When writing the in-universe portion of an article, imagine that you know everything about your topic, but that it no longer exists. Write in the past tense only.
We've therefore decided on a few simple rules:
- Use past tense for in-universe portions of articles
- Write from the perspective of a neutral observer who has access to all known facts about your topic. You, the writer of the article, are omniscient, even though the subject of your article is not.
- Use only valid sources — which is to say narratives — to write your article. Material from reference works, deleted scenes, or documentaries can only go in "behind the scenes" sections.
- All narratives, regardless of medium, have equal weight. Whether it's a comic strip, audio, novel or television story, it's all equally valid here.
Here are some common situations:
|Liz Shaw was a companion of the Doctor's third incarnation during the early part of his exile on Earth...||Liz Shaw is a fictional character in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who...|
|The universe was a vast region of uncertain proportions, comprised of, amongst other things, planets, satellites, asteroids and stars.||The universe is that place where most of the lifeforms in the Doctor Who universe live.|
|Barack Obama was President of the United States on 11 July 2020.||Barack Obama is President of the United States on 11 July 2020.|
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