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.


The menagerie of monsters plot alongside the Daleks
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019 Mission to the Unknown

Foreshadowing the events of The Daleks’ Master Plan, Mission to the Unknown comes in a short, sharp burst of energy, encompassing the adrenaline and danger of the lives of a space crew attacked from all sides. It’s about desperation, nerve and… well, the unknown. What an apt title for an episode which sees us without…

Matt Smith as the Doctor at Christmas!
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Snow at Christmas…?

It’s an idea that’s so obvious, you wonder why it hasn’t really been done before: the Doctor looks set to meet deadly snowmen in this year’s Christmas special! (No, we’re not classing The Abominable Snowmen as featuring deadly snowmen, as the Yeti doesn’t really count – but is this a hint at the return of…

Cyberman prop 2
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Cyberman for Sale!

It’s surely a long-held dream of many-a-whovian to own original props and costumes. And especially to own something related to the Big Two: the Daleks and Cybermen. Well, now part of that dream can come true. Phoenix Rising has a complete Cyberman costume, with gun, (circa Earthshock) for sale on eBay. Produced as a replica…

TARDIS dress 'n' leggings
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I Always Dress for the Occasion!

Women – buy these. Men – brace yourselves. Black Milk has released two Doctor Who-related items for the dedicated followers of fashion (and fandom). Though both are described merely as having ‘Police Box’ designs, it’s obviously the TARDIS. The TARDIS mini-dress is available for £67, while the leggings are £51. Now, that might seem a…

Matt Smith wears a clown face!
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Matt Clowns Around!

Anyone scared of clowns… look away now! Matt Smith joined a plethora of celebrities sporting face paint at the adidas Underground party in Shoreditch. Matt might’ve reminded Who fans of The Greatest Show in the Galaxy or The God Complex, but he donned the clown make-up – alongside stars like actor, director and singer, Ben…

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