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Before Tumblr, the best way to express your love of a cult show was by browsing or adding to a wiki. They’re still perfect to indulge in your obsession.
Wikis are typically-free databases with content created and edited by users. That, of course, means that some information is unreliable; equally, you’re likely to discover facts you never knew before. It’s a collective effort by your peers – for instance, people who love a TV show as much as you do.
It’s always a good time to dig in…
Arguably, there is no show as loved as Doctor Who. Last year marked 50 years of the science fiction phenomenon which originally starred William Hartnell as the Doctor, and thus proved its timelessness; that it can remain relevant, but still be exactly the same show as it was when we first saw fog hanging around a junkyard on Totter’s Lane.
The TARDIS Data Core looks simple but it’s bigger on the inside.
It’s split four ways: in-universe (ie. fictional), encompassing the majority of the site; Real World (details of actors and actresses, as well as production crews throughout the decades); Non-DWU (fictional work which is either non-canon or not in the official Whoniverse, including games, stage plays, and specials like The Curse of the Fatal Death); and The Hub (technical admin section for those who want to know more about how the wiki operates). Nonetheless, everything is categorised into ‘Floor 500,’ which is, as viewers of The Long Game (2005) will know, the core of all information.
Thankfully, it doesn’t indulge in spoilers, their main policy being that they deal with what has come before, not what is coming next.
If you’re ever in doubt of the power of one TV show, this is the place to be. (If you’re looking for more enthusiasm, there are plenty of Dr. Who websites out there – and a few Dr. Who specific mobile apps too!)
The show isn’t just flavour of the month: it’s flavour of the year!
Since 2011, Game of Thrones has grown in popularity again and again, the George R. R. Martin-penned original novels appearing in just about every bookshop everywhere. They’re massive tomes, but the word count is dwarfed by the amount of coverage the show has garnered. The Game of Thrones wiki encapsulates nearly 2,500 separate pages, covering the latest episodes, characters and behind-the-scenes workings.
It’s not as streamlined as other wikis, but the fans’ passion certainly comes through. The latest episode is advertised on the left of the front page, while the next is previewed to the right, meaning a good mix of past, present and future.
Many viewers have picked up the novels, A Song of Fire and Ice, and of course, since 2008, there’s been an exhaustive wiki dedicated to those works. Be wary, though: you’re more than likely to see spoilers for upcoming seasons. If you’re worried about spoilers on social networking, have we got some tips to avoid spoilers for you!
Granted, it’s a mammoth challenge to get into it all – the combined novels reportedly have a word count of 1.77 million – but with HBO commissioning two further seasons at least, the Lannisters and co. are here to stay…
“It’s not as good as it used to be.” Everyone’s a critic. It might not be as healthy as the heady days of Whacking Day, Deep Space Homer, You Only Move Twice and Behind the Laughter – but Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie continue to raise a smile.
There are still masses of people who love the citizens of Springfield, and a great way to revisit all your favourite moments – “My eyes! The goggles do nothing!”; “You’ll have to speak up. I’m wearing a towel”; “Hi Lisa. I’m Super Nintendo Chalmers” – is to visit this labour of love.
Aside from the usual cast and character information, the wiki holds an extensive list of favourite locations, from the permanent fixtures (Kwik-E-Mart, Leftorium, Springfield Elementary) and real places (Brazil, Tahiti, Canada), to one-off gags (Uncle Moe’s Family Feedbag, Maison Derriere, 123. Fake Street). On top of that, it also expands to include further mediums, like the 2007 movie, ongoing comic book series and app, Tapped Out!.
Frankly, it embiggens the smallest man.
It may not be as vast as the other wikis in the list, but it remains surprisingly popular, considering that the show finished in 2010.
But then, Life on Mars and its follow-up, Ashes to Ashes were immensely loved. Created by Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah, the show’s ratings were increasingly strong and even had cultural impact – particularly when it came to the general election which saw both sides make comparisons to the unrest of the 1980s.
The wiki mainly focuses on the two main series starring John Simm as Sam Tyler, Keeley Hawes as Alex Drake, and Philip Glenister as Gene Hunt, but there’s also a section on the short-lived US remake, which was less successful than Bowie’s 1984 album, Tonight.
The site echoes the shows’ uniquely retro style; a quick look around and you’ll be ready to fire up the Quattro once again.
There’s a lot of love for a lot of shows. This is the tip of the iceberg. There are many popular wikis (like the few sci-fi wikis we had profiled a few years back) out there.
Which is your favourite show and accompanying wiki – and why?