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As the longest running SpeculativeFiction show in the world, ''Series/DoctorWho'' has acquired a massive fan base and one that is multi-generational, especially with the revival. It is also a textbook case of the fans RunningTheAsylum.

Conventions and {{Cosplay}} were happening long before many such shows even began production, for a start. There have been many fanzines and PodCast stuff has emerged more recently. FanWork was also a major feature, a number of official Creator/BigFinish audio plays having their origins as works from the fan [[DoctorWhoAudioVisuals AudioVisuals series]]. Creator/MarkGatiss and a number of the below have also worked on semi-pro audio and visuals, not quite official and intended for a niche market, yet intended to make a profit. Pore through older issues of ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' and you will see many familiar names in the letters columns and on the by-lines of articles and comics.

!!!The following [[PromotedFanBoy Promoted Fanboys]] contributed to fanzines, amateur and semi-pro productions, before going on to the big time:

* '''Creator/NicholasBriggs''', who has, in the past, done ''everything'' you can imagine in spin-off media, among other things running [[DoctorWhoAudioVisuals Audio Visuals]] and playing the Doctor in those selfsame productions. He now voices the Daleks and currently runs Creator/BigFinish.
* The nearly as prolific '''Gary Russell''', also connected with [=AudioVisuals=]. He used to run Creator/BigFinish and script-edited ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Doctor Who'' itself.
* '''Creator/PaulCornell''' based his first novel, ''Timewyrm: Revelation'' in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures series, on early FanFic.
* '''Robert Shearman'''
* '''Matt Jones'''
* '''Creator/MarkGatiss'''
* '''Creator/MatthewWaterhouse''', who would a couple of years later go on to play Adric.
* '''Marc Platt''', a Classic and Creator/BigFinish writer who contributed FanFic and/or nonfiction work to {{Fanzine}}s before working on the actual series.

The fans are interested in the MissingEpisode area, with many such episodes being recovered from off-air audio recordings.

The show lacks an official fan club now and no longer has an official forum, although TheDoctorWhoForum came close enough to get newspaper mentions.

Fans had to go through the 16-year hiatus until 2005, resulting in a large amount of creative work during this time and licenced SpinOff media. Probably the key SpinOff material that held the ExpandedUniverse - and the fans - together for so long, however, were the official spin-off novels produced by Virgin Publishing. The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures series continued the adventures of the Seventh Doctor, the Doctor at the time of cancellation, and the Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures covered the previous six. Following the 1996 TV Movie, the BBC's own in-house publishing division took over (with two lines split between [[Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures the adventures of the Eighth Doctor]] and [[Literature/PastDoctorAdventures the adventures of his predecessors]]). Themselves a progression from [[Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations novelisations of the TV series]], the novel ranges clearly took the Doctor into more adult waters as the writers, who were nearly all fans, thus making the lines in many ways examples of Officially Published FanFiction, began to explore him and his universe more closely. Many of the writers of the new series, including Creator/PaulCornell, Creator/MarkGatiss and Creator/RussellTDavies, who eventually brought it back, wrote novels for the range.

The revival of the show brought an influx of new fans, including Shippers.

!!General characteristics of the fandom:
* Due to the show's abundant ParentService, often prone to fanboy or fangirl-like behaviour, with frequent polls on "sexiest companion" and innuendo.
* Certain elements display a tendency to get a bit paranoid about the possibility of anything, whether elements of the series itself or the fan / public reaction to it, that might lead possibly lead to the intimation that there might be any suggestion of cancellation, possibly because of the numerous elements and gradual sense of decay which led to the program's eventual hiatus in 1989 and the agonising 16 year wait until a full series was produced. This tends to lead to great overreactions whenever any missteps (or anything the over-reactor merely ''perceives'' as a misstep) occurs, however minor in nature. In an interview with LetsPlay/NerdCubed, Creator/StevenMoffat has said that the reason the British media do so many scaremongering stories about the show's fate, at least at the time of his run as showrunner, is because they know the ''Doctor Who'' branding will sell more papers.
* Likewise, owing to the show's widely-held appeal to children, some fans may get a bit defensive (or confrontational) about any suggestion that the show is 'just for children'. This arguably led to the DarkerAndEdgier nature of the novels and other SpinOff material produced between shows, and lengthy, somewhat pedantic debates about whether the show can be classified as a 'children's' show or a 'family' show are not unheard of.
* Don't call the main character '[[IAmNotShazam Doctor Who]]' in front of one of them. [[BerserkButton Just... don't]]. Others really don't like the term "Whovian", which originated from the 1980s Doctor Who Fan Club of America.
** ''Even though'' the character was credited as "Doctor Who" on screen from 1963 to 1981, and again in 2005... Not to mention that a lot of members of the cast and crew will infrequently refer to the character as "Doctor Who," especially in more mainstream interviews, no doubt because of the fact that, without prior knowledge, "The Doctor" as a title is very generic.
* Likely to have parents or children (sometimes both) who are fans as well; LongRunner status and all.
* Tend to be Britons, Australians or New Zealanders- the show was and is far more mainstream there. American and Canadian fans are not unheard of, but due to the series' traditionally limited exposure in North America they tend to be something of a minority [[note]]Ontario may be a bit of an exception for Doctor Who fandom in Canada, as Classic Who was broadcast for many years on TV Ontario and the show is probably better known there.[[/note]] (although the new series seems to be gaining wider, if still limited, exposure there than the classic series managed). Tends to have received minimal-to-no exposure outside of these areas.
* Due to its sheer size and the diversity of opinion present, has a reputation for being incredibly [[BrokenBase fractious]] and [[UnpleasableFanbase unappeasable]]; anything that one fan loves is guaranteed to be detested with a white-hot passion by another, and no matter what the producers of any medium do, someone somewhere is guaranteed to start whining about it. This makes fan interaction... interesting.
* Due to the nature of the ExpandedUniverse and its LongRunner status, the subject of what is or is not canon is particularly tricky in this fandom, especially as the BBC has deliberately avoided giving anything a canon. Some have even extended this to say that ''Doctor Who'' doesn't strictly have a canon. It's usually (but ''not'' universally) accepted that everything that has been made for television is canon; beyond that the argument rages, but the general moderate approach is that canon beyond this is a matter of personal choice.

!!Specific terms used:
* '''[[TheSiege Base Under Siege]]''': No, not the ''demographic base''... This refers to a whole sub-class of stories which reached its peak during Season 5 (1968), in which an isolated military or scientific base came under attack by malevolent forces. Examples appear in almost every era of the show, and it is considered a "classic" story style.
* '''Casual viewer''': See not-we. Often conceived of a fragile, easily upset creature who will turn off the TV or switch channels should they feel any one emotion to excess, in a manner comparable to ThinkOfTheChildren, in order to win fan arguments. Arguments range from ViewersAreMorons to ViewersAreGeniuses, they prefer LighterAndFluffier stories, they prefer DarkerAndEdgier stories, they like {{Continuity}}, they hate it, etc. Everything except ViewersAreGoldfish, which would make the whole point moot. Because, you see, every true fan fears the ratings dipping and the BBC taking the series off-air.
* '''Celebrity historical''': A story where the TARDIS crew goes to Earth's past and meets somebody famous. Almost always pseudo-historicals (see below) after the Hartnell era.
* '''Classic Who''': The 1963-89 series. Generally also includes [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie the 1996 made-for-TV movie]], despite it being made by an American production company independent of the BBC.
* '''Gothic''': Fandom uses the shorthand "HammerHorror" or just "gothic" to describe a moody story dipping into GothicHorror tropes in the way that they did during the reign of Producer Philip Hinchcliffe and his Story Editor Creator/RobertHolmes during the tenure of Tom Baker, which ran from Seasons 12 through 14. Specifically, they mean Seasons 13 and 14, over which they had full creative control.
* '''"Indefinable magic":''' Whatever makes ''Doctor Who'' special. As the term implies, no one can explain it. So overused that fans no longer use it, except ironically.
** Part of the Indefinable Magic is generally taken to be the "'''Infinitely Flexible Format'''", meaning that the show can be a western one week, hard sci-fi the next, fantasy the week after and historical the week after that.
* '''Not-we''': Non-fans, a term taken from the ''Doctor Who'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E3Kinda Kinda]]" referring to people outside the Kinda tribe.
* '''New Who''': The post-2005 revival. Alternately, nuWho (mostly by its detractors).
* '''One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, (War), Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve''': Where formerly fans would refer to, say, [[Creator/PeterDavison Peter Davison's]] Doctor as the Fifth Doctor, or, umm, "Peter Davison's Doctor", younger fans would tend to refer to him as 5, Five or even Fivey. The same goes for the others. [[Creator/JohnHurt John Hurt's]] Doctor tends to switch between '8 1/2' and 'War' to avoid any numbering confusion.
* '''Pseudo-historical''': A story set in the past that ''does'' feature science fictional elements--often, an alien in disguise is responsible for mayhem and the Doctor must stop them.
* '''Pure historical''': A story set in the past that features ''no'' science fictional elements other than the Doctor's presence. These almost never appear after William Hartnell's era, and the last one to date was 1982's ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E5BlackOrchid Black Orchid]]''. They were unpopular with the production teams and garnered low ratings, but fans continue to clamour for their return.
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As the longest running SpeculativeFiction show in the world, ''Series/DoctorWho'' has acquired a massive fan base and one that is multi-generational, especially with the revival. It is also a textbook case of the fans RunningTheAsylum.

Conventions and {{Cosplay}} were happening long before many such shows even began production, for a start. There have been many fanzines and PodCast stuff has emerged more recently. FanWork was also a major feature, a number of official Creator/BigFinish audio plays having their origins as works from the fan [[DoctorWhoAudioVisuals AudioVisuals series]]. Creator/MarkGatiss and a number of the below have also worked on semi-pro audio and visuals, not quite official and intended for a niche market, yet intended to make a profit. Pore through older issues of ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' and you will see many familiar names in the letters columns and on the by-lines of articles and comics.

!!!The following [[PromotedFanBoy Promoted Fanboys]] contributed to fanzines, amateur and semi-pro productions, before going on to the big time:

* '''Creator/NicholasBriggs''', who has, in the past, done ''everything'' you can imagine in spin-off media, among other things running [[DoctorWhoAudioVisuals Audio Visuals]] and playing the Doctor in those selfsame productions. He now voices the Daleks and currently runs Creator/BigFinish.
* The nearly as prolific '''Gary Russell''', also connected with [=AudioVisuals=]. He used to run Creator/BigFinish and script-edited ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Doctor Who'' itself.
* '''Creator/PaulCornell''' based his first novel, ''Timewyrm: Revelation'' in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures series, on early FanFic.
* '''Robert Shearman'''
* '''Matt Jones'''
* '''Creator/MarkGatiss'''
* '''Creator/MatthewWaterhouse''', who would a couple of years later go on to play Adric.
* '''Marc Platt''', a Classic and Creator/BigFinish writer who contributed FanFic and/or nonfiction work to {{Fanzine}}s before working on the actual series.

The fans are interested in the MissingEpisode area, with many such episodes being recovered from off-air audio recordings.

The show lacks an official fan club now and no longer has an official forum, although TheDoctorWhoForum came close enough to get newspaper mentions.

Fans had to go through the 16-year hiatus until 2005, resulting in a large amount of creative work during this time and licenced SpinOff media. Probably the key SpinOff material that held the ExpandedUniverse - and the fans - together for so long, however, were the official spin-off novels produced by Virgin Publishing. The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures series continued the adventures of the Seventh Doctor, the Doctor at the time of cancellation, and the Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures covered the previous six. Following the 1996 TV Movie, the BBC's own in-house publishing division took over (with two lines split between [[Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures the adventures of the Eighth Doctor]] and [[Literature/PastDoctorAdventures the adventures of his predecessors]]). Themselves a progression from [[Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations novelisations of the TV series]], the novel ranges clearly took the Doctor into more adult waters as the writers, who were nearly all fans, thus making the lines in many ways examples of Officially Published FanFiction, began to explore him and his universe more closely. Many of the writers of the new series, including Creator/PaulCornell, Creator/MarkGatiss and Creator/RussellTDavies, who eventually brought it back, wrote novels for the range.

The revival of the show brought an influx of new fans, including Shippers.

!!General characteristics of the fandom:
* Due to the show's abundant ParentService, often prone to fanboy or fangirl-like behaviour, with frequent polls on "sexiest companion" and innuendo.
* Certain elements display a tendency to get a bit paranoid about the possibility of anything, whether elements of the series itself or the fan / public reaction to it, that might lead possibly lead to the intimation that there might be any suggestion of cancellation, possibly because of the numerous elements and gradual sense of decay which led to the program's eventual hiatus in 1989 and the agonising 16 year wait until a full series was produced. This tends to lead to great overreactions whenever any missteps (or anything the over-reactor merely ''perceives'' as a misstep) occurs, however minor in nature. In an interview with LetsPlay/NerdCubed, Creator/StevenMoffat has said that the reason the British media do so many scaremongering stories about the show's fate, at least at the time of his run as showrunner, is because they know the ''Doctor Who'' branding will sell more papers.
* Likewise, owing to the show's widely-held appeal to children, some fans may get a bit defensive (or confrontational) about any suggestion that the show is 'just for children'. This arguably led to the DarkerAndEdgier nature of the novels and other SpinOff material produced between shows, and lengthy, somewhat pedantic debates about whether the show can be classified as a 'children's' show or a 'family' show are not unheard of.
* Don't call the main character '[[IAmNotShazam Doctor Who]]' in front of one of them. [[BerserkButton Just... don't]]. Others really don't like the term "Whovian", which originated from the 1980s Doctor Who Fan Club of America.
** ''Even though'' the character was credited as "Doctor Who" on screen from 1963 to 1981, and again in 2005... Not to mention that a lot of members of the cast and crew will infrequently refer to the character as "Doctor Who," especially in more mainstream interviews, no doubt because of the fact that, without prior knowledge, "The Doctor" as a title is very generic.
* Likely to have parents or children (sometimes both) who are fans as well; LongRunner status and all.
* Tend to be Britons, Australians or New Zealanders- the show was and is far more mainstream there. American and Canadian fans are not unheard of, but due to the series' traditionally limited exposure in North America they tend to be something of a minority [[note]]Ontario may be a bit of an exception for Doctor Who fandom in Canada, as Classic Who was broadcast for many years on TV Ontario and the show is probably better known there.[[/note]] (although the new series seems to be gaining wider, if still limited, exposure there than the classic series managed). Tends to have received minimal-to-no exposure outside of these areas.
* Due to its sheer size and the diversity of opinion present, has a reputation for being incredibly [[BrokenBase fractious]] and [[UnpleasableFanbase unappeasable]]; anything that one fan loves is guaranteed to be detested with a white-hot passion by another, and no matter what the producers of any medium do, someone somewhere is guaranteed to start whining about it. This makes fan interaction... interesting.
* Due to the nature of the ExpandedUniverse and its LongRunner status, the subject of what is or is not canon is particularly tricky in this fandom, especially as the BBC has deliberately avoided giving anything a canon. Some have even extended this to say that ''Doctor Who'' doesn't strictly have a canon. It's usually (but ''not'' universally) accepted that everything that has been made for television is canon; beyond that the argument rages, but the general moderate approach is that canon beyond this is a matter of personal choice.

!!Specific terms used:
* '''[[TheSiege Base Under Siege]]''': No, not the ''demographic base''... This refers to a whole sub-class of stories which reached its peak during Season 5 (1968), in which an isolated military or scientific base came under attack by malevolent forces. Examples appear in almost every era of the show, and it is considered a "classic" story style.
* '''Casual viewer''': See not-we. Often conceived of a fragile, easily upset creature who will turn off the TV or switch channels should they feel any one emotion to excess, in a manner comparable to ThinkOfTheChildren, in order to win fan arguments. Arguments range from ViewersAreMorons to ViewersAreGeniuses, they prefer LighterAndFluffier stories, they prefer DarkerAndEdgier stories, they like {{Continuity}}, they hate it, etc. Everything except ViewersAreGoldfish, which would make the whole point moot. Because, you see, every true fan fears the ratings dipping and the BBC taking the series off-air.
* '''Celebrity historical''': A story where the TARDIS crew goes to Earth's past and meets somebody famous. Almost always pseudo-historicals (see below) after the Hartnell era.
* '''Classic Who''': The 1963-89 series. Generally also includes [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie the 1996 made-for-TV movie]], despite it being made by an American production company independent of the BBC.
* '''Gothic''': Fandom uses the shorthand "HammerHorror" or just "gothic" to describe a moody story dipping into GothicHorror tropes in the way that they did during the reign of Producer Philip Hinchcliffe and his Story Editor Creator/RobertHolmes during the tenure of Tom Baker, which ran from Seasons 12 through 14. Specifically, they mean Seasons 13 and 14, over which they had full creative control.
* '''"Indefinable magic":''' Whatever makes ''Doctor Who'' special. As the term implies, no one can explain it. So overused that fans no longer use it, except ironically.
** Part of the Indefinable Magic is generally taken to be the "'''Infinitely Flexible Format'''", meaning that the show can be a western one week, hard sci-fi the next, fantasy the week after and historical the week after that.
* '''Not-we''': Non-fans, a term taken from the ''Doctor Who'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E3Kinda Kinda]]" referring to people outside the Kinda tribe.
* '''New Who''': The post-2005 revival. Alternately, nuWho (mostly by its detractors).
* '''One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, (War), Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve''': Where formerly fans would refer to, say, [[Creator/PeterDavison Peter Davison's]] Doctor as the Fifth Doctor, or, umm, "Peter Davison's Doctor", younger fans would tend to refer to him as 5, Five or even Fivey. The same goes for the others. [[Creator/JohnHurt John Hurt's]] Doctor tends to switch between '8 1/2' and 'War' to avoid any numbering confusion.
* '''Pseudo-historical''': A story set in the past that ''does'' feature science fictional elements--often, an alien in disguise is responsible for mayhem and the Doctor must stop them.
* '''Pure historical''': A story set in the past that features ''no'' science fictional elements other than the Doctor's presence. These almost never appear after William Hartnell's era, and the last one to date was 1982's ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E5BlackOrchid Black Orchid]]''. They were unpopular with the production teams and garnered low ratings, but fans continue to clamour for their return.
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24th Apr '14 7:04:41 AM narm00
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Conventions and {{Cosplay}} were happening long before many such shows even began production, for a start. There have been many fanzines and PodCast stuff has emerged more recently. FanWork was also a major feature, a number of official Creator/BigFinish audio plays having their origins as works from the fan [[DoctorWhoAudioVisuals AudioVisuals series]]. Creator/MarkGatiss and a number of the above have also worked on semi-pro audio and visuals, not quite official and intended for a niche market, yet intended to make a profit. Pore through older issues of ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' and you will see many familiar names in the letters columns and on the by-lines of articles and comics.

!!!The following [[PromotedFanBoy Promoted Fanboys]], contributed to fanzines, amateur and semi-pro productions, before going on to the big time:

* '''Creator/NicholasBriggs''', who has, in the past done ''everything'' you can imagine in spin-off media, among other things running [[DoctorWhoAudioVisuals Audio Visuals]] and playing the Doctor in those selfsame productions. He now voices the Daleks and currently runs Creator/BigFinish.

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Conventions and {{Cosplay}} were happening long before many such shows even began production, for a start. There have been many fanzines and PodCast stuff has emerged more recently. FanWork was also a major feature, a number of official Creator/BigFinish audio plays having their origins as works from the fan [[DoctorWhoAudioVisuals AudioVisuals series]]. Creator/MarkGatiss and a number of the above below have also worked on semi-pro audio and visuals, not quite official and intended for a niche market, yet intended to make a profit. Pore through older issues of ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' and you will see many familiar names in the letters columns and on the by-lines of articles and comics.

!!!The following [[PromotedFanBoy Promoted Fanboys]], Fanboys]] contributed to fanzines, amateur and semi-pro productions, before going on to the big time:

* '''Creator/NicholasBriggs''', who has, in the past past, done ''everything'' you can imagine in spin-off media, among other things running [[DoctorWhoAudioVisuals Audio Visuals]] and playing the Doctor in those selfsame productions. He now voices the Daleks and currently runs Creator/BigFinish.



* '''Creator/PaulCornell''' based his first novel, ''Timewyrm: Revelation'' in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures series on early FanFic.

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* '''Creator/PaulCornell''' based his first novel, ''Timewyrm: Revelation'' in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures series series, on early FanFic.



* '''Marc Platt''', a Classic and Creator/BigFinish writer who contributed FanFic and/or nonfiction work to {{Fanzine}}s before they worked on the actual series.

to:

* '''Marc Platt''', a Classic and Creator/BigFinish writer who contributed FanFic and/or nonfiction work to {{Fanzine}}s before they worked working on the actual series.






* '''Casual viewer''': See not-we. Often conceived of a fragile, easily upset creature who will turn off the TV or switch channels should they feel any one emotion to excess, in manner comparable to ThinkOfTheChildren, in order to win fan arguments. Arguments range from ViewersAreMorons to ViewersAreGeniuses, they prefer LighterAndFluffier stories, they prefer DarkerAndEdgier stories, they like {{Continuity}}, they hate it, etc. Everything except ViewersAreGoldfish, which would make the whole point moot. Because, you see, every true fan fears the ratings dipping and BBC taking the series off-air.

to:

* '''Casual viewer''': See not-we. Often conceived of a fragile, easily upset creature who will turn off the TV or switch channels should they feel any one emotion to excess, in a manner comparable to ThinkOfTheChildren, in order to win fan arguments. Arguments range from ViewersAreMorons to ViewersAreGeniuses, they prefer LighterAndFluffier stories, they prefer DarkerAndEdgier stories, they like {{Continuity}}, they hate it, etc. Everything except ViewersAreGoldfish, which would make the whole point moot. Because, you see, every true fan fears the ratings dipping and the BBC taking the series off-air.



* '''Gothic''': Fandom uses the shorthand "HammerHorror" or just "gothic" to describe a moody story dipping into GothicHorror tropes in the way that they did during the reign of Producer Philip Hinchcliffe and his Story Editor RobertHolmes during the tenure of Tom Baker, which ran from Seasons 12 through 14. Specifically, they mean Seasons 13 and 14, over which they had full creative control.

to:

* '''Gothic''': Fandom uses the shorthand "HammerHorror" or just "gothic" to describe a moody story dipping into GothicHorror tropes in the way that they did during the reign of Producer Philip Hinchcliffe and his Story Editor RobertHolmes Creator/RobertHolmes during the tenure of Tom Baker, which ran from Seasons 12 through 14. Specifically, they mean Seasons 13 and 14, over which they had full creative control.



* '''One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, (War) Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve''': As an example, where formerly fans would refer to, say, [[Creator/PeterDavison Peter Davison's]] Doctor as the Fifth Doctor, or, umm, "Peter Davison's Doctor". Younger fans would tend to refer to him as 5, Five or even Fivey. The same goes for the others. [[Creator/JohnHurt John Hurt's]] Doctor tends to switch between '8 1/2' and 'War' to avoid any numbering confusion.

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* '''One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, (War) (War), Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve''': As an example, where Where formerly fans would refer to, say, [[Creator/PeterDavison Peter Davison's]] Doctor as the Fifth Doctor, or, umm, "Peter Davison's Doctor". Younger Doctor", younger fans would tend to refer to him as 5, Five or even Fivey. The same goes for the others. [[Creator/JohnHurt John Hurt's]] Doctor tends to switch between '8 1/2' and 'War' to avoid any numbering confusion.
16th Jan '14 8:45:03 AM AnotherStatsGuy
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* '''One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven''': As an example, where formerly fans would refer to, say, [[Creator/PeterDavison Peter Davison's]] Doctor as the Fifth Doctor, or, umm, "Peter Davison's Doctor". Younger fans would tend to refer to him as 5, Five or even Fivey. The same goes for the others.

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* '''One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, (War) Nine, Ten, Eleven''': Eleven, Twelve''': As an example, where formerly fans would refer to, say, [[Creator/PeterDavison Peter Davison's]] Doctor as the Fifth Doctor, or, umm, "Peter Davison's Doctor". Younger fans would tend to refer to him as 5, Five or even Fivey. The same goes for the others. [[Creator/JohnHurt John Hurt's]] Doctor tends to switch between '8 1/2' and 'War' to avoid any numbering confusion.
7th Jan '14 3:07:18 PM nombretomado
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Conventions and {{Cosplay}} were happening long before many such shows even began production, for a start. There have been many fanzines and PodCast stuff has emerged more recently. FanWork was also a major feature, a number of official BigFinish audio plays having their origins as works from the fan [[DoctorWhoAudioVisuals AudioVisuals series]]. Creator/MarkGatiss and a number of the above have also worked on semi-pro audio and visuals, not quite official and intended for a niche market, yet intended to make a profit. Pore through older issues of ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' and you will see many familiar names in the letters columns and on the by-lines of articles and comics.

to:

Conventions and {{Cosplay}} were happening long before many such shows even began production, for a start. There have been many fanzines and PodCast stuff has emerged more recently. FanWork was also a major feature, a number of official BigFinish Creator/BigFinish audio plays having their origins as works from the fan [[DoctorWhoAudioVisuals AudioVisuals series]]. Creator/MarkGatiss and a number of the above have also worked on semi-pro audio and visuals, not quite official and intended for a niche market, yet intended to make a profit. Pore through older issues of ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' and you will see many familiar names in the letters columns and on the by-lines of articles and comics.



* '''Creator/NicholasBriggs''', who has, in the past done ''everything'' you can imagine in spin-off media, among other things running [[DoctorWhoAudioVisuals Audio Visuals]] and playing the Doctor in those selfsame productions. He now voices the Daleks and currently runs BigFinish.
* The nearly as prolific '''Gary Russell''', also connected with [=AudioVisuals=]. He used to run BigFinish and script-edited ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Doctor Who'' itself.

to:

* '''Creator/NicholasBriggs''', who has, in the past done ''everything'' you can imagine in spin-off media, among other things running [[DoctorWhoAudioVisuals Audio Visuals]] and playing the Doctor in those selfsame productions. He now voices the Daleks and currently runs BigFinish.Creator/BigFinish.
* The nearly as prolific '''Gary Russell''', also connected with [=AudioVisuals=]. He used to run BigFinish Creator/BigFinish and script-edited ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Doctor Who'' itself.



* '''Marc Platt''', a Classic and BigFinish writer who contributed FanFic and/or nonfiction work to {{Fanzine}}s before they worked on the actual series.

to:

* '''Marc Platt''', a Classic and BigFinish Creator/BigFinish writer who contributed FanFic and/or nonfiction work to {{Fanzine}}s before they worked on the actual series.
19th Dec '13 3:16:10 PM LongLiveHumour
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Fans had to go through the 16-year hiatus until 2005, resulting in a large amount of creative work during this time and licenced SpinOff media. Probably the key SpinOff material that held the ExpandedUniverse - and the fans - together for so long, however, were the official spin-off novels produced by Virgin Publishing. The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures series continued the adventures of the Seventh Doctor, the Doctor at the time of cancellation, and the Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures covered the previous six. Following the 1996 TV Movie, the BBC's own in-house publishing division took over (with two lines split between [[Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures the adventures of the Eighth Doctor]] and [[Literature/PastDoctorAdventures the adventures of his predecessors]]). Themselves a progression from [[Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations novelisations of the TV series]], the novel ranges clearly took the Doctor into more adult waters as the writers, who were nearly all fans, thus making the lines in many ways examples of Officially Published FanFiction, began to explore him and his universe more closely. Many of the writers of the new series, including Creator/PaulCornell, Creator/MarkGatiss and RussellTDavies, who eventually brought it back, wrote novels for the range.

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Fans had to go through the 16-year hiatus until 2005, resulting in a large amount of creative work during this time and licenced SpinOff media. Probably the key SpinOff material that held the ExpandedUniverse - and the fans - together for so long, however, were the official spin-off novels produced by Virgin Publishing. The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures series continued the adventures of the Seventh Doctor, the Doctor at the time of cancellation, and the Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures covered the previous six. Following the 1996 TV Movie, the BBC's own in-house publishing division took over (with two lines split between [[Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures the adventures of the Eighth Doctor]] and [[Literature/PastDoctorAdventures the adventures of his predecessors]]). Themselves a progression from [[Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations novelisations of the TV series]], the novel ranges clearly took the Doctor into more adult waters as the writers, who were nearly all fans, thus making the lines in many ways examples of Officially Published FanFiction, began to explore him and his universe more closely. Many of the writers of the new series, including Creator/PaulCornell, Creator/MarkGatiss and RussellTDavies, Creator/RussellTDavies, who eventually brought it back, wrote novels for the range.
3rd Dec '13 9:39:40 AM LongLiveHumour
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* '''One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven''': As an example, where formerly fans would refer to, say, [[PeterDavison Peter Davison's]] Doctor as the Fifth Doctor, or, umm, "Peter Davison's Doctor". Younger fans would tend to refer to him as 5, Five or even Fivey. The same goes for the others.

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* '''One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven''': As an example, where formerly fans would refer to, say, [[PeterDavison [[Creator/PeterDavison Peter Davison's]] Doctor as the Fifth Doctor, or, umm, "Peter Davison's Doctor". Younger fans would tend to refer to him as 5, Five or even Fivey. The same goes for the others.
18th Nov '13 2:33:57 AM eviltwin531
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** ''Even though'' the character was credited as "Doctor Who" on screen from 1963 to 1981, and again in 2005...

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** ''Even though'' the character was credited as "Doctor Who" on screen from 1963 to 1981, and again in 2005... Not to mention that a lot of members of the cast and crew will infrequently refer to the character as "Doctor Who," especially in more mainstream interviews, no doubt because of the fact that, without prior knowledge, "The Doctor" as a title is very generic.
30th Sep '13 4:43:45 AM OldManHoOh
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* Certain elements display a tendency to get a bit paranoid about the possibility of anything, whether elements of the series itself or the fan / public reaction to it, that might lead possibly lead to the intimation that there might be any suggestion of cancellation, possibly because of the numerous elements and gradual sense of decay which led to the program's eventual hiatus in 1989 and the agonising 16 year wait until a full series was produced. This tends to lead to great overreactions whenever any missteps (or anything the over-reactor merely ''perceives'' as a misstep) occurs, however minor in nature.

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* Certain elements display a tendency to get a bit paranoid about the possibility of anything, whether elements of the series itself or the fan / public reaction to it, that might lead possibly lead to the intimation that there might be any suggestion of cancellation, possibly because of the numerous elements and gradual sense of decay which led to the program's eventual hiatus in 1989 and the agonising 16 year wait until a full series was produced. This tends to lead to great overreactions whenever any missteps (or anything the over-reactor merely ''perceives'' as a misstep) occurs, however minor in nature. In an interview with LetsPlay/NerdCubed, Creator/StevenMoffat has said that the reason the British media do so many scaremongering stories about the show's fate, at least at the time of his run as showrunner, is because they know the ''Doctor Who'' branding will sell more papers.
28th Sep '13 5:51:52 AM OldManHoOh
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* Certain elements display a tendency to get a bit paranoid about the possibility of anything, whether elements of the series itself or the fan / public reaction to it, that might lead possibly lead to the intimation that there might be any suggestion of cancellation, possibly because of the numerous elements and gradual sense of decay which led to the program's eventual hiatus in 1989 and the agonising 16 year wait for someone to determine the show worthy of bringing back on a regular basis as opposed to being a creaky, camp old relic. This tends to lead to great overreactions whenever any missteps (or anything the over-reactor merely ''perceives'' as a misstep) occurs, however minor in nature.

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* Certain elements display a tendency to get a bit paranoid about the possibility of anything, whether elements of the series itself or the fan / public reaction to it, that might lead possibly lead to the intimation that there might be any suggestion of cancellation, possibly because of the numerous elements and gradual sense of decay which led to the program's eventual hiatus in 1989 and the agonising 16 year wait for someone to determine the show worthy of bringing back on until a regular basis as opposed to being a creaky, camp old relic.full series was produced. This tends to lead to great overreactions whenever any missteps (or anything the over-reactor merely ''perceives'' as a misstep) occurs, however minor in nature.
28th Sep '13 5:22:21 AM Viira
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* Tend to be Britons, Australians or New Zealanders- the show was and is far more mainstream there. American and Canadian fans are not unheard of, but due to the series' traditionally limited exposure in North America they tend to be something of a minority [[hottip:*:Ontario may be a bit of an exception for Doctor Who fandom in Canada, as Classic Who was broadcast for many years on TV Ontario and the show is probably better known there.]] (although the new series seems to be gaining wider, if still limited, exposure there than the classic series managed). Tends to have received minimal-to-no exposure outside of these areas.

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* Tend to be Britons, Australians or New Zealanders- the show was and is far more mainstream there. American and Canadian fans are not unheard of, but due to the series' traditionally limited exposure in North America they tend to be something of a minority [[hottip:*:Ontario [[note]]Ontario may be a bit of an exception for Doctor Who fandom in Canada, as Classic Who was broadcast for many years on TV Ontario and the show is probably better known there.]] [[/note]] (although the new series seems to be gaining wider, if still limited, exposure there than the classic series managed). Tends to have received minimal-to-no exposure outside of these areas.
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