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The Doctor and Rose — or at least lookalikes — appear in No Future For You.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which ran from 1997 to 2003, and was created by Joss Whedon. It follows the adventures of Buffy Summers, chosen by mystical forces to be the Slayer, and who fights vampires and other demons with her friends. The television series also had a spin-off, Angel; The fictional universe in which both series, as well as their various tie-in media, inhabit is known as the "Buffyverse".


References & Crossovers edit

Elements of the Doctor Who universe have been specifically mentioned in the Buffyverse, most notably in the season 6 episode of Buffy, "Smashed", when Andrew mentions that he has seen "every episode of Doctor Who." David Tennant also later appeared as himself in the comic In Perfect Harmony, along with a reference to the TARDIS.

Each of the two fictional universes also contain at least one reference to an in-universe element of the other. "William the Bloody Awful Poet", the former human self of the vampire Spike, briefly appears in PROSE: Camera Obscura, and the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler made a cameo appearance in the canonical Buffy comic No Future for You.

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Connections with Doctor Who edit

  • Series regular Anthony Stewart Head, who plays Rupert Giles, has many connections to Doctor Who. He guest starred in School Reunion and The Infinite Quest, as well as various Big Finish Productions audio dramas. He also narrated Doctor Who Confidential and Project Who. He has often been reported as a potential candidate for the role of the Doctor.
  • Recurring star of the series Juliet Landau has also portrayed an incarnation of companion Romana in several audio adventures.
  • It has been acknowledged that some of the dialogue in School Reunion, such as Finch's line "ignore the shooty-dog thing," was inspired by the style of writing used on Buffy.[source needed]
  • Russell T Davies has mentioned that the Buffy episode "The Zeppo" was a possible influence on the Doctor Who episode Love & Monsters. Similarly, Buffy creator Joss Whedon expressed admiration for Russell T. Davies while speaking as part of the Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog panel at the 2008 Comic-Con.
  • Although the project has since been abandoned, Doctor Who producer Julie Gardner met with Whedon to discuss Ripper, a potential BBC co-production spin-off.
  • The character Fillion, who appears in the comic Space Squid, is named after, and features a likeness to, actor Nathan Fillion, who appeared in the series.

Connections with Torchwood edit

  • James Marsters, who played the vampire Spike in both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff Angel, played Captain John Hart in Series 2 of Torchwood. The two characters had a number of similarities in personality as well.
  • As Miracle Day was an American co-production, the two shows also share a number of cast and crew, including recurring guest star Robin Sachs who played Ethan Rayne, writer/producer Jane Espenson, and costume designer Shawna Trpcic. Eliza Dushku, who played Faith Lehane in Buffy and Angel also provided her voice for Torchwood: Web of Lies.
  • On the Torchwood website, one of the creatures described by Owen Harper as being in stasis in the Torchwood morgue is the "Invincible Vampire", which reconstitutes itself after it is "dusted". "Dusted" is terminology from Buffy for the slaying of a vampire.
  • The Angel episode A Hole in the World features a pit that extends all the way through the Earth, between England and New Zealand. Miracle Day has a similar feature called the Blessing, which extends between Shanghai and Buenos Aires.

External links edit

  • The Buffyverse wiki, focusing on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, its spin-offs, and expanded media.
  • Doctor Who, on the Buffyverse wiki.