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.


Carrionites
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Introducing: The Shakespeare Code

If we go by educated guesses, William Shakespeare was born 450 years ago, on 23rd April 1564 (although the first record of the greatest writer in English history was at his baptism on 26th). And in 1599, he met a strange man called the Doctor and his companion, Martha Jones, all the way from Freedonia….

The Rings of Akhaten 3
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Don’t Miss: Farewell Matt Smith!

Grab a fez, straighten your bow tie and brace yourselves. Today, Watch airs Farewell Matt Smith, a documentary celebrating the Eleventh Doctor era, in the UK at 5pm. The special, narrated by River Song actress, Alex Kingston, originally screened on BBC America straight before The Time of the Doctor on Christmas Day. Charting the Doctor’s adventures from…

The Science of Doctor Who Tours Down Under!
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The Science of Doctor Who Tours Down Under!

Audiences are being encouraged to bring their smartphones (as if you don’t carry them around with you anyway) or SIM-enabled tablets to The Science of Doctor Who, a live stage show presented by RiAus in association with BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand. Described as “highly interactive,” the show has been in rehearsals all week in Adelaide,…

The Shakespeare Notebooks
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The Shakespeare Notebooks Coming in July!

We last saw him in The Shakespeare Code (2007) but an upcoming book will chart the history of the Doctor’s adventures with William Shakespeare! We first saw the Bard in 1965’s The Chase via the Time-Space Visualiser, but of course the Doctor has had many meetings with the great man. Here’s what we can expect from The Shakespeare Notebooks: Newly…

The Silurian Gift
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Review: The Silurian Gift

I have a confession to make. Whilst I love the Silurians (and by association, the Sea Devils), I find their stories a bit of a dead-end. If the world the Doctor lives in remains as similar to ours – but with added alien incursions – then the Silurians simply can’t take over the Earth. Logistically,…

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