It is not an attempt to give you every single rule that we have about images. The absence of a rule in the following chart does not mean that it's not a rule. This is merely a more convenient listing of the major image use rules.
The chart below summarises our important rules regarding images, and gives you a link to additional reading about the subject. In most cases, a link is provided to the original forum discussion where that particular policy was decided by the community.
|Quality||Value||Read more at:|
|What should be the shape and size of my pictures?|
|Minimum width of any uploaded image||500px preferred, 420px minimum||Forum discussion establishes that minimums are tied to infoboxes|
|Width of infobox pictures||500px preferred, 420px minimum||T:IBOX PICS|
|Thumbnail widths||Should generally not be defined at all. To place a thumb on a page, use language like this:
Please do not specify a width or height for a thumbnail.
|Preferred aspect ratio||Something approaching 16:9 (widescreen)|
except in the case of covers, which should be cropped to the precise width of the cover, and have no margin.
|Minimum aspect ratio||4:3 (standard TV aspect ratio)|
Anything less than 4:3, but particularly anything with a height greater than the width, should be avoided. Please carefully crop your images to avoid "tall" pictures, or they may be summarily deleted.
|Total file size||Ordinary screenshots should never be more than 100kb; most are completely fine at 20-40kb. ||Our image use policy|
|Acceptable file formats||We only allow: .jpg (sometimes called JPEG), .png and .svg. That's it. There are no more; .gif and other files will be summarily deleted.
||Wikipedia's discussion of the virtues of .jpg, .png, and .svg, forum tech note|
|What kinds of pictures are acceptable?|
|Sexual or violent imagery||Any image which has been presented in a licensed DWU episode may be posted to our wiki, regardless of its content. ||Forum discussion, T:NOT SFW|
on in-universe or story pages
|Never allowed. This means: no wallpapers, no images of characters or objects unless you personally take them from the body of an episode. ||Forum discussion, T:IUI|
on out-of-universe pages
|Acceptable, but not preferred. Generally, we want to be able to see what the actor looks like in their everyday life||Implied as the converse of rule agreed at Forum discussion|
on out-of-universe pages
|Disallowed; we want the actor looks like in their everyday life||T:OOUI|
|Concept art||Unacceptable in in-universe sections of articles, but acceptable in "Behind the scenes" sections. Concept art is specifically considered out-of-universe imagery, and so cannot illustrate in-universe concepts.||Forum discussion|
|Cover art||Acceptable as illustration of last resort. When there are no other images of a thing — because the thing exists solely in audio or prose stories — a cover image may be used.||Forum discussion|
|Fan-made images ||Not allowed in the main namespace at all, either on in-universe or real world pages. An exception to this ruling is simple act of combining two or more screenshots into a representative collage. ||NO FANFIC (for the rule); archives of Talk:The Master (for the exception)|
|Photos from Loose Cannon reconstructions||Unacceptable in any situation. No non-BBC reconstruction materials allowed at all, save for non-John Cura telesnaps from "The Feast of Steven"||Forum discussion|
|Animated .pngs and .gifs||Unacceptable. Animated .gifs aren't allowed because .gifs aren't allowed, and animated .pngs aren't allowed because they are rendered properly for only about 20% of internet users.||Chart showing apng compatability|
|Are colourised pictures allowed?|
|Colourised photography||Not allowed under any circumstances|
By extension, colour images converted to monochrome are also not allowed in articles, except for those few Third Doctor episodes or parts of episodes which are missing in colour.
|Colourised comic images||Not allowed in infoboxes, but allowed in "Behind the scenes" sections to demonstrate different colourists' approaches.||Forum discussion|
|Number of images |
for your personal use
|3 total at any one time in all namespaces prefixed by the word "user". So, 3 images total to use on user, user talk, and user blog pages.||user image policy|
|Total file size allowed |
for your personal use
|~ 500kb. All three images combined should be no more than 500kb. We aren't a file hosting service. ||user image policy and T:NOT HOST|
|Allowed type of user images ||Generally unrestricted. However, images which advertise products, philosophies, or anything (even things related to Doctor Who) are not allowed. Equally, pornography and/or excessively gory or violent imagery is forbidden, unless it is an un-retouched image taken directly from a DWU source. ||user image policy|
|Your own art on your own user pages||Allowed, but you should consider the implications carefully. All submissions to the wiki are released under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license. It may damage your own financial interests to upload your own work here.||user image policy|
|A character's eyes|
(applies to in-universe articles)
|If the image is in an infobox, or simply the first picture on the page, it's preferred, but not required, that the subject's eyes are looking left. This will direct readers' eyes to the article. The character should not be looking directly into the camera, as this eye-line normally indicates a press photo. ||Forum discussion|
on in-universe pages
|Captions must be written in an in-universe way but in the present tense. A source for the picture is required at the end of the caption, in the format ||Forum discussion|