Here’s a weird one: so the powers that be recently put out 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 (full disclosure: I was among them), so I’m not surprised that some fans wanted a calendar to remember Buffy, Spike, Giles and the rest of the characters.
So imagine those fans’ confusion when the 2022 calendar featured some of those characters, and also an image of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor from Doctor Who…and a Doctor Who villain called a Dæmon that first appeared in the ’70s.
Entertainment journalist Alex McLevy posted a picture of the calendar on Twitter, to much merriment. “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.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans sniff out blatant, hilarious calendar mistake
What’s more, another Twitter user recognized the art. “This was a fan art I made when Matt Smith was still the Doctor which show how old it is, it was made for a fun and was part of a series of Dr Who crossovers,” they wrote. “I stopped doing Dr Who art because of shit 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, literally just Googled “Buffy” and took the first image that came up, not bothering to look up where it came from or caring that it featured characters from an entirely different series. That’s craftsmanship right there.
Anyway, I look forward to the 2023 Game of Thrones calendar, featuring characters from I Love Lucy.