So it snuck up on us, but Eruditorum Press celebrated its first anniversary yesterday. Consider this the standard and deeply sincere post where I thank everybody – our original crew of Jack, Jane, Kevin, and James, the newer gang of Josh, Daniel, and Shana, and our Web Doll Anna. I couldn’t ask for a better team of weirdos to help me forensically diagnose the state of late capitalism via idiosyncratic pop culture thinkpieces. And thanks to the readers and commenters who make this such a fantastic community. It’s been an absolute pleasure running this site for the past year. I couldn’t be prouder of everyone, and I hope my stupid natterings don’t unduly lower the class of the joint.
I’ve got revelries, but first I want to do the obligatory cup-shake. The Eruditorum Press Patreon runneth low. I understand this – A Brief Treatise on the Rules of Thrones was unpopular to say the least. I’ve been bad at some Patron obligations like bonus posts. So I’ve restructured the Patreon a bit. Bonus posts are a thing of the past because apparently I suck at them. So here’s the new reward structure. At $1, you get a preview of Monday’s posts as close to a week early as I can manage. At $2 I’ll send you occasional short reviews of movies, books, and albums I listen to and like. Think 2-3 paragraphs a couple times a month on things that catch my fancy. And at $5 you get writers notes behind the scenes commentaries on major pieces. September’s were on “The Blind All-Seeing Eye of Gamergate.” There’ll be ones on Last War in Albion Volume 1, and “Theses on Trump” in October, as well as on new Last War in Albion chapters. (Which I have one of ready to go along with Volume 1 when it launches, which will be any week now – I just need to find a 2-3 day stretch to work on it basically.)
I’ve also added a goal at $300 per week whereby I’ll review Class episode by episode.
Right. So now for the fun. We did a big Last War in Albion Twitter Tournament back in March (From Hell won), so as we near election season in America it’s clearly time for a Doctor Who one. So we’re proud to announce the Eruditorum Press Doctor Who Poll – our bid to codify the taste of whatever faction of Doctor Who fandom we represent. (The alt-frocks?) Anyway, here’s how we’re doing it. You’re going to name your personal top twenty Doctor Who stories. One of them you’ll designate your all-time favorite. That one will get five points. Your other nineteen will get one point. I’ll create a ranked list, with ties broken according to my personal preference because it’s my site. You do not have to offer a full list – as many stories as you like, up to twenty. But you do have to pick a favorite.
“Doctor Who Story” is defined however you like. For the sake of settling likely-to-arise issues when counting votes, there are a couple of Official Clarifications at the end of the post. But in order to give the esoterica a bit more of a fighting chance, you get five additional slots that can only be used for non-televised stories. And in order to give fandom’s darker impulses an outlet, you also get five hate votes. Four can be used to deduct one point from a story’s total. You also get to name one all-time most hated story to award -3 points to. Yes, stories can finish with negative points, and if certain notorious tales end up wtih negative points I will absolutely be including that in the rankings. Finally, at the end of the ballot there are some fun other questions like “who’s your favorite Doctor.”
And so without further ado, The Eruditorum Press Doctor Who Poll Ballot
In order to minimize ballot stuffing, voting will require a Google account. I don’t know if that will give me your e-mail addresses; if so I will delete that data as early in the process as possible, although I may e-mail you if I have a question about your vote. Voting will close at the end of September, and we’ll do a nice fun roll-out of results over the course of October.
Right. Official clarifications.
- The first Doctor Who story is four episodes long and called An Unearthly Child. If you want to vote for it on the basis of the first episode alone, nobody will hold that against you.
- The Daleks debuted in a story called The Daleks, which immediately preceded The Edge of Destruction.
- Shada does not count as untelevised Doctor Who. If you vote for it there, I’m awarding the vote to the Gareth Roberts novelization.
- Season Twenty-Three consists of four stories: The Mysterious Planet, Mindwarp, Terror of the Vervoids, and The Ultimate Foe. If this annoys you and you’d like to vote for all fourteen parts, vote for The Ultimate Foe and we’ll all know what you really mean.
- It’s just called The TV Movie
- Utopia is not part of the story The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords. A Good Man Goes to War and Let’s Kill Hitler are different stories. Series 9 has three two-parters: The Magician’s Apprentice/The Witch’s Familiar, Under the Lake/Before the Flood, and The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion.
- Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures can be voted for as untelevised stories, but please select individual stories, not the series as a whole. Children of Earth and Miracle Day are each individual stories.