A brief history of Stephen Hawking’s cameos

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Media caption The particular scientist is the voice of the most recent version of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the particular Galaxy.

For all of their academic work on mind-boggling scientific principles, Stephen Hawking was also known to a lot of for something else: his many cameos on TV, film and radio.

His most recent was transmitted just last week, as the voice from the Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy Indicate II – a powerful being recognized on our planet as Prof Hawking.

“I have been very popular in my time, ” the character states in the BBC Radio 4 version. “Some even read my textbooks. ”

It’s that will self-deprecating humour that characterised Prof Hawking’s appearances. Here’s a brief take a look at some of them.

The Simpsons

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Prof Hawking once left a comment that “almost as many people understand me through The Simpsons as via my science”.

Whether that’s true is controversial – but his stints to the long-running cartoon have been among their most memorable guest appearances.

He first appeared it happened in 1999 episode They Saved Lisa’s Mind, with his wheelchair loaded with gadgets.

He not only knocks away Principal Skinner, using a boxing baseball glove on a spring, but then flies away with the help of helicopter blades, saving Mack Simpson from a collapsing bandstand along the way.

He furthermore tells Homer his doughnut-shaped world theory is “intriguing” – which he may steal it.

“I hope I more than likely use the boxing glove – although sometimes I am sorely tempted, inch he said. “But helicopter cutting blades would be very useful. ”

His cartoon self came about since his daughter Lucy knew among the scriptwriters.

“The episode was very funny, inch he added.

Small Britain for Comic Relief

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Image caption Prof Hawking with Brian Walliams and Catherine Tate

Prof Hawking had the mother of all wheelchair modifications when it allowed him to become a transformer-type machine in a Little Britain design for Comic Relief.

He’s seen being forced through the grounds of a college in the University of Cambridge by Lou Todd – usually seen along with wheelchair user Andy Pipkin.

When Prof Hawking gets fed up with Lou’s patronising conversation (about Peppa Pig, among some other things), he says: “Professor Stephen Hawking bot, transform”.

He blasts Catherine Tate (playing an equally patronising nun) using a ray gun before chasing after Lou and turning the gun upon him, before leaving the picture with a “ha ha ha”.

The Big Bang Theory

Sheldon gets to give over his paper on the Higgs boson to his idol in The Hawking Excitation – which has also observed Howard working on Prof Hawking’s wheelchair when he comes to their college to lecture.

When Sheldon meets Prof Hawking, he tells him it’s a good “honour and a privilege” to meet your pet – to which Prof Hawking responses: “I know. ”

He then goes on to tell Sheldon he’s made a mistake in one associated with his calculations, causing Sheldon in order to faint.

“Great, another fainter, ” he says.

In another show, The Extract Obliteration, he seems making a phone call to Sheldon making played a game of Words Along with Friends online with him. This individual calls Sheldon “Dr Loser” rather than Dr Cooper and asks: “What does Sheldon Cooper and a dark hole have in common? They each suck. ”

Amusing Relief originals

The “renowned scientist and periodic sitcom star” is seen auditioning superstars all hoping to provide his brand new voice in another clip regarding Comic Relief.

Prof Hawking listens to pleas from stars including Liam Neeson, Rebel Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda plus Kylie Minogue as they all look for to persuade him to use their particular vocal talents.

“No, not a chance” he tells Claire Cowell, before slightly swearily informing Gordon Ramsay: “I don’t think anybody would take me (beeped out) seriously if I sounded like that. inch

Star Wars’ John Boyega gets a somewhat better reaction, with Prof Hawking saying: “Wowsers. ”

But he’s not one to ultimately get the gig, since the clip above shows…

Monty Python – The Meaning associated with Live

Prof Hawking pre-recorded a clip along with Brian Cox for Monty Python’s 2014 live reunion shows — in which he’s seen running more than his fellow physicist as your dog is explaining the expansion of the galaxy.

“I believe you’re being pedantic, ” he or she tells Prof Cox as he knocks and bumps him over (well, or a stop double does), before launching in to a version of Monty Python’s The particular Galaxy Song.

Celebrity Trek: The Next Generation

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Image caption Prof Hawking with the characters of Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton

Within an episode of Star Trek: The following Generation, he appeared as a hologram playing cards with Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.

When Sir Isaac pompously began to explain how he discovered the law of gravity, Hawking protested: “Not the apple company story again. ”

Off camera, as he was being demonstrated the USS Enterprise’s warp generate, he reportedly quipped: “I’m focusing on that. ”


In TELEVISION animation Futurama, the perennially poor Phillip J Fry asked Prof Hawking: “Aren’t you that physicist that invented gravity? ”.

The scientist, playing themself, replied: “Sure. Why not? ”

He appeared in a overall of three episodes of the cartoon series.

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