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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. Alphapenguin
    June 24, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    Surprised nobody has commented on this one even today, so I figured I'd give it a go. Brilliant stuff as always, Professor.


  2. Elizabeth Sandifer
    June 24, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    Why thank you. It's one of my favorite posts, so I'm glad to see someone has now commented on it. 🙂


  3. Alphapenguin
    June 24, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    Well, as long as nobody else is here, I figured I might as well say this here.

    Thank you for doing what you do. Without you, I'd've only seen David Tennant and Tom Baker.

    I am very much a new-school fan, having only come in when my boyfriend suckered me into watching the entire latter half of season 3 of the new show (everything from Human Nature through Last of the Time Lords – and the best thing I can say about Doctor Who is that I didn't move once in those five hours).

    Before I started reading this blog, I was very much the sort of fan who thought the original series began and ended with Tom Baker and that all the other doctors were funhouse mirror reflections of him – there's the other one with the scarf, the other loud one with curly hair, the other one who traveled with Sarah Jane, etc. I didn't see much point in watching anything that came before or after him.

    Thanks to you, those days are over. Hell, your post on it got me to watch The Web Planet of my own free will, and that's high praise. Without you, I'd've accepted the fan orthodoxy on things like The Celestial Toymaker ("Celestial"? Really, guys?) and The Tenth Planet (just because I know what those things are doesn't mean that the original audience did). Without you, I would've written Colin Baker off entirely and missed Vengeance on Varos, and that would've been a shame. Without you, I'd've blamed Colin Baker or Nathan-Turner for the cancellation of the show without knowing about everything else that went wrong. And without you, I still wouldn't understand the magic in Doctor Who that brought it back.

    Without you, all of the occult symbolism floating around would've gone completely over my head, and now I can't stop seeing it. (That's sort of why I commented on this one and not something like Logopolis or The Three Doctors; those have already gotten a lot of recognition, while this one hasn't, and that seems a bit unfair to this entry, given that it lays the groundwork for everything else – and that reading the others without reading this one is a bit like starting Lord of the Rings at the Council of Elrond – or like starting Doctor Who at Spearhead from Space.)

    So anyway, now that I've gone all fanboy and probably scared you off two paragraphs ago, I want to thank you for opening up the greatest show in the galaxy to me.

    Oh, and I called you Professor because it was either that or Doctor, and that would've been too obvious, really.


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