|“||I want more. And I know I shouldn't.||”|
— Anakin Skywalker
Non-canon is a concept invented by Herr Führer to help us distinguish between fake made-up stories and real made-up stories. He taught us that audios, books, comics and movies are all canon unless the specific story contradicts the TV series. The TV series is the authority on canon, nothing is canon without its approval. Heil the TV series.
However the TV series might also not be canon. And then there was that reset thing at the end of Series 5. Was that a reboot? Why did Moffat do that? Does anyone really care about canon in a show about time travel anyway? Why are we even making this wiki? Don't we have lives? What is life anyway? What happens when we die? WHY AM I WASTING MY PRECIOUS TIME ON THIS PLANET WATCHING A BRITBONG SHOW MADE FOR KIDS?
Know the difference
Most episodes, audios, books, comics, movies, monsters, companions and Doctors are non-canon. There are very few things which are considered to be canon, and by a fortunate coincidence they are the things that I like. Obviously everything you like is non-canon.
Criteria for Non-Canonicity
Any material that claims to be part of the Doctor Who universe can be disregarded from the canon if any one of the following criteria is met:
- The material contradicts previous or later material and isn't as good.
- The material contradicts an integral part of the series narrative as it stands today (e.g. The regeneration scene in Let's Kill Hitler makes that episode non-canon with The Time of the Doctor because the latter proved that the Eleventh Doctor has no regenerations left. Bravo Mouthfoot).
- The material is contradictory in some other way and cannot be explained through wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey, the time war, or the cracks in space (yet to exist because these solve everything).
- The material is stupid (e.g. The Silence).
- The material isn't comfy in any way (e.g. all of Season 24 is non-canon). Except Paradise Towers is pretty comfy (Time and the Rani is not comfy and will never be comfy, not even ironically).
- The material is anything other than a Big Finish Audio Drama, book, comic, or part of the Official TV narrative [OldWho, TV Movie, NuWho].
- If you're autistic as fuck, anything in NuWho is non-canon and The Shalka Doctor and Peter Cushing are canon.
- The material doesn't have your favorite Doctor.
- The material made your autism flare up.
- The material is authored by Frank Cotrell Boyce, Peter Harness, Stephen Thompson, Eric Saward or Pip and Jane Baker.
- The material is part of a stupid season-long plot arc (e.g. all of Series 6 is non-canon).
- The material doesn't fit the criteria for canonicity.
- The material isn't a camera with the word "canon" on it.
- Fuck it, everything's non-canon.