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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. Sheโ€™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. William Whyte
    November 11, 2011 @ 12:06 am

    I will definitely buy it, though I'll probably wait for the dead tree version. Have you done a Pop Between Realities on It Happened Here? If not, do a new edition with that in and I'll buy it again.


  2. elvwood
    November 11, 2011 @ 12:41 am

    Regarding making your day: you're welcome! This blog often makes mine.

    I don't have a Kindle, so presumably I have to wait for the dead tree version? I presume you can't read Kindle books on a PC?

    Anyway, thanks agai, and I will happily support you to the extent of buying this book when I can get it in a form I can read!


  3. Gavin Schofield
    November 11, 2011 @ 12:45 am

    I downloaded the Kindle app for my phone and bought it immediately . A bit weird having an app for just one book, but ah well!


  4. Andrew Hickey
    November 11, 2011 @ 12:52 am

    Ooh, I'd love to read the Moore/Morrison warfare one.

    Any chance you could put your book up on, for those of us with non-Kindle readers, BTW? (It's probably worth your while doing that anyway, as it gets your book onto iBookstore, Barnes & Noble etc).

    elvwood – you can read Kindle books on a PC running Microsoft Windows, as there's a program you can download from Amazon to do this. Unfortunately it won't run on the GNU/Linux operating system, which is what I use…


  5. matthewhyde
    November 11, 2011 @ 2:39 am

    I'll be buying it later today, and any future editions. This blog has some of the best writing on Doctor Who I've come across and so I'm happy to support it!


  6. Adam Riggio
    November 11, 2011 @ 3:32 am

    Will there be a listing on for your Canadian fans? I first discovered the Eruditorum this summer, when the AV Club linked to your entry on The Mind Robber. I spent two days staying up until nearly sunrise reading your entire archives as fast as I could and processing all the ideas. I think you were up to the end of season seven when I started. You've changed the way I think about Doctor Who, and only given me more reason to rebel against the old-fashioned fandom orthodoxy. I think your blog is the best thing to happen to the Doctor Who fan community (at least in its obsessive underground) in years.

    So I'll gladly support your work as soon as there's a Canadian listing for me to buy it.


  7. elvwood
    November 11, 2011 @ 4:10 am

    With the technical assistance of Andrew Hickey (ta), I have now bought the book (for £3.44 rather than £2.99 thanks to the wonders of VAT) and read the introduction. Enjoy your noodles, Philip!


  8. zapruder313
    November 11, 2011 @ 4:45 am

    Delighted to hear that the first book is now ready. I'll be getting the Dead Tree version, and recommending both versions to anyone I can think of who might be vaguely interested.

    I really enjoy the Blog, and I now look forward to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the same way I look forward to Saturday teatimes 13 times a year. Thanks so much for a lot of great writing, a lot of food for thought, and frequent illuminating perspective shifts on a subject I thought I'd pretty much known all about for years.

    More power to your elbow!


  9. Elizabeth Sandifer
    November 11, 2011 @ 5:49 am

    In response to questions:

    I'll look at Smashwords this week and get back to you, but at a glance it looks like a compelling platform.

    I don't think so on, simply because it's not one of the options that came up when I was listing it on the Kindle store – I only got .com,, .de, and .fr. I'll Google about on it and if I can find a way to put it up there as well.

    And the dead tree version should be ready next week sometime – I'm out of town for the weekend and need to spend a few hours with Photoshop converting that cover design into a full book jacket. (A few hours because I have no idea how to do that, so I expect to flail around impotently for an hour or two first.)


  10. Andrew Hickey
    November 11, 2011 @ 6:18 am

    I'm afraid there is no way at present to get a self-published Kindle book on any Amazon store but those four. I believe Canadians can buy from , but any non-US purchases will only get you the 35% royalty, rather than the 70%.
    (I've self-published five non-fiction books plus a few short stories this way, so I've already done all this investigation).


  11. Aaron
    November 11, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    So exciting! I'll definitely be buying the print version when it's ready. I've been looking forward to that essay on Empire of Glass for awhile now.

    A tangential thought just hit me, and this is as good a place for it as anything. When we get to 2010, I hope there's going to be a pop between realities entry on "The TARDIS Eruditorum." That would be awfully fourth wall breaking.


  12. David
    November 11, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    I've finally caught up reading this blog, so this seems to be the right moment to say thankyou for a fascinating and entertaining series of essays. I'm happy to support your work so I have bought a copy.


  13. William Whyte
    November 11, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    Fuck it, I bought the Kindle version too. Why be mean? I've had much more than 6 dollars of pleasure per Doctor from this blog.


  14. WGPJosh
    November 11, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    Congratulations on finally getting your book launched! I'll be picking up a copy (or several) as soon as possible. Phil, you are without doubt one of the finest thinkers to ever cast a lens onto Doctor Who: I have enjoyed every single entry on this blog and have been honoured to contribute in some way.

    Here's to you success and to many more to come!


  15. elvwood
    November 11, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    Just a thought – where do we comment on the extra essays? I've just finished the opening Time and Relative one, and was pleased to discover you were thinking along roughly the same lines as me – though with your usual twists and added insight.


  16. rocalisa
    November 11, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    Reading your entries and all the comments that follow tend to leave me feeling rather dumb and lame-brained, but I've been fascinated all the same and I've bought a copy. I'm afraid I'm one of those international sales, so you may get less royalty going on what Andrew said above, but I'm delighted to at least make a contribution to your finances.


  17. BD Shannon
    November 11, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    Just delurking to say thanks! I've always been a Doctor Who fan of "the love the concept, less thrilled with the execution" kind, but your blog has helped me appreciate Doctor Who in a whole new light. Look forward to the hard copy release!


  18. Bill Reed
    November 11, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    I was just wondering when you'd release a book. I've fallen behind on the blog, mostly because I can't take it to work or in the bathroom. But now, I can!


  19. Sean Daugherty
    November 11, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

    Bought. I'll probably also buy the dead tree version when it's released. If it gets released by Christmas, I'm considering it buying it as a gift for my aunt (who got me in to Doctor Who way back in 1988). Honestly, Phil, the work you've been doing here has been easily the best analysis of the franchise I've ever read, and I'll support it in any way that I can. Though, like rocalisa above, I often feel a bit intellectually humbled by the experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And to some of the comments above: there are official Kindle reader apps available for most smartphones and, if all else fails, there's also a web reader. So you don't need an actual Kindle device to read it.

    BTW, I've started reading, and I'm thrilled you mention Michael Frayn's "Copenhagen" in the "Time and Relative" entry. And I think you also nail my general uneasiness surrounding pre-"Unearthly Child" stories in that entry, too. They're very tricky to do without diminishing the first televised episodes. I think Newman succeeds, because Kim Newman is one of the most skilled and careful practitioners of pastiche in literature, but, at the same time, it's one of those special cases. Even though "Time and Relative" works, and works very well, I think it's a formula than only works as a one-off….


  20. David
    November 12, 2011 @ 1:37 am

    Hullo! I'm a different David (Other Dave, if you will) and I'll certainly nab a copy. Either the Kindle one (being an avid Kindle reader) or possibly the paperback – I like being able to flick through a book like this. Or, does the Kindle version have a contents page that links to every entry?


  21. Tom Watts
    November 12, 2011 @ 5:29 am

    It really struck me reading it on Kindle what an immense labour you've put yourself to. Congratulations and thank you. Despite that totally unwarranted take-down of The Dominators and your strange tolerance for Planet of the Daleks, I've found your blog entertaining and instructive every time, and in book form it's even better.


  22. The Lord of Ábrocen Landmearca
    November 12, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    Lacking a Kindle, I'll wait for the dead tree version, and hopefully a way to buy it through Amazon Canada. Any thought about what the prices may be, so I can start the transfer to paypal in advance? I'd like to say I'll buy it no matter the cost, but the fact remians that I am a college graduate with no work in the field I trained in who's gone to university in an attempt to rack up more debt and die in poverty. So, past a certain price point, I can't justify the sale.


  23. Aaron
    November 12, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    By the way, I love the cover! Send glowing praise to whoever illustrated it, because it's very cool. I love how the Doctor's shadow is a dalek in disguise.


  24. Jesse
    November 12, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    "Dalek in Disguise"…isn't that an Elvis song?


  25. NotLuke
    November 12, 2011 @ 1:19 pm


    I discovered your site earlier this year, and I won't mince words – I found it THE best Who-related blog around. I wish I could contribute to the comment section on a regular basis. Sadly, by the time I caught up with the backlog of posts, you were already reviewing Pertwee's second season which is exactly the point I am currently stuck at in my chronological marathon through the classic series. One of most the delightful aspects of your writing is how you build your case on references to the past (meaning both your own past posts and past episodes of the show proper). So at that point I decided to stop following regularly and bookmarked to read each next post only after I complete each corresponding story.

    And it may take a while, because sharing your general feeling of tediousness with the UNIT era, I do make frequent timey-wimey excursions to future TV stories and spin-offs. (Especially as recently I believe I might have fallen in love with the Big Finish material; I am hoping you'll find a lot of interesting things to say about it in TCBR entries for Doctor #8 in particular!)

    This is all a very long-winded way of saying that the book form was just the thing I needed and assuring you that you have my purchase (though I'll wait for the shelvable version). And also using this opportunity to thank you for your great, great work, which I should have a long time ago. (Hm, why does it remind me of Idris's goodbye scene in "The Doctor's Wife"? :))


  26. Anna
    November 12, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    @Andrew Hickey: Actually, the Windows kindle app works tolerably well under wine (tested on either fedora 13 or 14, with whatever the latest wine was at the time, built from source).

    Amazon also has a kindle web app now: It requires firefox 6+, though, and I haven't updated recently, so I haven't been able to test in in Linux yet ๐Ÿ™‚


  27. Andrew Hickey
    November 12, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

    @Anna – it didn't work very well at all for me (Debian Wheezy using XFCE as a desktop).

    As for the web reader, unfortunately to buy Kindle books you still need to have a Kindle registered to your account (either a physical device or the programme) so if you don't have one it's not much help. You can, however, try it out in Chromium (where it seems to work better than in Firefox anyway).


  28. Shane Cubis
    November 12, 2011 @ 8:30 pm


    Do us a favour and let us know how it's selling, eh?



  29. Wm Keith
    November 14, 2011 @ 12:06 am

    There's so much going on in Volume 1, my Kindle literally cracked open. Or perhaps I packed too much in my suitcase.


  30. Gonzo
    November 14, 2011 @ 3:00 am

    Dead tree version will be on my christmas list for sure. Keep on keeping on! ๐Ÿ™‚


  31. matthewhyde
    November 14, 2011 @ 6:55 am

    Just posted a shout-up / plug for the book at my blog… (


  32. johnhiggs
    November 16, 2011 @ 3:39 am

    I've also just bought the Kindle version – how could I not, the constant stream of insight from this blog is extraordinary, and must be encouraged!

    However I was surprised that it had no Table of Contents, or no way to quickly locate individual essays (without resorting to text searches). Could this be a flaw of my copy in some way?



  33. Elizabeth Sandifer
    November 16, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    Amazon's tools for creating Kindle books are poor on the Mac, and I was unable to figure out how to make a table of contents. I hope to figure it out for future editions, and I believe that I can upload a new version of the Hartnell book when I do with a table of contents, which will then automatically be pushed to anyone who bought it. But I didn't want to further hold up the release trying to find software to do that with.


  34. Andrew Hickey
    November 16, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    If you're creating a Kindle book using Microsoft Word or a Wordalike, as most people do (I don't, but most…) the way you create an active table of contents is:

    Create a bookmark at the beginning, called TOC or similar.

    Go to each chapter heading. Add a bookmark to each heading, saying "Chapter 1" or whatever. Then turn the chapter heading into a link to the TOC bookmark.

    Go back to the beginning, and list your chapters, making every item in the list a link to the relevant bookmark.


  35. inkdestroyedmybrush
    November 16, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    i will certainly purchase the book when available in print, since i'm not doing the Kindle thing. I'm assuming you'll let us know when avaiable!


  36. HarlequiNQB
    December 26, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    Sorry for the late response, I've been ever so slightly extremely busy, but congratulations on the launch! Like inkdestroyedmybrush I shall have to wait on a print run as I don't have any of those newfangled digital readers, but I look forward to reading it; and hey, I finally get to see the cover – nice :). time, finally, to go post my own ๐Ÿ™‚


  37. Elizabeth Sandifer
    December 26, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    Ah, the paper copy is now available. I should probably update this post to say that.


  38. drAnalog
    March 28, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    First time commenter here… It is March 28th and after starting at the very beginning back in December I find myself at this point and still furiously reading each and every post to catch up (although I'm a bit concerned at how it will impact my life when i can only read 3 posts a week!).

    Anyway Just wanted to add my voice to the many and say I am finding this blog to be absolutely riveting. It is tremendously enjoyable to read, insightful and thought provoking. And I say this as a New Who fan with very little to no experience of the classic series. To have got me so captivated with essays on shows I have not even seen… now that is some skill and you deserve all of the accolades you receive from this community.

    Suffice to say I am now embarking on the mammoth task of watching as much classic Who as possible, will be buying your book imminently and will promote it across all of my networks as much as I possibly can.

    Keep up the wonderful work, and I look forward to joining the debate sometime in the near future (probably around McCoy at this rate!).


  39. Kat42
    May 22, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    I thought I'd let you know that I just got your book in the mail today and I'm really excited about it! The only thing I feel bad about is if it is true that you don't get as much royalty from me because I am ordering it from Canada like someone had said earlier. Honestly I would just give you money for this blog (well within reason, cause unfortunately I'm not rich lol), it's one of my favorite reads on the internet. I can't say I always agree with it, but I always have a great time reading it and thinking about it. It seems to me that it takes a lot to come up with so many though provoking insights into a show that's been picked over so much. I really hope you are still wanting to put the other ones out I would love to have a complete set eventually.


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