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Published on July 11th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds

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Homer Who?

Its always exciting when two seemingly distant satellites of pop culture momentarily share the same orbit- making Geekdom feel that little bit more connected.

Doctor Who, The Simpsons styleFans are usually the engine behind this; fan fiction where Optimus Prime unites with M.A.S.K, homemade trailers cobbled together from existing footage promising the forth-coming release of Teen Wolf 3 and multi-platform artwork, sending our heroes into new and, mostly, strange worlds.

Springfield Punx, a blogspot site dedicated to drawing everything Simpsons-style has just concluded its Doctor Who week, with a series of daily pictures that crash all of Series 5′s stars directly into Matt Groening’s universe.

The Doctor, Amy, Rory (my personal favourite) the Daleks, the Weeping Angels and the TARDIS all get a Homer-rific makeover.

Dean, the site’s artist and founder, lives in Canada (though he clearly hasn’t been watching at American speed) comments that:

“A friend got me onto this series with Matt Smith, and right from that fabulous series opener I’ve been hooked. I love Matt Smith in the Eleventh Doctor role as well, he’s eccentric and brilliant, but also playful and childlike. I’d be really pleased to see the Eleventh Doctor stick around for a while if possible.”

This isn’t the first time The Simpsons and the Doctor have crossed paths: the Fourth Doctor made cameo appearances in the episodes “Sideshow Bob’s Last Gleaming” (as one of the “esteemed representatives of television”), “Mayored to the Mob” (at a science fiction convention), and “Treehouse of Horror X” (in which he is kidnapped by the Comic Book Guy.)

Tables resembling the TARDIS console appear briefly in “The Homer They Fall” and in “Bart the Fink” Comic Book Guy is seen wheeling a wheelbarrow full of tacos and saying:

“Yes, this should provide adequate sustenance for the Doctor Who marathon.”

In the opening credits of “Treehouse of Horrors XX”, Consulting Producer Don Payne, uses the Halloween tradition of spooky names to reference the famous warning from the Ood to the Tenth Doctor that “He Will Knock 4 Times.”

And likewise there have been a few sneaky references to everyone’s favourite yellow family in Who.

For instance, there’s Planet of the Ood in which an Ood with a “comedy classic option” setting on his translator ball says, “D’oh!”, while in The End of Time, the Doctor, after being yanked down a flight of stairs will strapped to a chair says “Worst. Rescue. Ever!” in reference to Comic Book Guy’s famous catchphrase (“Worst. Episode. Ever!”).

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




3 Responses to Homer Who?

  1. avatar Carn says:

    Cool stuff. Now if they could have the Eleventh Doctor appear in the actual Simpsons show that would be even cooler. I don’t even mind in a small non-speaking cameo like the Fourth Doctor has though part of me would like to see him more involved with a plot like Agents Scully and Mulder were.

  2. avatar Rick714 says:

    I checked out his site as well. This guy is terrific! His charicatures of celebs are spot on in the Simpsons style and I’d say he does a better job than the regular animators in some cases! I’m hoping he does the rest of the Doctors at some point.

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