Do you prefer your Doctor Who as An Adventure in Space and Time, or as an Adventure Time and Space?
That’s what one enterprising internet artist asked himself as he combined two of his favorite shows, Doctor Who and Adventure Time. In an article on licensing.biz, Alex Dempsey says he created his artwork partly because of the common words associated with each show:
“I’ve always loved crossovers where there’s a link between the two pieces of media… I find it justifies the crossover and gives them a reason to be thrown together. In [the case of Adventure Time and Space!], it was the link between the term ‘An Adventure in Time and Space’ and the title ‘Adventure Time’ and putting the two shows together seemed to work perfectly.”
My favorite piece of Dempsey’s is his Twelfth Doctor and Clara, which I think is made even more charming by Adventure Time‘s tiny eyes and curved appendages. Adventure Time is, of course, a super-popular (and sometimes quite outrageous) animated series which airs on the Cartoon Network in the USA. It is so popular that it’s starting to rival even SpongeBob in, er, super-popularity.
It’s a fantasy series that features a young boy named Finn and his best buddy Jake (a shape-changing dog) and their adventures in the Land of Ooo. It premiered in 2010 and has been a hit ever since. In fact, a recent study found that 99% of American college dorm rooms feature at least one Adventure Time poster on their walls (OK, I may have made that up, but it’s got to be pretty close!). The first two seasons of 52 episodes (about 10 minutes each) are available on Netflix in the USA.
Getting back to Doctor Who, I don’t think any of us would even find it too awfully strange if the Doctor landed the TARDIS on some planet–or even a different dimension–where the inhabitants were all animated cartoons. Heck, David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor could easily be imagined skipping and jumping around with a bunch of happy-go-lucky animated inhabitants of some far-off cartoon world! And how long before some enterprising Youtuber superimposes the Doctor into a live-action/animated hybrid like Disney’s Enchanted or one of the recent Smurfs movies? I, for one, want to see Weeping Angels chasing Scooby Doo on a cinema screen, darn it! “Doctor-Doctor Who, where are you?!”
Even a quick Google or Bing image search for “Doctor Who cartoon” or “Doctor Who mash-up” brings up many, many fan-made cartoon artworks or our favorite Doctor mixed with the cartoon world. Favorites seem to be Futurama, The Simpsons, The Powerpuff Girls, Disney, and from comic strips, Charles Schulz’s Peanuts and Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes. Basically, anything that has a recognizable (and well-loved) art style of it’s own, mixed with any era or character from Doctor Who‘s long history. (At one point in Who‘s history, sometime during the rumor-filled early 1990s, it even sounded like the show might be on it’s way to becoming an animated series of it’s own!)
It’s only natural to mash-up Doctor Who with other things we love. What other show besides Who lends itself so easily to complete changes in format, storylines, and even the main characters? When all of time and space are out there as possibilities, a person can’t help but start putting different ideas together. Won’t there be an actual animated Doctor Who episode someday? Or a musical episode? Or a zombie episode? Or a sit-com episode? Or a backwards episode? Or an upside-down episode? See? Some of that stuff has already happened! That’s just how flexible our favorite show is.
Doctor Who has limitless possibilities, whether it’s an adventure in space and time, or mixed with Adventure Time. So,what mash-up would fire up your imagination someday?