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K-12 students study Doctor Who in Anchorage, Alaska[edit]

I'm not sure if this can (or should) be worked into the article, but in the Spring of 2015, students at Polaris K-12 School (draft) had a chance to study Doctor Who in a 2-week "intensive" inter-semester mini-course. See , , , and for more information. Perhaps if there are other examples of Doctor Who being studied as either an academic subject or as a "hook/theme" for some other class, a section could be created. With just this one example though, it's WP:TRIVIA. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 00:26, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 14 September 2015[edit]

I would like to edit where the writer has stated that the sonic screwdriver is a weapon. In The Day Of The Doctor (2013) the War Doctor (played by John Hurt) specifically says "They're screwdrivers, what're you gonna do? assemble a cabinet at them" Wowdom1 (talk) 01:52, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

The only reference to the sonic screwdriver in this article is in the Premise section: "using only his ingenuity and minimal resources, such as his versatile sonic screwdriver". I'm not entirely sure what you're requesting? Alex|The|Whovian 02:09, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
I am against such a change in wording - there were instances where he used the Sonic Screwdriver as a weapon against mechanical monsters. I don't have a specific recollection in mind, but it happened more than once. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 03:41, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

Most recent episode[edit]

This page still lack a prominent link - ideally in the infobox - the the most recent episode. We should add one. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 21:33, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

Why? We're not a TV guide. -- [[User:Edokter]] {{talk}} 21:48, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
Straw man - my comment has nothing to do with us being a TV guide. We should include such a link because it's a relevant fact about the brand; and to help readers who, when about to watch, or having watched, the episode, type "dr who" into a search engine, end up at this article. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 21:54, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
Prominently displaying the latest episode is the function of a TV guide. An encyclopaedia is about every episode and no single episode is given undue weight. DonQuixote (talk) 21:57, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
I agree with the above two opposing views. Your comment has everything to do with us being a TV guide - being able to come to the article and look up the most recent episode(s) is exactly that. We have a link to the list of serials and episodes already - is it so hard to scroll to the bottom of that? Your request for a link to the most recent episode is completely unfounded and based on no necessary or beneficial requirements without providing clutter against policy. Alex|The|Whovian 01:09, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
Once again: this has nothing to do with us being a TV guide. TV guides don't habitually list the last episode of a series, even after the series ends, but rather a forthcoming episode, if any, with the time of broadcast, in chronological list of programmes, sorted by channel and by day. I suggest nothing of the kind. And yes, it is much harder to find the most recent episode by finding a link to the list of episodes, following it, waiting for it to load, scrolling to the bottom, and then working backwards because the most recent episode is not the last one listed there; than it would be to to find and follow the kind of link I propose. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 16:33, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
This is not needed. Per WP:NOTDIR Wikipedia is not an electronic program guide. There are plenty of other ways for a reader to get to an article for each episode including typing its name in the search box. MarnetteD|Talk 17:07, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
And again: this has nothing to do with us being a programme guide. You suppose that the reader will know the episode title. There is no basis for making such an assumption. Indeed, the reader may be looking for that information. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 17:13, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
And again it does ask the infobox to become a programme guide which is not what it is designed for. Perhaps you missed the part of my sentence "plenty of other ways" including using the search box. List of Doctor Who serials is easily available. Wikipedia is not the only place to search for the most recent episode - or the one before that - or one from last year for that matter. Since things are not "broken" in this situation I see no reason to implement this alleged "fix." MarnetteD|Talk 17:27, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
<reduce indent> I'd support this. We list the most recent occurrence of sports events in infoboxes (eg FIFA World Cup; Davis Cup, Tour de France). It doesn't have to be any more prominent than it is on those articles, but I can see how it would be useful to some editors who want to discover more about a programme by founding out where it is currently at. I don't think that this contravenes WP:NOTDIR. That states that

Wikipedia articles are not... Directories, directory entries, electronic program guide, or a resource for conducting business. For example, an article on a broadcaster should not list upcoming events, current promotions, current schedules, etc.

This proposal is not about listing anything as a feature of the page - it's providing a discreet link to one article, in the infobox or somewhere similar.Super Nintendo Chalmers (talk) 18:37, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
This article (Doctor Who) is not the place for such a thing. The place for such a thing is in the most recent series, currently Doctor Who (series 9), or, where a special is newer than the most recent episode in a series, in List of Doctor Who serials. Since the structure of both the "series #" articles and the page List of Doctor Who serials already makes it very easy to find the most recent episode (assuming you know what day today is), there is nothing more that needs to be done. Having said that, it would be marginally useful to add parameters to the infobox for each of the "season" article's infoboxes that listed the title and date of the first and most recently aired episodes. However if there is already a precedent for not putting this info in "season" infoboxes then it should not be added to the Doctor Who "season" infoboxes without a general discussion in the relevant "Television" or "Entertainment" WikiProjects. I did not check to see if there is any consistency with having this info in "season" infoboxes or if it's inconsistent enough that we can make a "local decision." If there is no Wiki-wide consistency then I won't add the info myself but I won't object to someone else adding it as long as it "looks good" and it's kept up to date. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 20:51, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

New Season[edit]

A new season of the show came out on the Saturday of last week. The first episode of the new season 9 is called, "The Magician's Apprentice", and stars Jenna Coleman as "Clara Oswin Oswald", and Peter Capaldi as "The Twelfth Doctor". If you have any questions, go to my talk page. Thank you. -DoctorWhoLover11 — Preceding unsigned comment added by DoctorWhoLover11 (talkcontribs) 16:30, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

I'm not sure what this is about? The Series 9 page already exists, as does the "The Magician's Apprentice" page. Alex|The|Whovian 16:37, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

A typo that needs correcting[edit]

The 4 in "There have since been eight further series in 2006–2008 and 2010–2014" should be changed to 5. I'd change it if the article weren't semi-protected (not that it shouldn't be). (talk) 09:38, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Alex|The|Whovian 09:46, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

Bias in opening paragraphs[edit]

The opening paragraphs of this page are notably biased towards the more recent ten years of the program for unclear reasons. While this has been where the show has gained the move global success, it seems odd that the most that can be said about the Classic series here is that it once existed, "from 1963 to 1989." The paragraph then goes on to describe nearly every casting change which occurred on the show between 2005 and 2013, from companions to Doctors.

I'm not asking for much here -- I get that to the average viewer and editor, every Doctor in the classic series is not necessarily noteworthy. Despite this, I don't think that it would be much to have the discussion of the first twenty five years of the show to at least pan more than one sentence -- it would be best to at least discuss the start of the show, the original cast and producers, before going on to discuss the changes brought by at least Troughton and Tom Baker. If we're not going to do that, we should trim the header down to contain less specific details about the 2005-2015 run. OttselSpy25 (talk) 04:44, 6 November 2015 (UTC)

It's been precisely fifteen days since I posted this. If there is no controversy on the issue by the 25th I will add two or so sentences to the page. OttselSpy25 (talk) 07:11, 21 November 2015 (UTC)
If Davies and Eccleston are mentioned in the lead section then Newman, Lambert and Hartnell certainly should be. —Flax5 08:30, 23 November 2015 (UTC)
I agree with the issue identified, but I don't think the solution is to only add content - leads need to be concise. I'd remove the sentences "The first series of the 21st century featured Christopher Eccleston in the title role and was produced by the BBC. Series two and three had some development money contributed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), which was credited as a co-producer". I'd then add a note on Newman and Lambert as creators. I'd avoid adding mentions of any doctors, other than the incumbent. Super Nintendo Chalmers (talk) 09:31, 23 November 2015 (UTC)