Kasterborous Reader, Your Time Has Come

We’re always on the look-out for new talent, and right now, we’d like some new flavour added to the News Team.

Our coverage is expanding all the time: we look at the TV series, Big Finish, conventions, merchandise, and celebrations of our fandom. We’re very proud of how well our News Blasts are doing since we introduced them last year. They’ve also allowed us to explore news as features, so we can properly examine a story – get under its skin, find out what makes it tick, and other such clichés.

And if you’d like to join our team, we’d be happy to have you.

What does the role entail, and what’s in it for you? Perhaps the most rewarding part of being a news contributor is working alongside a dedicated and fun bunch of people who genuinely love the worlds of Doctor Who. It’s a very positive environment. We all share ideas and help each other out via emails and social networking.

But you also get to the chance for your work to be enjoyed by millions of people, writing for a recognised and (hopefully!) respected name in fandom, one that’s been around for over a decade now.

Our news is quite different: we don’t just report it; we give our opinions too. This isn’t your common-or-garden coverage. Frankly, airing opinions in public is very satisfying. It allows you the chance to step out, and be recognised as a person – not shadowed by the anonymity of the Internet. We’re all different, and Doctor Who shows us we should celebrate that fact. Not only that; we get debates going. We want to hear what our readers think.

What do you need? A basic knowledge of the show, obviously, but then, if you didn’t have that already, you wouldn’t be here. When I joined in 2011, I hadn’t seen all of Classic Who. I was well on my way, but not there yet. Since then, I’ve caught up. Everyone still has lots to learn, so don’t beat yourself up about not immediately knowing who played Professor Rubeish in The Time Warrior. Similarly, if you do know it was Donald Pelmear, that’s great too! We want people who are passionate about their Who, always wanting to know more.

You need to have a good grasp of English too. Punctuation, grammar, sentence structure: these are important – but don’t sweat it. We all have our off days, and that’s what editors are for!

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If you know a bit about WordPress, that’s definitely a positive thing. If not, we’re here to help.

Generally, we ask contributors to let us know which two days a week they’re free to write on. Christian works out a schedule that’s best for everyone, and then the news is assigned each morning. These items shouldn’t take that long to do, but as part of the team, more opportunities present themselves.

We’ve got reviews and features going up all the time. You can expand your repertoire. At Christmas particularly, we publish a series of longer articles by all who want to be involved. We discuss ideas, help each other out, and insult one another whenever possible.

If you’d like to be involved, please do email Christian: [email protected]

Tell us a bit about yourself, and show off what you can do. Be brilliant.

We look forward to hearing from you.


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion: http://thedoctorwhocompanion.com/

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