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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. jonathan inge
    March 14, 2014 @ 1:58 am

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  2. Adam Riggio
    March 14, 2014 @ 2:16 am

    The Italian Futurists are actually the central inspiration for a large work of political philosophy I've started work on, which considers them the purest articulation of all the most horrifying and violent ideas of modernity. So it may not be as idiosyncratic as you think.


  3. Frezno
    March 14, 2014 @ 2:47 am

    Oddly enough, the thing I remember Clayton Hickman for the most are his interviews on the Trial Of A Time Lord extras; specifically when he points out that every cliffhanger is a dramatic zoom-in on Colin Baker making a face, and then makes a face as the camera zooms in on him and plays the 1986 cliffhanger sting. Also mentioning how people were aghast at putting the Vervoids on the front cover of the magazine because they're plant vaginas.


  4. elvwood
    March 14, 2014 @ 3:13 am

    You mention you're not covering DWA – so, since you didn't mention it, I assume you must be covering Battles in Time!

    Actually, bad logic aside, I don't assume that (more the reverse, actually, though since I've never seen BiT there might be something there worth a post) – but it was probably worth mentioning that there were times during Tennant's era that he actually had four ongoing comic series at once…


  5. Anton B
    March 14, 2014 @ 3:15 am

    Here's a potential final word for continuity obsessives. Just as 'The Time War' is the in-continuity code for the lost years between classic and nu Who then it might be convenient to consider all the 'extra-canonical' narratives such as comic strips, Cushing movies, John and Gillian, Sky Ray lolly cards, Give a Show Projector slides, New Adventures, novels, etc to be part of the 'Army of Meanwhiles and Neverweres' mentioned by the tenth Doctor.

    On a related note – In Boom Town Rose describes some places she and the Doctor have visited since she last saw Mickey. Is this the first example of an acknowledgement of extra diegetic adventures taking place between televised stories? In Classic Who IIRC the stories were assumed to be consecutive right up to the Pertwee era with few gaps for extra curricular activities. Can anyone pinpoint the first time an 'out of continuity' incident was referred to in the main show?


  6. Seeing_I
    March 14, 2014 @ 3:35 am

    Well right at the start of the series, Hartnell's Doctor talks about being given his cloak by Gilbert & Sullivan, and Susan mentions Quinnis, etc. The Cybermen recognize the Doctor and Jaime from Planet 14, and of course by the time Jon Pertwee is onboard he starts talking about his dinners with Napoleon and others. In The Five Doctors, Troughton mentions an unseen adventure with the Terrible Zodin, and of course in Timelash a whole plot point is made of the fact that Pertwee's Doctor, Jo, and a third unnamed companion (Yates?) had visited the planet previously.


  7. Lewis Christian
    March 14, 2014 @ 3:45 am

    I think the cloak/Quinnis examples are the first, yeah. Also, the first planet the Doctor visits on-screen that he mentions he's been to before is Dido in The Rescue.


  8. Mackerel Sky, Ltd.
    March 14, 2014 @ 5:15 am

    Is it just me, or does Rose look like she's sporting a French moustache on the cover image–possibly to go with her beret?


  9. Anton B
    March 14, 2014 @ 6:02 am

    Hmm. I meant to mention and discount Quinnis and any other references to pre-Unearthly Child experiences. I was thinking more of inter-story escapades from after we first meet the Doctor. The Dido and Planet 14 Cyberman reference is more what I was meaning. Oh and the first person to mention Series 6b is disqualified.


  10. John
    March 14, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

    The Face of Evil shows the Fourth Doctor to have, at some point, encountered Xoanon and the colonists previously. So at least that early.


  11. Triturus
    March 14, 2014 @ 2:28 pm

    In the Carnival of Monsters, Pertwee mentions that he was involved in getting the use of miniscopes banned. Although admittedly this sounds more like a conference than an adventure.


  12. jonathan inge
    March 15, 2014 @ 12:39 am

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  13. Robert Lloyd
    March 15, 2014 @ 3:33 am

    For all her wonders, the TARDIS was strangely and tragically lacking in ladies' depilatories…


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