Doctor Who Appreciation Society’s Celestial Toyroom reaches landmark 500th issue

Doctor Who is 56 today, and Celestial Toyroom, the magazine of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society – and longest running Doctor Who magazine – has reached 500 issues.

Celestial Toyroom Issue 500 Cover

I was delighted to be asked to “guest edit” this special issue, having previously been editor of another Doctor Who-themed journal. Thanks to everyone who contributed articles and art!

The magazine, featuring a Sixth Doctor cover by Alister Pearson, is previewed at www.dwasonline.co.uk/latest_issue. Along with articles by Colin Baker, President of the DWAS, Keith Barnfather, Jeremy Bentham, Ian Bresman, Daragh Carville, Stephen Hatcher, David Howe, Tony Jordan, Phil Newman, Jean-Marc Lofficier, Andrew Pixley, Tim Quinn, John Ridgway, Tim Robins, Liam Rudden, Paul Mark Tams and Ian Wheeler, this Special includes art by Martin Baines, Mike Collins, Carolyn Edwards, Colin Howard, Hal Laren, John Ridgway, Adrian Salmon, Smuzz, Lee Sullivan, Paul Mark Tams and Pete Wallbank.

Doctor Who - The Three Doctors by Paul Mark Tams

Doctor Who – The Three Doctors by Paul Mark Tams

Doctor Who - The Tenth Doctor by Carolyn Edwards

Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor by Carolyn Edwards

Rik Moran assembled all the gathered articles and art into a whole and the Special was designed by Nicholas Hollands.

My thanks to everyone who contributed!

CT as it is affectionately known is the longest running Doctor Who fanzine in the world, the first edition having been published by the Society in 1976. Today it is the principal journal of the DWAS and is published twelve times a year (with the occasional double issue). DWAS welcome contributions from all members, whether it be fiction, articles, reviews or letters. They also elicit contributions from well-known writers in fandom to ensure a good balance of content and opinion.

• If you join DWAS before 2nd December 2019 then you will receive Issue 500 as part of your subscription. For UK addresses prices start at £13 – www.dwasonline.co.uk/membership

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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