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.


Brighter than Sunflowers
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Historicals: A Thing of the Past?

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… Concluding this month’s examination of 2008’s The Unicorn and the Wasp, we look at a rarely-mined treasure trove…

The Pete's World Cybermen variants from Doctor Who
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Altus Fan Film to Celebrate 50th

The Doctor Who Fan Film project in Altus, Oklahoma, is looking for volunteers to help create a film celebrating the 50th anniversary of the show. Peggy Sue Clay, founder of the Altus Chapter of the Doctor Who Fan Film project, hopes to unite fans worldwide and produce a feature-length film starring lookalikes of various Doctors…

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…

Unicorn and the Wasp - feat
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Introducing: The Unicorn and the Wasp

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… There’s a murder, a mystery and Agatha Christie. Doctor Who’s been playing with the idea of pseudohistoricals since…

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…

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