The answer to this question was agreed to be yes. Therefore, we no longer allow categories like "worked/acted on such and such a TV show". All these categories have been eliminated. Please do not replace them.
When they first were implemented on the site, the connections to other media franchises categories were for series that really had a significant impact on Doctor Who. For instance, Worked on All Creatures Great and Small matters because there's a pretty big connection betwen All Creatures and Doctor Who, thanks to the centrality of the JNT/Johnny Byrne/Peter Davison creative triangle. You just wouldn't have gotten the Davison era without the working relationships established on All Creatures. Similarly worked on Sea of Souls and worked on Born and Bred described working relationships of direct relevance to the shape of series 1. Likewise Worked in the Life on Mars franchise has a huge relevance to the Moffat era.
It's quite clear to me that category bloat has well and truly set in.
Categories are not meant to be substitutes for writing the body of articles. We should not be allowing the category section to be much, much longer than the body of the articles themselves.
Bernard Kay is the poster child for this phenomenon. It's clear that the editors have simply abandoned any attempt to write a good article, in favour of using the category system as a way to just list this actor's C.V. What's especially unforgivable here is the fact that DWU material has been fobbed off to a category. The categories include Big Finish Doctor Who voice actors — but no attempt is made in the article to explain what roles Bernard Kay had in Big Finish.
I think the time has come to look hard at the list of categories under connections to other media franchises and decide which are truly important and which are not. The time is definitely upon us to stop the creation of new categories in that part of the category tree.
In addition to deciding which of the current categories should be destroyed, we should also make it a rule that you cannot add any of these categories without mentioning the role they had in that franchise within the body of the article. It leaves readers hanging to just say, "Oh yeah, they were in Press Gang without also saying what their role was.
All right, you win. I'll stop adding the "worked on" categories to articles. From now on, I'll limit myself to writing articles for people who are working in the DWU for the very first time. At least that way I probably won't be reprimanded for trying to make the wiki as accurate and comprehensive as possible. Slughorn42☎ 20:37, January 9, 2013 (UTC)
The categories don't really tell me anything, they're kinda interesting on their own, but to be really interesting I'd like an article dedicated to it, to explain why it's notable that these people were in these series and how it's relevant to DW.
Blake's 7 isn't the best example, though it should be the best example of cast / crew crossover.
As for deciding what categories to keep, I think there needs to be 2 different points of connection to DWU in order to create a category of "Worked on".
So that would mean two different crew members worked on a show or an actor and a writer. But not 2 actors.
This would mean pairing back the Worked On/Actors who appeared in to just worked on (if you're an actor you are working on a series not just appearing in it). Pairing back the categories also would make this category and its sub-categories a little less confusing as at the moment "actors who appeared" and "worked on" are both in the :Category:Connections to other media franchises which makes it a little confusing as to what you're looking at.
By having this crew/actor or writer/crew requirement it should help us to thin down the categories a little bit.
Now that I've thought about it, I guess the categories probably should go. It can be fun from a trivia perspective but the more categories we add to a given actor's page, the more cluttered and messy it begins to look.
I personally find it interesting to link seemingly unconnected people. It's really cool trivia. Still, if we are to get rid of them, we need to keep the ones where cast that worked closely in Who work together again in another series.
Old Jack's Boat, for example, while totally unrelated to Who, has RTD, Bernard Cribbins, and Freema Aygeman working close together once again. This is significant. Connections that are merely incidental, while interesting, are not necessarily notable and worth all the extra space.
It's easier to get rid of them and then to enforce the rule for the future, and since any important information can be said on the individuals pages, I can't see any reason to keep these categories, especially when most will probably only end up with a few people in each if we go with only strong connections.
Hearing no other comments long after the stated closure date, this discussion is deemed resolved to the following effects:
All subcategories of :category:connections to other media franchises, as well as that category itself, shall be deleted by bot, and all members of those categories shall have the categories removed. If expedient, the categories may be create-locked to prevent re-creation.
Neither these categories, nor anything like them, may not be re-created unless there be community consensus to reverse this judgment. Any attempt to do so will be viewed as a violation of T:BOUND.
This decision does not mean that real world articles about television shows with close Doctor Who ties need be deleted. However these pages, like All Creatures Great and Small and Born and Bred, will need to be updated, because various DPL calls will no longer function after category removal. Users can help with this process by accessing Special:TagsReport, selecting dpl, and removing the DPL statements.