daleks that have failed their MOT appear in The Gay Daleks.

  • From 1997 - 1998 a series called TV Offal had a regular segment called The Gay Daleks.
  • In 1997 a TARDIS can be seen in Red Dwarf.
  • In a sketch on Shooting Stars (1997), Bob Mortimer plays the First Doctor, Matt Lucas plays the Second Doctor, Vic Reeves plays the Third Doctor and Mark Lamarr plays the Fourth Doctor.
  • In a promo for BBC Choice in 1998, Pauline Quirke plays a Fourth Doctor inside a Dalek.
  • From 1999 onwards, the Fourth Doctor has been seen in The Simpsons and its partner show Futurama.
  • The Curse of Fatal Death, a multi-part sketch broadcast as part of the Comic Relief charity telethon in 1999, starred Rowan Atkinson as the Ninth Doctor, Richard E Grant as the Tenth Doctor, Jim Broadbent as the Eleventh Doctor, Hugh Grant as the Twelfth Doctor and Joanna Lumley as the female Thirteenth Doctor.

2000s Edit

  • In Hubbub, Les Hubb plays and Environmentally Friendly Doctor.
  • The comic impressions show Dead Ringers has featured a number of Who-related sketches in its radio and TV incarnations. The earliest examples featured Jon Culshaw making spoof phones calls to retailers and service providers in the guise of the Fourth Doctor. Radio sketches included calling B&Q to get a quote for a sonic screwdriver, enquiring of a taxi to take him to Gallifrey and calling NASA for the loan of a space shuttle. In the TV version, Culshaw appeared in costume as the Fourth Doctor, attempting to buy a transdimensional wardrobe from a furniture shop.

    One of many Dead Ringers sketches featuring Jon Culshaw as the Fourth Doctor.

    Another sketch involved the Doctor taking part in the TV show Living With the Enemy in which he lived with the Cyberman family. Other Dead Ringers sketches included Phil Cornwell as Christopher Eccleston. In it, the actor returned home to find his family disappointed by his role as the Doctor as they are Star Trek fans. Eccleston's mum was supposed to have made his prominent "Ferengi" ears. Another sketch featured Culshaw and Jan Ravens in character as the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler. In it, they complain about the overly loud background music and elect to read their own subtitles. In a multi-Doctor sketch, the Tenth Doctor spends Christmas with some of his former incarnations and tries unsuccessfully to get them to watch the Christmas Special. It features Culshaw as the Fourth and Tenth Doctors, Cornwell as the Ninth, Kevin Connelly as the Seventh Doctor and Mark Perry as the Second Doctor.
  • Episodes of the comedy sketch show The Harry Hill Show featured Nicholas Courtney reprising the role of the Brigadier alongside a Cyberman, and comedian Bobby Davro as "Bobby Davros". In the same series Harry HIll appeared as the Doctor alongside Peter Davison.
  • In Born Sloppy, a programme in which little info is known, Colin Baker appears as the Sixth Doctor for no apparent reason in 2003.
  • In 2003, Top Gear featured Colin Baker in role as the Sixth Doctor and a cyberman in role.
  • In 2003, the movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action included a scene with two Daleks. Marvin the Martian and a group of famous aliens (including the two Daleks) attack, but the heroes, including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck escape.

    A Dalek appears in Looney Tunes: Back in Action.

    There is a deleted scene in which Bugs insults a Dalek by saying, "Your mother was a garbage disposal!". Also a Dalek incinerates Marvin in a cartoon style when he gets in the way. Bugs also pretends to hold a wrestling match between the two, saying, "Ok boys, I want a fair fight, a clean fight..." and ending with "May the best piece of tin win!"
  • In 2005 The Chaser's War on Everything, a current affairs satire program produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), aired a parody song sung by Andrew Hansen, a self declared Doctor Who fan. The song featured Hansen as a Doctor Who fan (from the 'Woolongong Doctor Who Fan Club') playing a Doctor Who tribute song based on the Doctor Who theme, singing about how if you're a fan of Doctor Who, you're a social outcast. All actors who played the Doctor were mentioned (including David Tennant who had at the time just been announced to the public as the Tenth Doctor, Peter Cushing and Richard E Grant), as well as Robert Holmes, (with references to Scream of the Shalka and various companions.)
  • Dr Loo And The Filthy Phaleks (2005) is a pornigraphic parody of Doctor Who and the Daleks.
  • Abducted by the Daleks (2005) is a pornographic parody that was banned by the BBC for using the Daleks.
  • In The Charlotte Church Show (2006) , an unknown actor portrays The Tenth Doctor but he later regenerates into Todd Carty's Eleventh Doctor.
  • Doctor Screw (2006) is an series of 11 pornographic episodes parodying the 2005 series 1.
  • Robot Chicken in 2006 features Seth Green as the Fourth Doctor, and in 2014 a sketch titled Doctor Who Meets Nerd', Tim Roth plays the Doctor.

    K9 appears on The Weakest Link.

  • In a Doctor Who edition of The Weakest Link, K9 appears in role
  • In the premiere of Series 4 of The Sunday Night Project, which aired on 5 January 2007, Justin Lee Collins (wearing the Tenth Doctor's outfit) starred as the Doctor in a spoof of Doctor Who. He travelled to the Pink Planet with his "gorgeous time travelling assistant" played by David Tennant in drag. There they faced "the most evil Time Lord of them all, the Gaylord", played by Alan Carr. After this came other aliens which the assistant thought were the Daleks. The Doctor explained that these creatures were far worse, the Carrleks. The Carrleks had Dalek skirts and were played by two men painted silver. They had Alan Carr's glasses and teeth, while Alan Carr in a silver catsuit played the Carrlek supreme. Additionally in The Friday Night Project, Catherine Tate portrays The Tenth Doctor.
  • Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes, collectively Sam & Mark appear as the Tenth Doctor and Parallel Tenth Doctor in TMi)

Ricky Gervais as "Shlong".

  • The 2007 "Extra Special Series Finale" of the comedy series Extras featured Ricky Gervais as struggling actor Andy Millman playing an alien villain opposite David Tennant in a fictional Doctor Who story. The finale showed a brief excerpt from his death scene. In the special, Ricky is reluctantly cast as a slug-like alien called Shlong. David Tennant reprises his role as the Tenth Doctor in a cameo appearance. A brief clip of the episode is shown in which the Doctor and an unidentified companion, a female police constable, are attacked by Shlong. The Doctor describes the attack as "hyper-podulating", a manipulation of "molluskian glang valves to internally vibrate our DNA", a process that will turn its victims into slugs in roughly thirty seconds. Shlong is quickly dispatched when the Doctor throws table salt on him.
  • The Catherine Tate Show's contribution to the 2007 Comic Relief appeal featured a meeting between her trademark "Lauren" character and David Tennant as a weary English language teacher, who secretly was the Doctor. The sketch was the first of several collaborations the two had together, which included Doctor Who.
  • Family Guy has mentioned Doctor Who many times. In "Blue Harvest", the Star Wars-themed season premiere of the sixth season of Family Guy, Peter Griffin (as Han Solo) comments that "Hyperspace always looks so freaky." The scene then cuts to the first Fourth Doctor title sequence (with full audio) playing outside the Millennium Falcon cockpit. Also, in the 2009 episode "420", Brian, who has successfully lobbied to have marijuana legalised in Quahog, comments that in the aftermath, "Crime is down, productivity is up, and ratings for Doctor Who are through the roof." In the episode "Welcome Back".
  • A 2008 episode of the BBC soap opera Doctors is semi-parodic of the end of the ignominious end of the 1963 version of Doctor Who. It features Sylvester McCoy as an actor who was the main star of The Amazing Lollipop Man, a show implied to be analogous to Doctor Who, who ends up in the series' hospital consequent to a diagnosis of angina.
  • In Gina's Laughing Gear, James Hurn plays a Tenth Doctor.
  • In the episode Party Animal of Aardman Animations' Shaun the Sheep, a Dalek can be seen.

2010s Edit


Archibald Asparagus as the Eleventh Doctor, from VeggieTales'.

  • In a 2010 episode of Harry & Paul, starring Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, they performed a sketch called "Rockin' the TARDIS", or "Doctor Who: The ITV Years". The Doctor (Harry) and his companion (Paul) crash land on the planet Woompa-woof', the planet of gay people. Suddenly, three three-breasted woman come along and start dancing with the Doctor and his companion. The whole sketch is played out like a cheaply made sitcom. Another sketch was shown. This involved them playing two characters from On the Buses.
  • In a 2011 episode of South Park, the Germans created a "Funnybot" to try and convince the world they could be funny. The FunnyBot was a parody Dalek, with a plunger and eye stalk. On several occasions it yelled, "Exterminate!" or, "Exterminate all humans!" He believed it would be of the most ultimate irony for a human-created robot to kill the humans, thus being the world's funniest, and indeed last, joke.
  • In the children's show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic there is a recurring background character that seems to share similar characteristics with the Tenth Doctor. Fans of the show (widely known as "Bronies") seem to have given this character the name, "Doctor Whooves, sole survivor of Gallopfrey". There are also background characters in the show that resemble the Third, Fifth, and Eleventh Doctors. In the episode It Ain't Easy Being Breezies, Doctor Whooves is seen in the company of another pony previously named Rose while wearing some 3D glasses, a shout-out to Army of Ghosts and Doomsday. The allusion is made far more explicit in the 100th episode Slice of Life, where he is called Doctor/Doc, speaks with an English accent, is fascinated by science and time travel, having studied them for "centuries", wears a bow tie and later a long, colourful scarf, and even yells "Allons-y!".

    A Dalek appears on My Life: I am Ethan.

  • In My Life, a CBBC programme, K9 and Daleks are seen in role.
  • In the BAFTA's, the Eleventh Doctor and Clara Oswald are seen in role in 2013.
  • An episode of the Cartoon Network programme MAD (based on the magazine of the same name) contained "Doctor Who's Line Is It Anyway?," a Whose Line Is It Anyway? spoof featuring the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors being captured by the Daleks and forced to play improv games.
  • In Toast of London, Lewis Macleod played a Fourth Doctor in 2013.
  • In a Doctor Who edition of Pointless, K9 appears in role.
  • In 2013, K9 is seen live in role on Stargazing Live.
  • In 2014, Postman Pat: The Movie featured a Dalek that appeared all silver.
  • Dr. Whore (2014) is a pornographic parody of the 2005 series.
  • In the American Christian video series VeggieTales episode Veggies in Space: The Fennel Frontier, the character Archibald Asparagus is portrayed as the Eleventh Doctor with a stylised TARDIS.

Daleks are seen in The LEGO Batman Movie.

  • In 2017's The LEGO Batman Movie, creatures resembling Daleks are seen, but never identified as anything more than "British Robots", due to an ab lib performed by Zach Galifianakis on set [1]. They are heard talking throughout the feature, but inconsistent voice work (at least once performed by Nicholas Briggs) is only sometimes consistent with the television series. No credits were given to either the estate of Terry Nation or the BBC for this usage, although the BBC certainly advertised the movie[2] and despite claims by the director Chris McKay that the BBC did give them total permission to use the characters[3], and thus this wiki has decided to consider the product an unlicensed parody until further evidence suggests otherwise.

Peter Davison as "Colin Baker" Fifth Doctor in "Brian Pern Was Shit in Doctor Who" skit.

  • On 29 March 2017, a short skit was broadcast called Brian Pern Was Shit in Doctor Who was part of Brian Pern: A Tribute, directed by Rhys Thomas and co-written with Simon Day. It featured, rather strangely Peter Davison playing Colin Baker discussing The Visitation, footage from this story featured though was overdubbed. The skit also featured Jane Asher and Brian Pern himself.

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