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.


Nathan-Turner
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JN-T and Downie in BBC Sex Scandal?

Ex-Doctor Who producer, John Nathan-Turner has been accused of sexually abusing young male fans during the 1980s. An upcoming book, JN-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner, alleges that both Nathan-Turner and his partner (and production manager) Gary Downie groomed fans under the then-legal homosexual age of consent of 21. The book is…

Clara, the Doctor and some candles in Doctor Who Series 7b
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Series 7B Preview: Part 2

We know quite a lot about the first three episodes of Series 7B – avoiding any major spoilers – but beyond that, it fades into glorious expectations and amateur guessing. So what do we actually know…? “We’ve got a submarine,” Matt Smith says. “We’ve got the Ice Warriors, we’ve got the Cybermen back in new…

The Doctor takes a shower in Series 7b
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Series 7B Preview: Part 1

Doctor Who’s first foray into 2013, its 50th anniversary year, is close enough to touch. But what can we expect from Series7B? “A haunted house, a submarine, a planet with cool rings, Victorian Yorkshire, a journey to the centre of the TARDIS, Dame Diana Rigg and her daughter Rachael Stirling together on screen for the…

Bow Tie
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The Snowmen ReKapped! (Part Two)

Read Part One here. Clara, Francesca and Digby back away as the Ice Governess advances on them. But where’s the Doctor? “Doctor? Doctor?! Doctor who…?” They turn to their Punch and Judy Show in the corner of the room to find Punch sporting a sonic screwdriver. The puppet aims it at the Ice Governess, activates…

Sherlock Holmes
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The Snowmen ReKapped! (Part One)

A white, crystalline structure falls through space. Snow. Snow that snarls and growls and bites. Snow heading for the Earth. England, 1842. Walter Simeon, a young boy, makes a snowman, patting down its sides and smoothing its surface. Other children throw snowballs at each other, far away from Walter. “I don’t need anyone else,” he…

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