If you like Doctor Who, you’ll already know it’s a show that’s made quite an impact on popular culture across the globe in the last 60 years. Beyond the TV screen creatives have been influenced by the adventures of the Doctor and his/ her companions in space and time for decades and it’s not unusual to see the Doctor and references to the famous BBC science fiction show pop up from time to time in movies, TV shows, songs, books and video games.
While we await the Doctor Who 60th-anniversary specials starring David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor which will arrive on our screens in November 2023 and look forward to season 14 of Doctor Who starring Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth and Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday, it’s time for us to look at some of the classic Who references in other shows and movies from the past.
We’ve already spotted many Doctor Who references in The Simpsons and nods to the show in Futurama, as well as the TARDIS in Red Dwarf, Doctor Who in Good Omens and even an underwater Doctor Who Easter egg in the video game Assassins’ Creed.
But today we turn our attention to the brilliant 2019 Aardman animated adventure Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon, where it turns out they couldn’t resist a few Doctor Who nods along the way.
Did you spot this item that gets tossed away in the movie? It certainly looks and sounds quite a lot like a sonic screwdriver – but on this occasion doesn’t seem to be what the characters are looking for…
The characters do some dressing up in the film and would you believe it Doctor Who fans, they are also Doctor Who fans! These impressive Dalek costumes are pride of place at the farm festival.
Wait a second, is that a portable toilet or is that… erm, the TARDIS? Well, whatever it is, it seems a character that looks a lot like the Fourth Doctor with his famous flowing scarf seems to be in the spaceship / toilet in the movie…