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Fandom: Doctor Who


Doctor Who began with a BBC television series, first broadcast in 1963. There are also books (BBC and non-BBC), comics, a tv movie, and audio dramas.

The fandom in general tends to base its spoiler etiquette around the date each episode is first broadcast in the United Kingdom however some people choose to include spoiler warnings even on material which has been around for over four decades because there's an understanding that not every fan has enjoyed every moment of 48 years of canon (but those spoiler warnings are more likely on specific story reviews than in general discussion). Caveat lector.

crack_van has a useful overview of the main tv canon (spoilers obviously).

There are, at the time of posting, over a hundred lj communities dedicated to various aspects of Doctor Who fandom and that's only the anglophone coms so this overview includes a variety of the more active coms, for various fan interests, but there are always more out there.



General

who_daily is a regular newsletter full of links.

doctorwho is for general discussion, news, and fanworks.

tardis_children is a general Doctor Who community suitable for children.

dwcanon_fodder is for asking and answering canon related questions.

drwho_america is for U.S. fans.

dw_aus is for Australian fans.

dwdaily_ru is a Russian language Doctor Who community.

who_is_german is a German language community.

mechantloup is a francophone Doctor Who community.

doctorwho_spain is a Spanish language community.

new_who is primarily for Doctor Who from 2005 onwards.

classicwho is for Doctor Who from 1963-1996 and relevant offshoots.

_drwho_ is another general community.

thetardis is another general community.

sortofyeah is another general community.

multi_who is another general community.

dw_nerds is a community for serious discussion.

welovenewdrwho is another general community.

simply_who is another general community.

dw_academy is another general community.

capslock_tardis is for CAPSLOCKED posts.

whodux is a new Who rewatch community.

There are at least 10 more smaller and/or less active general Doctor Who communities currently on lj.



'Shipper

loves_them_all is a community for fans interested in the relationships between the Doctor and his companions.

eleven_amy is for fans of the relationship between the Doctor and Amy Pond.

doctor_donna is for fans of the relationship between the Doctor and Donna Noble.

smith_n_jones is a community for fans interested in the relationship between the Doctor and Martha Jones

jackmartha is for fans interested in the relationship between Jack Harkness and Martha Jones.

tenmarthajack is a community for fans interested in the relationship between the tenth Doctor, Martha Jones and Jack Harkness.

tenxjack is for fans interested in the relationship between the Doctor and Jack Harkness.

wintercompanion is a challenge community for fans interested in the relationship between the Doctor and Jack Harkness.

better_with_3 is for fans interested in the relationship between the Doctor, Rose Tyler, and Jack Harkness.

betterwiththree is for fans interested in the relationship between the Doctor, Rose Tyler, and Jack Harkness.

available_very is for fans interested in the relationship between Rose Tyler and Jack Harkness.

the_spdn is a newsletter for fans interested in the relationship between the Doctor and Rose Tyler.

time_and_chips is a community for fans interested in the relationship between the Doctor and Rose Tyler.

weweretogether is a community for fans interested in the relationship between the Doctor and Rose Tyler.

quite_right_too is for recommendations of fan fiction featuring the relationship between the Doctor and Rose Tyler.

dwrewatch is a rewatching community for fans interested in the relationship between the Doctor and Rose Tyler.

ten_n_tyler is community for fans interested in the relationship between the tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler.

hearts_in_time is community for fans interested in the relationship between the ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler.

nine_rose is another community for fans interested in the relationship between the ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler.

eight_rose_love is a for fans interested in the relationship between the eighth Doctor and Rose Tyler.

slash_lords is a community for fans interested in the relationship between the Doctor and the Master.

best_enemies is another community for fans interested in the relationship between the Doctor and the Master.

thesaxons is for fans of the relationship between Harold and Lucy Saxon.

fireplace_man is for fans of the relationship between the Doctor and Reinette.

my_sarah_jane is a community for fans interested in the relationship between the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith.

otp_probably is for fans interested in the relationship between the Doctor and Romana.

the_chestertons is a community for fans interested in the relationship between Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton.

who_otp is for fans interested in any other Who relationships.

There are at least 8 more 'shipper communities currently on lj.



Fan Fiction

dw_recs is a community for fan fiction recommendations.

calufrax is for recommendations from the Teaspoon archive.

dw_britglish is for fan fiction writers and others who want to ask questions about English like what she is spoke in the Whoniverse.

who_beta is for fan fiction writers to find betas.

dw_ficsearch is a fan fiction finding community.

dwfiction is for fan fiction of any length.

dw100 is a weekly drabble challenge community.

dw_slash is for slash fan fiction although there's also...

doctorslashjack for slash fan fiction featuring the Doctor and Jack Harkness and...

timeslipping for slash fan fiction featuring two or more Doctors and...

dw_femslash for slash fan fiction featuring female characters.

elevenfic for fan fiction featuring the eleventh Doctor

marthajonesfic is for fan fiction featuring Martha Jones.

sarahjane_fic is for fan fiction featuring Sarah Jane Smith.

solid_leather is for kinky fan fiction.

dw05_smut is for smutty fan fiction featuring a specific set of pairings.

ipswich is for dark fan fiction.

dw_crossovers is for crossover fan fiction and essays.

dw_podfic is a community for audio fan fiction.

One of the more popular archives of Doctor Who fan fiction outside lj is A Teaspoon and an Open Mind which also has an lj support community whofic.

There are at least 14 further Doctor Who fan fiction communities currently on lj and also many ficathons.



Icons

dwicons is an icon community with well maintained memories and tags.

whoicons is another icon community.

elevenicons is for icons of the eleventh Doctor.

_fantasticons is for icons from the 2005 series and beyond.

dwicons100 is a 100 icon challenge community.

dw_stillness is another challenge community.

dwo_stillness is another challenge community.

dw_epicontest is another challenge community.

whochorus is another challenge community.

There are at least 4 further Doctor Who icon communities currently on lj.



Fan Art, Crafts and Pictures

crafty_tardis is for fan handicrafts.

who_knits is for fan knitting.

500year_diary is for fan art.

dw_fanart is another community for fan art.

dw_wallpaper is for wallpapers and other graphics.

smile_a_smile is a challenge community for graphics (including icons).

ihasatardis is for cat macros.

dw_pics is for pictures.

dw_manips is for pictures manipulated to include the Doctor.

There is at least 1 further Doctor Who fan art community currently on lj.



Fan Videos

dwfanvids is for fan videos.



Fan Toy Photo Adventures

mini_doctor is for the photo adventures of fan's Doctor Who toys.



Fan Mixes

rftardis is for fan mixes.



Character Specific

doctoreleven is for fans of the eleventh Doctor.

the_11th_doctor is also for fans of the eleventh Doctor.

pond_life is for fans of the eleventh Doctor's companion Amy Pond.

rory_fans is for fans of the eleventh Doctor's companion Rory Williams.

10thdoctor is for fans of the tenth Doctor.

the_tenth is also for fans of the tenth Doctor.

professor_song is for fans of Professor River Song.

gijenny is for fans of the Doctor's daughter Jenny.

marriedonmars is for fans of the tenth Doctor's companion Donna Noble.

doc_donna_daily is for pictures of the tenth Doctor and Donna.

saxonvoters is for fans of renegade Time Lords such as the Master and the Rani.

mr_saxon is for fans of Harold Saxon

lifeonmartha is for fans of the tenth Doctor's companion Martha Jones.

martha_and_rose is for fans of Martha Jones and Rose Tyler.

rose_lives is for fans of Rose Tyler.

galactic_conman is for fans of Jack Harkness.

leftbehind__ is for fans of Mickey Smith.

sjadventures is for fans of Sarah Jane Smith.

nine_love is for fans of the ninth Doctor.

halfhumandoctor is for fans of the eighth Doctor.

zagreuswaits is for fans of the eighth Doctor audios.

henriettastreet is for fans of the eighth Doctor novels.

charleysangels is for fans of the eighth Doctor's companion Charley Pollard.

luciemillertime is for fans of the eighth Doctor's companion Lucie Miller.

act_three is for fans of the eighth Doctor's companion Fitz Kreiner.

seventh_doctor is for fans of the seventh Doctor.

ace_fans is for fans of the seventh Doctor's companion Ace.

amongthedeadmen is for fans of the seventh Doctor's companion Professor Bernice Summerfield.

hex_rated is for fans of the seventh Doctor's companion Hector Schofield.

mb_modem is for fans of the companion Mel.

thesixthdoctor is for fans of the sixth Doctor.

evelyn_fans is for fans of the sixth Doctor's companion Evelyn (audios only).

couldbeplatinum is for fans of the companion Peri.

davison_era is for fans of the fifth Doctor.

gingerminx is for fans of the fifth Doctor's companion Turlough.

earthshocked is for fans of the companion Adric.

xmouth_on_legsx is for fans of the fifth Doctor's companion Tegan.

empireoftraken is for fans of the fifth Doctor's companion Nyssa.

doctor_four is for fans of the fourth Doctor.

romanafen is for fans of the fourth Doctor's companion Romana.

janus_thorns is for fans of the fourth Doctor's companion Leela.

worksonsailors is for fans of the fourth Doctor's companion Harry Sullivan.

unit_family is for fans of U.N.I.T.

venusianaikido is for fans of the third Doctor.

trap_one is for fans of the third Doctor's companion Jo Grant.

legsofscience is for fans of the third Doctor's companion Liz Shaw.

two_love is for fans of the second Doctor.

futuregenius is for fans of the second Doctor's companion Zoe Heriot.

flying_beasties is for fans of the second Doctor's companion Jamie McCrimmon.

oh_fiddle is for fans of the second Doctor's companion Victoria Waterfield.

heydollyrocker is for fans of the companions Ben Jackson and Polly Wright.

dw_hartnell is for fans of the first Doctor.

unearthy_child is for fans of the Doctor's granddaughter and companion Susan Foreman.

girl_doctor is a comparatively popular alternative Whoniverse in which the Doctor is female.

There are at least 7 more character specific Doctor Who communities currently on lj.

There are also communities dedicated to some of the actors who've appeared in the series and some of the writers.



Transcripts and Quotations

Who Transcripts has a related lj community allthat_hopping.

drwho_wisdom is for quotations from Doctor Who.

whoquotes is for metaquotes from fandom.

There's at least 1 further script community and 1 further quote community currently on lj.



Bookclub

dwbookclub is a book club for book discussions.



Audios

bigfinishlove is for fans of the Big Finish audios.

bf_listen_again is a community for relistening to the Big Finish audios.



Costuming and Cosplay

dw_cosplay is a costuming and cosplay community.



Role Playing Games

relativespace

dwdressingroom

gallifrey

rpgwho

time_and_crack

There are at least 6 further Doctor Who rpgs currently on lj and many multiversal rpgs.

sages_of_chaos is a vast multi-player rpg for any and all characters.



Sarah Jane Adventures (Doctor Who spin-off 2006)

soniclipstick is a Sarah Jane newsletter.

sjadventures is a general Sarah Jane community.

sarahjane_fic is for Sarah Jane Smith fan fiction.

sjs_daily_pic posts a picture of Sarah Jane daily.

sja_icontest is a Sarah Jane Adventures icon contest.

my_sarah_jane ia a community for fans interested in the relationship between the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith.

bubble_shock is a community for fans of Luke and Clyde.



Torchwood (Doctor Who spin-off 2006)

The newbieguide to Torchwood fandom on LJ is here.



In the Whoniverse beyond LJ

The official BBC website.

The BBC website for the pre-2005 series.

The news from the BBC website has a syndicated lj feed.

There have also been many official BBC tie-in websites for the series since 2005 as well as pages run by local broadcasters around the world.

The well-known Outpost Gallifrey has a newsfeed.

The Tachyon TV blog also has an lj feed.



Compiler's Note

I've tried to include relatively active communities with open membership (excepting the rpgs which have restricted memberships for understandable reasons).

Please help me keep this up to date by commenting with any broken links, new communities, inactive communities, etc. Thank you.

Last updated: 14/5/10.
Tags: doctor who, overview, sarah jane adventures
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