The wait has been longer than I had hoped for, but I am absolutely and delightedly thrilled to say that the first volume of TARDIS Eruditorum, covering the William Hartnell years, is now available for the Kindle. You can buy it on Amazon.com for $4.99, Amazon.co.uk for £2.99, and both Amazon.fr and Amazon.de for €3.99. Or at least, those are the prices I set – the European prices have some taxes added to what I set. Sorry about that.
EDIT: There’s now a paper version available on amazon.com. my apologies – I can’t easily make that available on international Amazon stores, although the US store will ship internationally. It’s at $16.99, which is chosen because it gives me the same royalty as I get on digital copies.
So, let’s talk content. Here’s what your hard earned portrait of Abraham Lincoln gets you. First, the book has every entry from An Unearthly Child through The Tenth Planet, fully revised and expanded. These are the definitive versions of my arguments regarding the Hartnell era at least until I next change my mind. On top of that, you get four extra entries – all of them Time Can Be Rewritten entries. These cover Kim Newman’s Time and Relative, a Telos novella set before An Unearthly Child, Steve Lyons’s The Witch Hunters from BBC Books, featuring Ian, Barbara, and Susan between Reign of Terror and Planet of Giants, Andy Lane’s Virgin Missing Adventure Empire of Glass, featuring Steven and Vicki between The Time Meddler and Galaxy Four, and Simon Guerrier’s entry to Big Finish’s Companion Chronicles range Guardian of the Solar System, featuring Sarah Kingdom after The Daleks’ Master Plan.
And then, beyond that, you get a wrap-up essay entitled “Now My Doctor: William Hartnell,” reflecting on Hartnell’s performance and conception of the Doctor and what the essential nature of the “First Doctor” is. Plus a series of shorter essays in which I attempt to provide as definitive an answer as is possible to pressing questions like “Was William Hartnell a Bigot” and “What Happened Before Totter’s Lane?” So even if you’ve read the blog, there’s plenty of new stuff here.
So, I’m about to make a big sales pitch and beg you to buy my book. But before I do that, I want to say thank you. Because if you’re reading this, you’re one of my blog readers who show up every day. And there are few things I find more gratifying or wonderful about the world than the fact that apparently there are a couple thousand people who genuinely enjoy reading sprawling pop-academic criticism of 60s and 70s British sci-fi shows. If you are reading this, you’ve already made my day. So thank you.
All of which said, a personal note. I graduated with a PhD into an economy with no jobs for PhDs. I’m overqualified or misqualified for most entry level positions in sane career paths, and there aren’t any entry level positions in the career path I trained for. It’s a nightmare, and I’m currently scraping by via combining the generosity of my parents, who allow me to help out with my disabled father (he had a massive stroke a little over two years ago) in exchange for useful things like room and board, and a roughly $9000 a year part-time teaching gig.
This leaves me with copious free time, which I’ve opted to use a lot of over the past ten months and change writing this blog. I have no regrets about that, and you owe me nothing. That said, I need to find a way to make an actual living, and I’d like to find one that lets me continue doing projects like this. And selling the book version of this is pretty much the shot I have at that. Basically, if this book goes well, I’ll refocus my time and energy very heavily on getting the Troughton and Pertwee volumes out (and they will be faster – if this book works, I will hire a proper professional copy-editor for them and do other things that will speed this up), and on writing similar books on other popular culture topics (I have ideas for one on Wonder Woman, and one on the comics of Alan Moore and Grant Morrison read as occult warfare).
What I’m basically saying is that, if you possibly can and want to support this blog and projects like it, buy the book. Tell your friends to buy the book. Tell all of the people that you do not know to buy the book. Go onto Facebook, Twitter, and all your other social networks and tell people that a cool new book about Doctor Who is out, and you recommend it. Buy copies for your friends. Please. I have no budget for promoting this. I need you guys to spread the word.
A print edition will follow in the next week or two, but there’s some harder formatting issues there that I’ll need to attend to. I don’t know the price on that, except that it will be whatever price Amazon lets me set for a print on demand book that nets me the same $3 royalty I get on the ebook edition. I’ll announce it when it’s ready.
Finally, if you have a website or dead tree publication where you’d like to run a review of the book, ping me at sandifercp at gmail dot com with a link to your site and I’ll give you a review copy.
But mostly, and again, thank you. Whether I make $30 or $3000 off of this book, I’ve loved every minute of writing this blog, and intend to keep loving it. There is nothing that is going to stop me from getting to the end of the project, and it will always be available right here, for free, on as fast a posting schedule as I can possibly maintain. You owe me nothing, and the fact that you give me a bit of your day to natter on at you means the world to me.
But I’ll still gladly take your money.