The powers that be recently published a calendar based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the ’90s-era supernatural action drama that put The WB (now The CW) on the map. Buffy had a pretty ardent fandom back in the day, so it's not surprising that some fans wanted a calendar to remember Buffy, Spike, Giles, and the rest of the characters.
But imagine those fans’ confusion when they opened their brand-new 2022 calendars to find not just their favorite Buffy characters, but also an image of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor from Doctor Who … and a Doctor Who villain known as a Dæmon, which first appeared on the long-running sci-fi series in the 1970s.
Entertainment journalist Alex McLevy posted a picture of the calendar on Twitter, to many people's amusement. "I’d like to thank the makers of the 2022 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER calendar for obviously being devoted, passionate fans of the show who can readily identify all the most iconic characters,” McLevy quipped.
What’s more, another Twitter user, Andy Lambert, recognized the art. “This was a fan art I made when Matt Smith was still the Doctor, which show[s] how old it is," Lambert wrote. "It was made for fun and was part of a series of Doctor Who crossovers. I stopped doing Doctor Who art because of sh*t like this—I didn’t do it to line someone else’s pockets.”
So let’s just get this straight: the publisher of the 2022 Buffy the Vampire Slayer calendar, which is a real item you can buy for money, presumably just Googled “Buffy” and took the first image that came up, not bothering to look up where it came from and secure the rights to use it, or caring that it featured characters from an entirely different series?
We're already looking forward to the 2023 Game of Thrones calendar, featuring characters from I Love Lucy.