Doctor Who and the Common Knowledge
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One of the pieces of information that can be added is 'Character Names'. I think it makes sense to 'catalogue' doctor who books will the doctor and any companions (at the very least).
My question is what do we want to 'call' 'the doctor'?
"1st Doctor" "2nd Doctor" etc
"The 1st Doctor" "The 2nd Doctor" etc
"First Doctor" "Second Doctor" etc
"The Doctor (1st)" "The Doctor (2nd) etc
I have already 'done' the New Series Novels with The Ninth Doctor; The Tenth Doctor; Rose Tyler and Martha Jones.
However I noticed that someone had started using The 7th Doctor. (as well as Ace and Bernice Summerfield).
I think it would be good for us to decide which of these options we prefer before 'starting work' and then having to change lots of entries.
I haven't done a lot of them so it won't be too difficult to change if you everyone prefers the Seventh rather than 7th.
I just thought we should decide before getting to carried away!
I would just use "The Doctor".
If you mean use 'The Doctor' only for 'unknowns' then I agree.
The IgNobel prize for literature this year went to a paper on the problem of "The"...
Using numbers (6th, 8th, etc.) as opposed to spelling the number out (Sixth, Eighth, etc.) at least allows some hope of correct sorting, whether we decide on Doctor (6th) or 6th Doctor. I have no strong opinion on that order.
I'm a professional cataloguer, in case it isn't obvious...
I quite like "The Doctor (4th)" because it shows they are the same person a little more obviously.
#7 and #8 - The problem using "The Doctor (4th)" is that it would be impossible to get a list of just those books featuring the 4th Doctor.
I take the point that using '6th' allows some hope of sorting, but I can't see how sorting applies to these fields.
I'm guilty of changing several Common Knowledge entries to my own preferred format which was somewhat presumptuous of me - I'll refrain from doing so, and from entering any more details for Doctor Who fiction, until a consensus is reached.
I think that The is an integral part of the Doctor's name, and that it's more important for all of the Doctors to be linked together than for each regeneration to have its own separate listing.
edit: also, what about the Brigadier? I had listed him as Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart once, but since he was only a Colonel in The Web of Fear, should it just be Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart?
Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (Brigadier)
Keeping it simple works best for me - mixing numbers with words actually represents a level of complexity to me (JMO).
By adopting a name with rank in brackets we have the following advantages
a) it is similar to how military ranks are handled in CK for other things.
b) all mentions of a character are linked together in CK regardless of rank.
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