A Rather Large Announcement

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We do psychochronography here, and so recognize that any significant piece of information has a vast root structure of paths leading up to it and an equally vast structure of implications and consequences, both of which exist in stubborn defiance of any attempt to simply present it. When this information doubles as an event such that the moment of its revelation splits time into discrete “before” and “after” periods, the complexity of these structures only becomes more important. Stripping all of this away to formulate an Announcement, then, is a desperately theatrical and artificial act.

Nevertheless, I’ll frame this simply in terms of site business: the content previously published under the name Philip Sandifer will, going forward, be published under the name Elizabeth Sandifer.

There. Now we exist in a world of implications, which open up and branch outwards instead of leading portentiously towards the singular. For the sake of clarity, first a restatement: I am a transgender woman using female (she/her) pronouns. Now for things that follow from this.

In terms of this site going forward, basically nothing will change. I’ll still be starting TARDIS Erudtorum on Monday, I’m still publishing Volume 7 this year, I’m still getting back to Last War in Albion. That said, obviously this is going to shape and affect my perspective in future writing (and indeed has quietly been shaping it for some time already), including at some obvious points in covering the Capaldi era. Equally, I remain me, my interests and approaches remain mine, and this is not part of some radical revision of my basic worldview. I imagine I’ll do some very openly trans writing at some point—I’ve got the start of a storming epic in a Google Doc—but it’s not imminent, at least not here. (Twitter, on the other hand…)

In terms of books, this is the motivation behind the occasionally teased “all Eruditorum Press books are going out of print” thing: everything’s getting republished as Elizabeth. Neoreaction a Basilisk is ready to go and will be a seamless transition with no gap in availability over the next week or two. Once that’s out, I’ll be pulling everything else from sale while James works on updating the covers and I tinker the interiors. New editions will be rolled out one by one over the next few months, but if there’s anything you’re going to want, I recommend grabbing it now.

Most of the interior changes are being slated at “nice enough to reward the handful of people I know are going to rebuy them, but nothing so essential that anyone feels like they have to rebuy them.” TARDIS Eruditorum books will get a short and minor essay on a Big Finish thing or something similar. Recursive Occlusion will get something small somewhere in it. A Golden Thread will get a somewhat sizeable update that gets it caught up to the movie, while Last War in Albion may get essentially nothing—still deciding there. Guided by the Beauty of Their Weapons will be going out of print for good. If you want that book, buy it now. You literally only have a few days. (The title essay will be in the new Neoreaction a Basilisk.)

The new Twitter handle is ElSandifer. You can head over there if you want to see photos.

The Patreon is url has also changed—if you want to get in on helping support this site, it's at http://www.patreon.com/elizabethsandifer now.

In terms of diminutives of Elizabeth, local friends have been going with El, which I’m perfectly happy with. I have a distinct aversion to “Liz.” The full “Elizabeth” is also quite nice.

Past that, I don’t think there’s much else to cover here. Thank you for your support thus far and going forward. It’s nice having a community of readers where I’m basically not worried about doing this. This process isn’t easy for a lot of people, but I’ve been stupidly and preposterously blessed with the support I’ve had so far, and really see nothing that makes me think that’s going to change. Comments are open if you have any questions, and I’ll see you all on Monday for some actual new TARDIS Eruditorum omfg.

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mx_mond 2 months, 1 week ago

I look forward to the new version of The Golden Thread in particular, and I’ll repurchase the currently only EP book I physically own, Recursive Occlusion.

Really looking forward to TARDIS Eruditorum as well as that storming epic you’re writing.

And as a person who also recently started questioning their gender identity, I wish you all the best on that new stage in your journey. I’m happy to continue to follow along as reader of Eruditorum Press.

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Simon 2 months, 1 week ago

Congratulations, Elizabeth.

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Przemek 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you for this announcement. I'm happy that you can be open about who you are. I wish you all the best and I can't wait for the new TARDIS Eruditorum.

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2odastream 2 months, 1 week ago

FAG

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Elizabeth Sandifer 2 months, 1 week ago

Dyke, actually.

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Kazin 2 months, 1 week ago

Wanted to put down my congratulations here in addition to what I already said on Twitter. I'm very happy for you!

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Tamsyn 2 months, 1 week ago

Not out myself enough yet to be able to direct glee at you via other social media, but as a long time reader of yours who started reading you before she realized she was trans, and is finally now transitioning herself - almost four weeks on estrogen! - congratulations, and thank you.

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Jen A. Blue 2 months, 1 week ago

Welcome to the world, Elizabeth!

And welcome to the SORORAL Order of Psychochronographers! ;)

*suppresses urge to make a joke about how you're copying me for once*

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Elizabeth Sandifer 2 months, 1 week ago

I still have the DMs that definitively settle this priority dispute anyway. :-P

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Jen A. Blue 2 months, 1 week ago

If by that you mean they prove that I came out to you before you came out to me, then yes. =P

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Elizabeth Sandifer 2 months ago

And that I'd started hormones three months before you. :-P

(Trans psychochronographic rivalries ftw)

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e 2 months ago

I fucking love you and your work liz, congrats on living your life

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Jack 2 months, 1 week ago

Whoa, congratulations! It must be especially stressful to come out when you're in the public eye and have many published works out there under your deadname. Major respect.

I assume that your ebooks will be delisted at the same time as the paper versions go out of print, then the new versions will go up? I should look into whether Amazon lets you permanently remove/hide books in your account, to avoid seeing duplicates.

I'm also now trying to remember if/how often you misgender yourself in your previous essays, but I'm sure you've thought about that too.

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Sean Dillon 2 months, 1 week ago

Obviously congrats El. You have been an influence on my work for many years and I'm happy you've achieved your... becoming. A few minor questions:

-Are the ebook versions going to update or are we going to have to rebuy those as well?
-I know the interpretation you have of the song you used to build this up works wonderfully for the announcement and all, but why not Stranger? Would it have been too obvious?
-Is the third podcast you mentioned on twitter going to be as Elizabeth or Dr. Sandifer?

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Elizabeth Sandifer 2 months, 1 week ago

Not clear. We'll see.

I mean, the transest song on the album is If I Were You. Unspeaking worked as the countdown though.

Third podcast will include an explanation at the start I think.

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James R Wylder 2 months, 1 week ago

I'm very happy for you, and glad you're taking this step for yourself. <3

I guess I'll have to scrounge together some cash for a physical "Beauty" if I can. Might not be able to, but that's how things go I suppose.

Anyways, looking forward to the future work of Elizabeth Sandifer!

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Scriptscribbles 2 months, 1 week ago

Well done, Miss (or Mrs, Ms, whatever, I can never keep track of those)! Always a pleasure to read your work, maybe now I can finally use this opportunity to go get myself a book copy. I hope this new regeneration will serve you well.

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anna 2 months, 1 week ago

The cheeky answer, of course, is that 'Dr' still applies.

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CJM123 2 months, 1 week ago

Congratulations El!

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Ryan F 2 months, 1 week ago

Long time lurker, first time poster, Kickstarter backer. You don’t know me, and I don’t know you, except for your various writings.

But I’d just like to offer you the very warmest of congratulations, and wish you all the very best for the future. Peace and love.

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Frezno 2 months, 1 week ago

Congrats!!!

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Dave 2 months, 1 week ago

What about Betty ?

But seriously - good luck and well done. Best wishes.

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Fraser 2 months, 1 week ago

God, I really needed some great news like this today. I'm so delighted and happy for you. No one else has expanded my perspective and deprogrammed so much toxicity inside me quite as much as you and your writing. You're just wonderful, and your work makes me feel less alone. Lots of love to you, Elizabeth Sandifer.

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liminal fruitbat 2 months, 1 week ago

Congratulations! Really glad to hear of the support you've received, and very excited about what you'll be writing next.

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Killer Moff 2 months, 1 week ago

Keep writing quality stuff, and I’ll keep reading! Hope all is well with you going forward!

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Dave 2 months, 1 week ago

Congratulations! Huge fan of yours and eagerly looking forward to the new El Sandifer works

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Kyle Edwards 2 months, 1 week ago

Seeing all of the trans reposts over the last month or so on your Twitter has been hugely inspiring and informative — makes me feel a lot less scared, and a lot more prepared, for when I finally pull the trigger and out myself.

Congratulations, Elizabeth. I wish you the very best. You are legitimately my favorite author, and I look forward to everything you have in store for us (which also means, of course, that I’m going to have to watch Hannibal now).

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EmperorofChairs 2 months, 1 week ago

Congratulations. I wish you all the best going forward, and I'm very glad you have a good support network. This site has given me a lot of thoughts and pleasure and I thoroughly enjoyed Neoreaction a Basilisk

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EmperorofChairs 2 months, 1 week ago

Also I'd like to say your new haircut really suits you 10/10

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John G. Wood 2 months, 1 week ago

Congrats! I hope this makes a really positive difference to your life, and that you don't have to deal with too many idiots. I look forward to seeing more of the same inspired madness in your writing we've always had here...

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ACatinAHat 2 months, 1 week ago

Just thought I'd take the opportunity to say congratulations

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Neil 2 months, 1 week ago

Hi Elizabeth...really appreciate yr work. Not the kinda theory I practice. But a kind of theory, for sure. The kind that inspires me and makes the world better. Thanking you...

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Jane 2 months, 1 week ago

Wishing you all the best, Elizabeth!

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Champiness 2 months, 1 week ago

Strangely the first bit of foreshadowing that sprang to mind for me wasn't the Unspeaking countdown or any of the other planned stuff, it was just "oh, so THAT'S the clerical reason for the new editions".
I'm lucky because Guided is actually one of the few Sandifer works I already have in print (along with the reprint of Eruditorum 1 and the Conspiracy Zine edition of Basilisk, which I guess also just accrued some additional collectors-item value). I'll have to make sure it stays safe in my room from now on.
Congrats, of course.

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Tymothi Loving 2 months, 1 week ago

Congratulations, Elizabeth!

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Tony Macklin 2 months, 1 week ago

Congratulations El,
Love, hugs and tea.
Tony x

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The Oncoming Hurricane 2 months, 1 week ago

Congratulations again, and just to add to what I said on Twitter I'm really looking forward to seeing the kind of influences this will have on the Eruditorum!

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BeatnikLady 2 months, 1 week ago

All the best to you. One of my middle names is Elizabeth, so good choice! (After my grandmother, who went by 'Beth'.) Looking forward to seeing a new Eruditorum from the start as well.

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AECeyton 2 months, 1 week ago

Amazing news. I wish you all the best Elizabeth.

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AlfredJ 2 months, 1 week ago

Hi Elizabeth, long time reader of your site, although I rarely post comments. Just wanted to say I'm very proud of you, which I hope doesn't sound too weird (I am though, having to learn and accept yourself so deeply and then taking the step to be comfortable and happy being yourself in a world where a lot of people don't understand that journey is, in my eyes at least, heroic. I mean that.

If that's too sappy or weird, let me just say I'm very happy for you. Very much looking forward to your future writings.

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Janine 2 months, 1 week ago

All the best, El (what about Betty...? Just a thought). I know you have a supportive network of readers, but still... I'd imagine such an announcement is much harder when you've got a public profile like yours, so I think we all admire the courage this took. Still, I have complete faith in your ability to deal with haters.

After a look on your Twitter page, if this is appropriate, I'd just like to say that you look really lovely, too.

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Kevin Carson 2 months, 1 week ago

Congrats and best wishes!

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ScarvesandCelery 2 months, 1 week ago

Congratulations Elizabeth!

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tankermottind 2 months, 1 week ago

Shit, I just posted an article for my employer a couple of days ago that name-dropped you and "The All-Seeing Eye of Gamergate" by what is now your deadname. I had no idea of your impending transition (and I don't use Twitter at all) but I feel bad anyway and will edit the article this evening. :(

Congratulations on this, it must have been a huge struggle to reach this point, and I can no longer respect men who brag about their physical courage when the moral and emotional courage of women and other people they consider "weak" is so much greater. Best wishes for you as you make this change in your life!

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Dylan 2 months, 1 week ago

Congrats, El!

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Richard 2 months, 1 week ago

The depth and clarity with which you see the world inspires so many of us.
Go strongly on, Elizabeth.

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Matthew 2 months, 1 week ago

4 years ago, a young right-wing dickbag stumbled upon a Doctor Who blog that, over time, would change his views on politics, society, media, and religion forever. That younger, stupider, more callous version of me would have reacted to this news in ways too toxic for me to stomach even trying to imagine. The current me, shaped as I have been by your work, reacted with the biggest smile I can remember having. Congratulations, Elizabeth. I wish you nothing but the best. You have brought me to the best version of my myself. I am forever thankful, and will forever lend my support. Oh, and the Unspeaking announcement on Twitter was bloody brilliant.

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Elizabeth Sandifer 2 months ago

Thank you so much for this. I teared up, in a good way. Seriously, on what was already a pretty freakin' amazing day for me, reading this was one of the highlights. I'm touched and honored to know I've had this effect on the world. Thank you.

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Nindokag 2 months, 1 week ago

Congratulations, Elizabeth! It's a brave thing to let this cruel world see your true self. Wishing you the best with your transition.

Wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that Tardis Eruditorum made me a Doctor Who fan. This is my first time posting here but I've been lurking since 2016. When I stumbled onto Tardis Eruditorum and compulsively read the whole thing, I had never seen a single episode of the classic series. Now I'm, like... deep into missing episode reconstructions and Big Finish and it's all your fault ;-)

This is to say that your writing has been a big part of my life over the last two years. (I backed T.E. vol 7 as well as Neoreaction a Basilisk on Kickstarter.)

I'm very *very* excited to hear that the Eruditorum is starting up again. And this time I'll be able to follow along as it covers an era I've actually seen all of!

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Carlyle 2 months, 1 week ago

Congratulations, El!

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AuntyJack 2 months, 1 week ago

Congratulations and warmest wishes, El!

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Josh 2 months, 1 week ago

Sincere respect and congratulations, El!

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BenJ 2 months, 1 week ago

Congratulations, El. And thank you for amusing, informing, and sometimes challenging me over the years.

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Tim B. 2 months, 1 week ago

Congratulations Elizabeth

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David Faggiani 2 months, 1 week ago

"OK, why is that interesting?"

:)

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Prole Hole 2 months, 1 week ago

Late to the party, as is my wont, but congrats also! Along with so many here, you've been a great influence on my own perspectives and writing, and I'm so happy for you that you've been able to do this.

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Aylwin 2 months ago

Congratulations! (even more belatedly)

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Amadeo 2 months ago

Congratulations, Elizabeth! As a (mostly) silent long time reader, your writing has been hugely important and inspirational for me. I wish you nothing but happiness in your future!

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D.N. 2 months ago

All the best, Elizabeth. May the road rise up to meet you!

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AntonB 2 months ago

Oh Brilliant!

Congratulations Doctor El

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Uther Dean 2 months ago

El, you've been inspiring me through your work for years by now but it still must be said that today you are a inspiration. It is such delight to see someone, whose work I respect so much, living and being their truth.

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Laura 2 months ago

Congratulations, Elizabeth!

Seen this coming for a while now - great to have you with us!

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Colargol 2 months ago

So happy for you, Doctor El! You've been my guide in my Classic Series adventure (inspired by The Name of the Doctor in 2013). I was always thankful for your queer sensibility – and now I'm jealous of your Pertwee jackets.

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Mac 2 months ago

Well hello, Elizabeth - El! I don't know if "Nice to *meet* you" is exactly right - it suggests no continuity, which seems wrong - but perhaps "Nice to *know* you" is.

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Jimmy 2 months ago

Brilliant!

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Fujimoto 2 months ago

Warmest and most sincere congratulations from a trans reader! That feeling of everything making sense at last is one of the giddiest and warming that I know, and I wish you the best!

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Ian Mathers 2 months ago

Another long-time reader and non-commenter, but how could I not come out of the woodwork to wish you congratulations and smile at the wonderful news? I am so glad you do have a readership where, as you say, you can be honest about this with little to no fear.

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Ozyman.Jones 2 months ago

Well done, and I wish you well in your continued personal journey. I cannot imagine the personal bravery this requires, and congratulate you on that. I have had one work colleague transition in the past, and though I was not too close to the process, I saw the travails and challenges she underwent in a predominantly male workplace (and industry). But also the triumphs.

We have had small differences of opinion in some comments in the past. But variety is the spice of life and I have never had anything less than respect for your position and reasoning. This, of course, will not change.

I look forward to the continuation of The Eruditorum with just as much enthusiasm as before.

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Christopher Brown 2 months ago

Congratulations Elizabeth :) best wishes and thank you for your writing - before I discovered the Eruditorum I never realized how much my life was lacking such a no-bullshit, unashamedly radical, deeply personal lens on some of my favorite television, that proudly said everything I never had the vocabulary to say about politics and fiction while challenging and occasionally enraging me at the same time. Long may your work continue and I can't wait to see what I'm sure will be a very fruitful coming-out journey reflected in it. The political is personal, after all :)

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Christopher Sait 2 months ago

Congratulations Dr Elizabeth Sandifer!

I've spent the last few months making my way through the current era Who Eruditorum. The "Forest of the Dead/Silence in the Library" mega post has inspired me to finally dip my toes into classic Who, so I wanted to thank you for that.

I'm looking forward to rewatching the Capaldi era with your posts. I'll be sure to kick some money your way when funds are a little healthier.

Congrats and thank you again.

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Jason Lee 2 months ago

A gift on your new birthday ...

https://youtu.be/l-1vmjGMRe4

(Doctor Who Peter Capaldi Question Cracks Him Up)

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patman 2 months ago

Hey, awesome! (I have to say that I *was* wondering about this, a little -- I think you've made occasional, passing, somewhat cryptic references to being a trans person here and there, but the lack of follow up made it seem...a little confusing? A lot of none of my damn business? Something like that, anyway.) How long, I wonder, before a Google search for "El Sandifer" comes up with this site? Seems odd to keep looking up "Philip"...

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Sean Daugherty 2 months ago

Well, this is why I shouldn't go offline for a weekend, I suppose. I saw the new TARDIS Eruditorum posts a few hours ago on Patreon, briefly wondered about the new icon portrait, and managed to completely miss the new name. It was only once I saw an unfamiliar name on my Twitter feed half an hour ago that I actually put everything together.

My lateness and cluelessness notwithstanding, congratulations, El!

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JFrancis 2 months ago

Wonderful news and may I take this opportunity to say how envious I am of the ability to wear a velvet jacket that well?

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Arkleseizure 2 months ago

I only found this excellent blog after its first completion and now have all six of the books so far on my Kindle. Unfortunately, I didn't see the latest Kickstarter until after its completion, and so have nothing left to kick but myself.

And I'm late here as well, but this time I thought better late than never. So congrats to you, El. You don't know me, but I feel like I know you just a tiny bit, and I will try to be prompt in future.

And now I really hope you cover Señor 105 because El Sandifer sounds like someone who might know him :-)

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Arkleseizure 2 months ago

I've spent the last hour worrying that my last sentence might have been inappropriate. My apologies if it was.

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Christa Mactíre 2 months ago

Congratulations, Elizabeth! I'm so happy and thrilled and excited and all sorts of other positive emotions! I've been following your work for a good few years now, and as a trans woman myself (and a big DW fan) I'm glad that our community can count such a well-spoken and fascinating writer amongst our ranks. I'll happily re-buy the amended ebooks of Eruditorum should they come out, and everything else!

All that's left to say is, "Oh, brilliant!"

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5tephe 2 months ago

Congrats El!

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AlfredJ 2 months ago

I love that even the spambots are supportive and interested in researching trans issues after this post.

And Avengers infinity war quotes is right! Please donate again, we need to make sure El's patreon is funded enough so we can be sure she'll have to cover at least the entire Jodie Whittaker era!

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David Bateman 2 months ago

Just want to add my late congratulations to this, Elizabeth. Best wishes!

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Steve 2 months ago

I've been reading Elizabeth for years and this is the first thing she's written that I've supported and agreed with. (wink)

Congrats and best wished.

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Simon Blake 2 months ago

Frankly, Sir - ahem, I'm sorry - Madam, I'm all for dedication in fandom, but I think you've taken this Doctor Who obsession just a little far by actually regenerating into a woman just as the show (finally) does the same.

Joking aside, while I can't say I agree with everything you write (which is part of my motivation for reading it in the first place), it is never less than well structured, compelling and *really* interesting, and frequently more than just that and I look forward to your posts, even if only to cry "WHAT?". Happy thoughts coming your way from this long-time reader/rarely a commenter.

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Joel 2 months ago

Well, it would seem congratulations are in order to Dr. Elizabeth Sha... uh, Sandifer :)

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RobW 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Hey El, been a while since I visited the site but I'm a massive Whovian who loves your work on the series (especially the classic one). I own volumes 1 -4 and was contemplating buying 5 and 6 (and also looking to see if 7 has been published yet). I notice on amazon uk though that these are listed on there under an incorrect name. I don't want to be in any way complicit in misgendering you, or institutional transphobia, so was wondering if you could give any dates for republishing, as am planning on embarking on a Who odyssey of my own and regard your work, along with Shearman/Hadoke as essential. Look forward to getting 5, 6 and 7 when (re)published. Fascinated also to see your essays on the alt-right as well - do you discuss brexit at all?

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Elizabeth Sandifer 1 month, 3 weeks ago

It'll be months before I get them all fixed, I'm afraid.

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Daru 1 month, 1 week ago

Wow, well done Dr El and what a brave, beautiful journey to do publicly! So you have not only regenerated, but with the Eruditorum restarting it feels like the site is too. So happy for you.

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Doctor Memory 3 weeks, 6 days ago

I was wondering why nothing had popped up on the RSS feed for your articles in a while -- turns out you'd renamed the feed as well!

You might want to ask whoever handles this -- possibly yourself? -- to set up your site's webserver to rewrite and issue 302 redirects for the old URLs.

In any case congratulations on the major step! :)

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Rodolfo Piskorski 2 days, 2 hours ago

I am fascinated by how trans people choose their names. Any stories behind Elizabeth?

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Elizabeth Sandifer 1 day, 22 hours ago

It's what I would have named a daughter.

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