Saturday 21 December 2013

Peter Miles interviewed

An excellent interview with Peter Miles, extolling the virtues of Radio Bastard and his star turn as the Reverend Marcus Ocelot, now on Southside Broadcasting's podcast:

Monday 16 December 2013

Radio Bastard: Christmas Bonuses and Deadlines

This week, we're putting up the last two episodes of Radio Bastard early, because...

We're also putting up the link to download the full package, complete with the bonus Buy all 6 Faction Paradox for Half Price offer!

You can either get the last two episodes of RB for the price of a single episode-- or, you can buy the full 15 episodes, get the half-price offer, and also a set of bonus tracks of every jingle you can hear on the programme (and of course, the previous bonus track of the Painting With Arthur programme from Episode 4).

However: our deadline for last orders on physical CDs will be 4 PM on 18 December (that's this Wednesday). Any CD orders received after that will be processed and sent in January 2014. Downloads, obviously, will be available throughout the holiday period.

Download Radio Bastard here, and enjoy the finale!

Wednesday 11 December 2013

Radio Bastard Episode 13: Little Bastard Dies Screaming

In the antepenultimate episode of Radio Bastard, Professor Krieg is back with a new invention, which will revolutionise policing in Little Bastard, ridding the streets of drug dealers, hooligans and pedestrians. Will it all be over by Christmas? Download it here.

Tuesday 3 December 2013

Radio Bastard Episode 12: The Tower of Babel

This week, Reverend Ocelot is called to Liz Thornton's office to account for his behaviour. When the Mistress of Managementspeak confronts the virtuoso of the Bible quotation, only one can emerge victorious! Starring Peter Miles; download the death-match here.

Sunday 1 December 2013

Free Celestial Toyroom sampler

Doctor Who fans can now download a free pdf sampler of content from the DWAS' zine Celestial Toyroom, including a review of the Robots of Death and Storm Mine live stage productions in Manchester. Link here.

Friday 29 November 2013

Last chance to get 50% off!

Just a reminder that the 50% off all Faction Paradox CDs offer ends tonight-- last chance to buy!

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Radio Bastard episode 11: Puchnik Braninaj

Guest starring Trevor Cooper! This week, John McCrae interviews international celebrity playwright Ernest Liver, author of such West End hits as "Knackers", "Kiss the Maiden Slightly" and "Lovely Snort Drink." But has his latest show, "Flop", lived up to his reputation... or to its name? Download it here.

Saturday 23 November 2013

50th Anniversary Week Special: 50% Off Faction Paradox

For the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, we're making all our Faction Paradox products available for half price, including special offers and multibuy deals. All full sets of FP CDs will also include an autograph from Sutekh himself, Gabriel Woolf. Buy Faction Paradox, and catch up on the events of the Time War-- or introduce a friend! But hurry, the offer ends Friday 29 November.

The Memory Cheats: Alan Stevens at Longleat

A 50th anniversary special feature article!

On the 20th anniversary of the programme, in 1983, one fan went to the Doctor Who Celebration at Longleat. Thirty years later, he's prepared to tell all. Read it here.

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Radio Bastard Episode Ten: Non-Offensive Tourettes

This week in Radio Bastard, Zoe Thomas joins John Macrae to co-present "Sensible Advice." Can the town survive? Find out here.

Tuesday 12 November 2013

Radio Bastard Episode Nine: Breaking Worse

In Episode 9 of Radio Bastard, we return you to "Topical Discussions of the Day", for the exciting question: drug dealing, is it the glue that holds society together? Download it here, and join John McCrae and pharmaceuticals expert Bradley Feet for some surprising answers to unemployment, delinquency, and the effect of the recession on British small businesses! Guest starring Paul Darrow.

Wednesday 6 November 2013

Radio Bastard Episode 8: The Household Appliances of Frankenstein

In Radio Bastard Episode 8, Professor Hans Krieg, mad scientist, inventor and professional German Expressionist cliche, introduces Radio Bastard listeners to his original new take on the Roomba. Can the town survive? Download it here.

Wednesday 30 October 2013

Radio Bastard Episode 7

This week's episode stars Peter Miles as the Reverend Ocelot, doing his best to answer listeners' questions about the Bible. Will he succeed, and if so, at what price? Download it here.

Tuesday 22 October 2013

Radio Bastard Episode Six

Radio Bastard Episode Six is now available to download. Featuring star receptionist Priscilla Woodlouse, a helicopter and a bungee jump for charity-- what could possibly go wrong?

Tuesday 15 October 2013

Radio Bastard episode 5 is live!

Join us for episode 5 of Radio Bastard, in which unpaid intern Zoe Thomas has earned herself a visit with Radio Bastard's forward-thinking, cutting-edge, top management! Click here for this and other episodes.

Lass O'Gowrie Productions Website now Live!

Visit the Lass O'Gowrie Productions website for photos and articles about their many theatrical productions, including, of course, the Magic Bullet co-productions Rotten Apples, Storm Mine and Robots of Death!

Friday 11 October 2013

Return of Salamander

While we celebrate the return of "The Web of Fear" and "The Enemy of the World", why not refresh your memory with this classic review from

Tuesday 8 October 2013

Radio Bastard Episode 4 for only 1p!

....if you like! This week's episode of Radio Bastard is pay-what-you-can; obviously our recommended price is 72p, but it's up to you what you want to pay for it. Plus: this week you get a special bonus track which is actually longer than the episode! Why is there a bonus track? Well, you'll have to hear the episode to find out...

Monday 7 October 2013

Award News

Blood and Water, a collection of short stories featuring "Rabbit Season" by Fiona Moore, has just won an Aurora Award! Congratulations to editor Hayden Trenholm and all who contributed; click the links for more information.

Sunday 6 October 2013

Tuesday 1 October 2013

Radio Bastard Episode 3 now with added Paul Darrow!

Get the latest episode of Radio Bastard here. Are you confused? Perplexed? Caught in a maelstrom of conflicting issues? Just write in to Radio Bastard, where the ever-solicitous John McCrae will soothe your fears with a simple, practical solution to every problem. Guest starring Paul Darrow.

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Episode 2 of Radio Bastard now online!

Episode 2 of Radio Bastard is now available here. It's time for Topical Discussions of the Day with John McCrae! Featuring Peter Miles as Reverend Ocelot.

Sunday 22 September 2013

Kudos for Radio Bastard episode one

Listener Timothy Goldsmith writes:

"Good stuff. I've listened to the episode a few times now and eagerly await future installments!"

If you haven't already, you can buy the episode here, and tell us what you think via or on our Facebook page.

Tuesday 17 September 2013

Radio Bastard now launched!

The first episode of Radio Bastard is now available for purchase! Click here to buy it, then, once you check out via Paypal, click the "Return to Magic Bullet" link to get your time-limited download URL. As a special launch offer, purchasers can also buy "The Time Waster" for half price. Stay tuned for more offers and contests as the series continues...

Sunday 15 September 2013

On filesharing

With Radio Bastard about to be launched, a quick word about filesharing:

Please don't.

The simple bottom line is, we're a small business, and if our products don't sell, then we can't make any more. We know times are hard, and we've kept our CD prices the same since the early 2000s; we've kept our download prices low as well (for ten pounds, you can get over an hour and twenty minutes' worth of entertainment!).

So, if you like our plays, buy them. If you want your friends to discover them, buy them a copy, or link them to the free content on If you do that, you'll not only get a great CD (with bonus autographs on the multibuy deals) or download, but you'll be supporting writers, actors, producers, and providing the support for future dramas.

Thank you all.

Wednesday 11 September 2013

Radio Bastard: Here's How It Works

Here's what you need to know about Radio Bastard:

Radio Bastard is a wild, surreal and occasionally theological comedy set in the sordid recesses of the local radio station serving Little Bastard On The Prowl, a farming community somewhere in Southern England, told in 15 Tarantinoesque episodes.

Starting next Wednesday, 18 September, we will be releasing an episode a week (with occasional bonus material) on the Radio Bastard page. The episodes run between four and nine minutes each, and will be available for download only. There will be bonuses and tie-ins along the way, and customers who purchase all 15 episodes will also be eligible for a special reduction of 50% off the Buy All Six Faction Paradox CDs promotion.

So tune your dial to Radio Bastard and let the adventures begin!

Sunday 8 September 2013

Kudos from a fan

High praise from Andrew Callaghan, via e-mail:

"I have already listened to "Occam's Razor". It most certainly lives up to its reviews; from the fantastic performances and spectacular sound design - it all hinges on the very intricate plotting and dialogue.... I am thoroughly looking forward to the ensuing chapters."

Friday 6 September 2013

Radio Bastard: Cast and Credits

The Radio Bastard page now includes a list of the main cast and technical crew for the production. Keep watching for more information about release dates and special offers!

Magic Bullet on Facebook

Yes, Magic Bullet now has its own Facebook page, where we'll be posting news, info, pictures and the occasional peek behind the scenes! Click the link to like us.

Monday 2 September 2013

Radio Bastard: Recording Photos

A few photos from the recording of "Radio Bastard", just to get you in the mood for the audio play:

Peter Miles and Jane Lesley
Patricia Merrick and Penny Scott-Andrews
Robert Barringer-Lock and Alistair Lock
Paul Darrow, Robert Barringer-Lock and Trevor Cooper

Wednesday 28 August 2013

Radio Bastard

There's now a dedicated page up on the Magic Bullet site for Radio Bastard. But what does it all mean, and what is it all about? Stay tuned....

Liberation paperbacks available

Telos has now made the new Liberation paperback edition available for sale (Fall Out and By Your Command vol. 1, of course, can also be purchased!) If you'd like a new-edition Liberation in paperback or Kindle, visit Telos' site now.

Friday 16 August 2013

Kudos for Kaldor

Sharing (with permission) a really wonderful e-mail from Alex Hargreaves:

"I don't usually send fan messages like this, but I just wanted to write you a quick email to say that I thoroughly enjoyed your Kaldor City audios.

I had heard from friends that these audios were amazing, so I decided to buy the series and give them a whirl. I certainly wasn't disappointed. The care and attention that has clearly been put into the whole production is amazing!

As a fan of Boucher's work on Dr Who and B7, the series is easily the best Doctor Who spin off audio out there. It captures the tone perfectly. Wonderful stuff!!

Thought provoking, action packed and incredibly well written, directed and acted. Not quite sure I get everything yet - Just the way it should be. "

Tuesday 6 August 2013

Liberation and Fall Out are back!

Telos have announced that the new editions of Liberation and Fall Out are now in print! The text is mostly the same, but some typoes have been corrected and new information has been added, so visit Telos and order your copies today! People who prefer ebooks can also buy Kindle versions of the new editions.

Thursday 1 August 2013

50 Shades of Things

Continuing the "50 Things About..." series, we present 32 Cool Things about “The Krotons” (And 18 Stupid Ones), a review which contains PVC, spanking and Birmingham.

Friday 26 July 2013

"Rotten Apples": More photos from the production

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Blakey (Raymond F. Savage) about his daily business

Bernadette eating cake
All photos copyright Shay Rowan

Thursday 25 July 2013

"Rotten Apples": More photos from the production

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Spallen and McCall (Nick Brown) have a quiet cup of tea

Never go drinking with Spallen!

Spallen makes sure Dargan (Luke Helly) has his full attention
All photos copyright Shay Rowan

Wednesday 24 July 2013

"Rotten Apples": More photos from the production

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Maguire is interrogated

The hanging of Maguire

All photos copyright Shay Rowan

Tuesday 23 July 2013

"Rotten Apples": Photos from the production

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Spallen (Brian Gorman)

Bernadette Maguire (Morag Peacock)

Dan Maguire (Sean Croke) and PC Perry (Phil Dennison)

All photos copyright Shay Rowan

Monday 22 July 2013

Niall Leonard interviewed about "Rotten Apples"

Check out this interview with Niall Leonard in the Manchester Evening News, about his TV work, his new novel Crusher, being "Mr 50 Shades", and seeing "Rotten Apples" adapted for the Manchester Fringe.

Friday 19 July 2013

Another "Rotten Apples" review

Another great review of "Rotten Apples" by The Fiction Stroker. Read it here. And remember, you can still see it tonight if you hurry!

Wednesday 17 July 2013

"Rotten Apples" reviewed

Read a review of "Rotten Apples" on The Good Review here, then buy your tickets for the performances on the 18th and 19th!

"Rotten Apples" opening night photos

 Brian Gorman (DS Spallen)

Brian gives us his best psychopath impression

Brian, Raymond F. Savage (Blakey), Sean Mason (Director), Morag Peacock (Bernadette Maguire), Peter Michael George (tech guy), and Nick Brown (PC McCaul)

Phil Dennison (Perry)

Brian Gorman, Sean Mason, Raymond F. Savage, Sean Croke (Dan Maguire), Phil Dennison, Morag Peacock, Peter, and Nick Brown

Monday 15 July 2013

Free story: "Mouse Trap"

A new short story by Fiona Moore, "Mouse Trap" is available to read for free online until 12 August at Perihelion SF. Click here.

"Rotten Apples" success

"Rotten Apples" had a sold-out premiere at the Lass O'Gowrie in Manchester last night! If you missed it, there are two more performances on the 18th and 19th of July, but book early! Tickets available at the following link:

Wednesday 12 June 2013

"Rotten Apples" at the Manchester Fringe

Niall Leonard's classic black comedy "Rotten Apples" has been adapted for the stage by Alan Stevens, and is now coming to the Manchester Fringe Festival!

Belfast, 1989. Detective Inspector Spallen is being given the runaround by a dodgy grass in his hunt for a notorious terrorist-- the Werewolf. But when his increasingly unreliable informant tells him the police have the Werewolf in custody without realising it, what lengths will Spallen go to ensure the facts fit the case?

You can catch it at the Lass O'Gowrie on 14 July at 8:30 PM, and 18 and 19 July at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available from

Saturday 8 June 2013

In The Air Tonight

Time now for another "50 Things..." article, this month looking at long-time fan favourite "Genesis of the Daleks". What's it all about, where did it come from, and would Sarah really contract radiation sickness from a couple of hours working on a rocket?

Saturday 11 May 2013

"The Robots of Death" at the BFI

"The Robots of Death" was the British Film Institute's selection to represent the Tom Baker era in their 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who screening series, and following the programme there was a panel discussion with Phillip Hinchcliffe, Tom Baker and Louise Jameson. You can view it here.

Friday 19 April 2013

Sci-Fi London

Also: just to let you know that we'll be at (and blogging about) the excellent Sci-Fi London Film Festival again this year-- if you are too, drop us a line!

Attack the Block

It's been a while since we've posted a new article, so here is (or are) 32 1/2 Stupid Things About "Attack of the Cybermen" (and 17 1/2 Cool Ones). Now with even more Cyber Controller!

Monday 4 March 2013

Post Weekender Post

Just a brief post to say hello to all the people we met at the Weekender, whether old fans of the Kaldor City and/or Faction Paradox series, or people just discovering them for the first time, or people who bought a copy of By Your Command vol 1! A special thank you to David Howe, Sam Stone and everyone else at Telos, and to the event organisers for making us so welcome-- we're looking forward to 2014 already!

Saturday 16 February 2013

The True History of Faction Paradox Reviewed

New in our Reviews section, a series overview/review of The True History of Faction Paradox audio CD series by author and editor D.R. Partridge. Find out why he thinks that the "cast, direction and sound engineering are nothing short of sublime"!

Friday 1 February 2013

Revenge is (not so) sweet

Here's another "50 Things..." article, focusing on "Revenge of the Cybermen". How do the Vogans reproduce? And is Commander Stevenson a homicidal bastard? Can you ever see a Seventies Cybermat again without thinking of battery-powered in-car hoovers? Find out!

Outside In is Out

Just a reminder that the collection of Doctor Who essays Outside In is now in release; we've got our copies and it's great. If you need more convincing, here's a review from Starburst Magazine.

Wednesday 16 January 2013

SF Weekender

We're going to be at the SF Weekender in North Wales from 1-3 March, as part of the Telos Authors contingent. Book your tickets now if you haven't already, and we'll see you there! More information on the website

Saturday 5 January 2013

Metafiction review

Celestial Toyroom issue 413/414 contains a review of Metafiction by writer and poet Patrick Chapman. For non-subscribers, we've reproduced it here, with kind permission from all involved.


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Friday 4 January 2013


All orders received over Christmas have now been sent out. Apologies for the downtime, one way or another it will be resolved in the next couple of days.