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Doctor Who and the Time War and its relation to canon[]

Doctor Who and the Time War definitely belongs on here, but shouldn't it be placed in the alternate timelines section? It's stated as events from a parallel universe by Davies and in the introduction. Never Forget The Day The 456 Arrived 20:48, March 27, 2020 (UTC)

A problem with classing it as an alternate timeline is the fact that the story is later alluded to in Revenge of the Nestene. WaltK 20:56, March 27, 2020 (UTC)
For one thing, an alternate timeline and a parallel universe are two different concepts in the Doctor Who universe. Something stated to be a parallel universe would necessitate the creation of Eighth Doctor (Time War World) or whatever, like e.g. Peter Tyler (Pete's World).
Furthermore, Davies doesn't say it's a parallel universe, he says the story constitutes a glimpse of "parallel events". This could mean many things, and must be confronted with Davies also saying in the same breath that "all stories are true", and, as User:WaltK said, with the fact that in a new story, written this year in full knowledge of Night of the Doctor, he still chooses to reference facts from Doctor Who and the Time War
It seems far more likely to me, in light of the latter comment, that he means it in the sense that we're seeing a glimpse into a parallel history of the show where Steven Moffat did not write The Day of the Doctor and thus Davies was able to release Doctor Who and the Time War in DWM for the 50th anniversary. Which is distinct from the story, in universe, being a parallel universe or alternate timeline.
Heck, "parallel events" can mean anything. It could just be a case of events happening "in parallel", that is to say at the same time as one another. Considering what a brain-bendingly timey-wimey Time War is depicted by Davies in this story and Revenge of the Nestene, what's to say that somehow, the Eighth Doctor and the War Doctor don't simultaneously regenerate into the same incarnation as timelines collapse around them? Weirder things have happened in the DWU. --Scrooge MacDuck 22:04, March 27, 2020 (UTC)
Quick admin note (more related to the title than the discussion itself). This story's relation to canon, as far as the wiki is concerned, is the same as any other's: "we don't believe there is such a thing as a "canon" for Doctor Who". OncomingStorm12th (talk) 23:12, March 27, 2020 (UTC)
The stuff in "alternate timelines" mostly refers to versions of this Doctor whose existence is presented in their respective stories as an alternative in relation to a primary version of the Doctor who is in the same stories (i.e. the "Johann Schmidt" Eighth Doctor who is an alternate future for the Seventh Doctor around whom the Klein arc revolves). Doctor Who and the Time War doesn't really fit that mould, so its current placement and framing is the right way to go. Instead of speculating the how and why of it all in the article itself, I think it's best just acknowledge that it differs from most accounts of the Eighth Doctor's final days and immediate future. People can decide for themselves how it happened and fits into their own personal "canon" (if indeed it fits for them at all :P) Toqgers 00:09, March 28, 2020 (UTC)
This is, I agree, the best approach (and the one, it seems, dictated by policy). We take things as they are, and offer alternate accounts when they're given. "Parallel events" can indeed mean so many things.
× SOTO (//) 04:08, March 28, 2020 (UTC)
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