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.


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035 The Faceless Ones

There’s a line said by Polly in The Faceless Ones, her and Ben’s last serial, which particularly sticks in the mind: “You don’t think my friends will forget me like that, do you?” It’s a fair concern as the last companion to leave, Dodo, was kicked off stage quite unceremoniously in The War Machines (Polly…

John Hurt as Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four
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Introducing: John Hurt

“INTRODUCING JOHN HURT AS THE DOCTOR” When those words flashed up in the final scene of The Name of the Doctor, a nation gasped. In fact, if it weren’t for the Daily Mail producing enough hot air to kill all the Ice Warriors in the universe, our atmosphere would’ve completely collapsed in our collective gasp….

John Hurt IS the Doctor!
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Which Doctor is John Hurt?

The question everyone will ask until November 2013 is, of course: who is John Hurt’s ‘Doctor’? We can only speculate, but it seems Mr. Moffat has left a wealth of clues (and possibly red herrings) for us to pore over in The Name of the Doctor. Firstly, we have to investigate exactly what was said:…

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Nightmare in Silver ReKapped!

The Doctor, Clara, Angie and Artie land at Hedgewick’s World of Wonders, the biggest and best amusement park there will ever be – and they’ve got a golden ticket! Unfortunately, the park’s been closed down and it’s now a training camp for a band of soldiers – a punishment platoon, sent away so they can’t…

Doctor Who Series 7 finale The Name of the Doctor
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Sub-Editorial: The Doctor Who Leak

As you no doubt know, thanks to a huge mistake by BBC America’s DVD distributors, some people in the USA have already seen the series finale, The Name of the Doctor. And by now, though I have not searched around, I’m sure there are illegal copies, torrents, circulating on the internet. Promised a brilliant episode,…

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The Crimson Horror ReKapped!

London, 1893. Madame Vastra and Jenny are visited by Mr. Thursday, a man whose brother, Edmund, was killed in mysterious circumstances in the equally-mysterious Sweetville. Edmund is the latest victim of the infamous Crimson Horror – his face contorted in fear and his skin a waxy, bright red. “He was a newspaper man,” Thursday explains….

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