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When you love something dearly, you want to surround yourself by it. You immerse yourself in it. You find ways to involve it in aspects of your life where it may otherwise not have a place. If you happen to be a writer, producer, director or actor on a film or television set, or perhaps a game developer or author, you might even go so far as to find subtle (or not so subtle) ways to reference that deep-seated interest in your work. Call them “Easter Eggs”, call them “homages”, call them “shout outs” — a Rose (Tyler) by any other name would smile as sweetly.

This week, we look at just a short sample of the dozens in instances where Doctor Who has been name-dropped, referenced, or explicitly honored by the media. From appearances by Tom Baker on The Simpsons and Futurama, to non-player characters shouting “Allons-y!” in the video game Borderlands 2, to the loving parody known as “Inspector Spacetime” on Community, our Timelord has fans within the industry, and they’re just as devoted as we are.

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  • Just a little note about the Dalek included in Loony Tunes : Back In Action, that it actually affected the appearance of the Daleks in the new series. It turns out that the Dalek was included without the permission of Terry Nation’s estate, who proceded to refuse to allow the Daleks to be used in the new series since they figured the BBC gave permission without consulting them. Ultimately, it was Steve Martin, who was the person responsible for their appearance in the Loony Tunes movie because he was a big fan, who sent an apology to Terry Nation’s estate, which smoothed their feathers enough that they agreed to allow the Daleks to be used in time for the episode Dalek.

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