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.


Jenny Colgan
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Colgan Announces Into the Nowhere

Jenny Colgan has announced that her second Doctor Who book is preliminarily titled Into the Nowhere. The novel is expected to be part of the newly-announced Time Trips range of eBooks, set to begin in November to coincide with – duh! – the show’s 50th anniversary. She joins authors like Nick Harkaway (Edie Investigates; Angelmaker),…

The Name of the Doctor - feat 3
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Review: The Name of the Doctor

There’s an elephant in the room. Surely every review of The Name of the Doctor starts at the end with that cliffhanger. And this one isn’t any different. The reveal of John Hurt’s Not-Quite-Doctor has the danger of overshadowing the other 40-odd minutes. It’s understandable: he could change all we know about Doctor Who since…

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…

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