Friday, 17 May 2019

Cover for Celestial Toyroom 494 now online!

Alan Stevens' latest editorial work, Celestial Toyroom #494, is now at the printers. To whet your appetite, here's the cover and a link to Alan's editor blog.

Monday, 13 May 2019

European Elections Special!

Tired of Brexit? Austerity politics got you down? How about a little escapism with Doctor Who, and a story set in a future in which ordinary people are exploited by corporations entwined with governments intent on extracting every last inch of revenue from citizens and perverting the welfare system.... Oh well. Here's 42 Cool Things About "The Sun Makers" (And 8 Stupid Ones) to at least give you a good laugh on the way to the polls.

Friday, 3 May 2019

"Doomed Youth" in Best Of British 2018

Fiona Moore's story "Doomed Youth," a tale of giant ants and populist politics, previously published in Interzone 278, will be reprinted in the Best Of British 2018 collection from Newcon Press! You can pre-order it at the link.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Behind the scenes with a pistol

Alan Stevens writes:

"This is the photograph, taken during the recording of Kaldor City, that inspired me to write The Time Waster

SIMMONS: Oh, for Christ's sake! Gov, this is a complete waste of time. 

ARCHER: I don't waste time, I waste criminals. 

SIMMONS: Fuck off."

Pattern Recognition

This month's article addresses the question of why fans are obsessed with making continuity work in their favourite series. Can anything be done about it? Should anything be done about it? Find out in Sometimes The Pattern Is More Obvious!

Monday, 11 March 2019

Yartek the High Road and I'll Take The Low Road

This month, we identify 34 Cool Things About "The Keys of Marinus" (and 16 Stupid Ones). Return to a time when men were men and Voords were kinky; when the Doctor was OK with fascism so long as it wasn't aimed at him; when episodes had titles like "The Screaming Jungle"; and when ten acts of graphic violence were acceptable in a TV show going out at 5.30 PM.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Celestial Toyroom 491: Beautiful wrap-around covers

Here, for your viewing pleasure, are two versions of the full, wrap-around cover of the Alan-Stevens-edited Celestial Toyroom 491 (out now from the Doctor Who Appreciation Society): with and without logos. Click to admire full-size!

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Celestial Toyroom 491

Celestial Toyroom issue 491, guest edited by Alan Stevens, will shortly be released to Doctor Who Appreciation Society members! Here's a link to his editor blog on the subject, and a preview of the cover:

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Scott Fredericks tribute

We've just found out about this wonderful tribute to Scott Fredericks by longtime fan Stevie Carroll. Check it out at the link.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Whatever Happened To...

This month, an article from Celestial Toyroom's special issue last year on The Women of Doctor Who: You Mean All This Time We Could Have Been Friends? by Fiona Moore. The casting of a woman as the Master was controversial... but did anyone notice the actual revolutionary message the regendering sent? Missy, like all her incarnations, causes chaos, but she also teaches us something very significant about the Doctor that transcends gender.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Free the First Doctor!

The 2019 Doctor Who Appreciation Society annual is out, this time with a First Doctor theme! Fiona Moore and Alan Stevens have two articles in this excellent publication, one on "The Web Planet" and the other concerning Terry Nation's remarkable and much superior original first draft of "The Chase".

Download your free copy here. A limited run of print copies will be sold for charity, and can be obtained from the Doctor Who Appreciation Society.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Foundation and Empire

The new issue of the academic journal Foundation, a literary journal focusing on SF, contains an article by Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore on postcolonial themes in "Remembrance of the Daleks". It's available for purchase at this link.

Friday, 4 January 2019

A writer writes!

Alan Stevens got a very Cool e-mail recently, reproduced here with permission:


 Just found this on the net and enjoyed it.

No idea when it was posted but I just hope that no.32 about the Whizzkid is one of the three silly things. When asked, I've always explained that originally Greatest Show was much more about computer games and there was a character called the Whizzkid because he was a brilliant games player. Then we dropped the computer stuff (thank God) and had a character left called the Whizzkid whom I unilaterally decided to turn into a nerdy fan of the Circus.

 Build High for Happiness.

Stephen Wyatt

So, for your perusal, here is the article again with the new Item 32: