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An expansion and revision of the 1st book of TARDIS Eruditorum - an unauthorized critical history of the first years of Doctor Who.
An expansion and revision of the 1st book of TARDIS Eruditorum - an unauthorized critical history of the first years of Doctor Who.
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TARDIS Eruditorum is a reasonably acclaimed and completely unofficial critical history of Doctor Who - an ongoing account of Doctor Who. Unlike most books about Doctor Who, TARDIS Eruditorum is focused on Doctor Who's role in the larger context of British history and culture. It's not the story of what happens in Doctor Who, but the story of Doctor Who's role in the world.

The project exists as both a blog and a book series. The blog can be found at tardiseruditorum.blogspot.com, and is just about to reach the new series. But this Kickstarter is about the books. Originally it was to create a second edition of the first book, which I did by my self and before I knew what I was doing - you can hear details about that in the project video. But we've blown past that goal, and have been funding all sorts of interesting little projects here. So far, here's what you've funded:

In addition to new editing, typesetting, and cover art, the new Hartnell book will include the following awesome perks:

  • A completely rewritten essay on Galaxy Four, what with a missing episode of it having been recovered.
  • A brand new essay on the Polystyle "John and Gillian" comic strips.
  • Another brand new essay on Marc Platt's audio Auld Morality, featuring an alternate Doctor that never left Gallifrey.
  • A third brand new essay on Eoin Colfer's thoroughly unacclaimed A Big Hand for the Doctor.
  • A fourth brand new essay on Big Finish's recent Destiny of the Doctor audio. 

And then five more extra essays got unlocked via stretch goals:

  • A bonus entry on Dan Dare and his influence on Doctor Who. 
  • A bonus entry on the unmade story The Masters of Luxor, which was pulled from the schedule at the last moment to be replaced by The Daleks. 
  • A bonus entry on It Happened Here, a 1964 British alternate history film.
  • A bonus entry on Rob Shearman's audio Deadline, set in an alternate reality where Doctor Who never happened.
  • A bonus essay on the still-forthcoming An Adventure in Time and Space, Mark Gatiss's docudrama on the Hartnell years.

Then, to boot, you unlocked a set of eleven podcast commentary tracks I'll record. The idea is that I'd cut a commentary track you can listen to on your iPhone or whatever while you watch episodes. I won't do the series chronologically - instead I'll skip around, doing ones that seem interesting, and probably getting around to all of the episodes eventually if it goes well and both I and audiences like them. It won't be a rehash of Eruditorum; it'll be a project that focuses on things Eruditorum couldn't due to being text: the visual storytelling, the directing, the narrative structure, and the like. Stuff that works best to have an image to go along with the explanation.

The stories you've unlocked commentaries on are: The Rescue, The Mind Robber, The Three Doctors, The Ark in Space, Kinda, Vengeance on Varos, Paradise Towers, the TV movie, Father's Day, Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead, and The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang. 

All of these commentaries will be posted for free online. If this becomes a regular thing I do then there will be a bit of a different structure (probably the latest episode is free and past episodes are $.99 or something), but for the "let's learn how to do this and get some initial ones out," everything will be free.

No, I don't quite know *when* I'll get around to these - I'll have to buy a decent microphone and practice with a few demos so that The Rescue isn't me going "umm" a lot. But I'll start in on them and get them out as quickly as reasonable.

On top of that, you unlocked the Logopolis book. 

You may be familiar with the Logopolis entry from TARDIS Erudtorum. It's one of the longest and most popular entries I've written, and it's formatted like a Choose Your Own Adventure. Now I'll produce a book consisting of Logopolis and two backing essays, formatted to look like a vintage Choose Your Own Adventure book. The two backing essays will be exclusive to this volume, and the whole thing will be an inexpensive little art object of a book.

And finally you've provided funds to adapt the cover art for the existing volumes into mugs, t-shirts, prints, and other nice stuff, more details about which when the good Mr. Taylor and I have sorted it out ourselves.

CURRENT STRETCH GOALS

This is a big one. A whopping $15k away, because, well, it's actually going to be expensive to produce. But.

I'd like to do my essay on The Three Doctors, which aggressively and with maximum weirdness mashes up Doctor Who and William Blake, in the style of a Blake illuminated manuscript. A full colour, oversized book with some new explanatory essays, and the centerpiece being a several page rendition of the essay with lush Blake-style illustrations. 

We unlock it at $15,000.

NON-REWARD ITEMS

Please note that you can add $15 ($20 for international backers) to any reward tier to get the Logopolis book. See the relevant FAQ item for details.

You can also get the $10 TARDIS Eruditorum Starter Pack added onto any reward tier by adding $10 to your pledge in much the same manner as the Logopolis book.

And finally, any pledge at the $50 or higher reward level may add $30 to have their signed books numbered. If they take advantage of the "signing of future books" promise, those future books will maintain the numbering from their first four bought via this Kickstarter.

Thank you all so much. I really don't even have words at this point - I had thought maybe, by the end of the Kickstarter, if I was very lucky I'd hit the number we reached in the first twenty-four hours. I literally posted the Kickstarter and went to bed, and woke up to a funded project. Thank you.

Risks and challenges

Well, I've put two of these out before, so other than the fact that the best thing about deadlines is the whooshing sound they make when they go by, I think the risk of the project not happening is very, very low.

The podcasts, obviously, are a bit riskier - I've never done anything like this. They'll probably be fits and starts, especially because I have to fit them around a bunch of other work in my life. It'll take me a bit to learn how to do them well. But I'll get them to work.

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FAQ

  • Nope - removing Amazon's cut of the royalties means I actually make slightly more on the three books selling them this way than I do via Amazon.

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  • It's written and in the process of being revised. I got interest from a traditional press, and that slows things down a bit, but the book is done, all backers have a copy of the draft, and things are proceeding at a slower pace than expected, but at a reasonable one.

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  • It's easy - just add $15 to any reward tier ($20 for international backers) to pre-order the Logopolis book. The Logopolis book will be print-only (an ebook can't really mirror the physical design of the Choose Your Own Adventure books) and will be available on Amazon once it's printed, but if you want to pre-order it via the Kickstarter, that's how. So if you're at the $50 "all four books" tier, increase that to $65 to get Logopolis added in.

    If your tier includes any signed books, I'll sign Logopolis as well. The $250 tier already includes Logopolis automatically.

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  • Basically, we'll talk. After all, while I don't have firm lists of essays for any forthcoming books (save for Hartnell, obviously), I have ideas of what I am and am not planning on doing, and if you name one I was already fairly certain I was going to do, I don't want to take your money and then do what I was going to do anyway. So my plan is basically that if you pick something that was already fairly likely to appear I'll say "OK, you get that one for free, pick another," and as long as your other isn't something horrible I don't want to cover at all, I'll do that one too.

    Basically, fear not. You'll get your money's worth.

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  • It's a fair question. There are a couple reasons why not.

    1) The ebook that's included with most tiers is basically a freebie. My distribution costs on an ebook are zero, so I just added one in to every pledge level above $5 as a thank you. None of those pledge levels had their prices increased to account for the ebook.

    2) The pricing on the Starter Pack is, in effect, giving the Hartnell First Edition away for free. I make just over $3 a book on Amazon, so it's the first three books at the same price I make on Amazon, plus the imminently-obsolete first edition of Hartnell thrown in for free.

    So even at the combined price you're still getting one thing for free, and everything at a substantive discount from retail. (The price for a print edition of one book and ebooks of four on Amazon is $35, and you can get it for $25 here.)

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  • Sure thing. Right now there are three upgrades that can be added to existing pledges. To upgrade, just increase your pledge amount appropriately. You don't need to change your reward - I'll figure out who bought what (possibly by e-mailing people to ask) at the end.

    Upgrade #1: Logopolis Book. Add $15 to any pledge ($20 for international backers). Can be added to any reward level from $1 up.

    Upgrade #2: TARDIS Eruditorum Starter Pack. Add $10 to any pledge. Can be added to any reward level from $15 up.

    Upgrade #3: Numbered Copies. Add $30 to any pledge. Can be added to any reward level from $50 up.

    Example: Let's say you have the $75 Torchwood/Sarah Jane/Sherlock extra essay level, and live in Iceland. You'd like the numbered books and the Logopolis book, but not the starter pack. So you'd add $30 for the numbered books, $15 for Logopolis, and $5 for shipping Logopolis, for a total of $50. Your new pledge level would be $125, but you would still pick the $75 reward.

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    Thanks in the acknowledgments, and a Kickstarter exclusive essay, the subject of which will be determined in the backers poll.

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    Signed copies of every volume of the series to date, including the soon to be out of print first edition of the Hartnell volume. Plus a commitment, if you'll pay $5 shipping on each volume (plus, you know, the cost of the book), that I will sign every future copy of TARDIS Eruditorum you buy. Plus you'll get the ebook with exclusive essay, your name in the acknowledgments, and thanks.

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    You get to pick a topic for the eleventh volume of TARDIS Eruditorum, which will focus on spin-off series: Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and Sherlock. Any topic relevant to these is fair game for an essay. Rules and extra rewards match the Hartnell version of this reward above. Delivery date reflects estimated schedule for the eleventh book - rewards available earlier will ship earlier. If you want the essay can, at your discretion, be posted to the blog instead of held for the book (though it will be included there too).

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    Much like the $50 option, signed copies of every book and a commitment to sign future books for cost of book plus shipping. But your signed books (and any future books you buy) will be numbered in the same sequence as the $250 level. The only difference is that here you do not pay for all of the books in advance - just the first four. Plus, of course, acknowledgments, exclusive essay, ebook, and thanks.

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    You get to pick a topic for an extra essay in this book. Any topic relevant to the Hartnell era, whether it be a side entry on something else that came out in the 1963-66 era or a later book or audio set in the Hartnell era. The essay will be included in the book, and you'll be credited as the essay's patron.

    Plus signed copies of every book, the ebook with exclusive essay, your name in the acknowledgments, lifetime signing of all future books (you pay for the book itself plus shipping), and thanks.

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    You get to pick a topic for an extra essay in the first Tom Baker book. Any topic relevant to the Hinchcliffe era of Tom Baker (Seasons 12-14). Rules and extra rewards match the Hartnell version of this reward above.

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    You get to pick a topic for an extra essay in the second Tom Baker book. Any topic relevant to the Williams or Nathan Turner eras of Tom Baker (Seasons 15-18). Rules and extra rewards match the Hartnell version of this reward above. Delivery date reflects estimated schedule for the second Tom Baker book - rewards available earlier will ship earlier.

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    You get to pick a topic for an extra essay in the Peter Davison/Colin Baker book. Any topic relevant to either era (Seasons 19-23). Rules and extra rewards match the Hartnell version of this reward above. Delivery date reflects estimated schedule for the Davison/Baker book - rewards available earlier will ship earlier.

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    You get to pick a topic for an extra essay in the Sylvester McCoy book. Any topic relevant to his era, from Season 24 through the New Adventures. Rules and extra rewards match the Hartnell version of this reward above. Delivery date reflects estimated schedule for the McCoy book - rewards available earlier will ship earlier.

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    You get to pick a topic for an extra essay in the Paul McGann/Christopher Eccleston book. Any topic relevant to this era, from 1996-2003. Rules and extra rewards match the Hartnell version of this reward above. Delivery date reflects estimated schedule for the McGann/Eccleston book - rewards available earlier will ship earlier. If you want and pick an Eccleston-related essay the essay can, at your discretion, be posted to the blog instead of held for the book (though it will be included there too).

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    You get to pick a topic for an extra essay in the David Tennant book. Any topic relevant to his era (Series 2 through the specials). Rules and extra rewards match the Hartnell version of this reward above. Delivery date reflects estimated schedule for the Tennant book - rewards available earlier will ship earlier. If you want the essay can, at your discretion, be posted to the blog instead of held for the book (though it will be included there too).

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    You get to pick a topic for an extra essay in the Matt Smith book. Any topic relevant to his era (Series 5 through whenever he regenerates - the book will wait for that). Rules and extra rewards match the Hartnell version of this reward above. Delivery date reflects estimated schedule for the Smith book - rewards available earlier will ship earlier. If you want the essay can, at your discretion, be posted to the blog instead of held for the book (though it will be included there too).

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    You get to pick a topic for an extra essay in the Patrick Troughton or Jon Pertwee eras. Because I've already covered these eras, the extra essays will go in a neighboring book - an appendix to the Hartnell book if you pick Troughton, or an appendix to the first Tom Baker book if you pick Pertwee. You'll also get the same set of books and rewards that every other "pick an essay" tier gets.

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    You get to pick a topic for an extra essay in any forthcoming book: the revised Hartnell volume or any era of Doctor Who from Tom Baker on. Or, if you want, you can pick a Pertwee or Troughton topic that I'll include as an appendix to another book. You also get the standard set of rewards that every "pick a chapter" option gives you.

    Delivery date reflects the Hartnell book in this case - the timing of your essay depends on what book you pick.

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    You may select a topic unrelated to Doctor Who for a four entry miniseries to run on my blog on days TARDIS Eruditorum does not run. A single series of a TV show, a run of comics, a set of films, or any other topic, I'll craft a four-entry series analyzing the topic and serialize it. Don't worry about finding something that breaks cleanly into four entries - you pick the topic, I'll do the structure. You also get all rewards from the $50 level (or, for a $30 upgrade, the $80 level - see FAQ on upgrades). Shipping date reflects physical objects - blogs will be scheduled based on how many of them I actually need to do.

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    Lifetime book membership. You get copies of all three books that already exist, plus the revised Hartnell edition, plus every other volume of TARDIS Eruditorum as it comes out, all the way up to the Eleventh Doctor and the spin-offs book. Any extra things like the Logopolis book are included too. Every book will be signed and numbered, and you'll get the same number across each book. Plus you'll get the ebook. Please note that due to the fact that it involves multiple shipments the international shipping fee is unfortunately but necessarily high. Delivery date reflects first shipment of Hartnell-Pertwee books. If you have a "request an essay" reward and want to upgrade to this, please increase your donation amount, but stay on that reward tier and just let me know when the time comes that you want the book club reward tier.

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    A reenactment of the final Soldeed/Romana confrontation in The Horns of Nimon, with me as Soldeed. The video, which will be unwatchably embarrassing for everyone involved, will be sent to you, and I will be powerless to stop you from uploading it to YouTube.

    You can also add an essay of your choice to any book or books you want. All of them, some of them, whatever. And you'll get the signed and numbered copies of every book. You'll get the ebook, with the exclusive essay. You'll get the thanks in the acknowledgments. And if I can think of anything else cool to throw in, I'll throw it in because holy crap you just gave me a lot of money.

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