Who else liked him? I've been watching old episodes of EastEnders from the 90s, he certainly was a black and white character, like most "Hardmen" that have come along since Dan Sullivan, Sean Slater and Derek Branning, the way he was written, he was an extremely human character, relatable almost a next door neighbour type of person, then most of the characters in EastEnders were written in this way during this era. I thought Steve McFadden played Phil brilliantly, but in a way I'm kind of disappointed that he wasn't around in 1988 when he first joined the acting profession aka the Den & Angie heyday of 1985-1988 (Ross Kemp would have been available in 1988 too after leaving Emmerdale in 1987), then we may have had Phil/Angie flirting and getting drunk for fun, even more drastically Wilmott-Brown would have got beaten up by Phil & Grant during 1988-89 for raping Kathy with Den enlisting Phil & Grant's help. I was mixed about Phil's 2005 return, I've hated how Phil has become a disgrace since 2000+, much worse than Grant in the 1990s, and how beat up Jamie and bullied Juley into sleeping with Ruby to get at Johnny. However it did prove something to me, that he was more disturbed than Grant's army nightmares where Phil was the more volatile Mitchell brother hence beating up Jamie, a terrible father and an alcoholic, who not only was able to get physical with Den Watts but managed to remove him from the top dog position by biding his time until Den got out of his depth after trouble he caused with his wives, adoptive daughter and Zoe. Having said that, I think Steve McFadden deserves better than EastEnders, he's a brilliant actor, but Phil has been ruined after Grant's departure in 1999. I'm surprised that McFadden doesn't just quit the show or some present or future EastEnders Executive Producer putting Phil out of his misery and killing the character for good as he's worn out and will be 60 by 2019/2021, so it would be unrealistic for Phil to continue over 60 as he currently is. If the BBC were to revive Eldorado during the 2020s-2035, Steve McFadden would be great, but he'd need to miles away from Phil though and playing a different character. In his spare time, McFadden does pantomime/captain hook performances.