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Cite often, cite accurately, and format your citations correctly. We always use in-line citations for in-universe articles. For real world pages, you can use either in-line citations or more formalised referencing, which puts a list of citations at the end of the article.

Telling readers where a statement can be verified is important. It helps to focus articles and keeps the details in an article to only that which actually appeared in the various Doctor Who narratives. Don't assume that your readers have the same level of knowledge about the DWU as you do.

In-universe statementsEdit

When citing an episode, novel, book, audio drama, webcast, comic or any other story, put in parentheses

  • the proper prefix for the medium
followed by
  • the name of the story
inside italics and linked to the full name of the article, as close to the factoid as possible

Here are some examples:

Good Bad Why
The Doctor's first [[human]] female companion was [[Barbara Wright]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[An Unearthly Child (TV story)|]]'') 
The Doctor's first [[human]] female companion was [[Barbara Wright]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[An Unearthly Child]]'') 
It's always best to link to full page name — in this case, the name ending in (TV story) and then pipe trick the (TV story) bit away.
The [[Fifth Doctor]] played [[cricket]], ([[TV]]: ''[[Black Orchid (TV story)|Black Orchid]]'') but he also occasionally handed out [[jelly babies]] ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Roof of the World (audio story)|The Roof of the World]]'') and wore [[glasses]] for which he had no medical need. ([[TV]]: ''[[Time Crash (TV story)|Time Crash]]'')
The [[Fifth Doctor]] played [[cricket]], but he also occasionally handed out  [[jelly babies]] and wore [[glasses]] for which he had no medical need. ([[TV]]: ''[[Black Orchid (TV story)|Black Orchid]]'', ''[[Time Crash (TV story)|Time Crash]]''; [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Roof of the World (audio story)|The Roof of the World]]'')
In the bad example, readers won't know which thing happened in which story. The good example makes that clear by putting each citation closer to the relevant factoid.
  • If you encounter a statement that obviously needs a citation, but you don't have the time or knowledge to correct it, type {{fact}}, which produces: [source needed]
  • On this wiki, it is difficult to avoid using "weasel words" like "many", "often" and "sometimes". The nature of an internally inconsistent universe like Doctor Who's usually makes concise, absolute statements untrue. For instance, there are many occasions when the Doctor appears have a binary vascular system, but there are a few where he does not. Weasel words can be made more accurate by remembering to balance them with an appropriate number of citations. In general, if a sentence implies that something occurred multiple times, then there should multiple citations given. For instance, if you write, "The Doctor often thwarted the plans of the Master", then you should give several story names to give a sense that "often" is an accurate term. Some other words which trigger the need for multiple citations are "frequently", "various", and "regularly" — as well as the simple use of numerals ("the Doctor was known to have gone there three times").
  • Should you come across a sentence that seems to need more citations, but you don't have the time or the knowledge to correct it, type {{facts}}, which produces: [additional sources needed]

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