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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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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Introducing: The Moonbase

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… If it weren’t for The Moonbase, we might not have definitive tales like Tomb of the Cybermen, Earthshock…

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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…

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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….

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