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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. Roderick T. Long
    December 14, 2018 @ 10:04 am

    I wish I were a vegetarian, so I could respond to any invitation to “have a gander” with “sorry, I’m a vegetarian.”


  2. Peter
    December 14, 2018 @ 5:15 pm

    Slightly off topic, El, sorry, but I have the new About Time and they rub shoulders with your Eruditoriums – will we expect a new one soon? My last one is #6 – I do love both series…


  3. John G. Wood
    December 17, 2018 @ 11:51 am

    I’ve enjoyed all the presscasts, but I think this one is my favourite. Certainly it gave me enough to think about that I’ll probably be able to enjoy the episode more when I eventually rewatch it. And it was fascinating to hear Niki’s thoughts on some other topics too, particularly Exile. Thanks to you both, and to El’s other guests earlier in the series.


  4. Ben Stephens
    January 19, 2019 @ 12:16 am

    Hi Elizabeth. I’m a long time fan of your work (backed your Kickstarter for your first Hartnell reprint back in the day) and was very pleased to pop back to your site recently and find not only reviews of the current series but podcasts too! After reading your delightfully savage and astute take on this episode I chose to listen to this podcast. And with no disrespect to Niki this is far and away my least favourite of the several I have now sampled; if you have the time and inclination I would encourage you to take another run at this story as I’d love to hear more from you on it.

    The discussion was fun and I don’t doubt Niki would be an excellent guest to discuss other topics, but while I admire his enthusiasm his essential approach to Doctor Who seems to boil down to “any episode, or story, has no inherent value, quality, theme, etc other than what the viewer brings to it and I think everything is great so this is great” which must be very nice for him but not an especially useful gateway to any kind of serious, critical discussion of the material.

    Fancy a Take Two? Either way keep up the great work. Cheers.


    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      January 19, 2019 @ 12:41 am

      You surely do not actually imagine I would rerecord a podcast a month after the fact because you personally did not enjoy it.


      • Ben Stephens
        January 21, 2019 @ 1:41 am

        Not at all! Rightly or wrongly I thought I detected in the podcast itself that in deference to your guest you may have been holding back from a deeper discussion of the episode and its problems – it does seem based on several more I have listened to that this one was atypical in its relative lack of deep engagement with the subject matter – it sounded like you repeatedly tried to get the conversation there and it just didn’t happen. I wondered if you yourself may have considered a supplementary podcast if you had more you wanted to say about it. I had no expectation you would do anything other than whatever you want to do with your own time and energy, I only wanted to convey that I (and perhaps others?) would readily listen if you felt so inclined. I apologise that I did not express that better. Best wishes.


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