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Tom Baker Bio

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 6:35 pm
by andromeda
Tom Baker was the 4th actor to play Doctor Who. Born in 1934, we went on to be the longest running actor to play the Doctor, starring in the role from 1974 to 1981. Later on in life we went on to do the narration on the comedy TV series Little Britain.

Baker started life training to be a monk. However slowly he lost interest in this, later saying he wished to break every one of the ten commandments in order, and after a stint in the army and the Merchant Navy, he became an actor. Starting in theatre, going on to films, and then to TV and his role as the Doctor. Whilst he played the Doctor the series had some of it's highest viewing figures and many of the episodes he has starred in have become classics. After leaving the Doctor Who series he went on to play in the TV series Medics and Monarch of the Glen.

Baker took his eccentric personality to Doctor Who. He took over from the 3rd Doctor Jon Pertwee in 1974, after being recommended for the role by Bill Slater the then Head of Serials to the series producer Barry Letts. He took Doctor Who back to it's record high viewing figures a decade earlier, with his trade mark long scarf, and personality being popular with the public. He starred in the role for 7 straight series, and episodes like Ark in Space , The Brain of Morbius, The Deadly Assassin, Genesis of the Daleks, and The Robots of Death are regarded as some of the all time classic episodes. More often than not he wins the most popular Doctor Who title in opinion polls and votes.

The series came under criticism in this period for the level of violence in the episodes, and the producers were forced to turn it down some what, resulting in a decline in the viewing figures for the series. After a change of director a few times, Tom Baker left the series, suggesting in later interviews that maybe he stayed on in the role a series more than he should have done. He still does much Doctor Who related work, including recent audio stories, which was something he had shunned for many years. He has appeared in numerous documentaries, however he claims to have not watched the modern Doctor Who series... saying he 'couldn't be bothered'. He returned to Doctor Who much more recently in the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor in 2013, playing a character called The Curator. He was told by the BBC to not disclose that he would be returning, but did leak this out in an interview.

After his stint as the Doctor, Tom Baker went on to other TV work, playing Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series of the Hound of the Baskervilles, an appearance in Blackadder, and also a role in the BBC series The Silver Chair.

He has also been a guest on the comedy quiz show Have I Got News for you, with the main presenter Angus Deaton claiming that Tom Baker was the funniest guy they had on the show. His appearance on the show returned him into the public eye, and he appeared again in later episodes.

Baker has also appeared in many radio story productions, including parts in Charles Dickens' Hard Times, and in the series Jon Mortimer Presents the Trials of Marshall Hall. He has done many voice overs, and is the voice on many tourist rides, radio shows, and adverts. He has returned to theatre work, TV and film and narration, as well as music. He has a popular autobiography out called Who On Earth is Tom Baker?

Baker has been married 3 times, and lived in various areas. He briefly moved to France in 2003, and sold the property to Vic Reeves after they had worked together on the BBC version of Randall and Hopkirk.

Re: Tom Baker Bio

Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 11:05 am
by andromeda
As a follow on to this, are doing a complete collection of all the Tom Baker episodes here:

Its a large dvd collection, but a fair saving.