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.


Murray Gold with Dalek
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Murray Gold Scores Song For 50

Doctor Who composer, Murray Gold, spoke to Radio 4’s Front Row about scoring the 50th anniversary special and how he feels when he hears his music performed live at the Royal Albert Hall. In preparation for this weekend’s Doctor Who Proms, Murray says what most surprised him about his music for the show at the…

The Name of the Doctor - feat 2
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The Name of the Doctor ReKapped! (Part Two)

Read Part One here. Deep within the dead TARDIS, Vastra and Strax wake up. Jenny, however, doesn’t. She’s dead: a complete cardio-collapse, induced by shock. Strax holds his medical scanner over her and releases an electric pulse – and Jenny starts breathing again. “The heart is a relatively simple thing,” Strax says. And Vastra replies,…

The First Doctor
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The Name of the Doctor ReKapped! (Part One)

GALLIFREY. A VERY LONG TIME AGO… “What kind of idiot would steal a faulty TARDIS?” The First Doctor and Susan bustle into the TARDIS – but there’s someone behind them. “Sorry,” the figure says. “But you’re about to make a very big mistake.” She’s Clara Oswald, and she was born to save the Doctor. I…

The Sixth Doctor Who, Colin Baker
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Are Baker and Purves Antiques Experts?

Colin Baker and Peter Purves are to appear in Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. The actors, who played the Sixth Doctor and companion, Steven Taylor, respectively, were paired with antiques ‘experts,’ James Braxton and – yes, really – Will Axon as they tried to out-sell each other’s (sometimes) great finds at the British Bespoke Auctions in…

Celebrate Regenerate
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Celebrate Regenerate Out Now!

Celebrate Regenerate, the book made by the fans for the fans, is out now. (And what’s more, it’s free!) The project, celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who by focussing on what’s great about every single serial, began in July 2012 and has since expanded to include specials like A Fix with Sontarans, Time Crash and…

Dr. Eleven
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A Doctor Who/Mr. Men T-Shirt Mash-Up!

Bow ties, fezzes and Stetsons might be cool, but K Towers has discovered something potentially cooler: Doctor Who/Mr. Men mash-up t-shirts and hoodies! Everyone loves Roger Hargreaves’ odd little creations, all of whom have strange little quirks. And everyone loves Gallifrey’s favourite little Time Lord, all his incarnations have their strange little quirks. It’s a…

Ninth Doctor
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Eccleston Wants Mature Roles

His incarnation of everyone’s favourite son of Gallifrey suffered from survivor’s guilt, haunted by the terrors of war, but Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, says he welcomes more mature roles. The actor, who starred as the Doctor in 2005 when showrunner, Russell T. Davies, bought back the series, appeared in Song for Marion, which was released…

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