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Dalek Figurines, by Kaptain Kobold


Resources for Role Playing Doctor Who

Who-RPG was a mailing list that discussed roleplaying in the universe portrayed by the British science-fiction programme "Doctor Who". It ran for ten years from April 1995. We shared our experiences of what works and what doesn't, and things we've created to, hopefully, make our games more fun and save us time putting them together.

What's New

Marcus Rowlands early Time Lord adventure, "Curse of the Conqueror" is up. So is the Allen Shock's Conspiracy X conversion. And did I mention that the BBC have licensed someone to do a full-on glossy Doctor Who RPG?

Who-RPG Mailing List

The list petered out, and no-one mourned it when the server got shut down. That happens sometimes. Phoenyx still offers many online services to roleplayers, and roleplayers can acccess the systems below:

  • Phoenyx.net online roleplaying community
  • Archives of Who-RPG Digests at <www.phoenyx.net> (yes, also lost)

Previously, the list was at lists.pipex.net, and at uel.ac.uk. If anyone can provide me a link to the archives (which have moved and had been lost before), I would be grateful. I'm hoping to get the Phoenyx archives back.

There are now several lists for playing (rather than talking about playing) Who-RPG by email, and people wanting to start games are pointed towards Phoenyx. There used to be list specifically for gaming by email (who-game), but it made more sense for people to start up their own list for each game.

Stuff for Role-Playing

Here are some things contributed by members of the Who-RPG list or found on the interenet. Most, but not all, of it is stored at the same site as this page.Unless otherwise mentioned, files are in plain text. If you have written an online supplement for playing in the "Whoniverse" yourself, or know someone who has, please let us know about it.


Who-RPG FAQL * (listing commercial and online Dr. Who games)

Time Lord

FASA's Doctor Who RPG

Other Doctor Who RPGs

Generic Adventure Outlines

Adapting Other Systems

Timelines and References

Not created with roleplaying in mind, but very very useful. As well as Lance Parkin's book, "A History of the Universe".

Communities and Finding Games

If you're looking to roleplay in the Whoniverse online, try ...

Key: '*' = stored here, '@' = external link.

The series "Doctor Who" is copyright the British Broadcasting Corporation 1963-2008. The motion picture "Doctor Who" is copyright the British Broadcasting Corporation and Fox Broadcasting Company. "The Daleks" are copyright Terry Nation 1995. "The Doctor Who Roleplaying Game" is copyright FASA Corporation 1985. "Time Lord" is copyright Ian Marsh and Peter Darvill-Evans 1991. The materials archived on the site supplement the products of these copyright holders and encourage people to buy them. No challenge to these copyrights is made or implied. Dalek Invasion game picture copyright Kaptain Kobold and used under a Creative Commons license. This web site is maintained by Ian McDonald acting personally and is not associated with the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Ian McDonald < ian @ mcdonald.me.uk > 1995-2008