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Japanese DOCTOR WHO Parody is the Weirdest and Best Thing

Japanese DOCTOR WHO Parody is the Weirdest and Best Thing

Sometimes finding a thing on the internet is its own reward. I have no idea what this is or where it came from, but it’s the strangest and greatest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Popping up Tuesday on the YouTube page of user lepoissonriuge, the modest video description says the following: “Found a clip on old video tape 1970’s? 80’s?…like a Japanese version Doctor Who. Anyone?” I don’t know much about a lot of things, but I’m damn skippy this wasn’t made in those decades. This has the stench of modernity all over, but certainly it’s trying to evoke the 70’s or 80’s, and therein lies the fun.

The 3-minute vid finds our hero, Dr. Who, walking pleasantly through the woods (because there always is one) when he’s set upon by easily the leggiest Dalek (named Dalekor) you’ve ever seen, along with his nefarious gang of Kung fu-knowing Cyber Men. From there, Dr. Who puts on his fightin’ suit and begins to take out the foes, eventually employing his trusty Sonic Screw Sword. Dalekor! The Fiend!

This has to be one of the best-realized double parodies I’ve seen in a long time. Not only is it a fun nod toward Doctor Who, but it accurately skewers many of those old Japanese Super Sentai and later Mighty Morphin Power Rangers-type action programs. The Cyber Men bear a striking resemblance to the Putty Patrol and the way Dr. Who plays the Sonic Screw Sword certainly hearkens back toward the Green Ranger’s Dragon Dagger flute.

Whoever made this and when and why, they have a big ol’ salute from me, because it’s beautifully well-drawn and ridiculous, just like the best parodies ought to be.

UPDATE: The person responsible for this is a filmmaker in the UK named Joshua Kahan. Well done, sir!

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  1. Lisabethshaw says:

    This is THE BEST!!! Thank you!!!

  2. patty says:

    its the doctor not dr. who

  3. Trinz says:

    He’s called The Doctor… 

  4. Tom Jankovic says:

    Anybody notice that while the dalek had the usual toilet plunger attachment, the Doctor’s Sonic whatever was also made with one of those all plastic toilet plungers?

  5. Mark says:

    Kind of reminds more of Kamen Rider the Power Rangers but that’s just my opinion.

  6. OMG! WTT?! (What The TARDIS?!)

  7. Nell says:

    Ha! Pretty sure that’s Trent Park, where they filmed the Fifth Doctor story Mawdryn Undead

  8. Katie says:

    I’m glad hohoho had subtitles, I really needed the laughter translated

  9. Nankintamasudare says:

    Horribly made non-parody. Good parody employs good actors who can speak properly and good writers who can write properly. The clip shows evidence of either. It’s nothing more than a disrespect to Japanese culture.

  10. Toprak says:

    Im know only robot tell Dr who

  11. IsabelaBr says:


  12. Wendell says:

    No way could this have been actual Japanese production. The fight scenes are badly done and its rare that they are done in a forest setting.

  13. Gabriel Ximenes says:

    Well, this is some gold

  14. Josh says:

    Erm,  Power Rangers meets Dr. Who?

  15. And the actor is Akie Kotabe 

  16. Kendra says:

    If the Doctor actually fought the Daleks-this is what it would look like 

  17. Mars says:

    I don’t think they are Japanese. They speak – or more like ‘read’ scripts in Japanese, but some of expressions are odd and their pronunciation/intonation sometimes sound odd to me (, who is Japanese native speaker).

  18. Jack Jordan says:

    …It’s not a parody… Doctor Who was inspired by this but the initial writer made the story leading up to it

  19. Mel says:

    Sonic screw sword???

  20. Marun says:

    Still less plot holes than Moffat.

  21. Am I the only one who finds the cybermen’s voices unreasonably adorable? Saiba~~ ^.^

  22. “Damn you, Dr. Who!” Hahaha

  23. Tadius says:

    Looks like someone was hanging out in the io9 comment section last night.

  24. The Japanese elements,the fighting style,camera angles,superimposition elements,and especially the sound effects are all from the early seventies Ultra 7 super hero show. So,this is a mash up of two of my favorites,Doctor Who and Ultra 7,brilliant!

  25. The Mekon says:

    I noticed its filmed at Trent Park in Middlesex… the film location for Season 20’s ‘Mardryn Undead’ >>…/trentparkobelisk

  26. The_Advocate says:

    wth did I just watch?

  27. The Doctor’s Scarf suggests to me that’s a Masked Rider/Doctor Who mash up.

  28. zombie says:

    what a load of bollox

  29. ShinjisSoul says:

    Most excellent! 

  30. Can’t wait to share this with my Whovians friends. Loved it and laughed my butt off, before noon, that’s a first.

  31. I’m in love. This is the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen.

  32. jammy d says:

    Does anyone recognise where this was filmed? It looks to me a bit like Trent Park in London

  33. This is the most beautiful rendition I have ever seen…

  34. Fay says:

    This may just be the best thing I’ve ever witnessed on the web…  this week, anyway…

  35. ¿Por qué el Doctor de pronto se transforma en un tabasqueño?
    ¿O es que Tin Tan interpreto alguna vez al Doctor?

  36. Francesco says:

    It r me of a parody of Spider Man.If you understand Italian, here there’s a video.

  37. Des_Shinta says:

    More Kamen Rider or solo-toei hero than super sentai.  Buuu~t that is the most well-known outside of the tokusatsu fandom.
    That outfit would not look out of place on Hiroshi Miyauchi.

    • Yup. The first thing I thought is that the Doctor’s outfit looks exactly like Miyauchi’s character in JAKQ. Great… now I want to see Miyauchi play the Doctor… I think he can still pull it off at his age 😀

  38. Sonic Screw Sword! Go!