Doctor Zone (also stylized as Dr. Zone) is a sci-fi franchise that has lasted fifty years, spanning five television iterations (The Zone, Doctor Zone, Professor Zone, Adjunct Faculty Member Zone, and The Doctor Zone Files: The Next Regeneration), a theatrical movie (The Doctor Zone Files: The Movie Files) and merchandise galore (guidebooks, trivia games, t-shirts). It has a very dedicated fanbase.
Created by Orton Mahlson at Balsawood Studios Inc in New Zealand, the franchise follows the adventures of Doctor Zone and his good friend Time Ape as they travel through space and time in their Time Beehicle. During their travels, they overcome many monsters such as the dreaded Trashcandroids.
In "The Undergrounders", once returning to the surface world, the Foreman says he has a month's worth of Doctor Zone to catch up on. Milo mentions that the Trashcandroids did something noteworthy in these episodes.
In "Rooting for the Enemy", there are posters of Dr. Zone and Time Ape in Milo's room.
In "The Doctor Zone Files", Milo and Sara show a Doctor Zone Files marathon to Zack and Melissa to prepare them to see The Doctor Zone Files: The Movie Files with them later that day among many other dedicated fans.
In "Wilder West", Sara recognizes part of a dude ranch as the undiscovered shooting location of Doctor Zone episode 576 and alerts other fans. The old race horse at the ranch was named after the occasion.
In "We're Going to the Zoo", the poster of Time Ape in Milo's room is seen again.
In "Missing Milo", the lost pilot episode of Doctor Zone from 1965, "The Seed Beasts", is found, making it a found episode. Sara, Melissa, Zack and Milo plan to watch it together. After Milo disappears, Melissa and Zack return to the Murphy house after a fruitless search, to find Sara already watching it while she records it. While they discuss Milo, Diogee spots Milo on the program. In search of answers, they go to the home of Orton Mahlson, who's been living in Danville for some time, and he gives them a letter from Milo fifty years ago that tells them where to go to find him. Upon seeing himself on screen, Milo admits that he isn't a very good actor.
In "Love Toboggan", the show is brought up during Sara and Neal's date as they both like the show. It's revealed that Martin watches the show, that Sara started watching it in fourth grade and that she asked Brigette if she could change her name to Time Ape. Sara cosplaying as Time Ape and Doctor Zone are imagined by Sara to symbolise competing opinions in her mind.
In "The Island of Lost Dakotas", a man on the bus Dakota takes has a Doctor Zone hat.
In "Fungus Among Us", Milo, Cavendish, and Dakota go back in time to Balsawood Studios. There, the time-travellers' appearance inspires Orton Mahlson to create The Zone. His ideas are aided by Milo who, upon learning who Orton is and being asked about the show he'll create, gladly gives a near-complete rundown of the show's fifty-year history. Orton then follows the others on their adventure through time against the Pistachions, writing down everything that happens to them to use it as inspirational material for the show.
In "Milo Murphy's Halloween Scream-A-Torium!", Sara dresses up as Dr Zone and Bertram dresses up as a Trashcandroid for Halloween.
In "A Christmas Peril", Sara watches the show on a television in an electronics store when she, her family, and others are having dinner at the Chinese restaurant at the mall.
In "Doof's Day Out", Sara is heard having a conversation with Neal on why Time Ape has a clock for a head.
In "Disco Do Over", an audience member is seen wearing a shirt that reads "I love the Dr", which is a reference to Dr. Zone.
In "Ride Along Little Doggie", Milo is seen wearing a Dr. Zone costume, as the theme music briefly plays.
In "Safety First", Doof watches Dr. Zone on the Murphy's couch with Diogee.
- The Zone (First iteration, 1965 - ?)
- Doctor Zone (Second iteration, ? - ?)
- Professor Zone (Third iteration, ? - ?, seemingly set in a university)
- Adjunct Faculty Member Zone (Fourth iteration, ? - ?, lasted one semester = one season?)
- The Doctor Zone Files: The Next Regeneration (Fifth iteration, ? - ? (Around the mid 2010's)
- The Doctor Zone Files: The Movie Files (based on The Doctor Zone Files: The Next Regeneration) (Released 2015 - 2016)
- The Dog Door Bone Files (Dog version of the film above)
- Unnamed Doctor Zone Trivia Game (Seen in "The Doctor Zone Files")
- Dr. Hankry Zone
- Time Ape
- Seed beasts
- Cleopatra Zero
- Guark Captain
Credits (The Doctor Zone Files: The Next Regeneration)
THE DR. ZONE FILES STARRED
Miguel Boddicker as ARKTROPOLIS
Watcha Willingmast as CLEOPATRA ZERO
Marlon Garter as ZARNALLION
and TIME APE as Himself
Billy as Willy
Ephram Tang as CEREBROID #1
Bob Treeface as CEREBROID #2
Wilber Oldentask as WONDER LLAMA
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Scottielle Bernolsonuett
MUSIC Poven McPovenPoven
ART DIRECTOR Edgar "Cheese" Danish
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Wooly "Mammoth" Elephant
ASSISTANT PRODUCER Monkeyneck DeNiro
CASTING Charlton Easton
SOUND Chimp Aerobics
EDITOR Lianne Harding
COLOR Wang Doodle Dandy
TITLES Ebulent Escargo
DIRECTED by Rob Browen
EDITOR Joseway Prunet
filmed at Balsawood Studios, Inc.
- Sara Murphy
- Milo Murphy
- Melissa Chase
- Zack Underwood
- Martin Murphy
- Orton Mahlson - the show's star - was inspired to create it after meeting real life time-travelers Vinnie Dakota and Balthazar Cavendish (often near Milo Murphy).
- The series is obviously inspired by Doctor Who, though with a few key differences:
- Like Doctor Who, Doctor Zone is described as having existed for fifty years (though Doctor Who has now existed for closer to fifty-four years), but Dr. Zone is depicted as having only been portrayed by a single actor, Orton Mahlson, for the entire fifty year run of Dr. Zone. The Doctor from Doctor Who has been played by thirteen different actors to date, not counting stand-ins for actors who had passed away prior to their incarnation of the Doctor making a return guest appearance.
- Dr. Zone, like the Doctor, is described as a time-traveling alien from another planet; however, while the Doctor merely left his home planet of Gallifrey, Dr. Zone was sent away from his home planet as an infant before it imploded in similar fashion to the origin story of Superman.
- Both series feature an odd-shaped time machine; while the Doctor uses the TARDIS, which has the outward appearance of a 1960s British Police box, Dr. Zone uses the Time Beehicle. This craft resembles a car with bee-like features; as a yellow car it may be an homage to Bessie, an automobile commonly used by the third incarnation of The Doctor played by Jon Pertwee.
- The name of the current incarnation of the Doctor Zone series actually pays homage to/parodies three different science fiction franchises: Doctor Who, Star Trek (specifically The Next Generation), and The X-Files