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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. goatie
    April 20, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    Maybe cover some Big Finish side projects, like Dalek Empire or I, Davros.

    Produce an interactive movie version of the Logopolis entry.

    I don't recall: did you do a Pop Between Realities for All Creatures Great And Small? I can't locate it on the blog.


  2. Bob Dillon
    April 20, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    (from tonight)"It's a psychochronograph!" (and it was blue)



  3. Elizabeth Sandifer
    April 20, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    I mean, on the one hand I'm seriously wiped out on Big Finish stuff. But that might just be the wilderness years and their exhaustion talking. But yes, perhaps a TARDIS Eruditorum Extra thing where after the blog I once-weekly knock off a Big Finish or Virgin book or something I missed as part of a slow drive towards completism.


  4. T. Hartwell
    April 20, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    Regarding the Logopolis thing, I always thought it'd be neat to make that into its own little "Choose Your Own Adventure"-style book. A little pocket-sized book, probably with a slightly expanded entry, with this style of cover art:

    I'd buy it, anyway.


  5. David Ainsworth
    April 20, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    Personally, I'd be interested in having you respond to About Time, either their essays or some of their analyses. I know you do address them some of the time, but generally as part of an essay on a specific story, not as a thing in itself.


  6. Elizabeth Sandifer
    April 20, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    I like the Choose Your Own Adventure pastiche book. The entry and some backmatter could work quite well…


  7. elvwood
    April 20, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    I sent this via Kickstarter, but since it might spark better ideas from other people if they read it here:

    You've done stretch goals based in text and audio, and threatened drama for anyone contributing $1,000; so how about a different medium – something graphical? I'm thinking specifically of a timeline/map showing influences, offshoots and parallels in an era – Hartnell's to begin with, obviously. Something like Pete Frame's rock family trees (vertical orientation) or that sci fi map someone posted a link to recently (horizontal orientation). Obviously some links would be tricky – you wouldn't want the timeline to go back to 1902 in order to show Georges Melies' A Trip to the Moon's influence on The Web Planet – but there are always ways around that.

    Just a thought!


  8. Ununnilium
    April 20, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

    Copying over from my comment on Sometime Never: A special graphical interactive version of the Logopolis essay? An analysis of a fictional Inspector Spacetime episode? An mp3 of you covering "Doctor in Distress"?

    Also, I remember you mentioning on some previous post about how you had been thinking of doing a history of Doctor Who fandom (as opposed to a critical history of it).


  9. Elizabeth Sandifer
    April 20, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    I would love to write that history. Also a definitive history of the Wilderness Years. But those aren't stretch goals – they'd need out and out research budgets.

    Not saying I won't do them, of course. Or Kickstart them. But they're a hair too big for this. 🙂


  10. Elizabeth Sandifer
    April 20, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    There's a reason I hire James for the covers, I fear. 🙂


  11. Ununnilium
    April 20, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    Hm, yes, fair enough.

    T-shirts, perhaps?


  12. thingsiambotheredby
    April 20, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

    Fanfiction. I realize it's a bit removed from what you do but I would love to see a short story by you.


  13. Froborr
    April 20, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    Just finished watching the ep, and I saw that too! Think it was an intentional shout-out?


  14. Ununnilium
    April 20, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

    Hm. That might get dicey, since we are technically paying money for it. On the other hand, some kind of BBV-esque no-lawyers-were harmed thing exploring "what if the series took a different turn"… well, maybe.


  15. Bob Dillon
    April 20, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

    I'm positive


  16. jane
    April 21, 2013 @ 6:02 am

    Psychochronography in practice, too. More than a shout-out, a pilfering.


  17. matt bracher
    April 21, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    Let me echo this!

    You've commented often on About Time, but it would be great to have a deeper sense of what they got right or wrong, as well as a commentary on some of the more interesting essays.

    This blog (which I've only been following for a few months, but I've devoured the Kindle books) and About Time are my standard references about classic stories. And I'm eagerly awaiting the next About Time this fall, although saddened that it will only cover the first two series.


  18. Wm Keith
    April 21, 2013 @ 12:24 pm


    It clearly has to be David Whitaker \ Stephen Moffatt hurt\comfort.


  19. Ununnilium
    April 21, 2013 @ 2:20 pm



  20. Josiah Rowe
    April 21, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

    I'd love to see a Promethea-style map of the Sephiroth/Tree of Life adapted for that entry.


  21. Theonlyspiral
    April 21, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

    It had to be a shout out…does anyone know if Neil Cross reads the blog?


  22. Kit Power
    April 21, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

    I could add a vote for Dalek Empire for sure – I've only heard the first story, but I really enjoyed it and I think it added usefully to the discussion of how the Daleks are defined. Though the second story may upend that, for all I know…
    What about the recent Doctor Who crossover comics? I'm pretty sure there's been a Doctor Who/Star Trek one recently. No idea if it's any good or not, but seems like it'd be ripe for your analysis either way. This may already be in the works I suppose.


  23. ferret
    April 22, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

    I'd like to read some expanded in-one-place thoughts on Alchemy in general: it's history, philosophy and practices – Alchemy in Doctor Who and the influence of Alchemical thinking in wider literature/tv.

    That or a biography of David Whitaker 🙂


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