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Doctor Whooves, also referred to as “Doctor Whoof” and “Time Turner”, is a background earth colt character from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. He is a light brown pony with a dark brown mane and light blue eyes. Fans refer to him as the Sole Survivor of Gallopfrey. Some fans thought the colt resembled the tenth incarnation of Doctor Who, David Tennant, due to his spiked brown hair and hourglass cutie mark.
Doctor Whooves’ notability began with episode 11, “Winter Wrap Up”, which aried on December 24th, 2010. The original thread was made by an Anonymous user in 4chan’s /co/ board on December 10, 2010 in anticipation of the coming episode, and referred to the character as “My Little Time Lord”. Doctor Whoof can be sighted at 3:32 in the episode:
Doctor Whooves can also be spotted in episode 16 of the series titled “Sonic Rainboom”, that aired on February 18th, 2011. The character was a Pegasus contestant for the Best Young Flyer Competition in Cloudsdale.
There is also another variation of Doctor Whooves appearing at 4:22 in the season one finale “The Best Night Ever”, that aired on May 6th, 2011. Some fans describe him as the fifth incarnation of Doctor Who citing a resemblance to Peter Davison. Some claim that this version of Doctor Whooves resembles the eleventh incarnation of The Doctor due to his bow tie. Others view him as The Master, The Doctor’s nemesis and renegade Time Lord.
The ninth episode of the second season, “Sweet and Elite”, also showed various versions of Doctor Whooves attending to a party. The variations being another version of Peter Davison as the fifth incarnation, the eleventh incarnation resembling Matt Smith, and the third incarnation of The Doctor resembling Jon Pertwee.
Doctor Who is a British science fiction television series featuring an anonymous time-travelling humanoid alien simply referred to as “The Doctor”. In the series, The Doctor, along with several companions, travels through time and space in a ship called the TARDIS, which appears to people as a vintage blue police box. The role of The Doctor has so far been played by 11 people, which is explained in the show through “regeneration”, in which The Doctor avoids death by changing appearance. As of July 2011, the current Doctor is played by Matt Smith.
Doctor Whooves has been featured in a fair amount of fan fiction. The “My Little Time Lord” fan fiction featured another fan-named background pony Ditzy “Derpy Hooves” Doo. The “An Unexpected Guest” fanfiction featured the main character of the official MLP series Twilight Sparkle. Doctor Whooves is known for saying the catchphrase “I’m a pony now. Ponies are cool”, which is a derivative to the Bow Ties Are Cool catchphrase used in the Doctor Who series.
On January 28, 2012, the fifteenth episode of the second season, “The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000”, aired. During the episode the orginal Docter Whooves could be spotted turning a giant hourglass and wearing a tie while doing so.
Supervising director of the show, Jayson Thiessen, already told the fans that the creators have accepted his name as Doctor Whooves and started using it around the office, but this was never really shown in the episodes. After the episode aired, fans asked the creators if this was done on purpose as a reference to Doctor Whooves. On January 30, 2012, senior storyboard artist Sabrina Alberghetti confirmed on on her DeviantArt account that is was done on purpose, saying her supervisor added “Doctor Hooves” on purpose. This also got covered by Equestria Daily the same day.
On July 11th, 2012, a shirt appeared on the online shop WeLoveFine showing Doctor Whooves under the name of “Doctor Hooves”. The reason for the different in names was explained by WeLoveFine employee Guy Brand that they had gotten the information directly from Hasbro, the creators of MLP:FiM, who said his official name was Doctor Hooves. The reason for this most likely being to avoid copyright infringement with the BBC, the producers Doctor Who, due to their resemblance in name otherwise.
Search queries for “doctor whooves” and “doctor whoof” have been rising since January-February of 2011, and have yet to spike as of July 29th, 2011.