The Five Faces of Kasterborous

Slightly self-indulgent it may be, but I’d like to chat about some of the changes to Kasterborous this week, in what is our 5th redesign.

Our new look has been conceived to be as easy to navigate as possible while also offering all of the same, original articles, reviews and opinion that we have become known for over the years.

However as we’ve steadily expanded over the years into podkasts and comic strips, we’ve also increased the size and depth of our contributors – and as such we felt it important that they too get some attention. For the time being this is limited to an archive page of their articles (accessible by clicking the author’s name) although as time goes on this will be expanded.

While thanks go once again big thanks to Anthony Dry who has done his usual stirling work with this new look, it is probably time to just point out a couple of failings. If you’re not reading this on Internet Explorer 8, Mozilla Firefox 3 or Safari on a Mac, chances are it won’t look quite right (Internet Explorer 6 is likely to be fixed first).

The number five does seem quite a round figure – alot can happen in that time, such as a couple of changes of job or career, marriage and divorce, and even the return of a much loved TV series.

This is purely down to me and a lack of testing across the widest selection of browsers; however we expect to have Internet Explorer 7 sorted out soon, and the full conversion to this new look sorted out by Friday, which should mean five days from start to finish.

The number five does seem quite a round figure – alot can happen in that time, such as a couple of changes of job or career, marriage and divorce, and even the return of a much loved TV series.

Yet 5 seems to be a magic number here at Kasterborous – not only does it recall the number of years since our official launch in January 2005 and the current new look, it also refers coincidentally to the core team of myself, Brian Terranova and our newshounds, Mez Burdett, Patrick Riley and Andrew Reynolds.

Although mine might be the most familiar name associated with Kasterborous, it is down to the efforts of these guys that we have grown over the last few months and been able to provide our readers with regular news updates throughout the 2010 series of Doctor Who.

There are of course many other contributors who have provided some great reviews and opinions over the months, and their work is also greatly respected – not to mention widely enjoyed by our readers.

With this new look, we’re planning to build on the success of the past few months. The first thing we’re planning to do is bring back the infamous Kasterborous podKast (with a ‘K’) in the next few weeks, while you should also look out for a new quest to find a comic strip artist.

Most importantly of course is our first book release, Ultimate Regeneration, which is nearing completion – we expect to have this available for pre-order at the end of September, with publication taking place in October.

Oh and one last thing – back in the old days of Kasterborous, I had a regular editorial page. Consider this a rebirth, in which I will discuss the world of Doctor Who, decisions we make in the running of the site, and other bits and bobs.

Now, you’ll have to excuse me…

…We’ve got work to do.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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