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.


The Ark in Space 3
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Introducing: The Ark in Space

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, we’re looking back at some of the pivotal tales of all of time and space, taking on one Doctor each month, running up to November – and An Unearthly Child… 1975’s The Ark in Space is a masterclass in Doctor Who, written by arguably the person who knew…

Prisoners of Time
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Review: Prisoners of Time #1

Despite collecting all of IDW’s Doctor Who output, I’m always a bit apprehensive about the Doctor’s journeys into the comic book world. The idea of it combines the two things I love, and yet it sometimes delves into territory I think should be avoided. This is going to be controversial, I’m sure, but I hate…

The Crimson Horror 1
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Private Eye On Who Problems

The current issue of Private Eye has summed up the recent disasters faced by the Who production team of late. The issue, dated  14th- 27th June, politely notes several ‘balls ups’ that have marred recent Doctor Who, most notably the memo sent out to the BBC’s commercial branch and some external licensees that (oops!) announced…

Yeti - feat
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038 The Abominable Snowmen

Alongside The Web of Fear, The Abominable Snowmen remains a popular story, but it’s gained a more important status thanks to the Great Intelligence cropping up again in The Snowmen, The Bells of Saint John and The Name of the Doctor. From the being’s first ‘appearance,’ you can see the potential. It’s no wonder producer,…

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