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Long after leaving televised Doctor Who, K9 was the subject of new stories unbound by the Doctor or the BBC — even on television!

Since its beginning in 1963, Doctor Who has spawned a number of spin-offs that do not feature the Doctor as the main character, or, indeed at all.

These can be separated into two distinct categories: productions officially licensed by the BBC, whose lack of use of the Doctor or their TARDIS are a stylistic choice; and ones created without BBC involvement, grown around an element of the DWU owned by another party.

While some series spin off directly from a Doctor Who-branded work, spinoffs can themselves engender spinoffs. The sum total of Doctor Who's licensed "descendance", provided they pass our four little rules of validity, comprise the DWU as we define it.

Officially licensed by the BBC[]

Television[]

K9 and Company[]

Main article: K9 and Company (TV series)

Torchwood[]

Main article: Torchwood (TV series)

The Sarah Jane Adventures[]

Main article: The Sarah Jane Adventures

Class[]

Main article: Class (TV series)

Prose[]

Souvenir Press Ltd[]

World Distributors Ltd[]

Target Books[]

BBC Books[]

Panini Comics[]

Audio[]

Silver Fist/Who Dares[]

Big Finish[]

Main article: Big Finish Doctor Who audio spin-offs

Comics[]

Marvel UK[]

Main article: DWM backup comic stories

Officially licensed from individual copyright holders[]

Beginning in 1987 with the release of Wartime by Reeltime Pictures, a number of professionally produced spin-off films and audio dramas have been produced. As noted above, these differ from BBC and Big Finish productions in that they usually only feature characters or monsters not owned by the BBC, but rather licensed from their creators. Some spin-offs are original works using original character strongly suggested by characters in Doctor Who (such as The Stranger). In many cases, original cast members from Doctor Who reprised their TV roles for these films and several involved behind-the-scenes veterans of the series (for example, Christopher Barry, who co-directed the very first Daleks story in 1963-64, directed Downtime).

A number of writers and actors involved in these productions later went on to work with BBC licensed Doctor Who spinoffs such as the Big Finish Productions audio dramas, and even on the revived Doctor Who series itself when it returned to TV in 2005 (most notably Nicholas Briggs and Mark Gatiss). By way of comparison, these spin-off productions, often classified as fan films, are in spirit similar to the professionally made fan films based upon the Star Trek franchise that began to emerge in the early 2000s when the rights holders for Star Trek relaxed their restrictions. However, unlike the Star Trek fan films, all of the productions listed below were fully licensed.

Television[]

Metal Mutt Productions[]

Video[]

Reeltime Pictures[]

BBV Productions[]

Audio[]

BBV Productions[]

Magic Bullet Productions[]

BBC Radio 4[]

Bafflegab Productions[]

Prose[]

Sparrow Books[]

Virgin Books[]

Mad Norwegian Press[]

Allison & Busby[]

Random Static[]

Telos Publishing[]

Big Finish Productions[]

Obverse Books[]

The Berkeley Publishing Group[]

Firefly Press[]

Candy Jar Books[]

Thebes Publishing[]

Meteoric Books[]

Arcbeatle Press[]

Snowbooks Ltd[]

Ce Acatl[]

Comics[]

TV Century 21[]

Marvel UK[]

Image Comics[]

Graveyard Shift Comics[]

Comeuppance Comics[]

Meteoric Books[]

Lucky Comics[]

Telos Publishing[]

Cutaway Comics[]

Non-fiction spin-offs[]

BBC[]

Since the revival of the Doctor Who franchise in 2005, several ongoing non-fiction series have been commissioned to supplement the main programmes. All primarily featured behind-the-scenes documentary coverage of production, but some also served as the venue for the release of some new licensed Doctor Who fiction: Totally Doctor Who included a serialised form of the animated serial The Infinite Quest, and The Fan Show frequently included more-or-less developed humorous skits.

Reeltime Pictures[]

Mad Norwegian Press[]

Obverse Books[]

Other[]

Devious[]

Devious is an incomplete privately made fan film notable for featuring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor in his final known performance in the role. Audio of Pertwee was reused by Big Finish Productions for the audio drama Zagreus. In 2009, a 12-minute excerpt/trailer from the production, featuring the extant footage of Pertwee, and which cannot really be deemed a complete narrative in its own right, was released by BBC Video with the DVD release of The War Games.

Notwithstanding a few Reeltime-produced comedy skits included in previous DVD sets, this makes Devious to date the only fan/unofficial spin-off to actually be released by the BBC. It is not, however, by far, the only unlicensed spin-off project to have featured a DWU actor returning to their original part in an unauthorised context.

Non-DWU spin-offs[]

Some series feature characters and/or elements that originated in a Doctor Who universe story but do not pass this wiki's four little rules and as such are not considered valid; in some cases, their connection to Doctor Who is even so tenuous that they are not even covered on the Wiki at all.

BBC[]

BBV[]

Big Finish[]

Epic Comics[]

Obverse Books[]

Radio Static[]

Snowbooks Ltd[]

Bafflegab Productions[]

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