History Franchise / DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse

25th Apr '17 11:41:08 AM Golondrina
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* RefugeeFromTVLand: The ''DWM'' comic "TV Action!" (the title referencing a comics magazine in which early ''Doctor Who'' strips had appeared) has the Eighth Doctor and companion Izzy following a villain "into our world", ending up in the BBC studios. Where TomBaker himself distracts the villain allowing the heroes to save the day.

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* RefugeeFromTVLand: The ''DWM'' comic "TV Action!" (the title referencing a comics magazine in which early ''Doctor Who'' strips had appeared) has the Eighth Doctor and companion Izzy following a villain "into our world", ending up in the BBC studios. Where TomBaker Creator/TomBaker himself distracts the villain allowing the heroes to save the day.
15th Apr '17 3:37:13 PM skidoo23
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In late 1963 we had ''Series/DoctorWho'', the series which spawned the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}. Then in 1964, in the pages of ''TV Comic'', a ''Doctor Who'' spin-off comic started. It was the first part of what would become the ''Doctor Who'' ExpandedUniverse: a never-ending supply of stories with many different branches, timelines and continuities, which have a strong tendency to reference each other and mutually contradict each other in the same breath. Just how strongly linked its continuity is to that of the TV series is "debatable" and very, very complicated.

The Expanded Universe has branched in diverse ways into separate fully licensed and semi-official sub-continuities, divided (in some cases) by the BBC's copyright restrictions. This is further complicated by the fact that no one person, including the BBC, owns all the rights to the monsters and characters which have appeared in the Whoniverse. Sometimes the varying franchises acknowledge each other, sometimes they ignore each other, DependingOnTheWriter.

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In late 1963 we had ''Series/DoctorWho'', the series which spawned the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}. Then in 1964, in the pages of ''TV Comic'', a ''Doctor Who'' spin-off comic started. It was the first part of what would become the ''Doctor Who'' ExpandedUniverse: a never-ending supply of stories with many different branches, timelines and continuities, which have a strong tendency to reference each other and mutually contradict each other in the same breath. Just how strongly linked its continuity is to that of the TV series is "debatable" and very, very complicated.

complicated. For its part, according to franchise writer Paul Cornell and other sources, the BBC has never come out and made a direct edict as to what is canon and what isn't (unlike, for example, Paramount re: Star Trek and Lucasfilm/Disney re: Star Wars). And in fact the TV series itself has attempted to roll some of the expanded universe into the TV continuity by making direct references to audio dramas, novels, and incorporating one character (Kate Stewart) who was introduced in a non-BBC spin-off work.

The Expanded Universe has branched in diverse ways into separate fully licensed and semi-official sub-continuities, divided (in some cases) by the BBC's copyright restrictions. This is further complicated by the fact that no one person, including the BBC, owns all the rights to the monsters and characters which have appeared in the Whoniverse.Whoniverse (The Doctor being pretty much the only character who is undeniably locked up by the BBC). Sometimes the varying franchises acknowledge each other, sometimes they ignore each other, DependingOnTheWriter.



* ''Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations'': By Target. During the 70s and 80s, in the days before video took off, these were '''the''' way to catch up on previous ''Doctor Who'' stories. They retold (and frequently expanded on) the stories on TV, and several of them are highly acclaimed. Usually also available as audiobooks, read by the TV series actor(s). Almost every story from the classic series got a novelisation, with the TV Movie's being done by BBC Books; the five that didn't get one ("The Pirate Planet", "City of Death", "Shada", "Resurrection of the Daleks" and "Revelation of the Daleks") received fan novelisations courtesy of the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club. (If you noticed that three of the five are Douglas Adams stories, you're right. Adams wouldn't allow others to novelise his scripts, and -- notorious procrastinator that he was -- never did them himself. Also, with ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' having taken off in the meantime, Target Books was no longer able to afford the advances he commanded.) "Shada" eventually received an official novelisation by BBC Books in 2012, written by Gareth Roberts. "City of Death" also received a BBC novelisation in 2015; initially it was announced that it would again be by Roberts, but it was eventually written by ''Torchwood'' writer James Goss. A novelisation of "The Pirate Planet" by Goss came out in 2017. However, there've been no official novelisations of anything past the TV Movie, and it looks unlikely there will be.

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* ''Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations'': By Target. During the 70s and 80s, in the days before video took off, these were '''the''' way to catch up on previous ''Doctor Who'' stories. They retold (and frequently expanded on) the stories on TV, and several of them are highly acclaimed. Usually also available as audiobooks, read by the TV series actor(s). Almost every story from the classic series got a novelisation, with the TV Movie's being done by BBC Books; the five that didn't get one ("The Pirate Planet", "City of Death", "Shada", "Resurrection of the Daleks" and "Revelation of the Daleks") received fan novelisations courtesy of the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club. (If you noticed that three of the five are Douglas Adams stories, you're right. Adams wouldn't allow others to novelise his scripts, and -- notorious procrastinator that he was -- never did them himself. Also, with ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' having taken off in the meantime, Target Books was no longer able to afford the advances he commanded.) "Shada" eventually received an official novelisation by BBC Books in 2012, written by Gareth Roberts. "City of Death" also received a BBC novelisation in 2015; initially it was announced that it would again be by Roberts, but it was eventually written by ''Torchwood'' writer James Goss. A novelisation of "The Pirate Planet" by Goss came out in 2017. However, 2017, with another Adams-written work - the never-produced film ''Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen'' - scheduled to be adapted by Goss for 2018 release. Other than a few children's books published in 2010, there've been no official full novelisations of anything past the TV Movie, Movie. That said, the first two seasons of ''The Sarah Jane Adventures'' were adapted into novels, Creator/NeilGaiman was invited to adapt his 2011 episode "The Doctor's Wife", and it looks unlikely there will be.the short story collection ''The Story of Martha'' was a partial adaptation of the Series 3 finale, so others may be possible in the future.
25th Mar '17 11:17:44 AM nombretomado
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** ''Evacuation Earth'': A ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton''-style puzzle game for the NintendoDS

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** ''Evacuation Earth'': A ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton''-style puzzle game for the NintendoDSUsefulNotes/NintendoDS
24th Feb '17 9:25:29 AM LondonKdS
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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Every so often, a writer will decide to take on one of the TV series' more notorious joke villains and show them as genuinely dangerous. Some particularly glaring examples include [[spoiler:the Voord]] in ''ComicBook/FourDoctors'', the Monk '''twice''' in different canons in long-term story arcs in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures and AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho, the Krotons in the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''Alien Bodies'', and the Nimon in the Big Finish story ''Seasons of Fear''.

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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Every so often, a writer will decide to take on one of the TV series' more notorious joke villains and show them as genuinely dangerous. Some particularly glaring examples include [[spoiler:the Voord]] in ''ComicBook/FourDoctors'', ''ComicBook/DoctorWhoFourDoctors'', the Monk '''twice''' in different canons in long-term story arcs in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures and AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho, the Krotons in the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''Alien Bodies'', and the Nimon in the Big Finish story ''Seasons of Fear''.
24th Feb '17 9:24:53 AM LondonKdS
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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Every so often, a writer will decide to take on one of the TV series' more notorious joke villains and show them as genuinely dangerous. Some particularly glaring examples include [[spoiler:the Voord]] in ''ComicBook/FourDoctors'', the Monk '''twice''' in different canons in long-term story arcs in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures and AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho, the Krotons in the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''Alien Bodies'', and the Nimon in the Big Finish story ''Seasons of Fear''.
11th Feb '17 7:11:58 AM Morgenthaler
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ExpandedUniverse series in general, and those without the Doctor in particular, tend to be DarkerAndEdgier and skew more towards the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism than their parent series. The different Sarah Jane spin-offs serve as an example in how you can spin off the same character in different ways, using different tropes and for different audiences: the ThirdDoctorRadioDramas have her as a DamselInDistress; ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' and ''Series/K9AndCompany'' are notably fluffy and sweet (with still pretty dark themes for children's television of their respective times); the semi-professional direct-to-video fanmade production ''Downtime'' tackled a few more serious issues; the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio adaptation series ''AudioPlay/SarahJaneSmith'' is dark, mature and complex.

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ExpandedUniverse series in general, and those without the Doctor in particular, tend to be DarkerAndEdgier and skew more towards the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism than their parent series. The different Sarah Jane spin-offs serve as an example in how you can spin off the same character in different ways, using different tropes and for different audiences: the ThirdDoctorRadioDramas Radio/ThirdDoctorRadioDramas have her as a DamselInDistress; ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' and ''Series/K9AndCompany'' are notably fluffy and sweet (with still pretty dark themes for children's television of their respective times); the semi-professional direct-to-video fanmade production ''Downtime'' tackled a few more serious issues; the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio adaptation series ''AudioPlay/SarahJaneSmith'' is dark, mature and complex.
21st Jan '17 1:00:32 AM narm00
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* ''Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations'': By Target. During the 70s and 80s, in the days before video took off, these were '''the''' way to catch up on previous ''Doctor Who'' stories. They retold (and frequently expanded on) the stories on TV, and several of them are highly acclaimed. Usually also available as audiobooks, read by the TV series actor(s). Almost every story from the classic series got a novelisation, with the TV Movie's being done by BBC Books; the five that didn't get one ("The Pirate Planet", "City of Death", "Shada", "Resurrection of the Daleks" and "Revelation of the Daleks") received fan novelisations courtesy of the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club. (If you noticed that three of the five are Douglas Adams stories, you're right. Adams wouldn't allow others to novelise his scripts, and -- notorious procrastinator that he was -- never did them himself. Also, with ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' having taken off in the meantime, Target Books was no longer able to afford the advances he commanded.) "Shada" eventually received an official novelisation by BBC Books in 2012, written by Gareth Roberts. "City of Death" also received a BBC novelisation in 2015; initially it was announced that it would again be by Roberts, but it was eventually written by ''Torchwood'' writer James Goss. A novelisation of "The Pirate Planet" by Goss has been announced. However, there've been no official novelisations of anything past the TV Movie, and it looks unlikely there will be.

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* ''Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations'': By Target. During the 70s and 80s, in the days before video took off, these were '''the''' way to catch up on previous ''Doctor Who'' stories. They retold (and frequently expanded on) the stories on TV, and several of them are highly acclaimed. Usually also available as audiobooks, read by the TV series actor(s). Almost every story from the classic series got a novelisation, with the TV Movie's being done by BBC Books; the five that didn't get one ("The Pirate Planet", "City of Death", "Shada", "Resurrection of the Daleks" and "Revelation of the Daleks") received fan novelisations courtesy of the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club. (If you noticed that three of the five are Douglas Adams stories, you're right. Adams wouldn't allow others to novelise his scripts, and -- notorious procrastinator that he was -- never did them himself. Also, with ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' having taken off in the meantime, Target Books was no longer able to afford the advances he commanded.) "Shada" eventually received an official novelisation by BBC Books in 2012, written by Gareth Roberts. "City of Death" also received a BBC novelisation in 2015; initially it was announced that it would again be by Roberts, but it was eventually written by ''Torchwood'' writer James Goss. A novelisation of "The Pirate Planet" by Goss has been announced.came out in 2017. However, there've been no official novelisations of anything past the TV Movie, and it looks unlikely there will be.



* The ''MakeYourOwnAdventureWithDoctorWho'' series (''FindYourFate'' in the US): Six choose-your-own-adventure books with the Sixth Doctor released in the 1980s by Severn House (UK)/Ballantine (US). BBC Books did their own choose-your-own-adventure books for the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors with the ''Decide Your Destiny'' books.
* ''Pinball/DoctorWho Pinball'': A physical pinball game published by Creator/WilliamsElectronics where the Master and Davros team up to [[HurlItIntoTheSun hurl the first seven Doctors into the sun]] and only your pinball wizardry can rescue them and defeat the villains.

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* The ''MakeYourOwnAdventureWithDoctorWho'' series (''FindYourFate'' in the US): Six choose-your-own-adventure books with the Sixth Doctor released in the 1980s by Severn House (UK)/Ballantine (US). BBC Books did their own choose-your-own-adventure books for the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors with the ''Decide Your Destiny'' books, and for the Twelfth Doctor with the ''Choose The Future'' books.
* ''Pinball/DoctorWho Pinball'': A physical pinball game published by Creator/WilliamsElectronics published a physical pinball game where the Master and Davros team up to [[HurlItIntoTheSun hurl the first seven Doctors into the sun]] and only your pinball wizardry can rescue them and defeat the villains.villains. [=FarSight=] Studios subsequently released a digital pinball game where the Master forms a LegionOfDoom of the Doctor's greatest enemies, and the Twelfth Doctor calls on his previous incarnations, and you the player, for help.
19th Jan '17 1:46:42 AM LondonKdS
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** The ''Doctor Who Magazine'' comics continuity has Wonderland, an extra-terrestrial division of MI-6 with the mission of proactively investigating and when necessary destroying alien threats. It's the least overtly evil of the three, although it did have the embarassing situation of one of their top field agents turning out to be a psychopathic, sadistic, AbsoluteXenophobe who tried to steal the Doctor's TARDIS and use it to spread a virus that would have killed every non-Terran life-form in the universe throughout history.

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** The ''Doctor Who Magazine'' comics continuity has Wonderland, an extra-terrestrial division of MI-6 with the mission of proactively investigating and when necessary destroying alien threats. It's the least overtly evil of the three, although it did have the embarassing situation of one of their top field agents turning out to be a psychopathic, sadistic, AbsoluteXenophobe who tried to steal the Doctor's TARDIS and use it to spread a virus that would have killed every non-Terran life-form in the universe throughout history.history (the other members of the group being horrified at this).
15th Dec '16 12:52:54 AM narm00
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** ''The Incredible Hulk Presents'': A short-lived UK magazine reprinting US comics, which also featured original Seventh Doctor comics. Initially, the plan was for the comics to be published in DWM as well, but the DWM editor shot the idea down, as they were aimed at a younger audience than DWM; in the end, only one published ''Incredible Hulk Presents'' comic, and one unpublished, ran in DWM. All of the ''Incredible Hulk Presents'' comics were collected in the Seventh Doctor DW' TPB ''Nemesis of the Daleks'', along with the background behind them.

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** ''The Incredible Hulk Presents'': A short-lived UK magazine reprinting US comics, which also featured original Seventh Doctor comics. Initially, the plan was for the comics to be published in DWM as well, but the DWM editor shot the idea down, as they were aimed at a younger audience than DWM; in the end, only one published ''Incredible Hulk Presents'' comic, and one unpublished, ran in DWM. All of the ''Incredible Hulk Presents'' comics were collected in the Seventh Doctor DW' DWM TPB ''Nemesis of the Daleks'', along with the background behind them.
13th Dec '16 7:24:45 PM Doug86
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* EldritchAbomination: While these have appeared in the TV show, they're especially common here and actual crossovers with ''Literature/CthulhuMythos'' have happened. Time Lords that have been bio-re-engineered to regenerate into more combat suitable forms have been described as becoming Mythosian monsters, the Nestene Consciousness has been described as one of the children of Shub-Niggurath, and there's even a story where the Animus[[note]]from the First Doctor serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet The Web Planet]][[/note]] has been retconnned as being Lloigor[[note]]a minor Great Old One[[/note]].

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* EldritchAbomination: While these have appeared in the TV show, they're especially common here and actual crossovers with ''Literature/CthulhuMythos'' the Franchise/CthulhuMythos have happened. Time Lords that have been bio-re-engineered to regenerate into more combat suitable forms have been described as becoming Mythosian monsters, the Nestene Consciousness has been described as one of the children of Shub-Niggurath, and there's even a story where the Animus[[note]]from the First Doctor serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet The Web Planet]][[/note]] has been retconnned as being Lloigor[[note]]a minor Great Old One[[/note]].
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