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Published on July 30th, 2011 | by Larry Gent

4th Doctor Spotted on Futurama!

What do you do when the timeline has been screwed up? You travel back in time to fix it and who better then fixing timelines, and/or screwing them up than the Planet Express Crew? How about the Doctor?

In the 20th episode of Futurama’s sixth season, the team accidently puts a tear into the timeline which results in an USA that never signed the declaration of independence. This results in an 3011 America still under British rule. The best part of the episode is when a certain blue box is seen nearby.

If that wasn’t enough a certain Time Lord in his fourth incarnation makes a brief appearance, and we mean brief: “Christopher Eccleston”-brief!

Futurama and Simpsons creator Matt Groening is a self-proclaimed fan of Doctor Who, even going as far as to name his lead female Leila after companion Leela. This doesn’t mark the first time the Time Lord has been seen in one of his TV shows. The Fourth Doctor has also appeared occasionally in The Simpsons.

I say it’s about time Futurama got their own fully-fledged Doctor appearance!


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This man enlisted with UNIT after his first encounter with the Fantastic Christopher Eccleston and has been a part of the Whovian army ever since. He is a freelance writer that works on his own zine at and has just gotten his first works published.

3 Responses to 4th Doctor Spotted on Futurama!

  1. avatar Solonor says:

    Did you notice that one of the heads in a jar was labeled “Amy Pond” too? :)

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    How awesome would that be if THAT was the 50th anniversary celebration? Have an animated romp that brings Smith, Tennant, Eccleston, both Bakers, McCoy, McGann and Davison together? Get the guy from Dead Ringers to do his Pertwee and Hartnell and get David Troughton to impersonate his dad! That would be so much fun…..

  3. avatar Tydeus says:

    or get Sean Pertwee to play his dad.

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