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RE: Checking In[edit source]

Hi. I am doing okay, thank you for asking. I never really went out much anyway to be honest, so the only real difference is the no work shifts, which really sucks but there's nothing much I can do about that. How are you going? LauraBatham 10:06, April 16, 2020 (UTC)

It's no trouble at all, we all make typos every now and then. Plus it gives me edits towards my badges which I'm not going to complain about.
That's good that you are still getting paid. I'm only casual and up until a few days ago work was still open (it's had to close for two weeks due to a recent outbreak in my area), so I'm getting zilch. LauraBatham 10:25, April 16, 2020 (UTC)
Aw thank you very much. I hope all goes well for you too. Yes I did see it and yeah, I cried too. Especially during Rani's little speech. I love that the DW writers and actors are finding a way to give us all these little stories during these uncertain times. LauraBatham 01:04, April 26, 2020 (UTC)

Re:Check on[edit source]

Hey BananClownMan! That's rather thoughtful of you to check in with me, especially since my activity here has been pretty minimal the past few weeks ahah. I'm doing well. Like most, I'm working from home given the isolation and all but in the internet-age, that doesn't massively change how I work; just louder with family around I suppose and less checking in face-to-face with my colleagues :). How's things going on with you? All well I hope? ^_^ Snivy The coolest Pokemon ever 12:21, April 16, 2020 (UTC)

Glad to hear you're able to pay your rent! :D
I agree, the weekends are a difficulty. I too have taken to revisiting Doctor Who as a great leisure during Lockdown. I might even take to watching all the Classic Who episodes I've yet to watch. ^_^
The 'watch alongs' are a joy to watch. While I've not seen all of Sarah Jane's travels with the Third and Fourth Doctor, having watched all of her NewWho adventures outside audio dramas, it was certainly an emotional listen. Really is great the Who team are making all these videos, despite separation in isolation. If only I could convince my family to watch them with me ;) Snivy The coolest Pokemon ever 14:36, April 26, 2020 (UTC)

Re: Check On[edit source]

Thanks for asking! It's not been too bad for me - my uni's been continuing online, which pretty much just saves me the bus/ferry fee. So apart from missing the hands-on labs, it's been pretty normal. It must be hard for those affected by the disease, though, either directly or through the loss of an income source. Hope you're doing alright, yourself. Danochy 21:54, April 16, 2020 (UTC)

Fifth Doctor edits[edit source]

Hi, why did you remove the "Travels with Brooke and River Song" section from Fifth Doctor? At least from a first glance, I can see no policies broken there - apart from a bit of formatting needed - but nothing worthy of total removal. OncomingStorm12th (talk) 17:38, April 17, 2020 (UTC)

Oh, of course :p. I didn't see the time of your edits, sorry. OncomingStorm12th (talk) 17:55, April 17, 2020 (UTC)

Theory:Timeline - Shoreditch Help[edit source]

Hey there, I was wondering if I could get your help with something: Currently the only timeline article that keeps track of the events of the series Class is Theory:Timeline - Shoreditch. While the single season of the television show and the novels that came out at around the same time are placed within the article, the audio dramas are not. Initially I wasn't too concerned about this since Big Finish only released two volumes with a total of six stories, and I was doubtful that they would release more. Well, turns out they did, so now we have twelve unplaced Class audio stories. I have not had a chance to listen to these stories myself, and I'm not sure if you have either. All I know for sure is that all of them seem to take place before the events of the series finale. Maybe you could offer some additional insight or might no someone who can? I'd appreciate the help! –Nahald

Timeline discussions[edit source]

Hi, I hope you're still doing well, especially with all these new Doctor Who webcasts and short stories to help us through the lockdown. Just letting you know that I've finally gotten around to giving some responses on Theory talk:Timey-wimey detector and Theory talk:Timeline - Second Doctor. I hope you can find the time to read and respond to my suggestions over there. Danochy 06:04, May 11, 2020 (UTC)

Re: Check in[edit source]

I’m so sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner. That was very thoughtful of you to ask. I saw it when you posted and made a mental note to get make to you but then as you can imagine Time got away from me and I kept telling myself I needed to respond until wham, it’s suddenly well over a month since you got in touch. So sorry again for that. But um, yeah I’m pretty much fine thank you for asking. Getting on with things. I hope you’re doing well also. SarahJaneFan 21:35, May 13, 2020 (UTC)

Seventh Doctor Timeline Talk[edit source]

So I just left a message in the Seventh Doctor's Timeline Talk Page and I would appreciate it if you could have a look and get back to me with your thoughts if you have the time. It’s quite overly long and might need a bit of thinking and processing so just take your time if you are interested. Thanks. SarahJaneFan 21:35, May 13, 2020 (UTC)

Hi, they're not my ideas, but these potential changes at 7's timeline are certainly something to consider. Since it's now been three months since the proposal was made, I was wondering whether you'd be able to give your thoughts, whenever you have the time. Cheers, Danochy 21:16, August 28, 2020 (UTC)
It's good to hear life is opening up around the world - just a shame it's because government's failed to get rid of the virus, rather than the lack of it. But don't worry, Life always comes before the wiki, and sometimes you just need to be in the right frame of mind to write a reply. It's the same for all of us :-)
On the topic of the timeline, the proposal isn't to place the audios before the novels, it was to not make a judgement call at all, instead going with the in-universe evidence from the Gallifrey series regarding the tampering done by Braxiatel. I suggest you look at the TLDR section and proposal section to get a good idea of what SJF is proposing. Danochy 04:45, August 31, 2020 (UTC)

Italics[edit source]

Hi! Just popping in to point out that User:Shambala108, on an otherwise-unrelated thread, has confirmed my interpretation that Tardis:Italics allows the use of italics for emphasis.

(…) And Tardis:Bold text and Tardis:Italics allow for different ways to emphasize your points. Stop using all-caps.Thread:273268#383

No one's forcing you to use them in your own contributions, but it's not against Wiki policy to do so, and thus there is no point in removing them as you have been doing.

Even if you should persist, I'd also like to repeat a query I've made in edit rationales there: if you think the italics are a bad way to express the emphasis, that's one thing, but why do you remove said rhetorical device altogether more often than not, instead of replacing the italics with some other means of putting emphasis on a specific word? --Scrooge MacDuck 09:40, May 22, 2020 (UTC)

Problematic edits![edit source]

some of your recent edits are problematic, you seem to be pushing ahead with your own opinion rather than starting a discussion. you removed Rosie Taylor from Ninth Doctor companions and put her in the "non-DWU companions" category, despite the fact that the story she appeared in is still considered valid by this wikia. you then removed Rigsy from the Twelfth Doctor companion category - despite him still appearing on the template. DiSoRiEnTeD1

once again you make the edits. Rigsy is on the companion template so you cannot simply remove him from the category without a discussion. and Voice from the Vortex! (short story) is not tagged as invalid whatsoever? DiSoRiEnTeD1

The Unnamed Doctor[edit source]

Hey, I noticed you added The Unnamed Doctor to the Eleventh Doctor's timeline a while back, and I'm just wondering where it's from. I checked across the wiki and couldn't find it anywhere, so it would be good to get a page created for it. Danochy 02:38, May 27, 2020 (UTC)

Ah, thanks. I don't have access to that unfortunately, but good to know regardless. Danochy 10:50, May 28, 2020 (UTC)

River Song and Jack Harkness[edit source]

Hey pal, hope you're well. I was checking River Song's contribution history and it appears you added on that (and Jack Harkness's) article that the pair are married in their infoboxes. What source is this from? Sounds like it would be cool to check out if these two actually hooked up :D Snivy The coolest Pokemon ever 13:20, June 4, 2020 (UTC)

Pretty sweet, thanks for pointing me in the right direction :). Does that not then mean it should be included on their pages somewhere? Snivy The coolest Pokemon ever 13:47, June 4, 2020 (UTC)

Reply: Eighth Doctor talk[edit source]

So I’ve read the thread and honestly I find the whole thing incredibly unconvincing and worse, based mostly on misconceptions.

To start with the Grace scenario, I believe it would be fair enough to say that the “months” comment could be a reference to either the movie or The Fallen as in both the Doctor meddles with Grace's future. In the former by setting her down the wrong path with his hints and teases and in the latter by setting her back on the right path that she would’ve been on before his intervention.

However, the problem here is that it’s not just the one comment. The “months” comment is actually just a recap of an earlier discussion that the Doctor and the Master have in the story, where the Master actually clarifies that the “future warping” he was talking about is the events of the TV Movie and he actually orchestrated the Doctor’s meeting with Grace in The Fallen so that the Doctor could see the results of his meddling. So it would be a little bit bizarre if the Master tells the Doctor that he orchestrated that reunion to teach him a lesson about the meddling from the TV Movie (and then not mention any meddling from the Fallen because really it’s minimal and just a case of the Doctor clarifying to Grace that actually no her destiny isn’t to discover regeneration for humans) and then suddenly later recap the Doctor meddling in The Fallen as one of the things that he believes the Doctor has been doing wrong. I’ll leave quotes below, but you’ll have to trust me that they’re word for word what printed in the comics.

"I saw an ideal opportunity to teach you a vital lesson. I directed you back to London, to witness the results of your casual tampering with a woman's destiny...From there I took you to Japan to see the disaster shaped by the Gaijin; creatures so similar to yourself...beings obsessed with obtaining knowledge at any price...And then to Trionikus, where blind luck alone saved you from murdering an innocent."{{{2}}}

"In the past few months alone you have warped the Holloway woman's future, shattered Sato's honour and attempted to murder the benevolent Kroton."{{{2}}}

The other point brought up is to do with the Master and his status in regards to the TARDIS. Now they try to make an argument in the thread that the TARDIS is purged of the Master's influence at the end of The Glorious Dead therefore it has to come after the novels. This is basically complete rubbish and I’ll explain why.

In the comics, he’s established as having passed straight through the Eye of Harmony and into the Time Vortex where he’s rescued by Esterath. It’s then established that his symbiotic nuclei became merged with the TARDIS, resulting in him having power over it. However he physically resides in the human body Esterath placed him in, its just that his symbiotic nuclei infected the TARDIS’ systems rather than a copy of him actually being present in the TARDIS.

In the BBC books line however, the Master is trapped within the Eye of Harmony at its singularity. He communicates with the Doctor through mirrors a few times throughout the run but he’s shown to have no real influence over the TARDIS. The Gallifrey Chronicles actually establishes that the Master is effectively a god within the Eye of Harmony but he has no way out and his powers don’t really effect the outside world. He uses all of his power to trigger a cold fusion device, knowing that the Doctor would allow it to detonate in the TARDIS as the explosion would be absorbed by the Eye. All this really did was damage the interior and bit and destroy some of the Doctor’s possessions. So that pretty much shows how powerless the Master is. He uses pretty much all the power he has to perform a petty act of what he refers to as revenge that doesn’t even really do anything beyond hurt the TARDIS and destroy some of the Doctor’s possessions. And the Master knows this, it’s not even as if he was expecting more damage to be done. So the Doctor just closes the Eye of Harmony and leaves the Master there still trapped, presumably until he escapes in Forgotten.

So I hope you can kind of see the distinction here. If the books overlapped with the influence the Master’s develops over the TARDIS in the comics, then he’d have a lot more power over it in the books too. In the comics, effectively his DNA infects the TARDIS systems allowing him to direct and control it, whereas in the books he is just trapped in the Eye of Harmony with little influence over anything.

From my perspective I’m really struggling to see any degree of a strong argument for placing the Comics so late in the Eighth Doctor’s life, compared ample if not perfect evidence suggesting that they should be earlier on in his life. You can always fudge things however you want to, obviously in the end we always find a way to make accounts work with each other but in this case I just don’t see why there would be any benefit to putting the comics after the novels. And I say that as someone who would really rather the comics go after the novels but after extensive research I just can’t see the comics sitting comfortingly so late. SarahJaneFan 21:17, June 26, 2020 (UTC)

The only reference I could track down in the novel was that the Doctor makes a comment about having tried to appeal to the Daleks better nature once, but didn’t think that it worked. I even looked through the continuity notes on other sites and that line was the only thing I could find with any slight link to Evil of the Daleks.

It’s an incredibly vague comment but he’s presumably referring to the fact that he tried to teach the Human Factor Daleks but they ended up turning on the other Daleks and a war broke out with the Doctor assuming they died.

In Children of the Revolution, the Doctor discovers that they survived and started their own society, but they end up committing suicide by the end anyway. Really the outcome is the same for the Doctor, he encounters good Daleks and thinks they’re destroyed the first time, but he later discovers that they haven’t been but then they are destroyed for real the second time. Either way it’s a failed experiment at appealing to the Daleks better nature because the evil Daleks are the only ones to survive these encounters.

And like, as I said it’s incredibly vague. There’s no mention of Evil of the Daleks or the Human Factor Daleks?, it’s literally just this so you can see why I didn’t think the continuity note saying that “The Doctor knows the fate of the human factor Daleks” doesn’t really fly.

"Sam shuddered. The Doctor was really getting himself worked up. "There’s no appealing to their better nature, then?" "I tried that once," he admitted. "I don’t think it worked."{{{2}}}

Basically I’d argue that this line makes just as much sense coming after Children of the Revolution, as it does coming after Evil of the Daleks. And even then it’s still an incredibly vague reference. SarahJaneFan 10:31, June 27, 2020 (UTC)

stop just stop[edit source]

why dodo keep getting rid of a stitch in time from the doctor when its canon and it happened just stop. A stitch in time 2 12:38, July 4, 2020 (UTC)

Master edit[edit source]

Hi, can I ask the reason behind this edit? {{section stub}} is a template that is supposed to identify where an article is missing info and, as such, is extremely helpful. Thanks in advance, --Borisashton 23:19, July 31, 2020 (UTC)

I see. Would you be bothered too much if I added them back? Cutting down on existing info is one thing but I think actively obscuring appearances not yet covered as part of this effort is detrimental to the wiki's goal to be a comprehensive encyclopedia and could be seen as a T:NPOV violation. Even just the template's acknowledgement that a story happened in that part of the timeline is better than nothing.
All in all, I commend your efforts but I don't think completely omitting info is the way to go to solve the Special:Longpages problem. The article is no longer the longest, at least. To comply with that request, more than half the article still needs to be expunged and the Master is currently a recurring character in the television series and multiple spin-offs. It will keep getting longer whether we like it or not so there's no need to favour the new releases to the ones not yet covered. Try to cover every story as consicely as possible is what I'm saying, I guess. --Borisashton 23:28, August 1, 2020 (UTC)

Re: error[edit source]

Hi I don't know for sure how this works, but I can tell you what I've seen User:CzechOut post to others who have asked similar questions in the past.

Basically the wiki (and I presume all wikis) work on GMT, so if you are in a different time zone, it's possible to think you are making an edit on one day when the wiki considers it another day. If this doesn't sound like it answers your question, you can try asking User:CzechOut. Shambala108 22:12, August 14, 2020 (UTC)

Sorry to jump in, but I believe I know the answer to this one. I see you live in Buckingham. The wiki actually works on UTC which is usually the same time as Britain but we are in British Summer Time at the moment and will be until October. BST is an hour ahead of UTC so your contributions on 10 August at 00:30 BST instead registered as 23:30 on 9 August meaning you didn't technically edit on the tenth and thus lost your progress. --Borisashton 22:31, August 14, 2020 (UTC)
Tricked out by time on this wiki. How ironic. - BananaClownMan 22:33, August 14, 2020 (UTC)

Small timeline reservation[edit source]

Hi, I have a small issue with the timeline layout concerning the "awaiting placement" and "currently unplaced" sections. These sections are incredibly similar in their explanation for what they're for:

Currently unplaced

These entries are placed here due to being part of an ongoing storyline that has yet to offer sufficient enough evidence to be placed in a specific part of this Doctor's timeline.

Awaiting placement

These entries are placed here until evidence presents itself that provides a clue as to where they happen in relation to other entries. Some of these are part of ongoing storylines that could present evidence towards the end of the plot.

The main issue is that the "Awaiting placement" section also allows ongoing storylines, when that's the explicit role of the "currently unplaced" section. I'd suggest we rewrite both of them to make them clearer, though, something along these lines:

Currently unplaced

These entries are part of an ongoing storyline and are placed here until further evidence arises in the stories to come.

Awaiting placement

These entries are placed here until a suitable position in the timeline can be determined based on the available evidence.

These are more to-the-point than the originals, and more clearly define what each section should be for. It also makes it clear that the first section is about waiting for time while the second one is about waiting for effort on the editor's part. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Danochy 01:13, August 21, 2020 (UTC)

Sweet, I'll get right to it :-) Danochy 11:21, August 21, 2020 (UTC)

Template:McKee[edit source]

Hey, follow up to our conversation here. I'm still not 100% sure what to do about it, but feel like since you made it I should probably pawn the problem off to you before making a forum thread or anything. Najawin 01:07, August 23, 2020 (UTC)

Eh, fair enough. Najawin 17:02, August 23, 2020 (UTC)
Just FYI, I noticed that Shambala deleted it after our conversation here. So it's currently a dead template. Najawin 05:06, September 29, 2020 (UTC)

Supremacy of the Cybermen main enemy[edit source]

Hi, I noticed that you changed the main enemy on Supremacy of the Cybermen (comic story) back to Cyber-Controller (Supremacy of the Cybermen) and I was wondering if I've missed something, because I've seen on numerous pages that the "main enemy" of several Cybermen stories have been individual Cyber-Leaders or Cyber-Controllers, which, to me, feels somewhat strange as it means that for most Cybermen stories, the Cybermen themselves aren't labelled as the main enemies. In terms of Supremacy of the Cybermen, I thought Rassilon and the Cybermen were more appropriate for the main enemies as Rassilon is a central antagonist until the end, whereas the Cyber-Controller only shows up at the end, plus the Cybermen are major villains everywhere else. It seems quite bizarre to just list the Cyber-Controller as the main enemy.CyberFoundries900 12:17, September 27, 2020 (UTC)

The Doctor (Battlefield)[edit source]

Concerning your merge tag on The Doctor (Alien Bodies): in which story is the Battlefield Doctor suggested to be the Doctor's final incarnation? I read through all his stories a while back when rewriting his page, and that never stood out to me. – N8 (/👁️) 04:59, September 28, 2020 (UTC)

Redirects to sandboxes[edit source]

Hi, just letting you know that when you search for a Doctor (e.g. type in "Tenth Doctor" in the search bar) your sandbox page is recommended in the drop down thing, thanks to the redirect pages you've created. Now I'm not sure if there are any rules on the matter, but it's really not ideal to have sandbox pages to be so visible to visitors to this site. Just thought I'd talk to you first, so you can either take this matter into your own hands or make your argument as to why they should be kept. All the best, Danochy 21:21, September 28, 2020 (UTC)

I have no problem at all with your sandboxes existing, and I'm sure they will remain a valuable resource if those articles are stripped down, I just don't think sandboxes (of any kind) should be popping up in the search results. Danochy 21:38, September 28, 2020 (UTC)
User:Danochy is right to point this out. When you named your sandboxes "something Doctor (BCM)", you unintentionally implied (based on the naming policies of this wiki) that there is a story called BCM that the Dcotors appeared in. Also, when you created the redirects, you left the incorrect names intact, creating the problem mentioned by Danochy above. In the future, 1. tell an admin if you need something deleted and 2. don't name your sandboxes anything except what is already accepted as stated at Tardis:User pages thanks Shambala108 02:15, September 29, 2020 (UTC)

T:BOUND and the Dalek Thread[edit source]

Hey, I'm glad you agree with my arguments and all, but that thread has yet to be closed. On paper, you are in egregious breach of Tardis:You are bound by current policy with your edits to Black Dalek Leader and suchlike. I don't actually think these edits need to be reverted at this point because that thread is moving towards a clear resolution, but… still.

So, consider this a serious warning. I'd hate to have to make you the first person I have to block, as an admin here at Tardis. And that's not a passive-aggressive thread, that's an absolutely genuine sentiment. You are in most respect a great and productive editors! But you must follow the rules in these matters. --Scrooge MacDuck 15:35, October 2, 2020 (UTC)

Plagiarism & block[edit source]

…Well, my message above stands at testament that I didn't want it to come to this, but you are now blocked for a period of one month.

On top of the already egregious T:BOUND breaches detailed above, you have ported the contents of User:NateBumber's sandbox over to Mark Seven wholesale, without giving attribution. Not only is this a failure of T:BOUND because no admin decision had been made on whether to merge, but, more importantly, this falls squarely under the umbrella of T:THEFT.

This is a policy that absolutely must be respected at all times and I find it hard to believe (albeit not impossible) that an experienced editor like you didn't know about it. In any event, and with your having a well-furnished history of blocks in the past, I have no choice but to give you that block and tell you to please heed this warning and not edit so recklessly again.

You are of course free to present an apology/explanation on my talk page on another Wiki; Community Central is traditional.

With no ill feelings, --Scrooge MacDuck 17:31, October 2, 2020 (UTC)

Curator timeline[edit source]

Hey, might I enquire as to why you moved around Dr Black and Canaries in the Curator's biography? With timeline-theorising banned in the main namespace, usual practice is to stick with release order unless there are obvious reasons not to, in such matters. So if you have some obvious reasons I should like to know them, as I certainly didn't spot them upon reading either of these stories.

Oh, and, no hard feelings about the block, by the by, I hope? I'm glad to see you back with us. I'm terribly sorry I didn't reply to your message on my wall on the $crooge McDuck Wiki; it turns out I no longer get notifications from messages on my talk page in the UCP, or at least not in the same way I used to. Also, in my defence, I had advised you contact me on Community Central in this instance, in my blocking message — not on $MW.

Mind you, I don't think you were asking for a reduction of the ban per se, reading it now? And with T:THEFT I wouldn't have had much latitude to do so. So I don't suppose it materially changed anything. Still, this could all have been handled better; sorry there. I'm at least glad you understand what you did wrong with regards to T:THEFT, and that you will refamiliarise yourself (or, by now, have done so) with T:BOUND. Let us hope neither of us is ever put in that situation again, eh?

I await your replies on both points most eagerly. --Scrooge MacDuck 22:23, November 2, 2020 (UTC)

This rule is the reason we've got the Theory:Timeline namespace. Time was, timelines were part of the main namespace, and, where available, story pages would include our "best guesses" as to which stories took place before and after. This got too confusing and speculative for our liking, so we shunted the whole thing off to a side-namespace that's not counted as "part of the Wiki", but is more like one big collaborative sandbox.
More generally, endless arguments about timelines and chronology often turn into edit wars, so that's another good reason to avoid them.
A good test-case is the order Season 26 stories go in on Seventh Doctor and Ace: there are convincing, but ultimately esoteric, pieces of evidence towards the original authorially-intended production order, rather than the broadcast order, being the correct in-universe timeline of events. But they were just too thin and vaporous for us to quite agree on them, so we stuck with our presumption to list TV stories by broadcast order, even so.
…Oh, also, the issue wasn't that you magpied another user's sandbox without their permission, per se. Permission would have been preferred, but that's not the main issue. The main issue is that you didn't give the user credit in your edit summary. (And there's a further issue, which is that the sandbox was itself an amalgam of work already done by other users on the various pages that were to be merged; consequently all those editors "should" also have been credited in the edit summary, if you were doing the merge manually rather than by merging page histories.) --Scrooge MacDuck 23:00, November 2, 2020 (UTC)

Re: Apology[edit source]

Oh, thank you for such a nice apology! It didn't bother me too much, and I didn't mean for you to get banned when I pointed it out for attribution's sake. Your apology was unexpected but very much appreciated, and it more than makes up for it. I hope you're well, and I look forward to editing with you again! – N8 (/👁️) 00:42, November 3, 2020 (UTC)

Master title[edit source]

Hey! W/ regards to a recent edit of yours, I left a message at Talk:The Master where your input would be more than welcome. --Scrooge MacDuck 18:12, November 6, 2020 (UTC)

Re:Eleventh Doctor timeline[edit source]

Hi, thanks for contacting me. I'm happy to discuss The Power of Three, but would also like to talk about a couple other things too.

First, here are the reasons for placing the back-ups during The Power of Three.

  1. There isn't a huge gap on Earth between TDTWATW and Pond Life. We could assume a year passes for them between there, but that's really not ideal.
  2. It's already tight between the beginning of Pond Life and Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.
  3. The Power of Three doesn't give any indication as to whether the Doctor visited the Ponds between October and their anniversary. When Amy references the "nine months", she's talking about the cubes. While that really should be closer to 10 or 11 months, that can be put down to a continuity error more than anything. (AMY: "And the cubes, well, they're just here. Still. What's it been, nine months? People are just taking them for granted.")

Hence why The Power of Three is the best gap for the back-ups.

Now onto your removal of the "second chance with the Ponds" section, which held most stories released after The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe. It makes perfect sense to me that the Doctor would return to travelling with the Ponds soon after they were reunited, and yet you insist that these stories be placed prior to The God Complex, making that gap far too big, considering the strong arc it has going on, as well as putting them way out of release order.

We made sure all the stories we put after TDTWTW had no reason to go earlier. For example we left Vengeance of the Atomon before TGC as it references an earlier DWA comic. We also left four of the 2-in-1 novels there as Terrible Lizards has a note indicating it should be before Wedding. So this wasn't a random change we made, we were very careful about it.

One last thing: Destiny of the Doctor should probably be earlier, as it doesn't suit the mood the Doctor would be in after losing Amy and Rory. Neither does Decky Flamboon, but that can't be avoided. I'm not sure if the God Complex-Wedding gap or the Wedding-TDTWATW gap would be best though, or perhaps even pre-The Impossible Astronaut?

Hope these explanations are to your satisfaction, Danochy 02:17, November 8, 2020 (UTC)

Hi, apologies for the late reply, I took a bit of a break to focus on exams.
In regards to the backup comics, I guess the way it is placed now works just as well as during the Power gap.
As for the "second chance with the Pond", I'm not entirely convinced. Yes, they are travelling less and less, but that is not until Pond Life. It makes more sense to me that they'd have been travelling with the Doctor more frequently in the months before Pond Life, because otherwise the last time they travelled frequently with the Doctor would be over two years ago (as per the two years line in TDTWATW); if that were the case, why would they suddenly notice the lack of travelling they've been doing?
Finally, the Eleventh Doctor would say "It's something Pond would say" whether or not she was a current companion. All the line indicates is that she's not currently aboard the TARDIS. That said, I guess the context would be crucial there. Danochy 04:26, November 20, 2020 (UTC)
Hey, well done on your new job! Hope it's been going well for you. Apologies for the late reply (again) - this time I somehow completely missed your message and only saw it when reading your latest message.
Your points on the name are certainly valid, and I have no attachment to calling it a "second chance", so you can name it however you think is best. We should, of course, keep an eye out for any evidence that would preclude placement in that gap, but for now there doesn't seem to be a problem with placing several stories there.
Thanks for doing the research on NotW. Glad we've got that line sorted. So I guess the tweed jacket means it should be placed either side of The Snowmen. Did you find 11 to be downcast enough for pre-Snowmen placement? From memory he seems pretty upbeat in The Time Machine, although it's a while since I listened. Danochy 22:36, 2 December 2020 (UTC)

Merry Christmas[edit source]

Merry Christmas to you too!

Thanks for the festive message, it was warming to receive. Although I doubt I'd ever be an admin, as I'm not particularly suitable for that role, but the thought is appreciated.

15:34, 24 December 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for the Christmas message![edit source]

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too! Sorry if you get loads of replies like this, I just felt it was necessary to thank you because I genuinely didn't expect that. It's really nice though, thank you. :) CyberFoundries900 16:01, 24 December 2020 (UTC)

Merry Christmas[edit source]

Thanks, and a Nadolig Llawen to you from Wales! -- Saxon (✉️) 19:59, 24 December 2020 (UTC)

Merry Christmas[edit source]

Merry Christmas to you as well. I hope you have a safe and happy holidays. Here's hoping for a good new year. LauraBatham 23:08, 24 December 2020 (UTC)

Merry Christmas[edit source]

Thanks for the kind words. I hope you have a safe and merry Christmas and a happy New Year too.

SherlockTheII 00:16, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Merry Christmas[edit source]

Thanks! And a very merry christmas to you too! Danochy 03:23, 26 December 2020 (UTC)

Yes, thank you for the merry Christmas wish BCM, and I hope yours was good as well! – n8 () 19:54, 26 December 2020 (UTC)

RE: Merry Christmas[edit source]

Hey pal ^_^ Sorry for the late reply; Christmas keeps me super busy. Thank you for the wishes! I hope you had a Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year soon. All the best :) Snivy The coolest Pokemon ever 13:17, 27 December 2020 (UTC)

Paradox Moon[edit source]

Politely, your repeated changes are unhelpful and incorrect. Template:Infobox Story/doc/novel makes it very clear that the featuring field is being used properly as is; T:PREFIX explicitly says that prefixes are for "[giving a] source for a statement of fact in an article" [emphasis mine], not simply referring to an episode or book. Et al (or etc) is common usage on this wiki in reference to multiple relevant sources (e.g.), and there's even a forum thread discussing whether to use et al vs etc in general that we can't currently access due to forum issues. Were you to replace et al with etc, that's understandable, given the current debate, but there's simply no justification for removing it all together. At best then we can quibble over how to interpret the line about Clara not dying, but it seems far more likely to refer to a timeline in which she left normal constraints of linear time and thus failed to die than one where she simply died at a later date. None of this is correct (except very very possibly the Clara point, but that's deeply unlikely), none of it is helpful, and in some instances there is clear policy against the changes you are trying to make. Najawin 01:22, 29 January 2021 (UTC)

The Master's early life[edit source]

Hey! Just saw that you created a sandbox you titled "The Master's early life", but which you wrote as though it concerned the Master's first incarnation (…sort of; you go as far as his leaving Gallifrey despite it being often suggested he regenerated a bunch of times before he turned Renegade!). Obviously your sandboxes are your own, but would you mind terribly calling it something else, like "First Master" or "The Master's first incarnation"? As there is currently a proposal at Talk:The Master for a The Master's early life page in the main namespace which would have a very different setup and purview, being instead about the various accounts of the Master's lives, plural, prior to Delgado. Scrooge MacDuck 15:35, 10 February 2021 (UTC)

Also, with regards to User:BananaClownMan/Sandbox/The Master (War Chief): placing Koschei after the War Chief is intriguing, but I dunno. I think it makes more sense to place the Dark Path Koschei as early as possible — I have him down as immediately after the Janet Dibley Pavo in my own speculative timeline. The CIA File Extracts illustration of the Master on Gallifrey fits the physical description of Koschei in Dark Path quite nicely, don't you think?
(Note, incidentally, that although we cover them as such from the available evidence, it is quite possible that the Cwej Koschei is a different incarnation from the Dark Path Koschei, as he alludes to already having used the "Master" moniker before; he may be the incarnation directly after Dark Path, still flip-flopping between being "the Master" and being "Koschei".)
If we want to take the FASA Monk thing seriously, I'd say #5 is Dark Path!Koschei, #6 is Butterworth. (Or #4 as Dark Path!Koschei and #5 as Cwej!Koschei if you separate them.) I am inclined to put Dreyfus down as #8 or #9, and to have Kriegslieter go directly into Delgado (#12? let's go with #12 for this timeline), meaning I place Brayshaw as #10 and Kriegslieter as #11. Scrooge MacDuck 17:17, 10 February 2021 (UTC)

First Doctor Alternate Timelines edit[edit source]

Hey, I just wanted to explain why I previously reformatted the "Alternate timelines" heading on First Doctor as sub-heading 1. I've done this before on pages such as Dalek and Cyberman because, at least this is how I've always interpreted the situation, alternate timeline events are technically detailing the page subject's history in alternate timelines, therefore it always seemed more logical to me that such info should be attached to the end of the "History" section, rather than a main section immediately afterwards. I apologise if these title edits are incorrect, and, if so, I'll stop doing such edits and will revert any that I find. Thalek Prime Overseer 09:55, 28 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi again. Apologies for the late reply. In response to your message on my talk page, I'd argue that, although alternate timeline events happen outside of a Doctor's natural chronology, they are still technically, at their core, "history", just not the "main" history. It's like how the "Psychological profile" sections have sub-sections distinguishing from habits, personalities, and skills, rather than regular headings; they're different from each other, but fit under the same umbrella term. Therefore I believe that the title "Alternate timelines" should be a sub-heading of "History" and not a regular heading. Thalek Prime Overseer 23:37, 19 March 2021 (UTC)

VR vs TLA[edit source]

TLA belongs to a category of games often called "Phone Take Over" or something similar. Kaigan Games is known for this, with pretty much all of their games being these style of games. The idea is that you open up the app and it emulates a version of someone else's phone you've found and through that tells a story (eg, looking through their contacts list helps you find out why they went missing, or you can call/text fake individuals to get prerecorded messages and piece together what happened the night they disappeared). It's first person in the sense that old RPGs are first person, there's no distinct protagonist and it's you doing the actions. It's not really VR though, there's no virtual reality you're experiencing. (I guess you could maybe call it AR? But that's a stretch.) Najawin 23:02, 19 March 2021 (UTC)

Template[edit source]

Hey, you're welcome to do what you like in userpage sandboxes, but if you create templates in the main template namespace they have to abide by current policy. You can't have a navbox with your name in the title, and which does things like treat the Shalka and Curse of Fatal Death Masters as alternate universes. (To expound on those errors: not only is the Shalka Master mostly invalid right now, but insofar as he's not, it's through his appearance in Sometime Never... as a ghost-thing, which is inarguably in the "main" universe! And as for Curse, it takes place in the mainstream DWU. Possibly in an alternate timeline within that DWU, but that is very different from a parallel universe Master like Kisgart.)

Now, I have deleted that template; please tell me if you want me to move its content to a sandbox or if you had them backed up yourself, but they cannot remain in the main template namespace.

As for other bits of constructive criticism if you continue to work on this in a sandbox: you're missing the "Merlin" Master, and as for the link to the Monk, probably if we split the Master we'll also split the Monk, and only the page about Butterworth will be treated as "maybe it's an incarnation of the Master, maybe it's an incarnation of the Monk"; there's no reason to mislead our readers into thinking there is the slightest possibility in valid source that Rufus Hound & Co. were the Master. Scrooge MacDuck 10:42, 6 May 2021 (UTC)

There you go, then! Scrooge MacDuck 11:08, 6 May 2021 (UTC)

banana[edit source]

clown man

Timeline changes[edit source]

Good afternoon, I just want to assure you that I’m not trying to make any changes to the timeline as it currently stands with the multiple timelines idea. Of course I understand you may be concerned as you’ve put work into them that I’m trying to separate out the continuities. That’s not what I’m aiming for here. The idea is that the timeline as it is now, will remain as a multi-media timeline, while others will be added to the page specifically for separate continuities. So for example, someone will come to the timeline and be able to see an all inclusive multi-media timeline page, or maybe they’re just looking for a BF listening order and they can look at that instead. It just gives different options to people and also doesn’t take away from anything that’s already there.

As I say, by nature of it being a theory page, nothing in it is representative of the views of the wiki at large. Making a BF or Virgin only timeline isn’t an implication that they actually take place in alternate universes, it’s just a way of viewing the different continuities carved out by various licensees, which is interesting to some as much as a multi-media timeline is to others. The key thing here is that there’s really no right or wrong answer when it comes to timelines. So someone should be well within their rights to come to the wiki and see a timeline that caters to only one specific continuity. I myself do believe in The multi-media approach, but like I say other options are available and why not cater to that too?

The mods haven’t had an issue with multiple timelines sitting on a single page before, and I’ve had the okay to try this tab approach out, so I’m not sure what else I can say? At the end of the day. All I can do is assure you that the timelines as they currently stand aren’t being altered, extra ones are simply being added. SarahJaneFan 13:21, 6 June 2021 (UTC)

Hello again, I just wanted to update you on the situation. We messed around with the tab system a bit and tested it out, but we found too many technical issues with it to continue. So I’m sure you’ll be pleased to hear that we’ve abandoned the idea and won’t be going through with it.
However while I’ve got you, there are a few other things I’d like to discuss.
Myself and User:Danochy would seriously like to propose that we start using reference links as a way to present evidence in the timelines. It’s so much easier to just say “Set after The Monster of Peladon” with a link to the footnotes with an exact quote that proves the story is set after The Monster of Peladon than a user trying to explain everything in their own words. Particularly as this can be misconstrued, or bias can get in the way. With the reflinks, there’s less room for mistakes.
We particularly need a way of making things more clear and concise on the pages, so as not to cause confusion or end up with incorrect placements.
Just recently you’ve incorrectly altered my own edits of The Unzal Incursion and House because you’ve prioritised misinformation from elsewhere over my own experience of the stories. Now I know this isn’t your intention and you didn’t mean any harm by it, and of course you’ve apologised as well.
However these incidents aren’t isolated, it’s fairly often this sort of stuff happens. Danochy and myself put a great deal of effort into researching and updating these timelines. Before we came along there was so much painfully wrong about them. Mainly because they’re primarily based around the reference guide (which is mostly accurate but outdated and sometimes incorrect) and eyespider (which even the guy who created it admits can’t really be trusted) so we tracked down the stories we needed to and set to work.
But any time we try to do anything, you just revert it. You do it to everyone, and it’s not the first time we’ve had a conversation about this. Now I know I can be prone to that sort of thing as well, but honestly I don’t know wish to do it and it’s more of a fighting fire with fire type deal. Maybe not the best solution but there you go. I just wish you would sometimes step back and trust others to make edits on the timelines. It truly feels like you’re “in charge” of the timelines and everyone else has to seek your approval. Because let’s face it, no matter what edits anyone makes, it always falls under your scrutiny when you do one of your sweeps and then you align it with your vision again.
I just wish it didn’t have to be this way and I didn’t have to feel this way. In my heart of hearts, I want us to agree on everything, get along and not have issues. But I feel like every time I edit the timelines it’s two steps forward and one step back.
Now of course these are public timelines, and anyone can edit as they. But the issue arises when you start to take stewardship over them and control nearly every aspect. It legitimately feels as though I work for you because you get every benefit from the timelines and I feel as though I do all that research for nothing.
I truly don’t know where to go from here. We’ve tried using talk pages on timelines to suggest ideas. Ignored. We’ve tried talking to you directly. Ignored. We’ve tried playing you at what we perceive to be your own game and of course we get nowhere like that either. We have so many ideas for how to improve the timelines, but time and time again it feels like we’re immediately shutdown and it’s thrown in our faces. And for what? It’s not like you’re an admin either. But somehow I find that I have to come to you to get permission to do anything.
I’m truly sorry for any offence I’ve caused, but I needed to get my feelings out in the open. I want so badly for things to change but right now we are stuck in our ways. This started off as a brief message but soon turned into something of a rant. For that I’m also sorry. I really don’t wish to cause you any distress, I’m simply at the end of my tether and don’t know what to do. I just wish you’d hear me, and I consider some of the things I have to say.
Sincerely, SJF. SarahJaneFan 23:57, 7 June 2021 (UTC)
Firstly I’d like to wish you all the best at your new job and with your new home.
So, I admit that we jumped the gun with the tab idea, but we were just testing things out anyway. We got excited and as I mentioned, I myself was somewhat frustrated at the time.
I do understand your protectiveness of the timelines, but as we all know they are public and for everyone. I’m constantly told I have to put up with things I don’t like on the timelines because they’re public, so we all have to make concessions. So yeah it would be nice if you could trust in other editors and step back from time to time, but I understand where you’re coming from.
I like the idea for the nb notes, and I’ve tried it out. I have to say however it does look incredibly similar to the reflinks although that may just be because I’m on mobile. Either which way, I guess it separates the website links and the notes. Thank you for that suggestion.
I would like to address your point about the Sixth Doctor timeline however it’s going to be a bit long so I’ll create a subheading for that particular point alone down below.
Thanks again

SJF SarahJaneFan 14:46, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

Sixth Doctor timeline discussion[edit source]

Now you mention the Sixth Doctor timeline as an example but actually I feel like that works to support my earlier point. It shouldn’t be taken as read that all stories where the Doctor is paranoid about his future are listed that way, primarily because there’s not actually so many stories that fit that criteria as you may think.

Most of the stories involve the Doctor simply being upset and mistrustful of the Time Lords in light of the recent events of Trial, rather than having anything to do with the Valeyard himself.

And Spindle of Necessity involves the Doctor basically at rock bottom, hiding in despair from his future in fear of the day he becomes the Valeyard. However he is told by Atropos that this is only a potential future, and this rejuvenates his travelling spirit.

Currently the timeline page suggests that the Doctor is living as a recluse on Torrok in Time Of Your Life because he’s paranoid about meeting Mel and becoming the Valeyard. I’ve done some research and this isn’t entirely true. The Doctor is certainly avoiding Mel, but it isn’t the reason he’s hiding on Torrok. He’s actually hiding on Torrok from the Time Lords who are trying to convince him to go on a mission for them, and naturally with this being soon after Trial, he is insulted by this and hides away on Torrok for two months to avoid them before finally giving in and running the mission.

In my opinion, his characterisation makes a lot more sense if Spindle of Necessity comes first, where we’re shown the Doctor at his lowest following Trial. Each subsequent story shows the Doctor slowly recovering from his Trial before he’s finally back to his old self. Even his reluctance to meet Mel makes sense after Spindle, assuming that now he knows the Valeyard timeline is avoidable he’s chosen to keep away from Mel as a way of averting it. In Business Unusual, it’s even established that for his whole post-Trial life he intentionally took on atypical companions as a means of avoiding Mel and skirting the Valeyard timeline so it’s not just an issue he faces in the immediate post-Trial days.

And while we’re on the topic of this period in the Sixth Doctor’s life I’d also suggest that there really shouldn’t be too big a gap between The Ultimate Foe and The Marian Conspiracy.

  • The older Doctor in The Wrong Doctors suggests that the younger Doctor visit Sheffield Hallam University after dropping off Mel.
  • The Doctor makes a comment in The Marian Conspiracy about causing the genocide of a species that could be construed as him not being entirely over the events of Trial yet.
  • The Doctor alludes to travelling with Peri recently in Arrangements for War.
  • The Doctor’s later travels with Evelyn take place within the 10 years of the Fifth Doctor, Peri and Erimem era. And as Peri is established to have known the Doctor for 12 years in The Sixth Doctor and Peri boxset, and was separated from him for five years after Trial, that suggests that the Sixth Doctor and Peri travelled together for anywhere between 5 and 7 years before Trial.

So nothing here is explicit, but there’s a few tidbits suggesting a smaller gap than perhaps we might currently have. I particularly disagree with the recent move of the Jago & Litefoot series to pre-Evelyn, although I agree it should be before Charley joins.

Back to the point at hand, I again just think an overhaul may even be necessary on a few of the timelines because there really is a lot of misleading information. Like just the other day I found out that Excelis Dawns takes place on the way back to Frontios rather than on the way to Kolkokron as both the reference guide and this wiki have suggested for years.

And tbh, The Carrionite's Curse probably sits best layer in Six’s timeline because he carries a book by Professor Litefoot that was published in 1899 and personally signed. As the Doctor generally speaking meets J&L in order, this would mean The Carrionite’s Curse likely comes after his other meetings with them. At least after his appearance in J&L itself anyway. SarahJaneFan 14:46, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

Fifth Doctor Timeline - Quiz Books[edit source]

Hi, I just wanted to approach you about a possible change to the Fifth Doctor timeline. I think I already know what the answer will be, but if you don’t ask you don’t get.

So currently we have the various quiz books listed as individual short stories on the timeline, but I think it might be better if we just cover them under one entry per book. I believe the reason they’re listed as short stories on the main wiki space is actually to get around the fact that there’s some fourth wall breaking stuff in there. So essentially they’ve taken all the subheadings that are entirely in-universe and called them short stories.

But the thing is, they’re not really short stories, at least not entirely. Some of them are literally just a paragraph, and in the case of the Quiz Book of Magic, it is effectively just one story about the Doctor teaching Tegan and Nyssa magic.

We don’t necessarily need to cover stories in exactly the same way that the wiki main space does. Although really this sort of thing is really inconsistent and seems to be covered a certain way depending on the opinion of the person making the page. Time in Office for example is absolutely an anthology of four individual stories, but because Big Finish didn’t advertise it this way, the wiki treats it as a single story. So yeah there’s no consistent rule for this sort of thing.

But I think based on the content of these books and how they’re presented, at least in the context of the one I have tracked down, it makes more sense to cover them under a single entry than as a group of several short stories. It’d certainly look better on the timeline too, as it’s not really necessary to have a whole subheading for an obscure quiz book from the 80s which is effectively just one story anyway.

I eagerly await your thoughts, SJF SarahJaneFan 23:24, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

Great! Will do, thanks! SarahJaneFan 23:36, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

Infoboxes[edit source]

Hi, I hope you are well. I was just wondering if you could direct me to where it was decided that the characters listed in the infoboxes should only be referred to by a single name? LauraBatham 03:26, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

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