Thursday, 8 July 2021

We at Magic Bullet are saddened to hear of the death of Andy Hopkinson, a brilliant model-maker, designer and photographer, whose visual signature defines Kaldor City and runs through all our work.

Saturday, 19 June 2021


After the huge success of our making available Celestial Toyroom Issue 506, we bring you another complete edition of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society magazine, Celestial Toyroom Issue 508/9

 Edited by Alan Stevens and featuring an interview with the late Peter Miles as well as 50 Things About "The Magician's Apprentice/The Witch's Familiar", there's lots for Magic Bullet fans to enjoy! Click the title to view it.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Book Launch Friday: Global Taiwanese

 For readers of an academic persuasion, there's a book launch this Friday at 5 PM UK time, for Fiona Moore's book "Global Taiwanese," featuring experts on Taiwan and globalisation from around the world. Sign up by clicking the photo!

Monday, 17 May 2021

Return to Power

Recently, we revisited, revised, and rewrote our article on "The Power of the Daleks" for publication in the Celestial Toyroom 2021 Annual, produced by the Doctor Who Appreciation Society. And we've now made this new version available on the website! If you haven't checked it out recently, click on the title to enjoy.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

The War Machines Cometh!

Here is JL Fletcher's smashing postcard that's given away free with Celestial Toyroom issue 516.

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Celestial Toyroom #516 UPDATE!

Celestial Toyroom issue 516 is currently being distributed and Alan Stevens' Guest Editor's Blog is now online:

 Well, I’m back again

This edition is crammed with Silurians, Sea Devils, Sontarans, and War Machines. We take a detailed look at Ben and Polly, and then dissect showrunner Steven Moffats affair with The Time Travelers Wife. Theres a character study of Taren Capel, while, finally, we say our goodbyes to actor David Bailie.

All this is ably brought for your delectation by writers Paul Driscoll, Matthew Kilburn, Fiona Moore, Ian Scales, Jez Strickley, proofreader Ann Worrall and page designer Nicholas Hollands.

Further thanks should go to Andy Lambert for his awesome, wrap-around, full colour cover and to JL Fletcher for providing us with yet another in his series of collectible Doctor Who postcards.

When I prepare my editorial for Celestial Toyroom I look for a theme that ties everything together, and then later, for the Guest Editors blog, I search for a fresh angle on the issues contents.

This time Im focusing on the notion of duality.

Monsters in Doctor Who frequently represent the hostile other, intent on invading or manipulating our planet for their own nefarious ends.

As the series was created and has existed for the most part during the Cold War, its not really surprising that foreign invasion should feature so heavily in its stories.

Then there is the fear of new technology, with the Post Office Tower, a centre of civilising communications, providing the headquarters for the murderous computer WOTAN, enslaving us through mind control.

When we come to the Silurians and Sea Devils, things become a little more complicated. Their advanced cultures inhabited the Earth when we were still apes, but it should be recognised that three out of four of their TV adventures end with that particular cell of Homo Reptilia being destroyed, while their last major appearance had them return to hibernation for the next thousand years. A voice-over tells us that common groundwas finally achieved with the race known as Humanity, but we never actually find out how this was done.

The only Aliens to date we have seen successfully coexist on Earth with humans are the Zygons, and even then this was only accomplished by them concealing their true identities and shape-shifting into human form — with the fear of genocide hanging over them if their presence in society was ever detected.

Possibly the most sophisticated monster in the series was Taren Capel: a man whose mind was twisted out of shape from being raised as a child exclusively by robots.

Indeed, Dask, nee Taren Capel, with his dual identity, one calm and measured, the other a boiling cauldron of confused and conflicting emotions, may reveal the quintessential core of Doctor Who:

that trying to slay the monsters from other worlds is ultimately futile, as they are simply projections of our own fears made manifest.

From which we have to conclude that all the darkness in the universe stems from the darkness in the hearts of Ben and Polly.

Youre welcome!

Kind regards,

 Alan Stevens (with thanks to Marianne Williamson)