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The Best Doctor Who Sites on the Web
So you’ve discovered, or rediscovered or re-committed yourself to Doctor Who and have decided that you need to devote more of your time and energy to the legendary British sci-fi icon? Or maybe, with only a relative handful of new episodes per season you need some people to commiserate with?
In any case, after more than 50 years there are societies, communities and resources devoted to Gallifrey’s favorite son, some of which are very old. Obviously Doctor Who and the internet were a natural fit and there are any number of official sites, fan sites, social media sites, podcasts, YouTube channels and more. This will, by no means, be an extensive list but it will be more than enough to get you started on your new life as a Whovian.
We’ll start with the Official BBC, or BBC approved sites because they are official. There are a lot of rumors among who fans. Your best bet to get reliable information, as well as images, desktop wallpapers, games and other stuff is the official sites.
First there is the official BBC site. It is loaded with special features, interviews, clips, games, images, and other who stuff from the BBC. It is also regularly updated, even when there is no new Doctor Who happening on television.
There is also DoctorWho.tv, another doctor who site by the BBC with event information, games, articles and lots of Doctor Who shopping opportunities.
One of the best sources available for Doctor Who information is the BBC’s official Doctor Who Magazine. The official website doesn’t have a ton of articles, but there are a few. What it primarily has is the subscription form for the magazine
You might also want to check out the Doctor Who Experience. You’d have to go to Cardiff to actually have the Doctor Who Experience but at least you can see what you’re missing and, via the magic of the internet, you can still visit the gift shop.
You might also want to visit Big Finish. They are the folks in charge of the Doctor Who audio plays. Not everyone likes radio plays, but it is Doctor Who and you’ll find adventures, featuring your favorite Doctors, that you’ve never seen on television.
The official site for Doctor Who in the United States is BBCAmerica.com/doctor-who and there is a site for Canada at Space.ca. These are not going to have much that the official BBC (UK) sites do not have, but if you’re in the US or Canada they might be useful for finding accurate local information, such as air dates and times.
Some Great Fan Sites
Wikia has a great Doctor Who Wiki there may not be a great deal of interactivity options here but it's a good place to get fast answers to your Doctor Who questions. Given the shows long history, the Doctor's many incarnations, the many companions he has had and the number of alien races he has encountered you will definitely have Doctor Who questions especially if you are new to all of this. There is a second Wikia Doctor Who wiki "Tardis Data Core" that is also excellent. Dig through both of them until you pick a favorite, but keep them both bookmarked in any case.
The Doctor Who Site is appropriately named and an excellent online hub of Doctor Who info. This includes news, merchandise, information on spin off programs, history and timelines.
Galifrey One is dedicated to a single purpose; running the oldest Doctor Who convention in the world. The convention takes place in February, in Los Angeles. Tickets to their events sell out quickly but they always have an amazing list of guests from the program and an opportunity to spend some time with would be Gallifreyans from around the world.
Doctor Who News is just what it sounds like. If you want constant updates on Doctor Who shows and other media, collectibles, info on the Doctor Who cast (past and present) and pretty much anything else related, you should have this bookmarked. It is also the home of Gallifrey Base which is the best (and busiest) Doctor Who message board on the net.
The Doctor Who Forum is not only a forum, it also has blogs, activities and discussion of non-Who topics such as other, popular, sci-fi programs.
I'm not big on fan fiction myself, but if you are then Whofic.com would seem to be the place for it. To date they have more than 36 thousand pieces of fan fiction from more than 4 thousand authors.
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society is something more akin to a traditional fanclub than most of the Who fan sites you'll find online but after more than 30 years in existence it obviously has a great deal of appeal for a great many Whovians.
Who Is Your Favorite Doctor
Gallifreyan script, the written language of Gallifrey doesn't play a large role in the show most of the time but based on a few samples people have figured out a way to translate and write it. If you're interested in learning to write Gallifreyan (something that only seriously dedicated Whovians will be able to read) here are a few places where you can get started.
Katharine Trendacosta at io9 has condensed learning Gallifreyan to "9 Simple Steps." If those 9 steps don't work for you, the "Fandom Entanglement" Tumblr offers "Learn Gallifreyan in 13 Easy Timelines." Instructables offers a step by step guide and both they and Timey-Wimey.com have PDFs you can download with Gallifreyan writing instructions.
Learning to write in Gallifreyan may never be "helpful" to you in any real sense, but it should earn you some serious bragging rights, even among most Dr. Who fans.
Doctor Who on Twitter
For a show that has been on the air as long as Doctor Who has and that has involved as many actors and crew, the Doctor is poorly represented on Twitter. But there are still quite a few accounts that you might want to check out. I've also included some folks from Torchwood and the Sarah Jane adventures. If you’d like to follow the whole list or add a bunch of people quickly, go here. You can also find Doctor Who on Facebook and Tumblr.
- Paul McGann – Played the 8th (and shortest lived) Doctor in the 1996 movie.
- Colin Baker – Played the 6th Doctor from 1984-86
- Karen Gillan – Played Amy Pond, companion to Matt Smith
- Arthur Darvill – Played Rory Williams, companion to Matt Smith
- Billie Piper – Played Rose Tyler, the first companion of the new series.
- John Barrowman – Played (Captain) Jack Harkness, sometimes companion to Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant and head of Torchwood.
- Noel Clarke – Played Mickey, Rose’s boyfriend and sometimes companion to Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant (though it was generally not their idea).
- Freema Agyeman – Played David Tennant’s companion Martha Jones.
- John Simm – Played the Master opposite David Tennant
- Bernard Cribbins – Played Wilfred Mott, but has not Tweeted since 2010.
- Sophie Aldred – Played Ace, comanion to Sylvester McCoy
- Nicola Bryant – Played Peri Brown from 1984 to 86 with Peter Davidson and Colin Baker
- Louise Jameson – Played Leela, leather bound barbarian companion of Tom Baker.
- Katy Manning – Played Jon Pertwee’s companion Jo Grant from 1971-73
- Frazer Hines – Played Jamie McCrimmon, companion to Patrick Throughton from 1966-69
- Anneke Wills – Played Polly, comanion to William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton in 1966-7
- Daphne Ashbrook – Played the 8th Doctor’s companion Dr. Grace Halloway
- Yee Jee Tso – Chang Lee in the 8th Doctor’s movie.
- Sophia Myles – Played Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson in the Girl in the Fireplace.
- Mark Sheppard – Played the young Canton Deleware in The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon. (Also alumni of Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13, Supernatural etc).
- Andrew Hayden-Smith – Played the alternate reality cyberman fighter Jake Simmonds in the Rise of the Cybermen, Age of Steel and Doomsday.
- JK Corden – Played Craig Owens in the Lodger and Closing Time.
- Christina Chong – Played Lorna Bucket in A Good Man Goes to War
- Talulah Riley – Played Miss Evangelista in “Silence in the Library” and “Forest of the Dead”
- Mark Gatiss – An actor and writer who has been involved in Doctor Who in various capacities since the 90s
- Nicholas Briggs – In addition to writing several radio scripts Briggs has done voices for cybermen, daleks, ice warriors and others.
- Murray Gold – the Composer of most of the music you associate with Doctor Who (and Torchwood and Sarah Jane)
- Danny Anthony – Played Clyde Langer in the Sarah Jane Adventures
- Anjli Mohindra – Rani Chandra in The Sarah Jane Adventures.
Finally, for now anyway, there are the multimedia options such as podcasts and YouTube channels.
First and foremost, every good Whovian should be subscribed to the official Doctor Who YouTube channel. The BBC regularly post clips from past episodes here, but they also post interviews, behind the scenes clips, webisodes and other content that you can't get anywhere else.
Next there are the podcasts. There are quite a few of them. If you wanted to you could spend several hours per week listening to people talk about Doctor Who, even when it's not on the air. Of course not every podcast is going to be for everyone, try out a few episodes and see what you like. Some good Who-casts to start with are the Doctor Who Podcast, and Timey Wimey TV after that there are whole lot listed at the Doctor Who Podcast Alliance. The DWPA not only lists several dozen in the right sidebar. The front page is regularly updated with the latest episodes of whichever podcast has posted most recently.
That's all I have for now. As I've said, it isn't supposed to be a comprehensive list of everything, that would be much longer.
However, if you visit these sites or even some of them you'll find even more.
If you join in the public discussions, people will tell you about new sites they've found, or created and before you know it you'll be spending far more time than is healthy in virtual Gallifrey.