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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.


  1. storiteller
    October 22, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    I just watched The Edge of Destruction for the first time and while it was a bit slow in spots, it also does have a couple of fantastically off-kilter, creepy bits. I did especially notice the "milk" button and the fact that the label is written in Sharpie because I had read this entry previously. I think what's fascinating to me is that it establishes the TARDIS not only as alive, but as having a level of emotion – when something is physical, it has a metaphysical effect on both the TARDIS and her inhabitants.


  2. Nickdoctorwho
    November 12, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    I can forgive the "Fast Return Switch" label written on the console, because it's a perfect foreshadowing of Doc Brown from "Back to the Future" (e.g. "Do not look directly into Flux Capacitor during discharge" Dymo-taped on). Both Doctors are absent-minded types who would stick a switch onto their machines and then forget what it does.

    As for the damn thing being broken in the first place, somebody on Gallifrey Base suggested that a Silence stowed away during "100,000 BC," and had sabotaged the console. You can't say that this is not so, for the Silence make you forget as soon as you turn your back…

    Also, in Dalekese: "BO-VINE LAC-TA-TION! BO-VINE LAC-TA-TION!!"


    November 29, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    So this is the origin of the Milk faucet in "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe", then?


  4. John Seavey
    June 18, 2014 @ 2:16 pm

    Barbara's realization isn't a matter of solving clues to come up with a particular answer–it's simply the realization that they are, in fact clues. She realizes not what the TARDIS is trying to communicate to them, but that the TARDIS is trying to communicate something at all. At that point, the Doctor realizes that it's a warning, and goes back through the very simple and logical step of "What did I do right before everything started going wrong?" The specific message the TARDIS thinks it's communicating remains, as ever, utterly opaque…because the TARDIS doesn't think like a person.


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