Dr. Bombay

Dr. Bombay is a fictional warlock / witch doctor character who appeared in eighteen episodes of the television series Bewitched (originally broadcast from 1964 to 1972). The role of Samantha’s family “warlock doctor” was played by actor Bernard Fox. He twice reprised the role for the spinoff series, Tabitha, where the character’s first name, “Hubert”, was revealed. Although fond of Samantha, he tends to regard her husband Darrin with little more than amused contempt. His debut episode was the third season finale “There’s Gold in Them Thar Pills”.

Usually summoned by an incantation such as “Calling Dr. Bombay! Calling Dr. Bombay, Emergency! Come right away!”, he would usually appear in an outrageous costume, appropriate for whatever bizarre activity he had been interrupted doing, and often with an attractive female assistant he was currently romancing. His antidotes for witch diseases and spells gone awry would often cause complications of their own. He usually ended his visits by teleporting away during a burst of laughter at one of his own witticisms. Dr. Bombay apparently served the witch/warlock community under the authority of the Witches Council, since Samantha’s Aunt Hagatha once threatened to appeal to the Council to have him replaced, even though it was often mentioned that he was the only doctor available.

In 1999, Bernard Fox reprised the role of Dr. Bombay for two episodes of the supernatural-themed soap opera, Passions; the series also included several other characters with allusions to Bewitched, but Fox is the only actor from the sitcom to actually appear as his same character in Passions. On an episode of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Jambi the genie was sick. Bernard Fox played Dr. Jinga-Janga, the “wish doctor”.