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The Doctor Who Reference You Missed In Legacies

"Legacies" truly never disappoints. A spinoff of The CW supernatural series "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals," the show, which is currently in its third season, has managed to set itself apart from both of its parent shows in several exciting ways in just a short amount of time. 

Set at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, the series follows the adventures of Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), a teen girl who is descended from vampires, werewolves, and witches, making her the only tribrid in existence. She's hardly the only unique creature depicted on screen though, as the show introduced a phoenix in the form of Landon (Aria Shahghasemi), Hope's boyfriend, while the students have encountered everything from a unicorn to a dragon during the course of the show. This monster-of-the-week format and episodic approach to storytelling enhances the show's overarching narratives and keeps things fresh and interesting. This means the possibilities are seemingly endless on "Legacies." And that includes, apparently, featuring a not-so-subtle reference to the long-running British sci-fi series "Doctor Who."

Legacies references the Doctor's TARDIS in season 3

In the fifth episode of the third season of "Legacies," titled "This Is What It Takes," Hope uses the therapy box that was first seen in Season 2's black-and-white episode "There's a Place Where the Lost Things Go" in order to find Landon, who's gone missing. But the box doesn't make it easy, as Hope soon finds herself in a simulation straight out of 1980s slasher flicks (or maybe Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story"). She and her friends are being stalked and violently killed by someone known as the Mystic Falls Maintenance Man (it's not the scariest serial killer name ever, if we're being honest). Eventually Hope is the only person left, and when she stabs the Maintenance Man, she discovers it's Landon, who in talking about the therapy box says, "It's bigger than it looks on the outside, right?"

In the popular sci-fi series "Doctor Who," the heroic time-traveling alien known as the Doctor uses a ship known as the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) to travel through time and space. From the outside, the TARDIS looks like a small blue police box. It's stuck in that form because the chameleon circuit that once allowed it to blend into its surroundings is now broken. But one of the show's longest-running gags involves companions of the Doctor and others who travel in it remarking that "it's bigger on the inside." The comment has been said so often on the show that the writers have actually started poking fun at the exclamation within the series, with Clara (Jenna Coleman) once noting that the TARDIS was "smaller on the outside."

Now, Landon's comment about the therapy box could just be a coincidence. But any "Doctor Who" fan worth their weight in sonic screwdrivers would pick up on the reference instantly.