Talk:List of Doctor Who serials

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Q: Why are early series called seasons? In British English we have TV series.
A: Most sites, such as BBC's Classic Episode Guide, OG, and A Brief History, use the term "season" for the classic series". There's a longer discussion here. This has links to the previous discussions.
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I have to start by offering a great big apology to GraemeLeggett for getting the order of the BRD wrong. Now IMO the trims were beneficial. If readers want more info about the various series and their Doctors that is what the links are for. The previous version has a bit of WP:POV as it is one view of each of thoses eras - there are numerous other items that could be included or removed for that matter. There is also that old "In v Out" universe stuff but I think that is minimal. While I prefer the shorter version if consensus is to keep the longer version that is fine. Again many apologies to GL. MarnetteD|Talk 23:51, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

Absolutely keep it short - articles point is clearly a list of episodes. Cheers, Dresken (talk) 23:56, 5 June 2017 (UTC)
I offer by way of contrast to the idea of 'just the list' List_of_battlecruisers_of_the_Royal_Navy which is a featured list with summary text in each section, and a substantial lede. There is a narrative to the way the series panned out over the years, the change in frequency and format and a few sentences at the start of each section give context to the table content, which is of itself mostly dates and numbers. We can only presume that readers are looking to find an episode somewhere in relation to others within this article, and the summaries act as navigational points across the article and could help a reader know if the series is the one they are interested in. Further, the actual additional content does not unbalance the article. GraemeLeggett (talk) 05:37, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
An important distinction: there is sourced details in each of the short blurbs for the battlecruisers. While I am certain you can source some details, the level of detail in each that was trimmed is going to be very hard to do so, or it is going to be imbalanced towards the revived series. A sentence or two at most to help orient a reader ("This is when X became the new Doctor", "This is when so-and-so was a companion", "This is that series about the cracks in the universe") is good, but any more is overkill. --MASEM (t) 06:08, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
So, as the editor who removed the content, I did so because I believe that it's unnecessary both here and in the season articles, where the primary objective of this article is to exist as a list. I recommend taking a read of all of the summaries given; personally, I don't believe that the regular reader cares much for who returned as a producer of each season, or the script editors, or the fact that "This season was moved to a Monday schedule" and "The series was moved to Wednesdays". At the same time, I didn't delete the summaries at the start of each Doctor-section of "The X Doctor was portrayed by Y." Also, why do some seasons have a summary above the table, but some do not? There's a lack of consistency there. As for the edit, I removed the content while specifically declaring it a WP:BOLD edit, as I did assume that it would likely be reverted, which I've no issues with, hence my own revert as well. It did start this discussion, after all. -- AlexTW 07:36, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
As the one doing the initial revert, I am in agreement with GraemeLeggett here. "Keep it short" is a nice idea in principle but lists, especially featured ones, should be useful in itself without forcing readers to read all linked articles (see also WP:FL? #3(a)). That's why they are superior to categories. A short paragraph that describes a Doctor's tenure (like the one for Hartnell) are helpful to readers who which to get a short summary of the serials without having to read the season articles themselves while being short enough to not impede the list's primary function. That said, I'm not averse to removing some of the text, especially when it concerns producers and script editors (unless really important). Maybe as a compromise we can keep the short paragraphs introducing each Doctor and describing their tenure as well as short summaries of the season where available (such as for season 8) while removing the paragraphs about the producers? Regards SoWhy 09:03, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

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