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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. Adam Riggio
    October 15, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    Thanks again for another entertaining Not-A-Review post, Phil. I really enjoyed following your thought processes through this very weird period of Doctor Who, quite possibly the weirdest.


  2. encyclops
    October 15, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    God…I want to read all of these. Even the terrible ones. I need to go to prison or become a monk or something. I can barely sit down long enough to get through Enemy of the World — as it is I have to watch it at the gym, so I still have 2 episodes and change to get through. It's absolutely splendid, much better than I'd expected, but I can't let myself read either of your posts about it until I'm done.

    I know you didn't cover it, but what did you think of The Year of Intelligent Tigers?


  3. Iain Coleman
    October 15, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    Looking back, it seems utterly daft that they got rid of Lawrence Miles. I can well believe he was a difficult personality, but who else was having any series-sized ideas? It's almost as if they didn't give much of a toss if the EDA range was any good or not.


  4. sleepyscholar
    October 15, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

    So much of the 8th Doctor material seems… forgettable.

    Shame really.


  5. matt bracher
    October 15, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

    The writing about Lawrence Miles — whose brilliance I understand — and the sad fact that he created a fascinating mythology made me wish, again, that "The Taking of Planet Five" had been part of the blog.

    And I continue to hope that it will be part of the book, when that day finally arrives.


  6. matt bracher
    October 15, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    Okay, having posted that comment, as I have others, using my Google account, I'm curious how other people are reading and commenting on this blog. It's way off topic, but it's obvious that there are better ways [from the fact, at a minimum, that some comments have /italics/], and I'm hoping for suggestions.

    Apologies for being far afield.


  7. Bennett
    October 15, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

    I sign in with a Google account and use the comment field at the bottom of the essay page.

    This supports some basic HTML tags if you type them out manually, allowing for bold text, italics and even links.

    (These three are written as < b>text here< /b>, < i> text here < /i> and < a href="link here"> text here < /a> respectively, without the spaces in the tags).


  8. Galadriel
    October 15, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    Of the ones listed, I've read The Eight Doctors, Vampire Science, Alien Bodies, Interference, The Ancestor Cell, Shadows of Avalon and Father Time. I want to read the rest of them just to say I have, but I have to say, most of your opinions are right-on.


  9. Theonlyspiral
    October 15, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

    As one of the kickstarter backers that picked an essay, I have it on good authority it will be.


  10. Anton B
    October 16, 2013 @ 1:08 am

    Thanks Bennett! I've been trying to work that out for ages. I 've hated using upper case for emphasis as it looks like SHOUTING. Expect lots of posts using appropriate effects from now on.


  11. prandeamus
    October 16, 2013 @ 2:15 am

    I love Planet Five, but find it hard to explain why exactly. It's fun. The Lovecraft references go completely over my head, never having read HPL. The book is worth the cost just for the phrase "emfoozles via the emphatic metahedron" alone, and it's full of mad ideas and subversions of the Time Lords. The meaning-devouring predator universes are no doubt the biggest monster ever. Shame it kills off the Celestis so soon after their introduction in Alien Bodies though; they would have a useful group to keep in the Time War/Enemy mix.


  12. matt bracher
    October 16, 2013 @ 3:47 am

    Agreed! I may still hate the "prove you're not a robot" bit, but this will be helpful. I'm from the old school of CAPITALS or /italics/ or emphasized, but looking forward to something beyond the days of Usenet.


  13. Assad K
    October 16, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    I haven't read Warmonger. But just after reading it's description.. 7? Really? Well, maybe if it's satire. Is it, though?


  14. David Anderson
    October 17, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    I don't see Eye of Heaven here?


  15. Christopher "Peaky" Brown
    October 30, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

    Just curious, what would you rate "Eye of Heaven", "Festival of Death", and "Mad Dawgs and Englishhens"?


  16. papereyes1871
    July 16, 2015 @ 3:56 am

    Taking of Planet 5 does a great job of both introducing great ideas and completely killing them a few pages later. It's a good read though, with some great visual images. I like the Museum of Things That Don't Exist.


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