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Fandom: Doctor Who
by Humph (spiralsheep)
at February 25th, 2006 (04:27 pm)


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.

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Posted by: ¤~*Ice Queen*~¤ (butterbuns)
Posted at: January 13th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
¤H&M¤ Guess what?

...holy. crap. *stares*

Oh, and there's a pretty active RPG over at relativespace

Posted by: Humph (spiralsheep)
Posted at: January 13th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
Sarah Jane

Bah! You found the section I forgot to update on this list! It's on the other list and I'll add it here. Thank you for pointing it out. :-)

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Posted by: Humph (spiralsheep)
Posted at: January 14th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
spiralsheep TARDIS Wheeee!

You're welcome.

When I scroll through now it makes me boggle too. The first one I did was much shorter and then it grew... and escaped from the lab into the abandoned quarry... oh noes! ;-)

Posted by: almost certainly thinking about William Shatner (my_daroga)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
doctor who

Lovely list, thank you. But there's also capslock_tardis for those enamored of that method of communication.

Posted by: Humph (spiralsheep)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep 4 Jelly Baby

Thank you. I'll add it to the long list next time I update it.

Posted by: almost certainly thinking about William Shatner (my_daroga)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)

Posted by: doona_rose (doona_rose)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)

Hey, just for next time, you might want to include tennant_love. I realise we're not a Doctor Who comm per se. However, I think it's one of the most active discussion areas this season and perhaps a good idea.

But, of yourse, up to you. And you might not do one again.
Though this is fantastic.

Posted by: Humph (spiralsheep)
Posted at: April 10th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep TARDIS Wheeee!

I made an arbitrary decision to put the related but non-Who specific coms on the long list so tennant_love is there because I know how popular it is. I was trying to keep this guide as short as reasonably possible for total newbies on the assumption that people can look at the long list or their flist's profiles for more coms. ::looks at length of list and despairs::

I have sooo many new coms to add next time I update this. ^_^

Thank you for the tip though. I do sometimes miss things and we all have different priorities for our fannishness so it's useful to get another perspective. :-)

Posted by: Kiki (kikibug13)
Posted at: May 28th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)

*wandered in from the who_daily profile page*

OH WOW!!! Wonderful work, thank you so very much for taking the trouble to compile this!!!

*adds to memories*

Posted by: Humph (spiralsheep)
Posted at: May 28th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep TARDIS Wheeee!

You're welcome. :-)

Posted by: My love is like whoa (pretty_fits)
Posted at: May 30th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC)

Thanks for this. I'm just getting into the Who fandom and this helped tons!

Posted by: Humph (spiralsheep)
Posted at: May 30th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep TARDIS Wheeee!

You're welcome and I hope you enjoy our fandom. :-)

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Posted by: Humph (spiralsheep)
Posted at: June 5th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep TARDIS Wheeee!

It'll definitely go on the long list and it'll probably go on the newbie guide too next time I update them. Thank you very much for letting me know and don't forget to tell who_daily about your com so they can advertise it. :-)

Posted by: Jules (sakenichi)
Posted at: June 16th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
Rose

Hello :) What a lovely page! Could you be so kind as to add brisbanewho? We're the official LJ community for the Brisbane Doctor Who Fan Club (of Australia).

Posted by: Humph (spiralsheep)
Posted at: June 16th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep TARDIS Wheeee!

Thank you.

Yes, brisbanewho will go on the long list next time I update it. :-)

Posted by: Jules (sakenichi)
Posted at: June 17th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)

Posted by: Jules (sakenichi)
Posted at: August 5th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)

Posted by: Humph (spiralsheep)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)

Posted by: SG1Padawan (sg1padawan)
Posted at: July 8th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
dw; ten

What a fantastic list. I had no idea it existed! I foresee much time being spent visiting new comms. :)

Would you consider adding quite_right_too to the list? It's a comm for Doctor/Rose fic recs. Cheers!

Posted by: Humph (spiralsheep)
Posted at: July 8th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep TARDIS Wheeee!

I've added quite_right_too to the 'shipper section of the long list for now and if the com becomes busier then I'll add it to the short list when I next update. :-)

Posted by: A chair with a panda on it (amaresu)
Posted at: July 10th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)

That is awesome. Found one community that I had to wonder why I wasn't already a part of.

There is a community for fans of Susan, unearthy_child we are a small group though. And yes the name is misspelled.

Posted by: Humph (spiralsheep)
Posted at: July 10th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep Cybermen Old Skool

Thank you for the tip. I missed that com completely. It's not even in my bookmarks. I'll add unearthy_child to both lists today.

Posted by: tragic love junkie (enigmakat)
Posted at: July 14th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)

Hi! I recently started a community called 6degreesofdrwho where Doctor Who fans can discuss non-Whoniverse shows they've discovered because of the Doctor Who connection (like Jekyll, Blake's 7, Blackpool, etc.).

Thank you!

Posted by: Humph (spiralsheep)
Posted at: July 14th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep TARDIS Wheeee!

I'm a member! :-)

And the com is in my bookmarks to be added next time... if I can work out a category for it to be included in... ;-)

Posted by: I work, I function like i'm a girl. (okelay)
Posted at: July 26th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)

i think oh_she_knows is missing on the shipper part and quite_right_too is missing on the fic part
both are doctor/rose.

Posted by: Humph (spiralsheep)
Posted at: July 26th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep TARDIS Wheeee!

They're not missing. They're both on the long list. If they're busy enough when I next do a full update then they'll be added to the short list too although as this guide is aimed at newbies I try not to list closed coms (I don't know whether that applies to either of the coms you've listed because I haven't checked). Interim updates get done about 6 times a year but I only check every com on both lists and do a full update about twice a year. :-)

Posted by: feline paparatzzi (fahrbotdrusilla)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
dw - unexpected squee

marriedonmars Donna Noble comm

Posted by: Humph (spiralsheep)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
spiralsheep TARDIS Wheeee!

Yes, it's on both lists already under the "Character Specific" heading (near the top because I listed them roughly chronologically with the most recent characters first). :-)

Posted by: MinervaFan (minerva_fan)
Posted at: September 25th, 2007 11:02 am (UTC)
Dana - Squee!

Bless you and everything you stand for (except, you know, any icky stuff you might stand for....)

I have recently begun watching the new DW after years away from the show, and I'm finding myself hurtling backwards in time to high school and my obsession with Fourth Doctor-era DW. This list is awesome. Thank you so much for compiling it.

Posted by: Humph (spiralsheep)
Posted at: September 25th, 2007 11:58 am (UTC)
spiralsheep 4 Jelly Baby

Bless you and everything you stand for (except, you know, any icky stuff you might stand for....)

You're welcome (mwahahahaha!).

I haven't updated properly for a couple of months so there are a few coms missing. If you're a fourth Doctor fan then you might be especially interested in romanafen, which I don't recall having added yet. :-)

Posted by: JANE (I hide in RAINBOWS)!! (jb_wolfsies)
Posted at: December 20th, 2007 12:43 pm (UTC)
[DW] TIMELLAMA!!!

I have two that don't seem to be on the list:

house_meets_who: A comm specifically for House, MD/Doctor Who crossover fic/art/graphics/meta/etc.

leavethehaton: A Five/Ten comm, which is sort of a shipper comm, but also a comm focused on the 2007 Children In Need special.

Posted by: Humph (spiralsheep)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep TARDIS Wheeee!

The first one is on the long list: http://spiralsheep.livejournal.com/36781.html

The second one was too new to make it into the most recent updates. It's in my bookmarks for next time though.

Thank you for the tips. :-)

Posted by: JANE (I hide in RAINBOWS)!! (jb_wolfsies)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)

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