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Starting on the weekend of 21 July 2018, this policy is being simplified into several shorter pages to bring it into line with other policy areas. While it's being refactored, these new pages may be temporarily redundant of, or in minor conflict with, each other.

It's not just River Song who needs to worry about spoilers. Defining them helps readers and editors alike know what to expect from the wiki.
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In order to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information, this wiki contains details about all stories that have been officially broadcast, released or published for the first time, be it in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, or the United States. These details would be spoilers to some, but not to this wiki. If a story has been officially released, anywhere in the world, it may be discussed freely anywhere on this site. It's up to you to determine whether you wish to be spoiled about available stories that you personally have not yet experienced.

Instead, we only regulate spoilers which come from adventures that have not yet been released. This spoiler policy defines what we consider to be spoilers. It goes on to give instruction as to how such information can and cannot be integrated into pages here.

How we define "spoiler"

A spoiler is any information — in-universe or behind-the-scenes — coming from a story which has not yet been officially released in its entirety. Even if released by the BBC, Starz or Metal Mutt Productions, the following concrete examples are spoilers — but this list is by no means exhaustive:

  • "Next Time" trailers, teaser trailers, or anything similar
  • Cast or crew announcements
  • Information from an official website about a future episode
  • Information from an interview with a production principal
  • Any information about an unbroadcast or unreleased story

Official info

What, then, do we do with information that comes from a reputable source like the BBC itself? We use it only on the series page. It cannot be used elsewhere. The three biggest types of "official" info are story titles, casting information, and the odd leak of in-universe information. Let's look at these three types in turn.

Confirmed stories

Stories that have been confirmed — by the BBC, Starz, Metal Mutt Productions or any other production partner — but have not been broadcast, are routinely created with their basic layout and infobox and then fully protected to prevent further edits until the stories have been broadcast or released.

Information relating to these fully protected stories should go on the story's series article.

For example, prior to the The Sarah Jane Adventures television story The Nightmare Man being broadcast it would have been fully protected, any sourced information relating to it would go on the Series 4 (SJA) article.

Confirmed actors and in-universe elements

DO NOT create articles relating to in-universe elements or actors who will appear in yet to be broadcast or released stories, even if the information comes from an official BBC press release. This information is often vague, inaccurate or contains spoilers.

If these articles are created they will be deleted.

To nominate a page for deletion add {{proposed deletion|reason for deletion}} and add your reason for nominating the page for deletion. See our Deletion policy for more information.

Also, please do not add spoilers to in-universe articles, even to the Behind the scenes section. Please wait until an episode airs before adding the new information. All spoilers relating to an in-universe article should be place on the appropriate series page.

Rumours

Rumours are allowed on series pages, but they must be cited so that users can verify the page's claims. Citation of this kind is effected by reference tags around the source, like this: <ref> '''source'''</ref>. All facts not confirmed by the BBC Press Office or members of the production crew in a formal interview must be placed within a section labeled "rumours" so that users may clearly understand what they are reading.

Information without a source can be tagged with {{fact}} or {{facts}} which produces the following results: [source needed] and [additional sources needed]

Cast or crew information

Information as to cast and crew must initially start in the rumours section of an article, unless the news is broken by the production company themselves. Once the person has been confirmed through either official, production company press release or a known member of the production team, it may be moved to either the cast or crew section, as appropriate. It must still, however, retain a citation, as mentioned above. (<ref> '''source'''</ref>)

Only after the story is released may the reference tags be pulled from the article.

After broadcast

Rumour sections are subject to complete removal after the story is broadcast or published, unless a rumour has some bearing on the story as released. By their nature though, rumours are rarely of any value once a story becomes public. If they turn out to be true, the info naturally goes into another section of the article. If they turn out to be false, the info is most often dismissed as no longer interesting.

Once the story is released, it becomes the primary source for information about itself. Thus, the credit roll at the end of the story becomes the highest-order source for information about the cast and crew, and citation for that person's involvement is no longer necessary.

Full example

For example, let's imagine that Jennifer Aniston were rumoured to be in an episode of Doctor Who called The One with the Bug-Eyed Monsters. And imagine we learned of her involvement first through a report on DigitalSpy. So initially, we'd put her in the "Rumours" section, and cite Digital Spy. Then imagine she were to be confirmed by the BBC Press Office. We'd pull her up to the "Cast" section and change the citation to BBC Press Office. Then imagine The One with the Bug-Eyed Monsters comes out. Sure enough, she's in it. At this point you can remove all citations, because it's now a fact established by the episode itself.

Spoilers and the forums

As made clear above, spoilers are only allowed on series pages or story pages — although in practice, the story pages are locked from general editing until the moment of their release. Spoilers are not allowed anywhere else, save from Howling:The Howling. They are absolutely not allowed in the various forum namespaces — i.e. Forum, Thread, Board Thread, Theory and Topic —  at all. Please be very careful about how you speak in the forums of the current series of the various programmes we cover. The excuses, "Oh, but that's in a preview trailer", or "the BBC have already released that", will not protect you from the wrath of an administrator. Our definition of a spoiler is simple, but it's different than the common definition of a spoiler. Trailers are spoilers. Information on the BBC's website prior to the broadcast of an episode is a spoiler. A spoiler is not "that which hasn't been released by the BBC". A spoiler is "anything released by anyone prior to the debut of the story in the country of first publication". Even "next time" trailers that frequently come at the end of episodes are considered spoilers here.

The forums must be areas in which every user can go without fear of encountering material about un-broadcast episodes. Again, when we say "un-broadcast", we mean "not yet broadcast in the country of first publication. Thus, it is not a violation of this policy to, for example, talk about the latest episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day on a Saturday night, even though the BBC premiere won't be until the following Thursday. Nor is it a violation to talk about the comic strip in the latest issue of DWM, even though American readers could not possibly have received their copy yet.

Finally, it is a violation of this policy to use the template {{Please see}}, or any other page link, to entreat someone to come to a thread in the Howling namespace. This is the equivalent of a "form letter", and it makes it look to the reader like you're asking them to any other forum thread. If you want someone to join you at the Howling, please write out a personalised message. And, if the thread to which you're inviting them includes spoilers about the future, please make that fact clear in your message on their talk page. If a user comes to an admin, complaining that they were asked to go see a thread, and now that thread has ruined things for them, then the party who extended the invitation is in violation of this policy.

FANDOM is partially exempt from this spoiler policy

Following the creation of FANDOM News and Stories — stories derived from fandom.wikia.com — certain parts of every wiki on the FANDOM network contain news feeds controlled entirely by FANDOM. Occasionally, stories about Doctor Who bubble up to these feeds, and these are seen on most pages at Tardis.

It is impossible, both technically and in view of FANDOM's Terms of Use, to opt out of these stories — even when they obviously contradict this spoiler policy.

Therefore, links in FANDOM-controlled areas of Tardis pages to FANDOM-generated articles are exempt from this policy.

However, those areas of Tardis which are wholly controlled by the local community are still governed by the above rules.

Practically speaking, this means that you cannot add anything to any namespace that makes reference to a FANDOM story — except to series pages, and the Howling namespace, as discussed above.

FANDOM staff members are conditionally exempt from this notion in Forum spaces only, so long as they make a reasonable effort to obscure spoilers, and they make it abundantly clear that users are being linked to spoilers. FANDOM staff can also post spoilers in Discussions, but those spoilers must only be in the category called "FANDOM posts". Additionally, only FANDOM staff members may post in this category.

Citing FANDOM stories in wiki articles

If you choose to cite a FANDOM story about something which has not been officially released, it should typically be treated as a rumour, if there be no official BBC announcement to back up the FANDOM story. And when citing FANDOM stories, care should be taken to give a proper citation. Sometimes, FANDOM stories are republications of work by others, so please do not attribute to FANDOM a story that was actually written by someone else. FANDOM will always make this distinction very clear.