The goal of the Doctor Who Concordance is to be a reliable, concise guide to all readers in its description of the Doctor Who universe and associated material. To this end, it is necessary for us to restrict to some extent the type of information we accept.

Summary of policy

Articles need to cite each resource used as the basis for their information. Generally, everything seen or heard in any episode or special of the franchise can be used as a resource for an article.

Canonicity and its usage

The term "canon", although widely used by followers of materials set within the Doctor Who universe, is a misnomer. No evidence exists to suggest any Doctor Who production team, past or present, has laid down a comprehensive set of guidelines for what would be accepted nor provided a list of materials set within the fictional universe. In fact, two showrunners - Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat - have firmly stated that the program does not and has never had a canon, with Davies content to allow individual fans to form their own ideas on what "exists" in the fictional universe, while Moffat cites the program's unique premise as not allowing the idea of a canon.

The basis for the Doctor Who Concordance is the idea that the Doctor Who franchise's televised material should be treated as independent from its expanded universe material and left unburdened by the divergent outcomes shown in said material that are often irreconcilable. It does not go without saying that, as would be expected in a franchise consisting of four different series and spanning almost fifty years, universal consistency is definitely not a given. However, this does not preclude the existence of an overall intent that may allow certain aberrations to be ignored in favour of more well-established material. It is not the Doctor Who Concordance's intention to create a canon where there was none before, but to provide a navigable guide to Doctor Who and its spin-offs that does not strain to fit in information that was never intended to form a cohesive whole across numerous media.
Beyond its usage on this page, which is named for convenience due to its familiarity to Wikia users, the concept of a canon for the Doctor Who franchise should not be used for the Doctor Who Concordance due to the inaccuracy of the term when applied to the franchise.


Episodes and specials

Articles should not be created for subjects that are not seen or heard of in an episode or special.

Production and reference materials

  1. Reference works created by production staff
  2. Material used day-to-day by production staff
    • Any writer/director's guide for a series (aka "Writer's Bible")
    • Any scripts of an episode; provided that spelling can be used as valid resources, but will not take precedence over spelling seen on-screen in an episode.
  3. Other information derived from production staff
  4. Reference works created by non-production staff

The only exception to the exclusion of production or reference material not seen on-screen from the main body of an article is for naming or titling items or people that were seen on-screen but not referred to by name or title. For example, names such as Green and Sellick were not mentioned on-screen, but are derived from production sources. The primary reason for this is to avoid creating a large number of "unnamed" subject pages when an official name already exists. In the event that any of this information contradicts on-screen information, however, then the information stated on-screen will take precedence. Also, dates for certain events in the Doctor Who universe (such as 2875 for "Revenge of the Cybermen") that were derived from reference materials may be used. This is to prevent labelling a number of serials or episodes as being set in the 20th century, 26th century, etc. A background note explaining where the source was derived from should be provided and, as with the naming rule above, are to be ignored should they be contradicted on screen.