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A huge 400 page omnibus of all my Whovian essays, with brand new essays on Season 6 - one fan's story of Nu Who phenomenon so far.
A huge 400 page omnibus of all my Whovian essays, with brand new essays on Season 6 - one fan's story of Nu Who phenomenon so far.
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I've been writing about Doctor Who since before the new series started, both on my blog and as unofficial "Old Who" expert on Sci-Fi Now magazines. 

I thought it would be cool to put all my Whovian writings together into one huge omnibus -- its going to run to 400 - 450 pages making up a sort of highly subjective history of the new show from 2005-2013.

The omnibus would also contain a completely new section -- effectively fourth volume -- to plug the gaps in the blog. For some reason I never did any essays on Season 6.  I'd expect there to be at least 50-60 pages of new material. 

If you enjoy my writing and want to encourage me; or if you care about Doctor Who and want to see it analysed in a more sceptical, critical fashion, do please pledge £20 in return for what I'm sure's going to be a really desirable little book. 

UNLOCKED! STRETCH GOAL -- Illustrated bookplate -- £2050

My friend Clarrie Maguire (who did the cartoon on the cover of vol 4) will do a nice illustrated bookplate for page 1.

UNLOCKED! STRETCH GOAL -- Internal Illustrations --£2150

The aforementioned Clarrie Maguire will do a series of cartoons to introduce each section. 

UNLOCKED! STRETCH GOAL -- Early, lost Rilstonian texts -- £2200

The book will include facimiles of my earliest published commentaries on Doctor Who in the form of, er, letters written to the Doctor Who Appreciation Society in 1976.

STRETCH GOAL -- 2nd Fade Cover Artwork -- £2400

The cover art will be dawn by Whovian illustrator 2nd Fade 

STRETCH GOAL -- Theme Song -- £2500 

Andrew will perform "Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon" on his uke.

"The whole thing is wonderfully written, and well thought-out - the early, excited reviews are not just "Squee!", and neither are the later reviews the typical "Davies destroyed my childhood" nonsense. Rather, Rilstone carefully analyses the ways in which the programme succeeds and fails, both on its own terms and on those Rilstone would prefer."

Amazon.co.uk

"Rilstone's funny, thoughtful, at times angry take on the return of Doctor Who since doesn't pull any punches, takes no prisoners, leaves no sacred cows unturned and is all the better for it. .... Rilstone gives praise where he thinks it is due and sinks the boot in where he feels it is not, albeit with more and more sinking feelings as the series goes on....May this Nick Hornby of Who fans long continue to blog and blag his way through the sometimes wet paper bag of watching and writing about Doctor Who."
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Risks and challenges

I have to put the existing volumes together into a book that looks good and write the new stuff. Writing is what I do. If I get the backing this is what I'll concentrate on writing. Sometimes things take me longer than I was expecting. I think the Jan 2014 deadline is realistic, though. If it slips back, I'll keep everyone informed.

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  • This is not necessary. I have set the pledge goals relatively high so I can include postage and shipping worldwide. (I will be shipping the paperbacks directly from Lulu, the P.O.D service I've used for all my books up to now, so if anything shipping to the US will be rather cheaper than shipping to the UK.)

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  • I wasn't planning to offer this -- my concept was for a single, big heavy, physical book. However, a lot of people have asked for it -- and some people just don't read physical books any more. So I have added an extra pledge category for people who just want the PDF version of the book.

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  • Oh, all right.

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  • Yes, sorry that isn't clear. Everyone who puts money in will get mentioned on page 1.

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  • Then you are a very wise and sensible person. One of yourself and one to keep in an acid free bag for future generations. Plus, they make excellent stocking fillers. And a stocking full of copies of the Viewer's Complete Tale makes an excellent defensive weapon [Get on with it. Ed.]

    If you want multiple copies of the paperback, just pledge a multiple of £20 and send me a message to make sure I've spotted that's what you want. If anyone wants multiple hardbacks, get in touch and I'll do some sums.

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  • Yep, I'm intending to make it available through the Usual Channels.

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    I will add an essay to the Viewer's Complete Tale, talking about an Old Who story of your choice (or any other relevant Whovian text, within reason). You'll also get the autographed hardback, as above.

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