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: Into the Nowhere by Jenny Colgan
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Review: Into the Nowhere

I’ve recently read Ray Bradbury’s Skeleton. It’s a tale of a man who suddenly becomes aware of the skeleton inside himself, and whether in reality or in his own head, his bones start working against him. It’s pure Bradbury: surprising, thought-provoking, brilliant and grisly. It turned out to be a beautiful coincidence that I followed…

9th Doctor - The Cruel Sea
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The Ninth Doctor’s The Cruel Sea!

Following in the same vein as Doctor Who Magazine collections like The Flood, Nemesis of the Daleks and Hunters of the Burning Stone, the Ninth Doctor adventures from 2005 will be getting the graphic novel treatment this May! The Cruel Sea is expected to collect together stories by Gareth Roberts (The Unicorn and the Wasp; Closing Time); former-DWM editor,…

The Chase SFX Dalek
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The Second Dalek Wave!

They’re the universe’s supreme beings, and they’ve come to Earth to invade retailers nationwide! Following on from the superb first wave of Sound FX Daleks (that’s Daleks that talk to you and me) come three new Skaro menaces: the Guard Dalek from 1965′s The Chase (one of their nuttiest adventures); a dark-grey Dalek from Genesis of the…

Fifth Doctor Recorder
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Paul Cornell’s Musical Coincidences

The universe is big, it’s vast and complicated, and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles. Or, sometimes, coincidences. Some coincidences are really cool; others less so. Father’s Day writer, Paul Cornell, has looked back at the history of Doctor Who and the music charts, and discovered a few cool coincidences. Or in his…

Catch-1782
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Bargains at Big Finish

Following on from their Twelve Days of Big Finish-mas, the audio company headed by Dalek voice, Nick Briggs, is offering 25 titles in the Doctor Who main range for just £5 each. The first 50 titles, from The Sirens of Time to Zagreus, are permanently £5 each, though no more CDs will be pressed after they have sold out….

An Adventure in Space and Time
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Twelfth Night

And now it’s time for one last bow, like all your other selves. Eleven’s Hour is over now. The clock is striking Twelve’s. It’s the final day of festivities and trees throughout the land are coming down. Despite all the lights being relegated to lofts and garages, we’re more than halfway out of the dark….

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