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But the latest version of StoryBundle, a name-your-own price bundle of ebooks, just went up, and this edition is a Doctor Who themed bundle with either one or two of my books in it.

For any price you like above $3 you can get the Patrick Troughton volume of TARDIS Eruditorum, barry Letts's autobiography Who and Me, Nick Griffiths's Dalek I loved You (in its new 50th Anniversary edition), and Chris Rachel Oseland's Dining with the Doctor, the second-ever Doctor Who-themed cookbook.

But if you pay $10 or more you get all four of those books as well as Earl Green's VWORP!, a sizable romp through Doctor Who continuity, and The Best of TARDIS Eruditorum, which collects some favorite posts from throughout the blog's history with a few paragraphs of introduction for each post. The introductions are exclusive to this volume, and the volume is exclusive to this Storybundle - I've no plans to release the book through another channel at the moment, and won't be looking at doing so until some time in 2014 at the absolute earliest.

It's a lovely collection of books at a fantastic price, and even if you have the Troughton book (and I hope you do!), it's worth picking up. Whereas if you've not tried one of the book versions of TARDIS Eruditorum, here's an opportunity to try it along with some other great books.

Either way, the bundle is available over here, and will be up for the next two weeks. Please spread the word and consider buying a bundle for yourself.

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Tymothi 3 years, 7 months ago

Sorry for the off topic comment, but I wanted to ask something, and this seemed as good a place as any where it might actually get seen.

Would casting the Doctor as a minority or a woman be, in itself, problematic? He's an alien, and the role is meant to be, to some extent, the Other. Admittedly, I wish they did more with it than they do, but the role is inherently a subversion, taking the most familiar of fictional protagonists, white male, and making it the Other. How well would that work with, say, a black Doctor? The character wouldn't be a black human, with that set of experiences, he'd be, in a sense, in black face. And he would be, inherent in the role, made alien and strange, which seems...problematic to me. I'm not saying it couldn't or shouldn't be done, it just seems like there's an inherent issue there, where taking a white male and making him strange and alien is punching up, but taking a black man or a woman or a Chinese woman or whathave you, roles that are already so often cast as the Other, and doing the same, could be problematic in itself. I mean, it could be brilliant in some ways, it would be great to have the Doctor return to Victorian England as a black woman and spend a story not having anyone listen to her. I'd love to see the Doctor regenerate as something other than a white male and see it done well, but what would that entail? Any thoughts?

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Nyq Only 3 years, 7 months ago

"Would casting the Doctor as a minority or a woman be, in itself, problematic?"

I don't think casting the Doctor as a woman would have problems. A change of ethnicity has issues but I think more problematic is a change of social class. The Doctor fits into the British educated middle-classes and the Doctor is inextricably British (OK we could probably just about imagine an Australian Doctor but an American one just seems unthinkable).
The nearest shift in social class was Christopher Eccelstone.

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Ross 3 years, 7 months ago

The harder thing, for a production team, is that while it would indeed make a great story, it would not make a great "Every story set in the past and certain parts of the present," so they'd need to ford that, while at the same time not doing something monumentally insensitive by pretending that, outside of the one episode where we addressed it, race generally doesn't affect the lives of people whose race isn't the one that's locally empowered.

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Ewa Woowa 3 years, 7 months ago

veni, vidi, empti, et liberatus est hodie !

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