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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. David
    June 10, 2018 @ 10:16 am

    I’d love to get the updated one, but alas deleting and re-downloading it to Kindle is still getting the old version.

    I notice when I go to “Manage Your Content and Devices” page on Amazon that some books I bought have an “Update Available” button whereas the new Hartnell book doesn’t. Will that have something to do with it?


    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      June 10, 2018 @ 3:53 pm

      No idea. I know people who have successfully upgraded the book, but you’re also not the first person to have trouble. Give it til Monday (I uploaded a new edition last night to fix a ToC problem) and if it’s still not working get in touch with Amazon. But if they give a useful solution, please do report back.


      • Kazin
        June 10, 2018 @ 10:59 pm

        I had to email customer support a few times, but they got it straightened out. Delete the purchase from both your device(s) and from your account in “Manage My Content and Devices,” then without repurchasing or downloading the updated version, “Sync” your device. That worked for me, but that was after a few emails to support, so ymmv, David.

        Enjoyed the new essays, and was mildly surprised to see you didn’t outright hate “The Beginning” as I did, Elizabeth (not that you loved it, either, of course). The read on Quadrigger Stoyn was a good one, too. I didn’t hate the First Doctor Box Set, but that second story is pretty wretched. My biggest gripe was how Ian and Barbara in particular are written poorly throughout, as you note.

        Looking forward to the other updated books (and to looking up this post when they come out, since Amazon will probably make it hard to update again lol)!


        • David
          June 11, 2018 @ 4:30 pm

          Got it sorted in the end, with help from Amazon customer service. It sounded like the upgrade had to be sorted at their end, though rebooting my Kindle might have done it earlier.

          Either way, glad to have the newest version!


        • entropicdecay
          June 12, 2018 @ 4:44 am

          “Delete the purchase from both your device(s) and from your account in “Manage My Content and Devices,” then without repurchasing or downloading the updated version, “Sync” your device.”

          I tried that but it just removed it entirely. Is it because I didn’t contact Amazon support first?

          I purchased the book again, but it STILL has not updated…


          • entropicdecay
            June 12, 2018 @ 5:11 am

            Am contacting Amazon to try and get it sorted out.

  2. Simon Simmons
    June 10, 2018 @ 11:38 am

    Will this be the edition sent to the backers of the 7th Dr volume who went for the paperback set of Eruditorums


    • Tibère
      June 10, 2018 @ 2:33 pm

      Yessss, I was about to ask that! Can’t wait to get my paws on it.


    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      June 10, 2018 @ 3:54 pm

      Yes. (It’s why I’ve been slow getting the paperbacks out; it was going to be close enough that I felt bad. The problem recurs with Volume 2, but I’ve got to draw the line somewhere.)


    • Ian
      June 11, 2018 @ 5:59 pm

      I was hoping to ask something along the same lines, as I threw in extra during the Volume 7 Kickstarter to get ebooks of the earlier TE volumes (already have the paperback editions). Wasn’t sure how those were going to be handled with the new editions coming out.


      • Elizabeth Sandifer
        June 11, 2018 @ 6:14 pm

        See answer in the comment immediately above yours.


        • Ian
          June 11, 2018 @ 8:22 pm

          Got it. Many thanks, Elizabeth!


  3. Jack
    June 10, 2018 @ 1:49 pm

    Excellent. I wasn’t aware that the new edition would be free for current eBook owners, so this was a lovely surprise. Keep up the great work!


  4. jim5et
    June 11, 2018 @ 12:54 pm

    that is a stunningly lovely cover


  5. Matthew Jones
    June 13, 2018 @ 5:31 am

    Hi Love your work – any idea if the up dates will also be available through iTunes as that were I originally made the purchases?


    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      June 13, 2018 @ 5:49 am

      I don’t know. I’m currently having some difficulties getting the book out to iTunes, and once I do I don’t know if they’ll treat it as the same book, as I put them out through a third-party service and don’t directly interact with their database.


  6. darkspine10
    July 3, 2018 @ 10:19 am

    Does this new update finally include the entry for The Massacre in the correct place? Not that I really mind, I already have the print version, but am upgrading to the kindle version now.


    • darkspine10
      July 3, 2018 @ 10:20 am

      Edit: Oops, I just realised that the most recent print edition already had the Massacre in the right place, nevermind that.

      What I meant to ask is whether the entry for Wonderland is in this version, or if it’s being kept for the updated Troughton volume.


  7. Neil Campbell
    July 16, 2018 @ 7:46 pm

    Hi – Just downloaded the new “Elizabeth Sandifer” version of the book from Smashwords (ePub version). I loaded it into iBooks on my iPad and noticed that your Chapter Heading formatting changes (from the “Phil Sandifer” version: chapter heading fonts are now much larger) have introduced some problems:

    1) The following chapters are now missing formatted chapter headings (just have plain text):
    – The Space Museum (p. 116)
    – Time Can Be Rewritten: The Plotters (p. 120)
    – The Massacre (p. 175)
    – The Ark (p. 181)
    – The Celestial Toymaker (p. 185)
    – The Gunfighters (p. 191)
    – The Savages (p. 199)
    – Time Can Be Rewritten: The Man in the Velvet Mask (p. 203)
    – Pop Between Realities: Quatermass (p. 208)
    – The War Machines (p. 213)
    – Pop Between Realities … International Times … the 1966 FIFA World Cup) (p. 220)
    – You Were Expecting Someone Else (Daleks – Invasion Earth 2150) (p. 227)
    – The Smugglers (p. 231)
    – Coda: Before The Beginning (p.251)

    2) The heading changes have made the iBooks generated Table of Contents (accessed by the icon at the top of the screen) inaccurate. The unhighlighted chapter headings above don’t appear. Also, selecting a chapter here now takes you to the last page of the previous chapter rather than the first page of the selected chapter. These issues also throw off the “‘x’ pages left in this chapter” counts shown at the bottom of the page. None of these are issues in the “Phil Sandifer” version. In this version, all chapters appear in the TOC and selecting them takes you to the expected place.

    3) A couple of additional smaller things I noticed:
    a) there’s no page break before “The Daleks’ Master Plan” chapter heading (this is in both versions of the text). This chapter starts in the middle of a page
    b) the formatting of Terrance Dicks opening lines in “The Smugglers” chapter leads to a blank page between “stalks the ruin of a man” line and “Through the vortex” line. This blank page only appears in the “Elizabeth Sandifer” version

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want more details. I love these books and want them to be their best versions possible. Best Wishes.


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