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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.

35 Comments

  1. Lewis Christian
    June 25, 2013 @ 6:15 am

    I look forward to seeing the evolution of these posts' titles:

    This is Not a Review Blog
    This is Still Not a Review Blog
    Still Definitely Not a Review Blog
    I Promise This Isn't a Review Blog
    Nope, Still Not a Review Blog
    Sod It, Kind of a Review Blog…

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  2. Alphapenguin
    June 25, 2013 @ 6:49 am

    Ceci n'est pas une review blog

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  3. elvwood
    June 25, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    Of course this is a review blog. It's just one that will only run 11 entries (for now), and occasionally slots in between episodes of TARDIS Eruditorum – which is not a review blog.

    The Revolution Will Not Be Reviewed!

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  4. inkdestroyedmybrush
    June 25, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    damn, but alphapenguin nailed it.

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  5. Spacewarp
    June 25, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    Ghotvam'e' wej review blog!

    Oops…wrong franchise…

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  6. Theonlyspiral
    June 25, 2013 @ 8:00 am

    Review Blog of the Daleks
    Genesis of the Review Blog
    Asylum of the Review Blog
    Evil of the Review Blog

    I think this could work…

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  7. Lewis Christian
    June 25, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    Revelation of the Review Blog

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  8. Eric Gimlin
    June 25, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    Happily/ sadly, I actually consider the rumors about Enemy of the World being back the most believable part of the current rumors. Happily, because it would be so wonderful to actually see. Sadly, because one of the reasons I find it more believable is it's one of the stories that almost never gets hoaxed because too many people believe it to be the stinker of Season 5 instead of the fairly clear best.

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  9. Anton B
    June 25, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    The Name of the Review Blog

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  10. Matthew Celestis
    June 25, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    Everybody knows The Mind Robber is brilliant? I don't.

    It's got no plot. It's just a sequence of weird events strung together. I don't know why people love it so much.

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  11. Elizabeth Sandifer
    June 25, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    Because it features the best Doctor in his native habitat.

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  12. Theonlyspiral
    June 25, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    That wasn't a loaded statement in the slightest…

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  13. Lewis Christian
    June 25, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    In my books, it's The Celestial Toymaker but for Troughton. Basically.

    The fact it has Troughton and co. works in its favour, but they're the only interesting characters/things in it. The rest is a boring runaround.

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  14. Pen Name Pending
    June 25, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    The first time I didn't really get it despite liking the premise; the second time I picked up on so many things I missed. I mean, how brilliant is it to have the climax be two people fighting by making up a story? It's one for us storytellers.

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  15. Pen Name Pending
    June 25, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    I'm surprised your scores weren't lower on the base-under-seige stories, as you were really harsh on them in the blog. I'm looking forward to these future entries now.

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  16. Nick Smale
    June 25, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    I'm thoroughly enjoying reading Bleeding Cool's (increasingly implausible) missing episode stories. They're clearly utter bollocks, but it's equally clear that someone's having an enormous amount of fun making them up…

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  17. JJ Gauthier
    June 25, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    Averages:

    SEASON FOUR [Troughton Only]: 7.1/10
    SEASON FIVE: 6.4/10
    SEASON SIX: 7.2/10

    TROUGHTON AVERAGE: 6.9/10

    Hartnell got 6.5/10 on average. Troughton had three 10s and three 9s compared to Hartnell getting 2 of each; Hartnell had five 8s to Troughton's 3. What really brought Hartnell down were two 1s to a single Throughton bomb and three 2s to none.

    The one that really surprised me this time around was Web of Fear; I remembered you being a bit harsh on it, but I still thought you basically liked it. And I suppose I expected you to be harder on some of the other bases-under-siege.

    Like before, it's fun to read and a satisfying complement to Eruditorum. Looking forward to Pertwee!

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  18. JJ Gauthier
    June 25, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    Actually, I guess that average should be 6.9 +/- eggs.

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  19. Jesse
    June 25, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    So which 10 gets the Best In Show award?

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  20. Elizabeth Sandifer
    June 25, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    Oh, Power. Easily.

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  21. Jesse
    June 25, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    And how about Hartnell? The Rescue or The Web Planet?

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  22. Elizabeth Sandifer
    June 25, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    The Rescue, by dint of being a more "you can show this to anyone" sort of story.

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  23. William Whyte
    June 25, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    Power is more consistently well-executed, but I think Evil actually is the masterpiece of the two — more than Power it tells a story that takes full advantage of the range of Doctor Who, and the high points are as good as it gets. Also, while The Macra Terror does The Prisoner in an obvious sense, Evil of the Daleks is more of Doctor Who actually doing The Prisoner: it's about both the lure of rebellion and the risks of revolution spiraling out of control, free thought and conformity, and it makes you ask questions about the Doctor in a way that his Tom Bakery, straightforwardly heroic role in The Macra Terror doesn't.

    For all that, I can completely understand why the experience of watching Power would get 10/10 and the experience of watching Evil would only get 9. But nothing is like Evil.

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  24. Iain Coleman
    June 25, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    The Review Blog of Fatal Death

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  25. T. Hartwell
    June 25, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

    Because unlike Celestial Toymaker it's got a point, the villain is well-thought-out, and the events actually do build on each other in a natural progression. It moves and behaves like a story, where Toymaker just meanders for four episodes until it decides it's finished.

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  26. encyclops
    June 25, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    Oh thank goodness I'm not the only one. I actually like this one better when I watch it as an adult, but as a kid I just found it to be interminable whimsy. I don't normally have a lot of patience for this kind of premise, since it's hard to get more masturbatory and suspiciously self-aggrandizing than a writer writing a story about the power of stories, but I have to admit it's really growing on me, and Dr. Sandifer's essay on it really goosed it right up the ladder.

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  27. encyclops
    June 25, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    I've never suffered through a full recon before, but I might have to do it if I can find a good one for Power and Evil. It's well past time.

    Which is the third Dalek-as-an-epic-force story? You don't mean Remembrance, do you?

    I just listened to The Macra Terror as an Audible recon and I adored it. Maybe a bit too much monkeying with ventilation systems and not quite enough screaming "THERE ARE NO MACRA!" (I nearly got chills), but what a minor complaint. Now I'm even more glad we got them in Gridlock, even if it was little more than a shout-out.

    If those rumors are all total bullshit, the mongers are utterly heartless. Why wouldn't we be consumed with longing for this stuff?

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  28. Dave
    June 25, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

    Love and Review Blogs

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  29. goatie
    June 25, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    Return of the Son of Not a Review Blog Medley

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  30. David Anderson
    June 26, 2013 @ 12:47 am

    Somebody called Chadmore36 made some very good recons, that were then taken down when some legalistic pedant reported them to YouTube as copyright violations. I saw his version of Power. Does anyone know if they're available again?

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  31. elvwood
    June 26, 2013 @ 2:07 am

    I love Power just based on the narrated soundtrack. I've never seen a recon of it – I have trouble with them, struggling through the ones I've seen despite the quality of the stories – but I still rate Power 10/10 (Evil is a 9/10, for similar reasons to Philip).

    Ironically I just missed seeing Evil twice! I started watching Who during season 5, so just after it's initial broadcast; but got scared by Fury from the Deep and stopped watching for a while, so missed the repeat too. Grrr.

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  32. The Lord of Ábrocen Landmearca
    June 27, 2013 @ 5:37 am

    The Celestial Reviewblog

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  33. William Silvia
    July 2, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    This is Not a Review Blog
    This is Not a Review Blog Invasion of Earth
    The Chase by Not a Review Blog
    This is Not a Review Blog's Master Plan
    Power of Not a Review Blog
    Evil of Not a Review Blog
    Day of Not a Review Blog
    Planet of Not a Review Blog
    Death to Not a Review Blog

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  34. William Silvia
    July 2, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

    @Lewis Christian, I agree with the concept, but for VERY different reasons. Generally any story that takes place outside of our universe is a complete hit with me (I still need to see the E-Space trilogy). I loved the premise of the CT, but it got bogged down in 1960s pacing and has such '60s racism that I can't even recognize it today. The Mind Robber had a similar premise with the twist of "what's in the Drama Department Storeroom?".

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  35. Andrew Bowman
    June 7, 2014 @ 6:24 am

    I'm Gonna Spend My Christmas with Not a Review Blog

    Reply

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