Thanks for your recent edits! We hope you'll keep on editing with us. This is a great time to have joined us, because now you can play the Game of Rassilon with us and win cool stuff! Well, okay, badges. That have no monetary value. And that largely only you can see. But still: they're cool!
We've got a couple of important quirks for a Wikia wiki, so let's get them out of the way first.
British English, please
We generally use British English round these parts, so if you use another form of English, please be sure you set your spell checker to BrEng, and take a gander at our spelling cheat card.
Spoilers aren't cool
We have a strict definition of "spoiler" that you may find a bit unusual. Basically, a spoiler, to us, is anything that comes from a story which has not been released yet. So, even if you've got some info from a BBC press release or official trailer, it basically can't be referenced here. In other words, you gotta wait until the episode has finished its premiere broadcast to start editing about its contents. Please check the spoiler policy for more details.
Other useful stuff
Aside from those two things, we also have some pages that you should probably read when you get a chance, like:
- the listing of all our help, policy and guideline pages
- our Manual of Style
- our image use policy
- our user page policy
If you're brand new to wiki editing — and we all were, once! — you probably want to check out these tutorials at Wikipedia, the world's largest wiki:
Your input is needed!
You are invited to join the discussion at Forum:Aliens and enemies templates: the final battle.
Out of curiosity…Edit
Why haven't you read any of the novels?
I'm looking over the amount of text you've read by people like me, Boblipton, Light6, etc., and it's more than a novel's worth. You're spending hours of your life every week reading the stuff we spew out, and honestly, most of what we write isn't that interesting. Besides the fact that people like Paul Cornell and Larry Miles are better writers than us, they're explicitly writing to entertain Doctor Who fans, and we're not.
I'm not picking on you here; it's just that you seem to have to most enduring patience and interest in reading our nonsense, and I'm really curious why you don't think it's worth putting a fraction of that effort into reading one of the novels.
Remember, there's no law that says you have to accept them as canon just because you read them. Also, if you've heard that they're hard to find or expensive, that was true for the NAs about 5 years ago, but not anymore (and it was never true for the EDAs); I just saw Love and War and Alien Bodies used on Amazon for under $5 in the US and under £4 in the UK. (And if worst comes to worst you can pirate them easily and PayPal the authors whatever you think they're worth; I did that with a bunch of NAs a few years ago.) --220.127.116.11 05:16, September 19, 2011 (UTC)
I know what you mean about spinoff novels; digging through the mass of garbage in the Star Trek or Star Wars spinoffs to find the handful of good ones isn't worth the effort. But, as in so many other areas, Doctor Who is different. The NAs really were attempting to write "stories too big for the small screen", and usually pulled it off, and the EDAs were worthy successors. The other lines are a bit more hit-and-miss, but because they're mostly standalone novels, you can pick and choose from within them.
I think the two novels I suggested are good starting points. Love and War and Alien Bodies aren't necessarily the very best, but they're early in their respective series, they straddle the line between "deep" and "accessible", and they don't requires knowing much from the previous books.
As for the BF audios, there's some great stuff out there. If you're looking for more McGann, I guess the best place to start is Blood of the Daleks, the first New Eighth Doctor Adventures release (coproduced by BF and BBC7). It's not the best one, but it's good enough, and it sets up a regular series that in general works better than the one-off 8th Doctor stories from the Doctor Who Monthly line.
Anyway, I actually do have an account, but I stopped logging in intentionally to restrain myself from being able to edit semi-protected pages. Unfortunately, my "nearly-static" IP address no longer seems to be anything close to nearly static, and they've removed most of the protection, and the new editor has all kinds of bugs for IP users (especially when trying to create new pages), so maybe I'll start using my account again, or create a new one. Thanks for reminding me; I was thinking about it on Friday, but it slipped my mind over the weekend… --18.104.22.168 11:57, September 19, 2011 (UTC)
Hi, I meant to leave a message on that forum but a browser crash lost me what I'd written and other distractions the other day meant I didn't get back to it (sorry). I've left a message on the forum page, mostly just a summary and confirmation that I've got the summary correct, as it all ends up as the basis for changing policy.
I've also left a message on Mini-Mitch's talk page, noting it was 8 or 9 editors discussing the issues. Thanks for contacting me (and in future don't hesitate to prod me towards a topic, I try to keep a handle on everything but I do more than occasionally get distracted!). Thanks. --Tangerineduel / talk 15:34, September 19, 2011 (UTC)
ALIASES: If you'll leave me a message, after you've excised the parts you think best, I'll go through the article to fix the details of grammar and punctuation that generations of people have created. Boblipton 18:45, September 20, 2011 (UTC)
Advice and Complaints of the Utmost Importance Edit
Sorry, but I beg to differ with your opinion regarding the "no picture necessary thing:" for the Doctor's article. Have
you seen Wikipedia's article for the Doctor? It has a picture of every Doctor, and clicking on one directs you to the
page for the corresponding incarnation. I mean, we are a Wiki designed specifically as a comprehensive
compendium of all Doctor Who knowledge. If a generic article on Wikipedia surpasses our version, we're in
Also, what's up with the Dalek page, anyway? It doesn't show the way the Daleks appeared all those years, it only shows the crappy new ones that cropped up yesterday. What's up with that?
Another thing: they have not confirmed that the Doctor is truly gone for good yet, so why's this page in past tense?
I'm just saying, Doctor Who is THE longest-running sci-fi show of all time, so they're not going to kill him off now! The Taquitomaster 21:54, September 23, 2011 (UTC)
Your input is needed!
River Song Edit
Thanks for helping to keep things relatively clean in River Song's sheet. I suggest when we next have to remove the various attempts to include the nonsense, we refer them to the talk page to discuss the matter.
In case you haven't noticed, there is a wave of people trying to add "Mel Zucker" to the akas. One has cited the Brilliant Book 2011 and I said that I have never noticed it as being a valid citation source but would like to see the issue discussed on one of the community pages. Whatcha think? Boblipton talk to me 00:08, October 18, 2011 (UTC)
I've never seen the Brilliant Book, so I certainly can't comment on anything in it. Issues of canonicity in the DWU are enoguh to drive anyone who attempts to take the subject semi-seriously around the bend. I just looked at the DVD documentary on the UNIT dating controversy and I like Uncle Terry's idea of canon. While he was script editor, it was what he could rmeember and when the next guy was script editor, it's what he can remember.
You, I and the majority of this wiki are in at least rough agreement as to the Ponds' daughter's names. It will, however, require vigilance which, for the moment at least, I am willing to exercise, even as I trim out all those d***ed meaningless words that people think adds dignity to the process -- just looked at the DVD of the Sun Makers, too. I miss Robert Holmes. Boblipton talk to me 02:44, October 18, 2011 (UTC)
Your input is needed!
You are invited to join the discussion at Forum:Can we disable visual editor please?.
Is the Doctor half-human? Edit
It looks as if your contribution to "Is the Doctor half-human?" at 18:02, March 29, 2012 has been partly lost. It seems to stop in mid-sentence and the signature is missing. --22.214.171.124talk to me 20:59, March 29, 2012 (UTC)
STAR TREK??? Edit
Are you a fan of Star Trek or have you just done some reaserch on Star Trek because are you not the one responsible for creating some of the Star Trek pages on this wiki such as the Borg one because if so I'd be happy to share some information with you about Star Trek because after all I am a bit of a Trekkie and for some reason I cannot stop saying Star Trek, Star Trek, Star Trek, Star Trek... --Brian talk to me 17:08, June 4, 2012 (UTC)
RE: STAR TREK??? Edit
I have been watching Star Trek about the same time as you (11) and I was born in 1987 which means I was'nt able to watch the proper premires of the next generation which meant I had to watch the re-runs and of the original series. Did you know that there was a star trek crossover called STAR TREX which featured the x-men making contact with the crew of the ISS Enterprise who were both from parrelel universes to each other and teamed up together to fight an unamed alien race who threatened both the enterprise and the x-men, obviously the comic was a huge sucess and sold 'very well' as the producer of the comic said, so well in fact that they decided to make an in-direct sequel (I'm just trying to sund smart now) to it which had the crew of the next generation return to the planet where the Iss enterprise fount the x-men before because they detected unusual activity in that sector and once they discovered the x-men were there they were attacked by the same creature who... Well, I think I've said enough don't you?
If you wanna check out more go on this link below: []
Editing tips Edit
Hey, thanks for starting First Elder. Just wanted to point out a few things to you, though.
- When you want to make a link plural, please do not use a pipe switch or pipe trick. Instead just add an s after the closing bracket. So:
[[Sensorite]]s NOT [[Sensorite|Sensorites]]It's much harder to maintain the wiki by bot if you use this kind of unexpected linking. Plus, it takes you a lot more time.
- Paragraphs are important. Most articles, expecially ones the length of First Elder require mutliple paragraphs. In the case of First Elder, there definitely was enough there to justify a lead paragraph and another section. By tradition, we title the main body of sections about people, "Biography", even though it's clear that most of the time we only know a few days of their total existence. You could also use "Encounter with the Doctor" if you prefer, since most of the time, all we know about a character is the time they spent with/opposing the Doctor.
- Give only the details necessary to explain the character, not the entire plot. Include only those parts of the plot which are necessary to explain who the person is. Feel free to economise your words, because the broader plot is available at the story page. There's no need for you to assume the reader's complete ignorance of the plot, since they likely came to a character page after reading The Sensorites (TV story) or after actually watching the serial. What you need are enough words to explain things — not every word possible.
Ban at DWA Edit
Heya :) Hate to be writing you with such unpleasantness at the holidays, but one of your new admin, Master of Spiders, has rather randomly banned me at DWA, based upon the 2011 madness with BroadcastCorp. Any chance you could pop on DWA and unban me again? Thanks :)