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.


Hands in pocket
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Matt Smith Exclusive Interview

This is Whovian Heaven! I’m on the second floor of Cardiff’s Doctor Who Experience, which houses the Silence in their time ship, companions’ costumes and the new Series 7 exhibits, including a Weeping Angel (making their Experience debut), a pterodactyl and Oswin’s red dress from Asylum. Just around the corner, there’s an evolution of the…

Angel Smiling
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The Angels Take Manhattan ReKapped!

You don’t believe that statues can move. And you’re right: they can’t – of course they can’t… when you’re looking. Chapter 1. The Dying Detective. On the instructions of the mysterious Julius Grayle, Detective Sam Garner makes his way to a rundown hotel, Winter Quays. He meets a dying man, who warns him that the…

"The real world is a lie - and your nightmares are real."
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Dr. Moon Does The Cha Cha

Strictly Come Dancing returns to your screens tonight, signalling the countdown to the next episode of Doctor Who (and Christmas). And Whovians will recognise a familiar face. Colin Salmon, who is dancing alongside Kristina Rihanoff, played Doctor Moon in 2008’s Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead, where he tried to keep Charlotte Abigail…

Room at the Top
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Room with a View?

Jenna-Louise Coleman, the Doctor’s new companion, has caused quite a stir after appearing topless in BBC4’s adaptation of Room at the Top. In the story based on the book by John Braine, Jenna plays Susan Brown, who is seduced by protagonist, Joe Lampton (Matthew McNulty), in order for him to climb the social ladder. The…

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