As I said, the best laid plans...
As I'm soon to be kicked out of the library so they can close, I've decided to end today's anniversary postings with our most popular post. Thus, the anniversary celebration postings will be extended a few days. Tomorrow I will focus on our oldest posts, Monday on our newest, and Tuesday on my favorites of the past four years. But, if it doesn't happen, remember ,the best laid plans...
So, My Little Pony. I never would have believed it. James unexpectedly posted this in May 2012, and the TVCU was never the same.
Within three days, this post became our most viewed of all time, and has stayed in that top spot, not even close to being beaten, since. Got to love those bronies. It was because this post generates more views than most other posts combined that I felt it was only right to at that point make James Bojaciuk co-owner of this website.
This post only covers season one. An updated version of this chronology that covers all seasons to date will be included in the first TVCU book, Television Crossover Universe: Worlds and Mythology, to be published this summer. Well, we hope so. The best laid plans, after all...
What are we covering today?
Stupid ponies. It seems this is the show that I cannot escape from. First, the most peculiar of all my exes made me watch this with her; then, my one friend who probably does not want to be named continually sent me all sorts of pony-content without my approval; and then, sigh of sighs, my paper on how a sense of wonder will always attract an audience requires me to watch this show and try to understand the “brony” (bro-pony) culture. (The paper also lets me write about Bill and Ted, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Wonderland, and Doctor Who—so it’s not all sunshine apocalypses.) In case you’re dying to understand Equestrian biology, enjoy the following image. For those of you who barely contained your bile during Bio class, I recommend scrolling really really fast.
I will be using what appears to be the closest Earth date in dating episodes. Honestly, since I’m trying to date episodes based on the movements of a Time Lord, any dates I give are my best guess and are fully open to revision.
1998—“The Cutie Mark Chronicles”
The Doctor travels back to Twilight Sparkle’s childhood. His reasons for doing so are entirely unclear, but, then, how often are the Doctor’s motivations ever clear? Perhaps he just wanted to go to a party someone had told him was fun.
Or, you know, Daleks.
2008—“Friendship is Magic” parts 1 and 2
So. This is a show about magical ponies who go on magical adventures. This is the pilot. Here, Twilight Sparkle and her secretary midget-dragon (*sigh* baby-dragon) Spike travel to the city of Ponyville for the grand festivities. Things go wrong. An evil-princess, Nightmare Moon, returned from her exile on the moon and engaged in an attempt to take over all the world and plunge it into darkness. By the end of the episode, of course, she reforms and becomes the friendly Princess Luna. Doctor Whooves appears in the background several times. Knowing him, he likely had a vital hand—er, hoof—in insuring this adventure had a happy ending.
Who is Doctor Whooves, you ask?
Doctor Whooves began as an ordinary pony that the fans latched on to and granted the name "Doctor Whooves" because of his accidental resemblence to David Tennant. At some point the production studio seems to have thought this was a grand idea and began to incorporate other incarnations of the Doctor. (Doctor Whooves is increasingly being presented in marketing materials. I hate to admit this, but if they make a ponydoll of the Doctor, I will buy it.)
Doctor Whooves appears again.
Doctor Whooves really likes showing up in the background.
The Doctor attends a magic show, then witnesses the near destruction of Ponyville at the hands, er, paws, of a bear demon.
March 2009—“Winter Wrap-Up”
The Doctor takes part in his first musical number, which likely amuses him beyond all reason. At one point, he is seen standing next to himself; apparently he enjoyed the musical number so much that he went back in time to do it again.
2009—“Call of the Cutie”
The Doctor is accosted by a little girl…er, pony selling apples. Perhaps “attacked” is a better word.
2009—“Fall Weather Friends”
The Doctor does his thing, having adventures in the background that just have to be more interesting than what the main cast is doing.
2009—“Suited for Success”
Multiple Doctors show up in Rarity’s dress shop, which indicates he’s playing with the TARDIS’ paradox settings again. Oh dear.
The Doctor altered his pony-form so that he could be a Pegasus. He seems to be having far too much fun with the Ponyverse’s relaxed physics.
2009—“The Show Stoppers”
The Doctor. Again.
2009—“Green Isn’t Your Color”
The Doctor is wondering around, as he does.
2009—“Over a Barrel”
The Doctor watches another musical number; by all accounts he enjoys himself greatly.
While attending a party at Canterlot, the main cast briefly encounter the Third Doctor, the Fifth Doctor, and the Eleventh Doctor. What they were doing together is currently unknown.
2011—“Dan vs. Pinkie Pie”
Pinkie Pie somehow comes to the TVCU; while there, she tries to cheer up Dan by “bedazzling” his car. Poor Dan.
2011—“Dan vs. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”
While trying to get revenge on Pinkie Pie for “bedazzling” his car, Dan is frightened by her frolicking in the forest.
2011—“The Return of Harmony” Some children, er, young ponies argue in front of a statue which frees a chaos beast. A chaos beast which sounds exactly like Q from Star Trek (for the very good reason that both are played by John de Lancie). This chaos beast, Discord, does all of the things Q would do while playing with lesser beings.
There should be no doubt that Discord is Q.
The Dude and friends, from The Big Lebowski, sit in the local bowling alley. Yes. Bowling alley.
It seems someone has been introducing various things to the nation of Equestra that could not have been invented by ponies: bowling, the Catholic chuch (???), and various holidays that are strangely reminiscent of TVCU holidays. It seems the Doctor has slowly influenced the history of the Ponyverse so that, when he took refuge there to hide from his impending death, he would have all of his favorite things surrounding him. As for the Dude? He probably came with the Doctor. I can’t see him turning down a chance at a totally trippy trip into another universe.
The Doctor takes part in yet another musical number. Then, later, he marks time for the competing cider makers.
2011—“Hearts and Hooves Day”
The Doctor is seen with Derpy Hooves in this episode, which may indicate that the “Doctor Whooves and Assistant” internet radio shows are considered canon by the production staff. Some fans feel this is so; others disagree; flame wars ensue. (Some use this as evidence that the Doctor is in a romantic relationship with Derpy. I'm not going to consider this.)
Regardless, the episodes are enjoyable—and entirely about the Tenth Doctor, so, for the moment, it seems logical to consider them some form of canon.
2011—“A Friend in Deed”
The Doctor watches a parade.
2011—“Putting your Hoof Down”
The Doctor attends a seminar by a motivational speaker.
The Doctor assists Twilight Sparkle with preparations for what might very well be the end of the world, as she was warned by her future self. Time travel and its wibbly-wobbly after-effects are his specialty, after all. Everything blows over: the predicted end of the world was an accidently prank future-Twilight played on herself.
2011—“MMMystery on the Friendship Express”
While Pinkie Pie tries to discover who ate her cake, the Fifth Doctor looks at the entries in the baking contest. This is the Fifth Doctor’s second appearance in My Little Pony.
The Doctor runs from shadow demons. If there’s one constant in the Doctor’s life, no matter where he goes in the omniverse, it’s running. Harry Potter crosses universes, takes on the shade of a pony, and attends the wedding. Why is this happening?
No, this blog has nothing to do with that. Nothing at all. Stop looking at like that. This blog was made for purely professional reasons.
We're at the end of our time together. One last thing: here is a cover of the My Little Pony song "Smile" sung by a 13 year old girl, Zabrina. It's all kinds of heart warming and heart breaking. Enjoy.
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I'm currently writing a book entitled The Cartoon Crossover Encyclopedia. It's expected to be released in 2016. You can be sure that My Little Pony will have several mentions. -- Robert E. Wronski, Jr.