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.


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Doctor Who: Walking in Eternity Conference

The University of Hertfordshire is to host a conference on the international success of Doctor Who in September, just prior to the show celebrating its 50th anniversary. Keynote speakers for Doctor Who: Walking in Eternity include James Chapman (Inside the TARDIS: The Worlds of Doctor Who), Matt Hills (Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the 21st Century)…

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Did Chimneys Inspire the Daleks?

Daleks? Oh, they’re based on salt and pepper pots. WRONG! What idiot told you that?! They’re actually based on chimneys. Don’t look at me like that. Okay, so there’s a sort of truth behind the salt and pepper thing – but only in that designer, Raymond Cusick, pushed a shaker around a table once to…

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How Much Does the TARDIS Cost?

TARDIS FOR SALE. TYPE 40TT. GOOD CONDITION. ONE PREVIOUS OWNER. MANY, MANY, MANY MILES ON THE CLOCK. BROKEN (BUT REPAIRABLE) CHAMELEON CIRCUIT. VIRTUALLY INDESTRUCTIBLE. FULLY TAXED. SOMETIMES HANDLES WELL. SUSCEPTIBLE TO OCCASIONAL ALIEN INVASION. DELIVERED STRAIGHT TO YOUR DOOR (TIME PERIOD NOT GUARANTEED). $2,580,375,113.75 O.N.O. That’s about £1,715,048,899 to you and me. And that’s what Motovo’s infographic reckons the…

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Who in Who is: Martin Jarvis

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 1985’s Vengeance on Varos, we look at a man instantly recognisable to Whovians….

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