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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. Seth Aaron Hershman
    December 2, 2013 @ 5:17 am

    I'm thankful that I can take a break from reading Brand New articles because I now have four blog entries on book-cover design process to go through!


  2. Matthew Blanchette
    December 2, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    So, it is true! The evil one prints books with jelly babies! 😀

    (To be fair, this cover might've worked better with the more "fun" Graham Williams era, but that's a minor quibble; it's a lovely cover.)


  3. Matthew Celestis
    December 2, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    Bought it.


  4. encyclops
    December 2, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    Bought it. At first glance I was like "THAT'S the cover?" That feeling lasted about five seconds, and then I fell in love with it. I'm WAY behind on reading these but the extras sound fantastic.


  5. David Anderson
    December 2, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    Reacting to a tangent in the TARDIS translation essay:
    If the TARDIS is translating based on intention of the speaker it is presumably translating based on the Gricean intention. That is, the intention of the speaker to produce an effect upon the listener by means of the listener recognising that intention itself. I think that takes care of lying, and I think also irony and sarcasm. (The speaker's intention is that the listener recognises the intention to use irony.) To think that it wouldn't translate sarcasm seems to me to depend on a rather simple model of language in which the purpose of language is to communicate propositions; and on which figurative language only dresses up or decorates (or wilfully obscures) the propositions.
    Actually, I'm largely an anti-intentionalist when it comes to language. Intention is a concept whose purpose is to gesture at what wasn't done or wasn't succeeded at. And I think it's important to any theory of language that it makes it possible to say things that wouldn't otherwise be available – and therefore cannot be reduced to anything such as intention that is extra-linguistic. But it's worth getting the ideas clear.


  6. ferret
    December 2, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    Also available in the new Amazon Australia store (only on Kindle, as Australia's physical publishing laws are incompatible with Amazon's business): (AU$5.49 digital)


  7. BerserkRL
    December 2, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

    When the Doctor says "allons-y," why doesn't the TARDIS translate it into English?


  8. breyerii
    December 2, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

    Because it's meant to be a comment in a language foreign to the listener, but which that very listener might actually be familiar with.


  9. ferret
    December 2, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

    Your TV is not 100% compatible with the TARDIS telepathic circuits


  10. Eric Gimlin
    December 2, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

    I actually got this Saturday morning; read the new material and am now reading through the whole book.

    Quick question: I thought any Kickstarter- sponsored essays from the Pertwee era would have gone into this book as appendixes. Were there none, or did you just merge them into the book itself? (The Master Restitution essay seems like a possible candidate for this.)


  11. Elizabeth Sandifer
    December 2, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

    The Master Restitution essay was indeed originally commissioned as a Pertwee essay.


  12. elvwood
    December 2, 2013 @ 11:22 pm

    Darn, will have to wait to buy this, probably until January. Our spare money is currently going towards a new front door since our current one has become, functionally, a rather draughty section of wall with a letterbox.

    Love the cover, though!


  13. JJ Gauthier
    December 9, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

    My print copy arrived today. As always, it's been wonderful to revisit these with the re-edits and additions, but so far, the highlight has been this description of Eric Roberts' Master: "Other than being a completely terrible idea, this was not a completely terrible idea."


  14. Ciaran M
    December 10, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    I just want to pop in here and say how much I love all these books. Having all the entries bound together like this really brings home the fact that they tell the story of Doctor Who, and you make sure it's an engaging and insightful ride.

    I cannot wait for the day that I have enough money to buy all the hardcopy versions of these and can arrange them proudly on my bookshelf.

    (any praise I write feels rather trite in contrast to your wonderful writings)


  15. Fantastic Mr Ox
    December 19, 2013 @ 3:35 am

    I love these books, so much.
    I'm currently in the middle of a marathon watch of 1 episode per day of the classic series, which I started on Jan 1st this year and plan on finishing sometime around December 2014 before deciding if I'll continue into the new series. Currently at The Green Death episode 4, if you are interested!

    Anyway, what I wanted to say was that I have been reading your books alongside each serial, and Volume 4 comes out just in time for me to keep this up into Tom Baker's early years. So I've just bought it!
    A great read, thank you.


  16. What Happened To Robbie?
    December 19, 2013 @ 4:43 am

    I've been getting so excited about your book launches that i've started having dreams about them – in one my copy of Hartnell version 2 arrived in a fridge and you'd kindly left some bread and beer in there for me too. I think it was because I'd just read about this


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