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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. darkspine10
    May 4, 2018 @ 9:41 am

    Is this essay altered in any way from when it was first uploaded 3 years ago? Not that I’m complaining, I’m just curious if there are any new details I missed.


    • Aylwin
      May 4, 2018 @ 11:33 am

      Wait, you mean there are people who don’t put the reposts side-by-side with the originals and play collate-the-manuscripts?!



    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      May 4, 2018 @ 1:58 pm

      Small changes; it was already written as an Eruditorum entry, so was easier to integrate than, say, the Sherlock posts. I had a brilliant idea of how to restructure it entirely as I was heading out to lunch one day, and forgot it by the time I got home.


  2. Joseph
    May 4, 2018 @ 11:36 am

    Has there been any serious attempt at a directors cut approach to television? Extended or under length episodes, restructuring the viewing order, restoring missing scenes, etc? The closest thing I can think of is Whedon restoring the intended viewing order of Firefly on the dvd.


    • kevin merchant
      May 4, 2018 @ 4:09 pm

      Some of the later McCoy episodes were recut for DVD and the director’s cut of The Davison story “Enlightenment” is available on DVD too.


    • Richard L
      May 4, 2018 @ 7:56 pm

      Season four of Arrested Development has just been re-edited from 13 40-minure episodes into 22 20-minute episodes – it was a bit of a slog the first tine round so hopefully the new version will flow better.


    • Jamie B Good
      May 5, 2018 @ 6:15 pm

      Dragonball Z was recut into Dragonball Kai, cutting out most of the filler, cleaning up the animation, and redoing the voice acting.


    • Kit
      May 6, 2018 @ 4:15 am

      Parks & Recreation, and The Office before it, would generally have a few Directors Cuts or Producers Cuts as alternate versions of episodes; sometimes running only a couple of minutes longer, but including different takes or jokes that were cut to fit the whole into a sub-20-minutes running time.

      The alternate cuts would be on NBC websites after airing, and then included on DVDs.


  3. Przemek
    May 4, 2018 @ 7:38 pm

    Interesting. Due to living in Poland the only time I got to experience “Doctor Who” as an event television was “Day of the Doctor” which aired simultaneously worldwide. It was a different experience for sure – this feeling of watching it alongside millions of other people, of getting to laugh and gasp and cry at the same time as everyone else. I don’t think I have ever experienced Western media like that before or after – our television is always a few years behind when it comes to British/American TV shows and even big movies don’t always have their Polish premieres on the same date as in other countries. Even today, watching stuff on Netflix, you don’t really get that feeling of participating in an event. Even if the whole world gets the new season simultaneously, time zones mean that many people will have to wait until the next morning/evening to be able to watch the episodes without losing sleep. The moment is gone.

    Although my most unique DW watching experience has to be getting pirated Series 1-3 on home-burned DVDs, sent to me by my friend via snail mail from half across the country way back in 2007. The episodes turned out to have audio and video slightly out of sync. Coupled with the fact that back then I didn’t know a single thing about the show it made my first viewing of “Rose”… very memorable.


  4. Fenn
    May 7, 2018 @ 9:44 am

    I remember I initially found the Marcelo Camargo leaks as a series of silent, subtitled videos, each one only a few minutes long. That was the way I first watched Deep Breath, and on top of the thrill of seeing it in its “behind the scenes” form, the lack of sound made it feel almost like watching a silent movie.

    It definitely enhanced the experience for me, having that as the intermediate step between my lack of interest resulting from Series 7 and my resurgence of love for the series starting from Series 8.


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