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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. David Anderson
    February 25, 2019 @ 4:26 pm

    In other news, I suspect Olivia Colman is not really regretting turning down the chance to play Chibnall’s Doctor right now.


    • Aylwin
      February 25, 2019 @ 7:19 pm

      As the woebegotten ship of state, pistons hammering and lifeboats jettisoned, steers resolutely for the iceberg, it’s some small comfort to know that for a precious fleeting patter of heartbeats we can unite without strife or rancour in a harmonious communal moment of Being Pleased For Olivia Colman.


      • Daru
        March 2, 2019 @ 9:07 am

        Fab that she has been celebrated – great to see! And lovely bit of poetry from you!


  2. Przemek
    February 26, 2019 @ 9:27 am

    “Indeed, running “The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did” in contrast to Series 11 would make Quill work fairly well as a sort of “is this really what you want” riposte to complaints about Whittaker’s passivity.”

    Honestly at this point my answer would be: yes, yes it is. I’ll take anything over the current Doctor’s passivity and moral emptiness.

    As for these episodes “Class”, I’m kinda intrigued now. “Class does Doctor Who and fails miserably” sounds like it might be at least somewhat interesting.


  3. Xaldel
    February 26, 2019 @ 9:41 am

    “It’s just that it was a quite good Chibnall-era spinoff that had the misfortune of airing after Moffat’s best season.”

    Trying to imagine this airing during the Chibnall era just makes me believe that it would probably be even more cynically produced. Chibnall probably wouldn’t have the same insight as Moffat to attach someone like Patrick Ness to the project.

    Heck, maybe he would’ve even jumped at the reins and decided to do it himself. Then at least, we could say 2019 being a dry Who year yielded a reason. Still not necessarily a good one, but it would be one.


    • TomeDeaf
      February 26, 2019 @ 6:26 pm

      From what I remember, it was Brian Minchin who got Ness in, not Moffat. Your point still stands though.


  4. Christopher Brown
    February 26, 2019 @ 1:04 pm

    This far into Eruditorum, you’re still coming up with major insights into Doctor Who, even in the posts on crappy spin-offs. The observation that not just any character can be the star of a show that can go anywhere thanks to a magic box isn’t one I’ve seen made before, but it’s vital. Well done, El.


  5. TomeDeaf
    February 26, 2019 @ 6:27 pm

    Great post as ever. I particularly like the choice of image you’ve gone for there, which is such a well-composed shot that it makes me sad we don’t talk more about Wayne Yip and how good he is. It only adds to the Class/Chibnall era comparisons that he’s the best director on both.


  6. Daru
    March 2, 2019 @ 9:10 am

    Great piece again El and fascinating idea of imagining Jodie in place of Capaldi – yes! It would be so much more of a statement, especially towards Chibnall’s run!


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