Split into The Muppet Movie, the fictional character Cookie Monster and The Muppets (franchise). Even if the Muppet Movie references are enough to keep this page, there is no reason why The Muppet Movie should redirect to Muppet.
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Muppets were puppet characters popular on 20th and 21st century Earth. They featured in a television series called The Muppet Show in the 1970s, (PROSE: Incongruous Details) and later in a feature film, The Muppet Movie, in 1979, a particular favourite of the Tenth Doctor's. (TV: Tooth and Claw)
The Sixth Doctor always liked Gonzo, and agreed that The Muppet Show was an indisputable classic. (PROSE: Incongruous Details) The Seventh Doctor once commented that if Ellen Woodworth didn't want to abandon her responsibilities and make people happy, she must have hated The Muppet Movi]. (PROSE: Return of the Living Dad) The Ninth Doctor told Rose Tyler that Cookie Monster was an alien. (PROSE: Winner Takes All) Later, excited about visiting 1979, the Tenth Doctor mentioned to Rose Tyler that, among other great events of that year, The Muppet Movie had debuted. (TV: Tooth and Claw) Donna Noble was also a Muppet fan; she had a doll of the Muppet character Tutter on her desk at H.C. Clements. (TV: The Runaway Bride)
Behind the scenes Edit
Despite a few references in Doctor Who stories to the Muppets, the references tends to point in the other direction. There have been several references in official Muppets releases to Doctor Who. There have also been a number of people who have worked in both franchises.
Doctor Who references Edit
- In the Veterinarian's Hospital sketch from the episode of The Muppet Show Andy Williams guest starred in:
- Nurse Janice: Who, doctor?
- Dr. Bob: It's not who doctor, it's Doctor Who. That's another show.
- The Pigs in Space comic in The Muppet Show Annual 1978 features a food fight with several sci-fi references. Amongst them, a robot can be seen exclaiming "Egg-sterminate!", a pun on "Ex-term-inate!", the battle cry of the Daleks.
- The booklet for the 2009 HeroesCon in Charlotte, North Carolina featured a Doctor Who-themed cover with Dr. Bunsen Honeydew dressed as the Fourth Doctor and Beaker, dressed as his companion Romana II, standing in front of the TARDIS. The artwork was provided by Roger Langridge, writer and artist for The Muppet Show Comic Book. Langridge is also a former illustrator for Doctor Who Magazine.
- In #1 of the Boom! Studios comic book Muppet Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes, played by Gonzo, displays a detective certificate that says that it is not valid in, among other places, Torchwood.
- In #2 of the Boom! Studios comic book Muppet Sherlock Holmes, Inspector LaStrade, played by Kermit, hides inside a police box during a stakeout, but ends up getting lost because "It's a lot bigger on the inside than you'd think!" referencing the TARDIS.
- In #4 of the Boom! Studios comic book Muppet Sherlock Holmes, a police call box is one of many items found in a lake, referencing the TARDIS.
- A T-shirt released in 2011 depicted Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street sitting in a blue police box, with the captions reading "IT'S BIGGER ON THE INSIDE", a reference to the TARDIS. To add to this, Oscar is wearing a fez.
- A miniature toy TARDIS can be seen in the "Share It Maybe" video released online by Sesame Workshop in 2012. The TARDIS toy can be seen above a cubicle wall while Cookie Monster is looking at the copy machine.
- In an Entertainment Weekly video, Grover portrays the Eleventh Doctor, with Cookie Monster as Amy Pond, in a musical spoof of the show.
- A Season 45 episode of Sesame Street feature a parody of ComicCon and many science fiction franchises, amongst the spoofs which include Star Trek, feature a parody of the Fourth Doctor, Drone Dalek and Eternal Dalek.
- An extra on the Trial of A Time Lord DVD box set shows that on 23 November 1986, Ludo from Labyrinth appeared on a talk show to promote the movie. On that same show, Colin Baker appeared. At the end of the show Colin Baker, representing Doctor Who, cut a birthday cake for the series' twenty-third, surrounded by the cast and guests of the show, including Ludo, who all sang "23 today."
- The book Doctor Who: Regeneration, which goes into great detail about the production of the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, stated that Tim Curry, who played Long John Silver in Muppet Treasure Island, turned down the role of the Eighth Doctor. Since both the TV movie and Muppet Treasure Island entered production around the same time, it is possible that scheduling conflicts with Muppet Treasure Island forced Curry to turn down the role.
- In one episode of The Muppet Show, they had a puppet soldiers singing "Why Can't We Be Friends" while out fighting war. The war scene was very similar to the war zone concept in The War Games, as they had soldiers from every notable war in history.