Formed in the late 1980s as a successor to net.tv.drwho, rec.arts.drwho was the primary place for the online discussion of Doctor Who.
Usenet use generally declined from the late 1990s as Internet users gravitated toward other forms of discussion, including web-based forums and social networks, although rec.arts.drwho remains in existence.
Prominent individuals behind the scenes of Doctor Who have posted to rec.arts.drwho. Paul Cornell, Lawrence Miles, David A. McIntee, Craig Hinton, Gary Russell, Jonathan Blum, Kate Orman, Lance Parkin, John Peel, and Steven Moffat have been among the newsgroup's users over the years.
It was notably there that Moffat first wrote about a concept that he reused later in TV: A Good Man Goes to War: the word "Doctor" itself originating in culture from the Doctor's actions in the past.