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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. Dave
    July 13, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    I just watched this episode recently and I think it zips along pretty well (compared to what preceded it). Sure, there's a bit of drag, but you can see Doctor Who really taking shape.

    It occurred to me that Ian takes on more of what will become the Doctor's roles and personality than the Doctor in some of these early adventures. It's like in the early Star Trek where Kirk has lines that really belong to Spock. You can see all the parts, but they're not quite in the right places. But we're getting there.


  2. Nathan Laws
    July 28, 2020 @ 3:33 pm

    What evidence is there that the guards for the third key are robots? If anything, the fact that they slump over and then revive seems to indicate that they’re in some kind of cryogenic suspension and then with heat they wake up. The one screams as he falls down the chasm, which also doesn’t seem very robot-like.
    I also don’t think that the screaming jungle is supposed to be psychic. Susan is the only one to hear it initially, but the others aren’t near her, so there’s no reason to assume that it’s a mental connection. Later, Ian and Barbara hear it. I always assumed that it was just the sound of the accelerated life in the area growing so quickly that all the friction was making a screaming noise.


  3. Greenpear
    January 24, 2021 @ 2:44 pm

    I’m reading through many blogs recapping stories with commentary for a project of mine. I often use these blogs to help explain to newer fans how the show, when it was started, is far more complex than they believe. I love your inside on them and they have given me a better understanding of the show and how it fits into the world when it was made.


  4. Kirk
    April 24, 2024 @ 6:50 pm

    This was a really good, in-depth review. I have watched the first two episodes of this and what is noticeable to me is how little the show adapts to telling a story in half an hour – the rushed, incredibly easy resolution of “The Velvet Web” and the fact that the key discovery is only a minor footnote in this episode that could easily be missed (we don’t even see it given to Barbara, and it’s only recognizable as a key based on the one quick shot where it’s hiding in the upper corner of the screen in the first episode) – really highlight this.

    I actually wonder if this has something to do with, why, even now, the show has never produced an episode shorter than 41 minutes or so?


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