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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The World Behind: Frontier in Space

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, we’re looking back at some of the pivotal tales from 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 1973’s Frontier in Space, we focus on the cultural context of the tale. …

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Pickwoad Explores the TARDIS

The official Doctor Who site recently caught up with Michael Pickwoad, production designer on the current series of Doctor Who – and designer of the new TARDIS interior which debuted in the Christmas special, The Snowmen. He explains that the previous TARDIS interior, while beautiful, created a problem for writers, as more dialogue had to…

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Doctor Who Experience Open to Schools!

The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff is the perfect place to take children, and aside from offering a 20% discount on tickets for students, the BBC has opened up the interactive event to schools. Tickets for primary and secondary school children are £6, with teachers coming in free for every five and ten paid student…

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Unique Figure Moulds Up For Auction!

Two absolutely unique items have found themselves on eBay, waiting for a new home: original testing moulds for the action figurines of Amelia Pond and Uncle (from The Doctor’s Wife)! The moulds are made from bright green PVC, and, as the seller explains: Before action figures move into production the moulds are tested in unusual…

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Eccleston Tackles 1984

Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, will play the lead role, Winston Smith, in BBC Radio Four’s first ever dramatisation of Nineteen Eighty-Four. The dystopian novel, written by George Orwell, was published in 1949, and sees Smith come up against Big Brother, the potentially-fabricated symbol of dictatorship, which keeps its eyes on the population of Oceania. The…

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