Slightly later than initially predicted, the revised and expanded version of the first TARDIS Eruditorum book, covering the William Hartnell era, is available for purchase.
If you bought a copy of the book via the Kickstarter, the wheels are already turning. If you have an unsigned copy, I will be shipping it directly from the print on demand company to you. If you have a signed copy, it’ll be a bit slower, as I have to ship to me and then to you. Details are in a Kickstarter update I sent out last night.
If you have not already bought a copy, you can do so here.
All editions and formats give me the same royalty, so feel free to pick whatever format is most convenient or likeable for you. It should be showing up in the Barnes and Noble and Apple stores shortly.
If you already have the first edition, here’s the case for why you might want the second. For one thing, it actually has essays on every single Hartnell story now, instead of missing The Massacre. Plus, it’s no longer riddled with typos, and the already quite good cover art has been replaced by another faux-period masterpiece by James Taylor, who describes his process here, meaning this volume matches the other ones. Or, actually, it doesn’t match them at all, but fails to match them in complex and aesthetically pleasing ways.
Plus there’s new content. Lots of new content. The essay on Galaxy Four has, as you might expect, been totally rewritten to address the fact that some of it exists now. Plus there are eleven brand-new essays exclusive to this volume, in fact. You’ll get:
- Pop Between Realities, Home in Time for Tea: It Happened Here – Serving as an introduction to the early 1960s in Britain and the lingering post-War British culture, this one looks at the landmark cult film It Happened Here.
- Time Can Be Rewritten: The Masters of Luxor – A look at the Anthony Coburn script that was scrapped in favor of a potboiler by Terry Nation featuring some shrieky robot mutant things called Daleks.
- Pop Between Realities, Home in Time for Tea: Dan Dare – An overview of the pulp sci-fi comics that inspired Terry Nation and defined a large portion of British science fiction prior to Doctor Who.
- You Were Expecting Someone Else: Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks – the first-ever Doctor Who novelization, by David Whitaker.
- You Were Expecting Someone Else: The Polystyle Strips – learn about Dr. Who’s other grandchildren