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Welcome to Doctor Who for Newbies [DW4N] an unofficial Doctor Who fansite dedicated to bringing you news and articles on Doctor Who. It doesn't matter if your a newbie or an oldie to the marvellous Doctor, we've got something for everyone.

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Episodes shake up
To improve the searching of the site on search engines, as well as the in-site search feature that will be arriving with the revamp, the Episode Guides have undergone a movement and renaming change.

Instead of the files being named by the series and episode number (E.G. A Good Man goes to War is Episode 7 of Series 6, so the file extension was 6.7), they will now be named by their episode title. So A Good Man goes to War's file name is now AGoodManGoesToWar instead of the original 6.7. All the episode guides currently in access have been changed for this. As well as this, episodes are no longer sorted into their relevant folders within the site (though there are still the series overview pages) - they are now all within the Episodes directory of the website, again to improve the searching of the site.

We hope these changes will help us reach a larger Doctor Who fan audience than previously, as well as improving the searching of the site when our own search option becomes available during the Summer revamp. However, we do ask that you Contact Us if you find any broken links through the directory changes or the file name changes. Thank you.
Posted on 04 Jul 2011 by Fraser
A busy morning
What a busy morning DW4N has had! Not even 7:30am BST time and already 10 updates have been made! Be sure to check the Full Updates page to check what's been going on this morning.

Yesterday we had the TARDIS file updated, the Adipose file updated and the Hath file updated.

So far this morning we've had:

Judoon file updated
Face of Boe file updated
Sally Sparrow file updated
Astrid Peth file updated
Jackson Lake file updated
Pete Tyler file updated
Mickey Smith file updated

As well as three new additions:

The Wire enemy file added
Plasmavore enemy file added
Assistants Section added.

The Assistants Section takes over from the Minor Companions Section that we previously had. Of course, we have tried to ensure that all links are changed, however if you do find a broken link while browsing the site, please Contact Us to report it so that we can fix it ASAP. Thank you smile
Posted on 03 Jul 2011 by Fraser
DW4N forums revamped and a Preview begins
As part of DW4N's summer revamp, designed to increase awareness of the site through extended advertising, as well as the overall enjoyment for the visitors already regular to the site, the forums have had a theme change to bring it in line with the colour scheme used here, on the main site.

The Forums have been revamped with new colours, and a reording of the posting areas to tidy it up a bit. If you're not part of the forum community, you're missing out wink

In other news, as promised to the members of the Facebook group, a sneak preview has been released. If you wish to know what it is, you'll have to join the Facebook Group to find out first.

The sneak preview will be released onto the forums in the next two days, followed by the main site early next week.
Posted on 01 Jul 2011 by Fraser
Torchwood to Return in 2 weeks
Everyone's favourite captain, Jack Harkness, is set to return to our screens on the 14th July at 9pm BST on BBC1, just two weeks time. Set your watches Torchwood fans, as Miracle Day is drawing close, the day when no one dies...
Posted on 30 Jun 2011 by Fraser
Article updates - complete
At 6am BST today, the 75th article on DW4N that had been listed as requiring an update, was completed. This now means that the majority of DW4N's site content is of an acceptable standard, of course if you feel you can improve it, feel free to Contact Us smile

Now that the updates are complete, which you can see here - they've all been crossed off! - DW4N will be working on new things for the site. Those who are members of our Facebook group will get advanced screening of these updates, so if you want to be 'in the know' first, then join the DW4N Facebook group wink

Otherwise, watch this space some time after the Facebook lot get their advance screening to find out.
Posted on 29 Jun 2011 by Fraser
Upload errors
Due to errors occuring in the uploading process, some updated articles for DW4N have been unable to be added to the site. DW4N apologises for this inconvenience and would like to assure visitors that we are working hard on fixing this issue. Expect a larger upload batch soon with the articles that have been worked on that are ready for uploading.
Posted on 21 Jun 2011 by Fraser
Spoiler Warning
Just as a warning to everyone, the episode guide for Episode 7 (A Good Man goes to War) has been written and uploaded to DW4N. It is an extensive guide, and does contain a lot of spoilers. Please only read this if you have watched the episode, or don't mind having major plot points being spoiled for you. Thank you.
Posted on 04 Jun 2011 by Fraser
A new month
So a new month dawns upon us, one that would usually see the conclusion of the current series of Doctor Who but alas, this year does not. Instead, on Saturday we see the conclusion of the first half of the series, which agonisingly ends on a cliff hanger before finishing off in the Autumn. In the meantime though, what do we have to report for you?

Well first off, we have to report the highly successful month of May in the statistical world of web stats, receiving more than 6000 unique visitors, the highest DW4N has ever received since we opened in February 2008. This is a massive achievement for the website and all of the staff feel very pleased that DW4N is moving forward. As always however, we cannot thank ourselves because we did not get that figure ourselves. No, we must thank you, the fans of Doctor Who and of DW4N for your continued support of the site smile

Secondly, we are continuing our work into upgrading old and useless articles, which can still be seen here. We are working our way steadily through the list.

Thirdly, and most importantly we feel, is the introduction of Clare Holman-Hobbs as a DW4N columnist to the site. Clare's new column, Clare Who?, has been created on the site, and is ready for Clare's first column soon.
Posted on 01 Jun 2011 by Fraser
The Ood move
As part of the updates currently being carried out on some articles on the site comes the introduction of "The Aliens" section in Doctor Who. Originally under the heading of "Other Aliens" under the Companions section, this new section will house articles on any aliens the Doctor encounters that aren't his enemies. An example of this is the Ood, originally branded an enemy after their first encounter in The Impossible Planet (Series 2 : Episode 8) and The Satan Pit (Series 2 : Episode 9), but have since proven themselves not to be. As such, the Ood article has been moved out of the Enemy section and into the new Aliens section. The articles for Pete Tyler and Sally Sparrow have been moved into the Minor Companions section, with the Adipose, Face of Boe, Hath, Judoon and Star Whale articles moving into the new Aliens section. You can view the section here.

In other news, the updated Ood article completes the article updates for the enemies section, at a total of 30 file updates. Along the way we also added new enemy files such as the Cybermats and House into the mix as well. With these enemy updates complete, DW4N intends to move onto the next items on the list of articles to be updated with the Doctor files. Remember, you can view the list of files to be updated, along with our progress on them here, and you can still Contact Us with any queries or articles you think should be updated if you think they should be updated.

Also, don't forget we are conducting a survey this month to find out how you want the site to look and work. Please help us by completing the survey here. Thank you.
Posted on 20 May 2011 by Fraser
Technical Difficulties
Due to some recent technical difficulties, Fraser has been unable to work on DW4N this past week. These difficulties have now been fixed, and work is underway once again. Fraser apologises for this delay.
Posted on 14 May 2011 by Fraser

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