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Times 26643 - even the antelope was easy. But Doctor who?

After a silly error on Monday and a bit of a struggle yesterday I was expecting a hard time today, but instead found this a Monday style puzzle. I completed it from top down in a mere 15 minutes, only 3 off a PB and probably my best for a blog-day when parsing has to be done. I see nothing too obscure either for our overseas contingent, except possibly 27a for the name of an upmarket London suburb.

EDIT: It seems I was spot on with the solving, but a bit wayward here and there with the parsing, in too much of a hurry. Note to self, the first explanation you think of is not necessarily the correct one.
1a I agree, the BP for bishop is odd, but can't see how else the P arrives.
27a - I agree, the ON comes from 'regularly taking', not town (but defining Carshalton as a town is a stretch).
7d - Doh! How could I forget the good Doctor, although I do have a mental block about him as I disliked the programme (last time I viewed was maybe 40 years ago) and he recently refused to lend or charter me his tardis, meaning I had to use MegaHertz.
Apologies and thanks for the corrections, there again if the blog was perfect there would be less to comment on!

Across
1 BIPARTISAN - Bishop BP engages I, ARTISAN is a craftsman, D involved with two parties.
6 MOWN - Sounds like MOAN = beef; D cut.
8 GOODWILL - Well you'd hope to get a good will from a solicitor, if you briefed him / her properly. D friendly feelings.
9 ANCHOR - Double def.
10 TAIL - A TAMIL would be a South Indian, disheartened give you the D bottom.
11 TUMBLEDOWN - TUMBLE(R) = cut glass, DOWN = sink, as in sink a pint; D falling into ruin.
12 LIGHTNING - Sounds like lightening = becoming more cheerful; D flashy stuff.
14 INGOT - GOT IN would be entered, so IN GOT is the other way round; D bar.
17 ELAND - ELAN means dash, D = back of beyond; D large beast. One of those antelopes I remember unlike all those something-boks.
19 ESMERALDA - Anagram of LEADS MA(N), with ER (hesitation) inserted; heroine of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
22 POLES APART - POLES are Europeans, A PART = a role; D very different. Our landlady here is Polish, she's not very different, just very tall and very good at 5 languages.
23 STOA - STOA(T) = tailless mammal; D covered walkway.
24 PASSER - PER = through, outside ASS = donkey; D team player perhaps.
25 DEADHEAD - DEAD = late, HEAD = leader; D work on plant. My LOI as of course I was looking for the daily horticultural lesson. Full marks if you didn't do that first.
26 ADEN - MAD MEN are crazy fellows; they dump their M's and give us the port.
27 CARSHALTON - With the checkers and the word play you can pretty much guess the answer, even if you've never heard of this posh bit of the Greater London Borough of Sutton which used to be in the county of Surrey. CARS are vehicles, HALT for stop, ON = regular letters of t O w N. EDIT see comments below and above.

Down
1 BAGATELLE - BELLE is a lovely, insert A GAT(EAU); D trifle, a small thing, or a piece of cake. Ha ha.
2 PROBING - PRO = for, BING as in Crosby; D investigator's work.
3 TWISTING - TWI(N) = double almost, STING = hurt; D bending.
4 SOLOMON ISLANDER - not an anagram as you'd think at first, but SOLOMON an Oratorio by Handel (the one which includes one of my favourite short bits, the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba), and I SLANDER for I SLAM; D a South Pacific person. I once spent 4 days in Honiara on a scuba diving Pacific tour with my son, because we'd read you could dive off the shores of Guadalcanal and sit in the cockpit of a drowned Stuka (or Zero perhaps) making gun noises into your mask; apart from that highlight the only other things to do were to have cockroach races sitting in your smelly hotel room or sit outside and melt. Don't bother visiting.
5 NEARLY - EARL = noble, inside NY state; D just about. Surely just about is more than nearly?
6 MACEDONIA - (A COMEDIAN)*, D part of Europe. An anagram we've seen before, I think.
7 WHO'S WHO - WHO stands for World Health Organisation, so I guess 'doctor' is sort of a synonym; EDIT this was nonsense, it's the twit with the tardis. Put it twice around S being the opening of surgery; D directory, with biogs of anyone who's anyone. Originally a British affectation but I see now a generic title used worldwide.
13 HANGERS-ON - H = hard, ON = working, insert ANGERS a pleasant city in NW France, once the capital of Anjou. D followers.
15 TEA GARDEN - (GREAT DANE)*, D outdoor café.
16 HEAT RASH - HEA(R) = pick up, with R away; TRASH = rubbish; D complaint.
18 LEONARD - (ONE)* = one terribly, boring inside LARD = fat; D man.
20 LITHEST - This was a write in but took me a little while to parse. LIT for literature; THES(IS) for essay with IS cut, insert into LIT; D most flexible.
21 FABRIC - F = fine, A BRIC(K) is a real friend, reduced by losing its K; D material.
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