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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. Brian Smith
    February 10, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    As someone who's come to Doctor Who recently, this blog is, to quote the Ninth Doctor, fan-TAS-tic.

    I'm picking my way through the new series and some Classic Who through Netflix, but I would love some advice on which classic stories to make sure I watch.


  2. Elizabeth Sandifer
    February 11, 2011 @ 3:19 am

    The four classic stories I'd say are most important to watch: Tomb of the Cybermen, The Ark in Space, Earthshock, and Remembrance of the Daleks.

    That list, basically, is the four times where the show took a huge leap forward in quality. Not necessarily the four best stories, but four that made the initial definition of four very good and important eras for the show.

    In terms of each of the three modern Doctors and which great stories sort of most directly inform their eras.

    Ninth: Genesis of the Daleks, Caves of Androzani, Curse of Fenric
    Tenth: Pyramids of Mars, Earthshock, Remembrance of the Daleks
    Eleventh: Tomb of the Cybermen, City of Death, Earthshock

    And then one story for each Doctor that's worth watching, specifically excluding anything I've already mentioned.

    Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Invasion, Terror of the Autons, Talons of Weng-Chiang, Kinda, Vengeance on Varos, Ghost Light.


  3. Anton
    April 18, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

    Actually Rhodesia became Zimbabwe not Zambia. Pedantic but if you're going to come down heavy on post-imperialism it's pretty important to get the names of post-imperial countries right. Apart fromm that, brilliant and incisive as usual. Particularly your observations re the self referential model-shot Tardis.


  4. Elizabeth Sandifer
    April 18, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

    Yes, that was a straight-up gaffe – I knew that, and typed it wrong. I'll edit the entry to fix it tomorrow. 🙂


  5. Rostkowianka
    September 20, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    >I'll edit the entry to fix it tomorrow.<<

    um, you didn't…


    • Nathan
      January 15, 2022 @ 3:21 am

      Interestingly, it still wasn’t fixed in the published second edition of Hartnell TARDIS Eruditorum.


  6. Galadriel
    June 22, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    I just watched this episode–the backgrounds were so good I thought they were ordinary objects with the TARDIS crew green-screened in.


  7. John Seavey
    March 27, 2015 @ 7:19 pm

    I'd point out that while the Doctor certainly concurs, it's Barbara who insists on staying despite the very real risk to her own life. The odd editing doesn't make it entirely clear.


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