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There's very little debate that the character of Iris Wildthyme, as used in her Doctor Who-labelled crossovers, is a part of the DWU, and therefore something to be covered by this wiki.

Where it gets murkier are the books and audios where she's on her own. I think these should be put well outside our borders, because they are explicitly not in the DWU as stated by the publisher.

Here are some selections from the IW submission guidelines Obverse Books have on their webite, which can be found at http://obversebooks.co.uk/guide/.

  • Iris’ origins are shrouded in mystery, which is the way Iris likes it. The most recent theory suggests that she comes from the Clockworks, the home of a race of powerful but indolent technologically advanced aliens, situated in a separate universe to our own known as the Obverse. Some have hinted that it is the manner in which the people of the Clockworks merely record and not intervene which caused Iris to leave in her bus, looking for adventure and excitement. There have also been suggestions that there is something rotten in the Obverse, something which scares Iris for some reason…

So, her people are the "Clockworks" and explicitly not the Time Lords. Yes, we all know what "Clockworks" is code for, but no, code language isn't good enough — as has been established at forum:How do we best include Faction Paradox on the wiki? We also have a named other universe from which she apparently comes. And it ain't the DWU.

  • The Doctor, Time Lords, Cybermen and all that Jazz
Nowhere to be seen. Not even in jest. Nothing whose copyright belongs elsewhere, either BBC or Big Finish or Telos or whatever.
You can hint if it’s sufficiently subtle and deniable, but that’s about it. And it’d have to be pretty damn subtle and deniable, so calling them Cyberons or introducing a mysterious time travelling boyfriend called The Dentist isn’t going to work.

Heh, I like the dig at Bill Baggs here, but it's also fairly conclusive evidence that Obverse aren't playin' the same game as BBV or even Bernice Summerfield. They're not trying to remain in the DWU using only characters to which they have a license. This isn't P.R.O.B.E. where they've got permission for Liz Shaw — but not Benton — so they just fail to include Benton. Iris Wildthyme stories, at least by Obverse, just aren't in the DWU at all. They're taking a character out of the DWU and building a wholly new, and largely parodic, universe around that character. Which, again, is very different than what happens with Bernice Summerfield stuff.

It's more akin to what happened to Lucille Ball when she went from I Love Lucy to The Lucy Show. Yes, The Lucy Show basically still features Lucy Ricardo amd Ethel Mertz — only now they're both divorced and neither talks about her ex that much.

So I think all of it should go — save, again, for those things that happen in stories clearly branded with the Doctor Who logo. What do we do with it? Create another mini-wiki, I guess. It'd be pretty easy, given the pace of development at w:c:factionparadox over the last week.

Objections?
czechout@fandom   19:19: Fri 25 May 2012 

I used to wonder why Mary Tyler Moore had divorced Dick van Dyke -- clearly the marriage had crumbled when the boy had died and she needed to get as far away as possible. Why did she change her name though?

Here, though, Ms. Wildthyme has not bothered to change her name, not even to the extent that Lucy Ricardo did. It's still Ms. Wildthyme, even in those Big Finish productions where Katy Manning is voicing her and Jo Grant. Given the slovenly BBC attitude towards continuity, I think we have little reason to turn our noses up at Ms. Wildthyme and the issues of picking and choosing which set of adventures is canonical and which isn't. So, yeah, I object. Boblipton talk to me 20:56, May 25, 2012 (UTC)

I'm with Bob. The argument with Faction Paradox was that these weren't stories about Time Lords with TARDISes from Gallifrey, they're stories about members of the Great Houses with timeships from the Homeworld. The change in names was a sign of the change in universes.
That's not what Obverse is doing with Iris. they're just telling stories about what Iris is doing when she's not around the Doctor (or anything else owned by the BBC or anybody else). And Iris is still visiting the DCU on a semi-regular basis. To me, this seems very much like the Bernice Summerfield situation.
And it's worth remembering that the Clockworks backstory first appeared in a BBC-licensed Doctor Who novel, The Blue Angel. I'm not seeing the problem here. —Josiah Rowe talk to me 00:42, May 26, 2012 (UTC)
@Bob: Carol Brady didn't bother to changeher name for The Brady Bunch movies of the 1990s, but no one in their right mind would argue that Shelley Long is playing the same character as Florence Henderson. Christopher Reeve and Tom Welling both played a guy named Clark Kent whose real identity was Kal-El from the planet Krypton. That doesn't mean that Smallville is in the same continuity as Superman II. Guys named Greene and Olomos have both played a Colonial leader named "Adama", but that doesn't mean that the two BSGs are necessarily in the same continuity.
Fiction is rife with examples of related characters with the same name. It's hardly fair to dismiss this thread's proposal simply on the basis that Paul Magrs didn't change his lead character's name. If he called her something other than "Iris Wildthyme", he would be losing a significant marketing asset.
@Josiah: Could you develop your last point a bit further, please? The word "Clockworks" does not appear in The Blue Angel. The word "clockwork" does, but only three times, always in its ordinary English meaning. The word "clock" appears only six times, always in ordinary ways.
Also, this isn't at all like the Bernice situation, as far as I can see, because Bernice has had solo encounters with other elements of the DWU — Daleks, Sontarans, Braxiatel, whatever. AFIAK, there's no attempt to suggest that Benny is in some alternate universe to the Doctor.
Not so, Iris. The publisher specifies that Iris' people, called the Clockworks, come from another universe called "the Obverse". Yet, she's definitely a Time Lord from Gallifrey in the DWU stories. I'm not seeing how that's compatible with being a Clockwork from the Obverse in the IWU stories.
Just as with other inclusion debates, I'm gonna need more info if I'm going to be able to integrate this into our "what this wiki covers" policy document. I need to know what the actual difference is between this and FP. As it stands, it really looks like Obverse are changing names to protect their asses, just like FP. I'm not sure I'd be able to convincingly distinguish between the two cases.
czechout@fandom   15:10: Sat 26 May 2012 
CzechOut could you give more information on exactly what you want to exclude from 'what this wiki covers policy' (we need a shorter name for it).
Are you proposing to exclude just the Obverse Books published stories? What of the Big Finish Productions books and audio? And Snowbooks' Enter Wildthyme? --Tangerineduel / talk 15:30, May 26, 2012 (UTC)

Why is it that we are asked for our feelings and then get into a long debate over logic and reason? I fail to see why we accept the fact that the Doctor was loomed and has a mother, father, brother and grandchildren, yet we strain at this particular gnat. Iris Wildthyme is part of the Doctor Who universe, so what she does and says away from the Doctor and the BBC-licensed parts of it are likewise part of it including her unlikely lies. You want my reasons, I demand that opposing material be composed in higgledy-piggledies or at least good solid clerihews. Boblipton talk to me 20:47, May 26, 2012 (UTC)

Now that I've gotten that glob of bile out of my throat, I'd like to discuss a bit of a trend that disturbs me. You may think this is thread hijacking. I think it is not, but a discussion of the impetus behind this and other threads.
Any organization can and must reflect the opinions of the people running it at the moment, tempered by the difficulty of changing things -- inertia, if you will -- and a bit of consideration for those who will come after. I think in this discussion and in others like the thread about The Infinity Doctors, Czechout has been trimming problematic works from consideration in this wiki. I have several issues with this. First, I am conservative in language and organization, feeling that there's no need to shoot the waltzing bears and replace them with dancing chickens simply because the former don't dance well; second there are real problems with continuity -- canon, if you will -- at the heart of the Whoniverse and worrying about what happens with people like Ms. Wildthyme when the Doctor is not around is small potatoes when we consider questions like the Doctor's age and what Time Lord family life really entails.
The third point is a philosophical one of how we organize this wiki. The original impetus was to make it inclusive: anything that might reasonably relate to the universe of Doctor Who was welcome. Czechout has been working to rationalize that attitude on a case-by-case basis. Each case can be justified on its own terms -- and by citing similar decision made in the past, the way the jettisoning of Faction paradox has come up in this thread. It's true that a lot of the Obverse stuff doesn't fit well, but then, neither does a lot of the stuff at the core of consideration -- just considering the tv shows, how many times did Sarah Jane Smith see the Doctor between her tenure in the TARDIS and School Reunion?
While Czechout's proposed changes are not wrong in the context of some views of how to organize this wiki, it is exclusive rather than inclusive and in the end it will be a very small and comparatively useless wiki. You can't remove the obviously wrong stuff and nothing else. In the end it winds up like a mustache in a Marx Brother movie --- one more little snoop and it's gone. Well, people can change it back later if they disagree -- except there's that inertia working against that.
What's the answer? The radical one of getting rid of the non-canon tag altogether? Maybe, but I doubt that will fly. I do, however, think we have reached, if not passed the point of diminishing returns and we should give this entire type of thread a rest. Even though I expect Czechout will complain that this is thread-hijacking. Boblipton talk to me 22:54, May 26, 2012 (UTC)
Again, I agree with Bob. This seems to me to be part of a "death by a thousand cuts" of all the interesting side-steps and discontinuities of the larger world of Doctor Who-related fiction. As such, it seems fundamentally misguided, and makes me want to suggest that CzechOut re-read Unnatural History, which I think says all that needs be said about such discontinuities.
To answer the question about The Blue Angel, I'd have to re-read it to be sure, but my recollection was that the sections of the novel which dealt with the Obverse suggested an alternative origin for Iris (hence the name of the publisher). I'm not at all sure that Iris has called herself a Time Lord or claimed that she was from Gallifrey in any work published since then; and even if she did, we know that she lies and misremembers things. Anyway, the version of Iris currently appearing on the covers of Obverse Books looks like Katy Manning, who's still playing her on audio for Big Finish.
When I was making the comparison with Bernice Summerfield, I was specifically thinking of her earliest adventures in the non-Doctor Who NAs. As I recall (and I could be wrong,as I haven't read any of those books since shortly after they were published) they didn't use any Doctor Who monsters, but did use characters like Jason and Braxiatel who had been created for the Doctor Who NAs. Specifically, Braxiatel was never referred to as a Time Lord in those NAs, was he?
Iris has always been an elusive, willful old bat, who refuses to be tied down by anything as mundane as continuity. Why should we presume to determine which of her adventures were real and which we're fictional in the Doctor's universe? I may have quoted this in another one of these inclusion debates, but it seems to me to come down to the line from Alan Moore's "last" Superman story: "This is an imaginary story. Aren't they all?" —Josiah Rowe talk to me 01:53, May 27, 2012 (UTC)
I like to think of a wiki as a well trimmed tree, about a specific topic, not like Wikipedia that is a never-ending grape vine, encompassing everything. If we include non-BBC/BF produced Iris, where does it end? If a character is introduced in a Obverse IW book, and then gets their own spin-off with another company, that does not mention DW or IW at all - do we include that series? What if we do, then a character in that series gets their own series with another publisher, that does not mention the series that they originated it?
As far as I can see, just because she looks the same as Katy Manning in both Obverse and BBC/BF productions, does not mean that Iris is the same person in both. If the only connection between Obverse IW and BBC/BF IW is the character name and image, I don't think that quite qualifies for inclusion.
I'm all for "interesting side-steps and discontinuities", but a separate wiki is more appropriate for such ventures. Keep the TARDIS Index File for Doctor Who, not stuff based on, but separate from, Doctor Who. Tardis1963 talk 10:23, May 27, 2012 (UTC)
If we do wind up covering companions of companions of companions, what's the problem, Tardis1963? Are you concerned that we don't have enough floorspace or will run out of brooms? I'm old enough that I have issues with some of the normal practicalities of the Internet and do silly things like that. If we wind up having articles on stuff that stray pretty far from William Hartnell's Doctor, it's the nature of the beast. People will still head over to the core current articles to learn and edit. Articles further afield will consist largely of a few lines and a link to sites with on-point discussion, like the Star Trek references.
A more overtly realistic concern would be that the quality of the core articles would suffer as effort is shifted to peripheral issues. If it is, it is the natural evolution of the way some one's interests shift and people are just as likely to move from Iris to the Doctor as the other way -- more likely, I should think, because the Doctor offers more diversity. In either case, it's an infinite buffet -- take what you want and don't worry -- the food does not spoil.Boblipton talk to me 11:04, May 27, 2012 (UTC)

@Tangerineduel: As stated in the original post, the question before us is whether Iris Wildthyme stories not branded with a Doctor Who logo should be included.

@Boblipton: The reason you're being asked for you opinions and then being challenged with logic is because this thread, like other inclusion debates is ultimately designed to provided new users an easy-to-follow guideline about why we cover some things that are vaguely DW-related, and yet leave others alone. I'm not looking for just an opinion. I'm looking for a logical opinion. The question that must be answered here is, how are the Iris Wildthyme stories different than the Faction Paradox stories, which we have already disallowed?

You yourself Bob have called for a (long overdue) overhaul of the Manual of Style and its supporting policy documents. What is the most fundamental document to that entire process? Obviously it is the document we now call Tardis:Canon policy. Until and unless we know what we cover, the question of how we cover it will be built on shaky ground.

If you don't enjoy the process of discussing the particulars of various stories and/or ranges, that's cool. No one is forcing you to participate, and this can get wearying. If you want to opt out of the process, as you did with the MOS rewrite, that's certainly your option. But it does need to be done.

As far as I can tell from burrowing deep into our archives, there are a few, relatively minor parts of the database, which no one has ever questioned. No one gave any reasons for suddenly covering Faction Paradox or The Stranger or whatever was BBV's "analogy of the month". People just started doing it, without really examining it in any detail. We've never talked about the "Iris Wildthyme franchise", save for one very brief discussion about early Iris Wildthyme books.

I am not, as Josiah Rowe has suggested, on a campaign of "death by a thousand cuts". It's a total mischaracterisation of my efforts to suggest that I'm out to find some "narrative through-line" for the DWU, and get rid of everything that doesn't comply. I'm simply following an apparent "procedure", which I did not invent, of looking at individual stories or story groupings. This then makes it possible for the administrative staff to point to a determinative discussion, when asked by other editors to explain why we do things the way we do. These "individual discussions" are solely an administrative tool.

The issue here is a very narrow one. Again we have stories being published without BBC licensing, like FP. Again we have a publisher saying it's a different universe, like FP. We also have a character, like Death's Head, who did not originate in the DWU, but was instead brought into the DWU, then resurfaced on the other side of that for additional solo stories, then occasionally popped back and forth between her own universe and the DWU. We've already ruled the pre-DWU stories out, so why keep any of the stories without a DW logo?

Like Tardis1963, I think it important to define with very slightly better precision what this wiki is about. For instance, it could be easily argued that the entire Marvel Universe is, in Josiah's words, one of the "interesting side-steps and discontinuities of the larger world of Doctor Who-related fiction", because we see the Seventh Doctor land on top of the Baxter Building in the pages of Death's Head (1988). Do we then add articles for the Fantastic Four here? Do we cover all of Death's Head's adventures here? I guess we could, but we haven't. We've limited ourselves, more or less, to those DH stories that have the Doctor or characters that originated in DWM.

And, Bob, sure, we could, from a technical standpoint, grow this wiki in any direction, and to any capacity, we wanted to. But that technical fact could lead to utter chaos. Here's just a sample of the fun that could ensue if we followed your "take what you want and don't worry" philosophy:

  • Because Sherlock Holmes is in All-Consuming Fire', pages about the whole Sherlock Holmes canon could be grafted on the wiki
  • Thanks to the IDW ST/DW comic, we could import the whole of Memories Alpha and Beta here
  • Because The Beatles appear in The Chase, their careers, as we know them in the real world, could be said to be implied to exist, and therefore the entire contents of The Beatles' wiki could be imported here.

No, no: there must clearly be boundaries. Exactly what those boundaries are is less clear, which is why we need to have these debates.

Finally, Josiah Rowe, I do appreciate the signficance of Unnatural History, but again, that's using a narrative to sort of force a practical, out-of-universe operating philosophy on the wiki. Again, inclusion debates are firmly not about narrative issues. It's about the stance that the publisher/author/copyrigh holder has taken. We can't give into narrative problems when determining whether to include something, or else John and Gillian will really be in trouble.

And I loved the reference to "For the Man Who Has Everything", just because it's a great story. Yes, they are all imaginary stories. But so are Sherlock Holmes stories and Star Trek stories. And EastEnders stories. And Faction Paradox stories. The question isn't which are imaginary, but rather which are set in the DWU. If they are set in the DWU, we cover 'em. If not, we don't.
czechout@fandom   20:29: Mon 28 May 2012 

Unfortunately, your ideas of chaos and mine differ, Czechout. Let's suppose that we leave these articles untrimmed and as a result we have thousands of pages and millions of words discussing, say, Sherlock Holmes. You look at this potential state and see chaos, madness, a loss of purity of essence. I look at it and say "So what?" Is someone going to come along and shoot your dog because we've strayed outside the boundaries? -- they're not going to shoot mine, because I don't have one at the moment.

Pardon me if I seem to be mocking, but your attitude confuses me. What's the terrible thing that will happen if we have half a dozen or ten thousand subjects covered that are iffy? I agree that's it's likely such articles would be more central to some other wiki, but so what? People won't look at them that often, but so what? This is wiki about Doctor Who therefore it should cover anything that bears some relationship to Doctor Who. Iris has appeared in a goodly number of stories that directly reference the Doctor. That's some relationship to the Doctor. Some of it is clearly outside the DWU, but it all informs Iris, who is under consideration and therefore should be considered in this wiki.

Tell me what I'm missing, please. Boblipton talk to me 21:22, May 28, 2012 (UTC)

If we add another 10 or 20 thousand pages for stuff like Sherlock Holmes, Marvel and Star Trek - this wiki will cease to be a "Doctor Who" wiki. Clicking on Special:Random page would only bring up DW-related pages 50% of the time if that was the case - half of the time users would be directed to pages with absolutely nothing to do with Doctor Who! Not to mention it would make normal browsing ridiculous. Would we have a category for people who haven't appeared in Doctor Who? 'Cause if we added all the content that is a side-step of the DWU eg. Star Trek, there would be a heck of a lot of character pages for characters who've never appeared in a work that has the word Doctor Who anywhere on it. Tardis1963 talk 00:48, May 29, 2012 (UTC)
I think that there's a vast difference between on the one hand, pre-existing fictional universes like the Marvel Universe, Star Trek and the Sherlock Holmes canon which happen to cross over with Doctor Who, and on the other hand a character who was (by the author's own admission) inspired by Doctor Who in her creation, later brought into licensed Doctor Who fiction, and later still published independently but in a universe completely consistent with the Doctor's.
As an aside, there's a recent post from an anonymous user at Tardis talk:Canon policy#Thoughts which is relevant to this discussion. —Josiah Rowe talk to me 02:35, May 29, 2012 (UTC)
So, Tardis1963, someone who doesn't care where he goes will be upset when he gets there? Boblipton talk to me 12:30, May 29, 2012 (UTC)
CzechOut that doesn't actually answer my question.
Are you questioning the inclusion of the Big Finish Productions audios and books?
The Big Finish Productions items that feature Iris don't in several cases include the Doctor Who logo. (I don't have the Iris CDs on hand to check the back) With such a broad statement as "Doctor Who-labelled" I wanted to be sure what exactly you're talking about.
If for the moment we're just dealing with Obverse Books' contribution. There are basically two paths to take on this.
It's all DWU because it has not just Iris, but Panda, Jenny and MIAOW and the bus. It's been licenced by the creator. So like K9 it's part of the DWU.
or
This is a similar situation as our Faction Paradox discussion.
However, in the FP discussion it was quite cut and dry about whether the FP universe was or wasn't the DWU. Here they're a lot more vague about it. "The most recent theory suggests that she comes from the Clockworks…", that's fairly vague and leaving anything open to interpretation. Which really plays into the metafictional style that Iris Wildthyme is.
While the guidelines state that the Doctor etc is "nowhere to be seen" that is not to say it's not the same universe it just means they can't use the Doctor or anything owned by anyone else.
In all the encounters with Iris it's suggested that her adventures and the Doctor's differ and how they see the universe also differs. So since most of the adventures we get our information from are the Doctor's we see his perspective on the universe. Benny's is a little darker and a little broader and Iris' is a bit more wacky and metafictional. --Tangerineduel / talk 16:38, May 29, 2012 (UTC)

I'm going to go at this from a strictly narrative point of view here, so as not to confuse things. The Obverse Iris stories do refer to events which happened in the BF Iris audio series, which show that they are the same Iris as someone tried to confuse us all with earlier. A few of the Big Finish audios do mention events from Mad Dogs and Englishmen, showing a link there. Snowbooks' Enter Wildthyme has massive continuity references to every single Doctor Who related work that Magrs has written, and on several occassions refers to Iris' trip to Valcea in The Blue Angel, the pink scissors from Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Hyspero and the Scarlet Empress from The Scarlet Empress, Babra from the NSA Sick Building among a hell of alot of other links. Paul Magrs is a massive continuity nut to say the least with what he writes, and everything he has written for the DWU has foundations from his Iris stories and vice versa. So by looking at this from a narrative point of view, we should include Iris in the wiki because she is basically littered all over the place and has her foot in a hell of alot of places. Obverse specifically say that Iris' adventures take place in the Multiverse, and therefore are able to step around the DWU universe with regards to continuity and licenses.--Revan\Talk 21:06, May 29, 2012 (UTC)

@ Bob, well, yes. They might not be after a specific page, but they are after a Doctor Who page. If I tell someone I'll eat whatever, I would expect some food. If they come back with, say, a jigsaw puzzle, I would be upset. Just because I didn't specify what food I wanted, I still specified food. Same as searching for a random page on a Doctor Who website. Tardis1963 talk 01:03, May 30, 2012 (UTC)
Regardless of what's on the menu, I don't think anyone is seriously advocating for pages on Silver Blaze or Romulan ale (unless, of course, Romulan ale shows up in Assimilation2). I think that Revan's narrative point is a good one, well made. The reference to the Clockworks as a possible origin for Iris is not, in my view, a sufficiently strong point of divergence to say that her stories are taking place outside the DWU. I say she's a Doctor Who character, and we should cover her licensed appearances. —Josiah Rowe talk to me 03:34, May 30, 2012 (UTC)
I'm moving towards accepting the Josiah/Revan point of view, especially since I've read The Blue Angel a bit more deeply now and find tons of reference to the Obverse. Thus, what I took to be Obverse Books positing a new universe of their own is quite the reverse. I think they are just ignoring things for which they don't have copyright, as opposed to creating new names for things á la FP.
There still is the remaining question of these pre-DWU Iris stories, though. Why are we excluding them again?
czechout@fandom   19:34: Fri 01 Jun 2012 
Good question. I haven't read those books myself, so I'm not clear on how close the Iris who appears in them is to the Iris who later shows up in Magrs' Doctor Who stories. If she seems to be the same character, just in a different milieu, I think they should be included. But if the character seems different, more like a case of an author re-using a name than re-using a character, then it makes sense to leave them out. —Josiah Rowe talk to me 00:33, June 2, 2012 (UTC)
I haven't read those books either but it would be interesting to see if Magrs uses elements in those books that were later expanded upon for the DWU, or if they were completely reworked now that he had use of the DW license. As far as I know I think he is still writing those books too, so perhaps an Obverse-like style is being used to hop around licensing. If that's the case then we should incorporate them into the wiki. --Revan\Talk 21:36, June 2, 2012 (UTC)
By pre-DWU I take it we're talking about the "Phoenix Court" novels published by Vintage Books.
From the information I've been able to find, mostly reviews etc nothing mentions Iris and Wikipedia's Iris page is also fairly lacking on this front. From this I would hazard a guess she's a secondary (or even minor) character in these novels, the character taking a role that is similar to how Magrs goes on to use Iris in the DWU.
I don't think we should cover these books. I think we should take Iris' first published appearance in the DWU as where we start coverage, anything published after that, the narrative intention of the work is to continue Iris' adventures as begun in the DWU, and as demonstrated by Revan there's ample connections.
The Vintage Books published books we can use in the behind the scenes sections to give background to the character but not in-universe information. --Tangerineduel / talk 12:37, June 3, 2012 (UTC)
Heck, even the so-called Iris Wildthyme Pages are pretty cryptic about this "Phoenix Court" Iris. I had to go to a blog — and to the penultimate paragraph at that — to kinda sorta figure it out. But if the blog author, Nick Mellish, is correct — and we don't normally allow blogs as valid resources — then the "Phoenix Court Iris" is a "very different Iris" living in a different "world" and so cannot be considered the same character as the Iris that has otherwise appeared. Another review states that "Hospitality [the last story in Iris: Abroad] is a window onto a world that isn't a million miles from our own, in which people watch Doctor Who and Iris Wildthyme is a successful author." Indeed, there's some publicity about Iris: Abroad which suggests that it's the first use of the original character "in 15 years".[1] So I think that Hospitality should be deleted from our database, with a note added to the Iris: Abroad page as to why we took this action.
I'm thinking that we want our "canon policy" to therefore state:
"Coverage of Iris Wildthyme is allowed, except for the so-called "Phoenix Court" version of the character. Also disallowed are instances where the character has appeared in charity publications, even when such stories have been written by the character's owner, Paul Magrs. Thus, Marked for Life, Does It Snow?, Could It Be Magic? and the short story Hospitality are disallowed because these stories concern the "Phoenix Court Iris". The "first appearance" of the character is therefore deemed to be PROSE: Old Flames. Furthermore, the short stories Iris Explains, Entertaining Mr O, In the Sixties, It's Raining Again and any other stories which were originally released as part of charity publications are not considered valid sources for the writing of in-universe articles on this wiki, nor shall even out-of-universe "story pages" be created about them.
Anyone object to that basic sentiment?
czechout@fandom   13:16: Sun 03 Jun 2012 
I think that the the last sentence should have the word "only" instead of "originally." If it is reprinted in a valid source, it should be permitted.Boblipton talk to me 13
55, June 3, 2012 (UTC)
I assume that the reason for excluding Magrs-written stories from charity collections is partly due to the precedent it would set, which is problematic because such charity collections are almost never fully authorized (the copyright holders generally look the other way because it's for charity). In general, Doctor Who fiction without the imprimatur of the BBC is, legally speaking, fanfic, and as such excluded from this wiki. (The quality of such work is irrelevant to the discussion; some unauthorized work is as good as or better than some authorized work, but it's a good place to draw a line.) But if we're talking about a character who has appeared in the DWU but remains the copyright of her creator (Magrs), then the copyright would remain with Magrs regardless of whether the publication was authorized. That is, Magrs would be authorized to use his own character and anything else that he created, but not to use the Doctor or anything else that's owned by the BBC (or another creator).
The only one of these "charity" stories I'm familiar with off the top of my head is "Iris Explains", which we couldn't use because it features the Eighth Doctor. But theoretically, if one of these charity stories featured only Iris and Panda, or other Magrs-created characters and story elements, then it wouldn't really break the "authorized only" principle. Of course, that's a very fine line to draw, and I completely understand if we want to stick to the much easier "no charity works" rule (as amended by Bob above — I agree with that proposed change). —Josiah Rowe talk to me 22:04, June 3, 2012 (UTC)
Well, I can't really go along with "only" instead of "originally". If we were still including FP stories, the word "only" would allow in Toy Story, because it wasn't only in a charity publication. Perhaps a more relevant current example would be The Wings of a Butterfly which is DQd in its original form but allowed as a BFA. I think the line might be more helpfully rendered without any sort of adverb: "... which were released as a part of a charity publication ..."
And yah, Josiah, I totally thought of the situation where Magrs might have released a story over which he had total control of the elements for free. But as you surmised, it's just easier to say that if it's charity, it doesn't count. Otherwise we'd end up with a very long exceptions list, where we'd have to parse each individual charity story ever made. Besides, there's the ambiguous of whether an individual story in a collected work can have a different copyright status than those around it. Can a single story be licensed where the others are not? I think the more accurate statement with charity stuff is that Magrs would simply be waiving his rights, so it's still effectively unlicensed. Anyway, point is that we really don't want to descend into evaluating charity anthologies on a story-by-story basis.
czechout@fandom   18:37: Mon 04 Jun 2012 

Iris and Faction Paradox

Right, now that's all been done and dusted there's just one more issue left. Iris appears in two short stories of the Faction Paradox anthology A Romance in Twelve Parts. Obviously this shouldn't mean that we include the entire anthology in the wikia so how about doing something similar to Decalog 5: Wonders and only include Library Pictures and A Hundred Words from a Civil War. --Revan\Talk 09:24, June 8, 2012 (UTC)

Sigh. Revanvolatrelundar. You are not incorrect. However, in the context of my thoughts about inclusive vs. exclusive attitudes, it feels like you are looking for reasons to exclude things rather than include them. Boblipton talk to me 11:03, June 8, 2012 (UTC)

Well, the point of an inclusion debate is to decide whether to include something. Obviously, the answer to that question could be, "No, exclude it". And that's exactly what the answer is here, Revan.
The Decalog 5 situation is not particularly analogous to what obtains with Romance. Decalog 5 was a general science fiction anthology. None of the stories were necessarily posited to happen in the same universe as the other stories. It was just a collection of stories. Therefore, it's no trouble at all to say that the one appearance of Benny counts for us.
Romance, by contrast, is an FP anthology. All the stories are deemed to take place in the FPU, including the ones with Iris. Thus, if we were to allow it in here, we would be saying that the FPU and the DWU are somehow connected. And that would go against the decision we've already taken to have a hard break between the two universes.
In other words, if Paul Magrs decides to let his character play in the FPU, that does not extend a sorta "6 degrees of separation" right of inclusion. Iris showing up in the FPU is not like Jed Clampett appearing on Green Acres, Sam Malone appearing on Frasier or the Doctor rockin' up in Sarah Jane's attic. The mere fact that a DWU character appears in the FPU does not in any way mean that the FPU is a part of the DWU. It is a totally different universe, owned by totally different legal entities. And sure, other authors, like Robert Holmes, may allow their characters to play in that universe. But that doesn't mean that the Sontarans of the FPU are the same thing as the Sontarans of the DWU.
Logically, an author like Paul Magrs or Robert Holmes — who owns neither the DWU or the FPU — cannot have the power to connect the DWU to the FPU.
czechout@fandom   17:09: Fri 08 Jun 2012 
Even if we accept the logic that we can't cover those stories in-universe because we've decided that the FPU isn't the DWU, surely it would be appropriate to mention them in behind-the-scenes sections of Iris Wildthyme and Panda, and in Iris Wildthyme - List of Appearances. They're part of her continuity, and we've decided to cover her. She just happens to have adventures in multiple universes. We could describe her DWU (or DWU-compatible) adventures in in-universe sections, and mention any irreconcilable side-steps in a behind-the-scenes section.
I think this is different in kind from someone creating a page on, say, Cardassians because of Assimilation2, or talking about "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League" because of All-Consuming Fire. The version of Iris we're talking about (who appears in "Library Pictures" and is mentioned in "A Hundred Words from a Civil War") essentially originated in the Doctor Who universe (I gather that the "Phoenix Court" version of Iris was rather different). I think that it does our readers a disservice if we completely ignore a licensed-by-the-creator appearance in a different Doctor Who spin-off, albeit one that we've decided to set outside our fences.
(By the same token, I think it would be appropriate to mention the Sontarans' appearances in The Eleven Day Empire and Shadow Play in a behind-the-scenes note, and to include them in Sontarans - List of Appearances, as long as we note that they're not DWU appearances.) —Josiah Rowe talk to me 05:15, June 10, 2012 (UTC)
Oh, I'm not saying we should ignore Iris/Sontarans/Sutekh. What I'm saying is that it's not a valid source for the writing of in-universe articles. If you wanna throw a little mention in the BTS about Iris' FPU experience, go for it. Heck if we ever get w:c:factionparadox:Iris Wildthyme written, you should probably do a {{fpx}} in the external links at Iris Wildthyme.
That said, we don't want to abuse the BTS sections. It's enough to give very brief overviewws of her FPU experience, and then just give people a clear link to her FP wiki page.
One of the key goals of having w:c:factionparadox finally under the administrative control of this site's admins is that we can create stronger links between the two, while making the difference between the two universes much clearer. Readers will instantly know from the colors on the page what universe they're reading about. So, Iris in red is the FPU definition of her, while Iris in blue is the DWU explanation.
czechout@fandom   23:11: Sun 10 Jun 2012 
Oh, yes — I understand the value of that. But it's not like she's a different character in the FP stories from who she is in stories branded with "Doctor Who" or "Iris Wildthyme" on their covers. —Josiah Rowe talk to me 04:09, June 11, 2012 (UTC)
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