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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. tom harries
    April 27, 2020 @ 12:36 pm

    What a really great article – I particularly liked the last section.

    Although it should be pointed out that a lot of the stuff about “the Company” – at least according to Louise Jameson – is about the BBC. Holmes may have been getting his own back about the production-line/sausage-factory way the show was being made (this season, Williams’ first, was especially closely micro-managed by the top floor).


  2. CJM123
    April 27, 2020 @ 3:47 pm

    Probably my favourite essay of Dalek Eruditorum so far, if also one of the bleakest. Holmes is such a bizarre figure, but a Doctor Who without him would lack so much.

    I would argue his script-editing didn’t need conmen because he made the Doctor his vagabond. Of course, whilst it fits functionally, it does move his conmen from the working class to the gentry.

    And also, I don’t have Twitter, but I would like to present the earliest example of the Claremont Window, Nashe’s
    The Choice of Valentines from 1592- https://allpoetry.com/The-Choice-of-Valentines

    Reading it blind for a university course was amazing.


  3. Christopher Brown
    April 30, 2020 @ 1:39 am

    The best one yet. This series gets better and better, and also more and more depressing.


    • Christopher Brown
      April 30, 2020 @ 1:40 am

      Also, I think this entry has ironically helped cement The Sun Makers as my favorite ’70s Who story out of a few rotating options.


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  5. J.C.F.
    May 31, 2023 @ 7:52 pm

    I don’t think there’s anything ‘Marxist’ about the revolution in The Sun Makers. Holmes wrote Leela going out of her way to supplant the revolution being carried out in the name of the workers to in the name of “the people”, which is explicitly eschewing any notion of a proletarian revolution. Marx himself wrote critically of the kind of class collaborationist populism which “the people” conjures up. Whatever kind of revolt occurred in the serial certainly doesn’t seem like a prefiguring of the abolition of capitalist economy, merely a more ‘humane’ capitalism.


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