YMMV: Doctor Who Expanded Universe


Pages for individual parts of the Expanded Universe:

Tropes shared by most parts of the Expanded Universe:

  • Archive Panic / Continuity Lock-Out: Practically every long-running section of the Expanded Universe ends up suffering from these.
  • Broken Base: The feuding among fans about which Expanded Universe works or sub-continuities are good and which ones are horrific parodies of the franchise that don't deserve to carry the name. The factions can be divided according to a scheme invented by the writer Gareth Roberts in the nineties, which has two orthogonal axes. On the one axis you have "Rads", who like works which do things that would never happen on the TV show, whether that involves impossible scale escalation, modernist or post-modernist experiments with form or style, or explicit exploration of sexual relationships; versus "Trads", who want works that would have worked just as well as normal stories from the TV-show era where they're set. On the other hand, you have "Guns", who want stories set on Crapsack Worlds in which everybody is a complete bastard including the Doctor and everyone except the regulars dies as gruesomely and graphically as possible, with it being very unclear at the end if anything good might have been achieved; versus "Frocks", who want stories with happy endings and lots of jokes. There is a slight bias towards the Rads-Guns and Trads-Frocks regions of the graph, but significant numbers of fans can be found in all four quadrants.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Some of the writers seem to make a point of undoing as many happy endings from the TV series as possible, as well as killing off TV characters. This is particularly an issue in the prose Seventh and Eighth Doctor novels, and latter-day Big Finish.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The novel Harvest of Time involves the Doctor having to save various incarnations of the Master from the Monster of the Week, the Sild. One of those incarnations is female. And wouldn't you know...