A Teaspoon and an Open Mind

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Name: A Teaspoon and an Open Mind
Date(s): August 2003 - present
Archivist:
Founder:
Type: Fan Fiction Archive
Fandom: Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures
URL: http://whofic.com/
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A Teaspoon and an Open Mind is the central fanfiction archive for Doctor Who fandom. It includes fanfic about the classic era of the show, the new era that began with the 2005 revival, the spinoff shows Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, and various other Doctor Who-related materials, such as the BBC novels and the Big Finish audioplays. Teaspoon predates the 2005 revival, having first opened in August 2003.

The title of the archive is a quote from a classic-era episode. The site explains the context and hosts a .wav file of the relevant line.

Site History

The archive was the much-improved reincarnation of an earlier and much smaller archive run by nostalgia and was initially hosted and designed by Versaphile before the archive moved to new hosting in 2004. It is currently maintained and administered by a group of several fans, many of whom have worked on the site's administration since the initial move in 2003.

The upgrading/relaunch was largely to fill a perceived need for a central and fandom-specific archive after the loss of Panatropic's archive of stories from alt.drwho.creative.

(Insert here: discussion of different fandom communities, Livejournal vs. central archives, dramatic rise in ship-based fic and new-era fic, degree that LJ fandom has integrated into Teaspoon and vice versa, other cultural issues.)

Content

Archive Sections

Fics by era. These figures are based on the front page of the archive on April 9, 2010.

The archive is divided by era rather than by source media. In other words, it's organized by which incarnation of the Doctor the fic is about regardless of whether the author is drawing from the tv show, audioplays, books, or other materials.

Teaspoon contains sections for the First through Eleventh Doctors; Multiple Doctors, Other Doctors, and Other Eras; and the spinoffs the Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood.

The popularity of the new era of the show is evident: As of April, 2010, the Tenth Doctor section accounts for 45% of all fic on the archive. The Torchwood and Ninth Doctor sections are also large. People began to write about the Eleventh Doctor long before he appeared on the show,[1] and show-based fic began to be uploaded within days of Matt Smith's debut.[2]

Subject Matter

Teaspoon does not allow RPF, song fics, transcripts, and non-story material.[3]

It allows ratings of All Ages, Teen, and Adult. There are no restrictions on violence and sex or on types of pairings (or lack thereof).

Style and Format

Beginning in 2008, Teaspoon instituted a moderation policy in order to enforce its submission guidelines.[4] All stories submitted are now reviewed by one of a team of moderators before being approved or denied. The submission guidelines chiefly cover grammar, spelling, punctuation, formatting, and the permitted format of summaries.[5]

Controversies

(Insert here: controversy over moderation, relation to clashes within DW fandom?)

See also Hadas, Leora. 2009. The Web planet: How the changing Internet divided Doctor Who fan fiction writers. Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 3.

External Links

Teaspoon has an official rec community, Calufrax, for recommending stories available on the archive. The livejournal community Whofic is Teaspoon's news and support community.

References

  1. A news item from the Teaspoon admin from January, 2009 announced the opening of an Eleventh Doctor section: "Since people have started to submit fiction featuring the 11th Doctor, a category for him has been created." -- Teaspoon Admin on 2009.01.04 - 05:23PM
  2. Wikipedia's Eleventh Doctor page states that the episode in which the Eleventh Doctor first appeared originally aired on April 3, 2010. The Eleventh Doctor section on Teaspoon contains a number of fics uploaded a few days after that.
  3. As per the Teaspoon guidelines page.
  4. http://community.livejournal.com/whofic/29623.html and http://community.livejournal.com/whofic/31772.html accessed 9/29/2008.
  5. http://www.whofic.com/guidelines.php accessed 9/29/2008.
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