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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. Bennett
    October 14, 2013 @ 12:21 am

    "Bob Baker was shopping him around for his own spin-off series, which we’ll reluctantly cover when the time comes."

    I expect nothing less than a 2000 word essay on every episode, with additional essays in the book edition : ).


  2. jane
    October 14, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    Real interesting title for the episode, considering the kind of stuff there was in the last one.


  3. Daibhid C
    October 14, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    I actually quite liked the K9 series. It had its faults .. huge, near-premise-destroying faults, but it was fun. And it was kind of amusing that you could match the main characters 1:1 with SJA, allowing for a gender-flip of Sarah herself.


  4. Ross
    October 14, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    Yeah. I found it largely uncompelling but not actually bad. A kids-show-for-kids rather than a kids-show-for-families.

    I kinda liked the robot cops though. The setting had a delightfully schizophrenic Victorian London-meets-Cyberpunk thing going on.


  5. Alan
    October 14, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

    Sadly, no comments on the departure of the delightful Yasmin Paige, who I thought was the strongest of the teen actors. I also liked the idea of Alan taking on the role of Sarah Jane's "sidekick," but twas not to be.


  6. Ross
    October 14, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    Well, the departure doesn't officially happen until the next episode.


  7. Spacewarp
    October 14, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

    For anyone who didn't realise, your Yasmin Paige fix can be found in the rather wonderful BBC comedy series "Pramface".


  8. ferret
    October 14, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

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  9. ferret
    October 14, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

    For an afterthought Mr Smith was wonderfully realised: the grandiose fanfare, the spectacular revelation as he unfolds and stretches out from his hiding place, the kid actors initial jaw-drop reactions, Mr Smiths own rich but understated voice and Sarah Janes unquestioning reliance on him all made Mr Smith's betrayal so very delicious.

    They did a wonderful job of shooting him opening out – it heavily screams "be impressed!", and the revelation in "The Stolen Earth" that Mister Smith's fanfare is diegetic suggests Mr Smith is intentionally going for impressive, which suits his character very well.


    While I always had trouble getting to watch complete SJA two-parters, this episode got me firmly on board with it as a show worth my time.


  10. Adam Riggio
    October 15, 2013 @ 4:16 am

    Sounds similar to Terry Nation taking the Daleks and running away to America to make millions from a spinoff show that never happened, which resulted in the Cybermen becoming the go-to monsters of the Troughton era because its producers weren't creative enough to break out of the 'scary monsters' story mode unless David Whitaker, Robert Holmes, or Malcolm Hulke were writing.

    Except Bob Baker actually ended making his thoroughly mediocre show, and making some manner of money from it.


  11. Galadriel
    October 15, 2013 @ 6:26 pm

    (previous post didn't go through, apparently) No matter what the actual mechanics of how it would have played out, the moment when Sarah Jane has to walk away and leave Luke with someone else was brilliantly played, because Elisabeth Sladen managed to pull off "trying to be happy but breaking down" in a realistic way.


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