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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. Anthony D Herrera
    December 8, 2016 @ 10:57 am

    I like that you mention how the episode is about tactile contact with the past. I’ve always felt that the main difference between Davies’ and Moffat’s approaches to Doctor Who is that Moffat is Back To The Future and Davies is Peggy Sue Got Married where in Future the past is a problem to be solved and in Married the past is something to be felt and experienced.

    Oh and keeping with the theme of off-topic I would like to take this time to mention that the 1993 Sharon Stone erotic thriller Sliver originally ended with a plane flying into a volcano.


  2. Jack Graham
    December 8, 2016 @ 11:24 am

    Sorry about there being no proper Jack-post today, but I’m busy busy busy at the mo.


  3. Alex
    December 10, 2016 @ 7:19 pm

    It is interesting that you (quite correctly, I think) described the reoccurring car outside the church as the hand of Providence, when of course one of the main threads of the story is coping with the absence of any providential oversight in the cosmos, as the Time-Wyverns or whatever can only get in because of the lack of Timelord supervision. The story’s relationship with Christianity is quite fraught, I think, as the church maintains itself, not out of any inherent sanctity, but because of its age. There’s almost an admission there that the church lacks any genuine connection to a transcendent reality, but has only a borrowed numinous quality owing to its traditional stature. You could nearly do a death of God theological reading of this episode, in which the elimination of the transcendent axis allows the space of the church to focus on the genuine sanctity of human life and relationships. Yet, as you point out, the narrative still preserves this providential guiding hand underneath it all which offers Pete redemption through death. So it’s all rather messy, though in a terribly interesting way, I think.


  4. Alex
    December 10, 2016 @ 7:20 pm

    To sum up: Paul Cornell – Strangely Christian.


  5. J Marcez
    January 16, 2017 @ 5:06 pm

    OMG I forgot about it..guess working for gets the best of me..still it’s never too later to say thanks to your parents for giving a birth to you and spending a great deal of efforts of bring you up, does it??


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