Doctor Who

Planet of the Ood - S4-E3

Corrected entry: You learn that there are three different types of Oods you can purchase: The Normal Slave, The Charming Slave, and The Comedy Slave. The Comedy Ood said "D'oh" when he was talked to, which is a reference to Homer Simpson's catchphrase in the famous comedy show The Simpsons. However, this is in 4126 A.D., so how could they possibly remember a character in a TV show that was over 2000 years ago? Even assuming that this show went on for another 100 years, which is unlikely, it would still not make any sense. And it's not even that a few people remember such an ancient show, it's everyone in the room (they all laugh when they hear this) - which consists of approximately 20 people. We can't even remember characters from 20 years ago (well, most of us), so the fact that they could remember Homer Simpson is a mistake.

Correction: This is entirely your opinion. The Iliad and the Odyssey are epic poems, written, rather appropriately, by Homer, that are dated to nearly 3000 years ago and are still known today - the Iliad was recently adapted into the film Troy. There are Latin phrases used 2000 years ago by the Romans that survive in the language today. Numerous phrases from Shakespeare, written a mere four hundred years ago, are regularly used and recognised by the general public and there's no reason to think that we'd suddenly stop using them now; likewise many of his characters remain in the public consciousness. And with modern technology it's now far easier to preserve modern-day entertainments like The Simpsons for future generations to watch. So there's plenty of precedent for a catchphrase surviving far into the future.

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