Articles by Philip Bates

When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.


Doctor Who
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The Day of the Doctor ReKapped! Part 1

UNIT FILE #231163; SUB-SECTION 2-05. TRANSCRIPT: INCOMING CALL FROM 07700 900 461. 23.11.2014. MCGILLOP: McGillop. (PAUSE) MCGILLOP: But that’s not possible; I was just – – (PAUSE) MCGILLOP: Understood, sir… But why would I take it there? *** UNIT FILE #231163; DOCUMENT A. NO MORE – OR – GALLIFREY FALLS. ARTIST: UNKNOWN. *** UNIT FILE…

Listen! New Doctor Who Season 8 Teaser Trailer
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Deep Breath Preview Press Reactions

Deep Breath, the first episode of Series 8, had its premier in Cardiff on Thursday, and of course, the media swarmed. What do they think of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor? What do they think of the new direction? How adorable is Jenna Coleman’s Clara? It’s time to find out… What’s it about? When the Doctor…

BBC News Interviews Capaldi – With Clips!
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BBC News Interviews Capaldi – With Clips!

MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW! BBC New’s Lizo Mzimba has interviewed Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi at the premier of Deep Breath for the beginning of the World Tour in Cardiff. And the footage also contains clips from the Phil Ford-penned second episode… featuring a Dalek! The clips allow us our first proper glimpse of Capaldi in the swing of…

The Underwater Menace
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No Animation for The Underwater Menace?

Prepare to get annoyed. Planet 55, the company responsible for previous DVD animations of missing episodes, including William Hartnell’s regeneration story, has issued a statement that appears to dispel rumours that they’re working to bring The Underwater Menace to DVD: “There have been many queries about Planet 55 Studios’s work on Doctor Who and whether we are doing…

TimeWarp - Dalek
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Doctor Who TimeWarp Convention Reviewed!

A burning hot day in Weston-super-Mare and stars of Doctor Who gathered in the Playhouse, a theatre tucked a little way back from the seafront. TimeWarp, a new convention, hit the town, organised by Ian Fraser after a long absence from holding events. It promised something a little bit different. But did it deliver? The…

Who Can See Into The Doctor’s Soul?
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Capaldi Could’ve Been The Eighth Doctor!

In the latest issue of American magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Peter Capaldi has revealed that he was potentially up for the role of the Eighth Doctor! Paul McGann eventually made the grade and starred in the 1996 Doctor Who movie, but Capaldi says he was given the opportunity to audition – but chickened out! It was, however, for the…

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