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.


Robot of Sherwood - Clara
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Robot of Sherwood ReKapped!

After some persuasion, the Doctor agrees to take Clara to meet her hero. “Robin Hood; the heroic outlaw, who robs from the rich and gives to the poor… He’s made up. There’s no such thing,” the Doctor initially dismisses the idea, but decides to humour her. “Earth. England. Sherwood Forest. 1190AD. Ish. But you’ll only be…

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Synopsis: The Caretaker

The BBC has released details for the sixth episode of Series 8, The Caretaker, featuring the Twelfth Doctor as played by Peter Capaldi opposite Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald and Samuel Anderson’s Danny Pink. Here’s what to expect: The terrifying Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity – but worse, and any second now, Danny Pink…

Day of the Doctor - 11th Doc
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Tom Riley: “Eleventh Doctor Would’ve Loved Robin Hood”

Tom Riley, who played Robin Hood in last weekend’s Robot of Sherwood, reckons that Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor would’ve got on really well with the not-quite-fictitious hero. The Twelfth Doctor was obviously annoyed at Robin’s very existence, but Riley thinks that the bow-tie-wearing incarnation would’ve embraced the myth a little more readily, saying: “Matt Smith’s Doctor…

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Christmas in September

This year’s Christmas special has begun filming! The as-yet-unnamed episode is expected to air, as all previous NuWho festive specials have,  on Christmas Day. Filming used to commence around July, but due to later scheduling of the show, this year’s has kicked off a little further on in the year. This is also partly because the…

BBC Releases Two Into the Dalek Trailers!
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Into The Dalek ReKapped!

Journey Blue and her brother, Kai, make their way to the asteroid belt, trying their best to dodge a barrage of attacks from the massing ships. But they’ve been hit and they’ll never make it. The small spaceship is destroyed. And Journey wakes up on the TARDIS. The Doctor materialised the Type 40 around her…

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