WATCH: ‘Doctor Who’ Gets a Shout-Out on the U.S. ‘Free Agents’

Fictional, time-traveling humanoid? Why yes.

Is new NBC president Robert Greenblatt a Whovian? For the second time in as many weeks, one of his sitcoms has nodded to the hit British sci-fi series.

Last week, Community spoofed Doctor Who with their cheeky parody, Inspector Spacetime. And on last night’s Free Agents, PR exec Alex (played by Hank Azaria) mentions that his therapist is named, wait for it, “Dr. Hu.” To which his co-worker responds, “Dr. Who? Your therapist is a fictional, time-traveling humanoid?” Yeah, Whovian world domination is upon us, people. Scroll to around 4:25 for the joke.

(By the way, the original UK Free Agents is set to premiere on BBC America, Saturday, October 8 at 11 pm during the Ministry of Laughs comedy block.)

Here’s Inspector Spacetime on Community:

Oh, here’s an oldie but goodie: a mention of DW on a 2009 episode of NCIS:

Know of any other Doctor Who name-checks on a U.S. TV show? List them in the comments:

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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