Its always exciting when two seemingly distant satellites of pop culture momentarily share the same orbit- making Geekdom feel that little bit more connected.
Fans 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 Groeningâ€™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 hasnâ€™t been watching at American speed) comments that:
â€œA 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.â€
This isnâ€™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:
â€œYes, this should provide adequate sustenance for the Doctor Who marathon.â€
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 â€œHe Will Knock 4 Times.â€
And likewise there have been a few sneaky references to everyoneâ€™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 â€œWorst. Rescue. Ever!” in reference to Comic Book Guy’s famous catchphrase (“Worst. Episode. Ever!”).