Template talk:Russell T Davies
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Proposal to remove Doctor Who episodes
I think this template would be better off without the comprehensive list of Doctor Who episodes Davies has written. Davies was the head writer of the show for five years, so he oversaw, influenced, and executive produced all episodes in the era, with 32 writing credits to his name, and an unknowable number of uncredited rewrites. In cases where a notable writer pens a script or two (such as Template:Neil Gaiman), it's useful to include their episode articles directly, since their authorship is a large component of the episode's notability and it's meaningful to navigate between the episode and the writer's other works. In the case of Davies, his influence is not on individual episodes so much as the show itself. An episode in this era being credited to Davies is not the default as such, but it's close enough as to make navigation based on his writing credit meaningless for most users. The main Doctor Who article is transcluded in Davies's template instead.
To summarise: I think television series articles should only be transcluded in the navboxes of creators/showrunners, and that episode articles should only be transcluded in the navboxes of guest writers/directors. Do people think this is generally a good idea?
@Sceptre: I'd completely forgotten that I was the one who added the episodes – thanks for the reminder! To be fair, it was over a year ago, and it seems I was trying to consolidate the main Davies template with one someone had created specifically for Davies's Doctor Who episodes. Now I think we'd be better off without the latter template at all. Perhaps I should have come to the talk page first – it's quite difficult to make a comprehensive case for something like this in an edit summary! —Flax5 18:16, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
- As an additional illustration that this system isn't practical, consider Template:Joss Whedon. It's a neat enough navbox transcluding the TV series he created and episodes of other shows he directed, but if it were to transclude each episode on which he has a writing credit, it would be bloated by the addition of 28 Buffy episodes, and heaven knows what else. —Flax5 22:43, 26 January 2015 (UTC)