Kasterborous Contributes to the Latest Celestial Toyroom (Ish)

Older readers may remember an aged gentleman from the North in charge of Kasterborous. This gambler, alcoholic, and founder of the site, Christian Cawley, moved on last year, but continued the PodKast with a K alongside former-associate editor, Brian Terranova, and our Big Finish reviewer, James McLean.

But Christian and James aren’t slacking, oh no! They’ve contributed to the latest issue of Celestial Toyroom, the monthly fanzine from the Doctor Who Appreciation Society.

Celestial Toyroom #453/4, edited by Alan Stevens, is fronted by a Frax-smoking Mandril, draped in a decidedly-cool scarf. Christian’s responsible for The Doctor Who Conspiracy, which examines when conspiracy theories crop up in Doctor Who, like Reptilians, an idea made popular by writer, David Icke, who reckons shape-shifting reptile-like shape-shifters secretly control the behind-the-scenes of Earth; their presence on the show can be felt with the Silurians, Draconians, and even the Zygons if we consider the aliens’ recent Series 9 serial.

Meanwhile, James’ Doctorin’ the Timelines argues that Ian Chesterton is responsible for the Time War by introducing morality to the Doctor! The First Doctor did go through quite a transformation from the grumpy guy who was perfectly happy to thrust a rock into a caveman’s head in order to get back to the TARDIS, to a grumpy guy who stood up to untold evils like the Daleks, WOTAN, and The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon.

Celestial Toyroom #453/4 also includes:

  • I Know Your Business, But I Don’t Know Your Name!
  • The 51st Story to Watch before You Die
  • Sci Fi Lullabies
  • Cool Things – Castrovalva
  • Do K9s Dream of Electronic Bones?
  • Jon the Second
  • Bows and Arrows Against the Lightning
  • Universally Challenged
  • Colour Cover

Head over to DWAS, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, to find out how to grab your copy and become a member.


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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