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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Star Wars Rebels2016TV SeriesThe Bendu
Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet2016Video GameSebastian J. Coot (voice)
Doctor Who2013TV SeriesThe Doctor
Saving Santa2013VideoSanta (British version, voice)
Break Glass in Case Of...2013Monica (voice)
The Genie in the Bottle2010ShortNarrator
Little Britain USA2008TV SeriesNarrator
The Beeps2007-2008TV SeriesNarrator
Agatha Christie's Marple2007TV SeriesFrederick Treves
Little Britain: The Video Game2007Video GameNarrator (voice)
Little Britain2003-2006TV SeriesNarrator
The Wind in the Willows2006TV MovieJudge (uncredited)
Little Britain: Live2006VideoNarrator (voice)
Little Britain: The Game2006Video GameNarrator (voice)
The Secret Show2006TV SeriesRobert Baron
Monarch of the Glen2004-2005TV SeriesDonald MacDonald
MediEvil: Resurrection2005Video GameNarrator / Grim Reaper (voice)
Cold Winter2005Video GameJohn Gray (voice)
Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition2005Video GameNarrator (English version, voice)
Sprung! The Magic Roundabout2005Zeebad (English version, voice)
The Little Reindeer2004TV ShortSanta Claus (voice)
Sudeki2004Video GameOpening Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Fort Boyard2003TV SeriesCaptain Baker
Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior2003Video GameNarrator (voice)
Strange2003TV SeriesFather Bernard
Swiss Toni2003TV SeriesDerek Asquith
Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)2000-2001TV SeriesProf. Wyvern
Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising2001Video GameThe Narrator (voice)
Fun at the Funeral Parlour2001TV SeriesQuimby
Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future2000Video GameNarrator (voice)
Dungeons & Dragons2000Halvarth
The Canterbury Tales2000TV SeriesSimpkin
Max Bear2000TV SeriesMax Bear (voice)
Silver1999Video GameNarrator (voice)
Backtime1998Sarge
Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctors1997Video GameThe Doctor (voice)
Medics1992-1995TV SeriesProf. Geoffrey Hoyt, general surgeon Geoffrey Hoyt
The Imaginatively Titled Punt & Dennis Show1994TV Series
Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time1993TV ShortThe Fourth Doctor
Doctor Who: Shada1992VideoDoctor Who / Narrator
Cluedo1992TV SeriesProfessor Plum
Screen Two1992TV SeriesSir Lionel Sweeting
Selling Hitler1991TV Mini-SeriesManfred Fischer
The Silver Chair1990TV SeriesPuddleglum
Tales of Aesop1990TV SeriesNarrator
The Life and Loves of a She-Devil1986TV Mini-SeriesFather Ferguson
The Kenny Everett Television Show1986TV Series
Roland Rat: The Series1986TV SeriesDoctor Who / BBC 3 Presenter
Black-Adder II1986TV SeriesCaptain Rum
The Passionate Pilgrim1984ShortSir Tom
The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood1984TV MovieSir Guy de Gisbourne
Remington Steele1984TV SeriesAnatole Blaylock
Jemima Shore Investigates1983TV SeriesDr. Norman Ziegler
The Hound of the Baskervilles1982TV Mini-SeriesSherlock Holmes
Doctor Who1974-1981TV SeriesDoctor Who
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb1980TV MovieHasan
Another World1980Short
Good King Memorex1979VideoDoctor Who
White Powder Christmas1978Video shortDoctor Who
Piccadilly Circus1977TV SeriesMark
Nouvelles de Henry James1976TV SeriesMark Ambient
Jim'll Fix It1975TV SeriesThe Doctor
The Mutations1974Lynch
Luther1974Pope Leo X (uncredited)
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad1973Koura
Frankenstein: The True Story1973TV MovieSea Captain
Arthur of the Britons1973TV SeriesBrandreth / Gavron
The Vault of Horror1973Moore (segment 5 "Drawn and Quartered")
Cari genitori1973
BBC Play of the Month1972TV SeriesDr. Ahmed el Kabir - Egyptian Doctor
The Canterbury Tales1972Jenkin
Jackanory1972TV SeriesThe Storyteller
Nicholas and Alexandra1971Rasputin
Softly Softly: Task Force1970TV SeriesSite Foreman
Thirty-Minute Theatre1969TV SeriesCorporal Schabe
Dixon of Dock Green1968TV SeriesForeman / The Man
Z Cars1968TV SeriesHarry Russell
George and the Dragon1968TV SeriesPorter
Market in Honey Lane1968TV SeriesDoorman
The Winter's Tale1967Minor Role (uncredited)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doctor Who1976TV Series additional material - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty2013TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Doctor Who Explained2013TV MovieHimself / The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Timeshift2010-2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Animal Rites2011TV Series documentary voice
In Confidence2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
The Girls Aloud Party2008TV MovieHimself (voice)
Have I Got News for You1998-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest Presenter / Himself
Have I Got News for You: The Inevitable Internet Spin-Off2008TV Series shortHimself - Guest Presenter
Blue Peter at 502008TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator (voice)
Comedy Connections2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rise and Fall of Gallifrey2008Video documentary shortThe Doctor
A Darker Side2007Video shortHimself / The Doctor
Planetary Performance: Acting in Doctor Who2007Video documentary shortHimself / The Doctor
A Matter of Time2007Video documentaryHimself / The Doctor
Hammer Horror2007Video documentary shortHimself
Late Night Story1978-2007TV Series shortHimself - Reader
Perfect Night In2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Dame Edna Treatment2007TV SeriesHimself
Are Friends Electric2007Video documentary shortHimself
Brit Awards 20072007TV SpecialHimself (voice)
A New Body at Last2007Video documentaryHimself - The Fourth Doctor Who
The Crowded TARDIS2007Video documentary shortHimself - The 4th Doctor
Ultimate Sci-Fi Quiz2006Video GameHimself - Presenter
Global Haywire2006DocumentaryNarrator
Changing Time: Living and Leaving Doctor Who2006Video documentaryHimself
Genesis of a Classic2006Video documentaryHimself / The Doctor
Today with Des and Mel2006TV SeriesHimself
Richard & Judy2006TV SeriesHimself
Little Documentary2005Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Shameful Secrets of the 70s2005TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Magical Voices2005Video documentary shortHimself
Re-Imagining the Magic2005Video documentary shortNarrator (voice)
The Magic of Music2005Video documentary shortNarrator (voice)
The Sound of Magic2005Video documentary shortNarrator (voice)
Doctor Who Confidential2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Rewriting History2005TV Series documentaryNarrator
Britain's 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches2005TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
'Doctor Who': A New Dimension2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Harry Price: Ghost Hunter2005TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
GMTV2004TV SeriesHimself
The Heaven and Earth Show2004TV SeriesHimself
A New Beginning2004Video documentary shortHimself / The Doctor
Terry & Liz2004TV Short documentaryNarrator
The Story of 'Doctor Who'2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Top 10 Comic Book Heroes2002TV Movie documentaryHimself / Host
Top Ten2001TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
Alter Ego2001TV ShortHimself
This Is Your Life2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Carnival of Monsters1999TV SpecialHimself
The Great Events of Our Century: Disaster/Freedom1999Video documentaryNarrator
The Great Events of Our Century: Fame/Obsession1999Video documentaryNarrator
The Great Events of Our Century: Legacy/Into the Unknown1999Video documentaryNarrator
The Great Events of Our Century: Politics of Violence/Death & Glory1999Video documentaryNarrator
The Great Events of Our Century: Scandal/I Am the Greatest1999Video documentaryNarrator
Ray Harryhausen: Working with Dinosaurs1999TV SpecialNarrator (voice)
Adventures in Space and Time1999TV Special documentary shortHimself
This Morning1992-1997TV SeriesHimself
Century1997TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Equinox1994TV SeriesNarrator
The Diary of Jack the Ripper: Beyond Reasonable Doubt?1993Video documentaryNarrator
Science Fiction1992TV SeriesHimself - Host
'Doctor Who': The Tom Baker Years1992Video documentaryHimself - Presenter
Pebble Mill at One1992TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Doctor... Who on Earth Is Tom Baker1991Video documentaryHimself / Interviewer / Man on Bicycle / ...
Hyperland1990TV Movie documentaryTom
Ray Harryhausen: Movement Into Life1990Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
Myth Makers Vol. 8: Tom Baker1989Video documentaryHimself
'Doctor Who' Who's Who1986TV Special documentaryHimself
Nationwide1976-1980TV Series documentaryHimself
The Book Tower1979TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Call My Bluff1977TV SeriesHimself
The Lively Arts1977TV Series documentaryHimself / The Doctor
Multi-Coloured Swap Shop1976TV SeriesHimself
Disney Time1973TV MovieHimself - Guest Host
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1972TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
12 Again2013TV SeriesThe Doctor
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot2013TV MovieThe Doctor (uncredited)
The Culture Show2005-2013TV Series documentaryHimself / The Doctor
Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor2013TV MovieThe Doctor (uncredited)
Geek Crash Course2013TV SeriesThe Fourth Doctor
Nice or Nasty?: The Making of Vengeance on Varos2012Video documentaryThe Doctor (uncredited)
Tales of Television Centre2012TV Movie documentaryActing Role (uncredited)
The Nightmare of TV Centre2012Video documentary shortThe Doctor (uncredited)
The Village That Came to Life2012Video documentary shortThe Doctor
Jacqueline Hill: A Life in Pictures2011Video shortThe Doctor (uncredited)
Running from the Taxman2011Video documentaryThe Doctor
Phelous & the Movies2011TV SeriesThe Fourth Doctor
Come in Number Five2011Video documentaryThe Doctor (uncredited)
The Sarah Jane Adventures2009-2010TV SeriesThe Doctor
BBC Proms2010TV SeriesThe Doctor
Great TV Mistakes2010TV Movie documentaryThe Doctor (uncredited)
Doctor Who: Team Erato2010Documentary shortThe Doctor (uncredited)
Into the Unknown: The Making of 'Underworld'2010Video documentary shortHimself / The Doctor (uncredited)
Who Wants to Live Forever?2009Video documentary shortThe Doctor
Cybermen2009Video shortThe Doctor (uncredited)
Doctor Who Confidential2009TV Series documentaryThe Doctor
All Aboard the Starliner: The Making of 'Full Circle'2009Video documentary shortThe Doctor (uncredited)
Lalla's Wardrobe: A Frockumentary2009Video shortThe Doctor
The Dreaming2009Video documentary shortThe Doctor
The Vampire Lovers: The Making of 'State of Decay'2009Video documentary shortThe Doctor
Out of Time2008Video documentary shortThe Doctor
Blackadder's Most Cunning Moments2008TV Movie documentaryCaptain Rum (uncredited)
Designs on Karn2008Video documentary shortThe Doctor (uncredited)
Getting a Head2008Video documentary shortThe Doctor
The Ties That Bind Us2008Video documentary shortThe Doctor
New Heroes of Comedy2008TV Series documentary'Little Britain' Narrator
Celebration2008Video documentaryHimself
The Cyber Story2008Video documentary shortThe Doctor
Davros Connections2007Video documentaryThe Doctor
Defining Shadows2007Video shortThe Doctor
Directing 'Who': Michael Hayes2007Video documentary shortThe Doctor
Double Trouble2007Video documentary shortThe Doctor
Getting Blood from the Stones2007Video documentary shortThe Doctor
Parrot Fashion2007Video documentary shortThe Doctor
Philip Madoc: A Villain for All Seasons2007Video documentary shortThe Doctor
The Humans of Tara2007Video documentary shortThe Doctor
There's Something About Mary2007Video documentary shortThe Doctor
The Ribos File2007Video documentary shortThe Doctor
Weird Science2007Video shortThe Doctor
Family Guy2007TV SeriesThe Doctor
Directing 'Who': Ken Grieve2007Video documentary shortThe Doctor
Terror Nation: Terry Nation and Doctor Who2007Video documentary shortThe Doctor
Would I Lie to You?2007TV SeriesThe Doctor
Mouth on Legs2007Video documentary shortThe Doctor
Jackie Magazine: A Girl's Best Friend2007TV Movie documentaryThe Doctor (uncredited)
Being Nice to Each Other: Making 'The Keeper of Traken'2007Video documentary shortThe Doctor (uncredited)
The Return of the Master2007Video documentary shortThe Doctor
Built for War2006Video documentary shortThe Doctor
Love Off-Air2006Video documentary shortThe Doctor
The Dalek Tapes2006Video documentaryThe Doctor
Paris in the Springtime2005VideoThe Doctor
Paddy Russell: A Life in Television2005Video shortThe Doctor
Terrance Dicks: Fact & Fiction2005Video documentary shortThe Doctor
Directing 'Who': Peter Moffatt2004Video documentary shortThe Doctor
Behind the Sofa: Robert Holmes and Doctor Who2003Video documentaryThe Doctor
Celebrity Naked Ambition2003TV Movie documentary
Osirian Gothic2003Video documentary shortThe Doctor (uncredited)
Serial Thrillers2003Video documentary shortThe Doctor (uncredited)
Putting the Shock Into 'Earthshock'2003Video documentary shortThe Doctor
The Very Best of 'Have I Got News for You'2002VideoHimself
The Greatest2001TV Series documentaryThe Doctor
Longleat 83: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy2001Video documentaryHimself
Doctor Who: 30 Years in the Tardis1993TV Movie documentaryThe Doctor
'Doctor Who': The Pertwee Years1992Video documentaryHimself
Resistance Is Useless1992TV Movie documentaryThe Doctor
Doctor Who1982-1984TV SeriesThe Doctor
Multi-Coloured Swap Shop1977-1982TV SeriesThe Doctor
Blue Peter1980TV SeriesThe Doctor
Lego Dimensions2015Video GameThe Fourth Doctor
Doctor Who2008-2015TV SeriesThe Doctor
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion2014TV MovieThe Doctor
Top of the Pops: The Story of 19792014TV Movie documentaryThe Doctor
Ian Levine: Shada2013VideoThe Doctor

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1972Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actor - Motion PictureNicholas and Alexandra (1971)
1972Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - MaleNicholas and Alexandra (1971)


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#Fact
1He was cast as The Doctor after producers were impressed by his performance as Koura in ''The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)''.
2The famous scarf he wore as The Doctor was created by accident. James Acheson, the costume designer assigned to his first story, had provided far more wool than was necessary to the knitter, Begonia Pope; Pope knitted all the wool she was given. Baker decided to wear it anyway.
3He was voted the world's fourth most eccentric star by nearly 6,000 readers of the BBC's Homes and Antiques magazine in 2006.
4He has two roles in common with Basil Rathbone: (1) Rathbone played Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) while Baker played him in The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood (1984) and (2) Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes in 14 films from The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) to Dressed to Kill (1946) and Baker played him in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982).
5He has two roles in common with Christopher Lee: (1) Lee played Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991) and Incident at Victoria Falls (1992) while Baker played him in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982) and (2) Lee played Grigory Rasputin in Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) while Baker played him in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971).
6In a 2005 survey of British adults, Baker's voice was found to be the fourth most recognizable after Queen Elizabeth II, Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher.
7Laurence Olivier suggested him for the role of Grigori Rasputin in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971).
8Was working as a bricklayer and between homes when he was cast as The Doctor.
9In 2006, he and his wife Sue Jerrard moved back to England after spending four years living in south west France.
10He was considered for the cameo role of Doctor Armstrong in Lifeforce (1985). Patrick Stewart was eventually cast in the role.
11He has two roles in common with Peter Cushing: (1) Cushing played Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), Sherlock Holmes (1964) and Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death (1984) while Baker played him in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982) and (2) Baker played the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963) while Cushing played him in Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966).
12Did not start acting until he was in his thirties.
13During his 2 years National Service in the Royal Army Medical Corps he worked as the curator of a small museum on his base which no one visited and then as an orderly at a military hospital in Germany.
14Married his Doctor Who (1963) co-star Lalla Ward (who played the Doctor's companion Romana) when they were both leaving the program. They divorced 16 months later. She later married Richard Dawkins, one of the world's biggest proponents of atheism. Baker was once an apprentice Catholic monk but has since rejected religion and in interviews and in his autobiography has spoken rather cynically about the religious indoctrination he experienced as a youth.
15Already possesses his own gravestone, with his name and year of birth carved onto it (but the year of death left blank). It resided in the graveyard next to the converted schoolhouse he used to live in before he moved.
16His first wife's uncle was the famous English rose grower Harry Wheatcroft.
17He used to do lots of drinking in the pubs and bars of London and old drinking buddies included the artist Francis Bacon, the journalist Jeffrey Barnard, and Anthony Hopkins.
18After leaving Doctor Who (1963) in 1981, he was often reluctant to reprise his role as the Fourth Doctor. He refused to appear in the 1983 anniversary special The Five Doctors (footage of him from the unfinished story Shada was used instead), although he did appear in the 1993 Comic Relief special Dimensions In Time. When Big Finish Productions started making new Doctor Who audio stories in 1999, he repeatedly turned down offers from them until recently he changed his mind and a series of stories starring him as the Fourth Doctor started being released from January 2012.
19He is a voracious reader of books.
20His period on Doctor Who (1963) was the ratings high point of the series and produced many of the most enduringly popular stories. In a 1998 poll in Doctor Who (1963) Magazine, five of the stories voted into the top ten were from his period: Doctor Who: City of Death: Part One (1979), Doctor Who: The Robots of Death: Part One (1977), Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars: Part One (1975), Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part One (1977) and the story voted into first place, Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks: Part One (1975). In fan site Outpost Gallifrey's 40th anniversary poll, six of the stories voted into the top ten were from his period: Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin: Part One (1976), Doctor Who: The Robots of Death: Part One (1977), Doctor Who: City of Death: Part One (1979), Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks: Part One (1975), Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars: Part One (1975) and the serial voted into first place, Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part One (1977). In addition to this, in 2003 he was voted the best star of Doctor Who (1963) in a poll in the Radio Times and again in 2005 by readers of science fiction magazine SFX.
21At 6'3", he was the tallest actor to play the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963). His immediate predecessor, Jon Pertwee, was marginally shorter at 6'2".
22He is the longest-lived actor to have played the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963). He surpassed his predecessor Jon Pertwee on December 5, 2010. He became the first Doctor to reach the age of 77 on January 20, 2011.
23During his youth he was an apprentice monk for six years and lived in a monastery on the island of Jersey.
24Tom is the son of John Stewart Baker and Mary Jane (Fleming). Tom's paternal grandparents were Thomas Victor Baker, a farmer's son, and Sarah Grieve, who had Scottish ancestry, and was the daughter of Robert Grieve and Agnes Stewart. Tom's maternal grandfather, William Henry Fleming, was born in Liverpool, to Irish parents, Bridget and John Fleming. Tom's maternal grandmother, Christina Usher, was also born in Liverpool, to James Usher, who was from Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, and Rose Ann Colligan, who was born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, and had Irish ancestry.
25Trained at Rose Bruford Drama School, Sidcup, Kent, UK alongside Freddie Jones. Later members include actors Ray Fearon, Gary Oldman and Stephen Armourae.
26He has been mistaken by members of the public for Jon Pertwee.
27Known for his rich, resonant voice, he has done a lot of voiceover work during his post-Doctor Who career, including many television commercials in the UK.
28Children, with Anna Wheatcroft: Daniel and Piers.
29Has performed with the National Theatre, the Bristol Old Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
30Tom was a largely unknown, unemployed actor who had actually written to the BBC seeking work shortly before he was cast in his most famous role, as the star of Doctor Who (1963). His appointment as Jon Pertwee's successor came after series producer Barry Letts had already considered for the role more famous actors Jim Dale, Richard Hearne, Michael Bentine, Graham Crowden and Fulton Mackay, all of whom had been discounted for various reasons.
31With the death of Jon Pertwee on May 20, 1996, he is both the oldest and earliest surviving Doctor from Doctor Who (1963).
32He is the longest-serving actor to have portrayed the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963), having played the role for seven seasons from 1974 to 1981, producing 172 episodes. In second place is his immediate predecessor, Jon Pertwee, who played the Third Doctor for five seasons from 1970 to 1974.
33His incarnation of the Doctor has made silent cameo appearances several times in both The Simpsons (1989) and Futurama (1999). Matt Groening is said to be fan of Doctor Who (1963). However Baker himself has never been a guest star on either show.

#Quote
1[championing transvestite comic Eddie Izzard for the role of Doctor Who (2005)] Eddie Izzard is so mysterious and strange. He seems like he has lots of secrets. You always feel Eddie Izzard knows something you don't, or has been somewhere you haven't been. I like the way he dresses. He could probably do his own wardrobe.
2[on his Catholic upbringing] I see it as absolutely f*****g preposterous. I absolutely chortle with derisive laughter at it and chuck another pint down my neck. The whole vile thing about that fundamentalist Christianity is that we are unworthy. If you keep telling a child, 'You are nothing', the child cannot possibly grow up with self-esteem.
3(In 1998) When the Conservatives were in I cannot tell you how much I hated them. But I realise how shallow I am because I now hate the Labour Party as much.
4My faith vanished swiftly when I bumped into a couple of girls in Germany. It was incredible. God must have been livid. When you're young - me especially with all those years of chastity - I had this amazing, vital libido. So when I had nothing but a toothbrush and a libido, and I'd ditched my guardian angel and stopped being inhibited by him, it was wonderful.
5[on religion] People are quite happy believing the wrong things. I wasn't unhappy believing all that shit. Now I'm not unhappy thinking about it because I can laugh at it.
6I was playing Rasputin and what was motivating him was crumpet really, and I was extremely keen on crumpet so I was really rather good as Rasputin. And my next catastrophic failure was Macbeth, who I played in the style of a crumpet-lover, and then when Doctor Who (1963) came along, I embraced this lunacy, this cloud-cuckoo-land where people had to be convinced by absolute nonsense. I came from a very religious background, so it was easy for me to believe in something I knew nothing about.
7I never read the scripts at all carefully and never wanted to know what was going on, because I felt that being a benevolent alien, that's the way it should be.
8I was terribly out of work when I got the Doctor Who (1963) job. I was temporarily on a building site when the BBC asked me. A few weeks later some of the men went out to buy the racing edition of the Standard and there was my picture on the front page. The BBC had told me not to tell anyone. Those men just couldn't believe it, their cement mixer becoming Doctor Who (1963).
9I went to one of the Doctor Who (1963) conventions in Los Angeles. These people were coming up with theories about the Doctor I could not understand. I asked them what they wanted and they all wanted the same thing. Would I take them with me in the TARDIS? It was very strange.
10The programme is like a hovercraft - on a fine line all the time. You don't dare touch the ground. I think it must have been the part of the Doctor that kept me fresh and young. All that fantasy is good for the mind, you know.
11I remember, I was returning with a colleague from Blackpool on a Saturday afternoon and I wanted to see the episode being shown that day. So we stopped at a television shop and asked if we could watch the programme. The assistant said she was just closing, but we could go to her house nearby and see it. When we got there we found her two children glued to the programme which had just started. I sat down quietly. Suddenly one of the children looked across at me. The he looked back at the set. The he looked back at me again. He couldn't believe his eyes!
12[on Doctor Who (1963)] In the end it was not hard to leave the programme. I felt it in my finger-tips that the time had come to move over and give someone else a chance. There was nothing more I could do with it.
13The Doctor isn't really an acting part. It's a matter of being inventive enough to project credibility to scenes which aren't credible.
14But we can't escape into the future like we can escape into the past. So those of us who are not certain of things, and there are an awful lot of us, often rush back to the past. And each one has a particular past he prefers to the present. Sometimes I feel that any past is preferable to the present.
15[when a fan asked him why he left Doctor Who (1963)] I was pushed. By Anthony Ainley.
16[on having a star named after him] I'm over the moon.
17[on army food] Once a man next to me found the handle of a radiator in his mashed potato; he said nothing, merely moving it to the side of his plate after sucking the mashed potato off it first. Nobody else said anything either. If the truth was known several of us were probably jealous.
18We are all quite capable of believing in anything as long as it's improbable.
19The difference between Matt Smith and me is that he's an actor and I'm... well, I'm just Tom Baker.
20[on the death of Jon Pertwee] I am very sorry to hear the news. I was a great admirer of such a stylish actor.
21Actors are able to trick themselves into treating anything as fantastic. It's a kind of madness, really.
22[on Lalla Ward] Apparently, somebody at a convention in Canada, I think, asked her, 'What was your favourite monster?' - an annihilatingly dull question - and Lalla went, quick as a flash, 'Tom Baker!' I remember thinking, ahh, good old Lalla.
23Not long ago, I was walking in Oxford Street and a man stopped me: He said, '-Tom Baker??', and I said, 'Yeah.' And he said, 'Tom Baker, Christ...' As he looked at me, I could see him being catapulted back somewhere. And he said, 'When I was a kid, I was in a home in North Wales and, uh, it wasn't very good. They didn't like us, and nobody wanted us. And you made Saturday night good for us, you know?' ...Now, to make a little speech to an old man in Oxford Street thirty-odd years later showed the power, didn't it? Of a benevolent character on children's television.
24[on his marriage to Lalla Ward] We were deliriously happy for weeks.
25I've never worked with anybody twice. Mostly because they've died shortly after working with me.
26No one has ever failed as Doctor Who, no one has ever failed. Remotely. Even the boy who did the film, I've forgotten what his name was.
27I should never have been an actor really for the simple reason I actually don't like being told what to do. I really don't. Now this is a very bad start for an actor. It really is a very bad start.
28It was more fun being Doctor Who (1963) than Tom Baker. Tom Baker was just ordinary.
29Now my hair is white, the other day someone mistook me in the street for Claire Rayner. I signed it "Yours sincerely, Claire Rayner." The woman was asking me all sorts of complicated questions about cystitis and things like that.
30[on finding Doctor Who: The Stones of Blood: Part Four (1978) tedious] What is amazing about this, of course, this is the longest episode in the history of Doctor Who.
31John Nathan-Turner and I did not see eye-to-eye really about very much. It was only afterwards when he'd gone that I got to realise what he was doing for Doctor Who - he was promoting it all over the world, which was all to my advantage. We became quite good friends as time passed - we forgot all about those disagreements.
32Graham Williams was absolutely devoted, but he didn't have that kind of flair that Philip [Philip Hinchcliffe] had. But he let me get away with murder, so that was alright!
33Jon [Jon Pertwee] found it physically impossible to buy a drink. He liked the idea of big sums of money for voice-overs, so I would say in Jon's earshot that someone had offered me £15,000 for a voiceover, but I turned it down because it was going to take a whole hour. This wasn't true, but I could hear Jon's heart pounding. In fact, he died of a heart attack shortly after that. I think that's why.
34[on Black-Adder II: Potato (1986)] I keep getting money because they repeat my appalling Blackadder performance. Did you ever see me as the legless sea captain? For which someone should have taken away my Equity card. It was terrible and the buggers keep playing it.
35I turned down The Five Doctors [Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (1983)] because it wasn't long since I'd left - I had left Doctor Who because I think I'd run my course. I didn't want to play 20% of the part. I didn't fancy being a feed for other Doctors - in fact, it filled me with horror.
36The monsters on Doctor Who were never so amazing as the monsters on the sixth floor of the BBC. There were some improbable looking people there.
37[on working with the robot dog K9 in Doctor Who (1963)] That's why I've got bad knees now, what with being a monk in my youth, praying to God, and then on my knees in front of bloody K9.
38[on Doctor Who (2005)] I get sweet messages from time to time from David Tennant, yes, but I've never actually seen it, no. Of course, I didn't watch it when I was in it. Well, once, from behind the sofa.
39I would rather be in Little Britain (2003) than King Lear, because there are more laughs.
40[on David Walliams and Matt Lucas] I've been with them a long time so we're effortlessly friendly. I am very fond of those boys, they're very young, so I feel rather paternal towards them. I'm also full of admiration for what they do and I'm devoted to their bad taste.
41[on the death of Barry Letts] He was the big link in changing my entire life really because it was he who decided to cast me in Doctor Who (1963). It was left down to Barry Letts deciding to employ me or not. He was very anxious at the time because replacing Jon Pertwee was considered a big hurdle. He filled me with great confidence. He was a good man, you know, a really good man. He was a gentleman, you know, that old fashioned gentleman, so kind, so kind. There's no substitute for kindness is there really?
42[on The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982)] I was not good in it. The BBC apologised for my performance. They didn't like it at all.
43The whole of television seemed to be staffed entirely by producers, directors and script editors and people like that were all actors, because where did the original people come from? At that time, you see, when television got going, the only people that knew anything about theatricality and plays were actors. So lots of the producers had been actors in their day.
44Jon Pertwee put a big stamp on Doctor Who (1963). He found a style that was really wonderful.
45Frank Bough said to me once, 'Don't you think, actually, your programme frightens people?' I said, 'Not nearly as much as your programme does.'
4630-odd years later people say, 'What did it feel like when you left Doctor Who (1963)?' I never did leave Doctor Who (1963) because it never left me.
47[Speaking in 2009] I think it is quite difficult now to surprise an audience with special effects, you may please an audience, but visually you can't actually amaze an audience can you? In a sense you just watch them trying, but if people can appear and disappear and walk through walls and disappear and then carry on fencing or kissing girls, that amazes me.
48[on returning to the part of the Doctor] I don't know what it will be like and they haven't approached me yet and I'd want to have some say about the script. I'm not asking for Tom Stoppard to write the script but for it to be as I remember it and as the others remember their time.
49[on the sexual portrayal of the Doctor in the revived series, Doctor Who (2005)] It was inconceivable during our time. We didn't think like that. I played him entirely... I never did handle the girls. Or if I did handle the girls, I always did it clumsily, because I reasoned that the Doctor wouldn't know about that.
50[on winning a poll in the Radio Times as the best star of Doctor Who (1963)] The readers' vote is very pleasing and reassuring. I was lucky because all my stuff was in colour, the scripts were coming along, the effects were getting more refined, the sets didn't fall over so often.
51Dickens (Charles Dickens) is full of all that theatricality from simple times when people could be heroic, ridiculous and strike attitude. And, of course, all that pretentiousness and snobbery is right up my street. I was born to play Mr Crummles. Even when I played Macbeth, someone said to me that I would make a great Crummles.
52I began to get into the part and then the part began to get into me... I was the Doctor and the Doctor was me... for more than six years I left myself and floated about as a hero.
53Doctor Who (1963) is watched at several levels in an average household. The smallest child terrified behind a sofa or under a cushion, and the next one up laughing at him, and the elder one saying 'sh, I want to listen', and the parents saying 'isn't this enjoyable'.
54[on leaving Doctor Who (1963)] I began to realize that I was not much fun to work with from the point of view of the producer because I got very, very opinionated. I thought that I knew what worked. It meant that I was quite difficult to deal with. And so when I offered my resignation I was quite astounded at how swiftly it was accepted.
55[on David Tennant, who began playing the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who (2005)]: I did watch a little bit of the new Doctor Who and I think the new fella, Tennant, is excellent.
56I don't watch television. I know better than that.
57I've never had a problem with the fame thing, but as I get older I feel I am starting to look less and less like Tom Baker. People used to mistake me for Shirley Williams, but now they just seem to mistake me for my Great Auntie Molly.
58As you get near death, as I am, you have to laugh at everything. Otherwise the alternative is to be utterly depressed.
59I enjoy overacting and I'm very good at it. I suppose you could say I've made a career out of it.
60I think I'm made for the role of Donald MacDonald (Monarch of the Glen (2000)). He's quite clearly from another planet.
61[on the Doctor Who (1963) serial Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part One (1977)] The BBC is very good at period drama but not very good at giant rats.
62I learned nothing at drama school. The tutors were all far too old and out of date. Not their fault. I'm now extremely old and very dated.
63The biggest cause of death in Maidstone is boredom.
64[on Sprung! The Magic Roundabout (2005)]: I haven't seen a script but I've accepted everything, simply because the money was excellent.
65I recently got a copy of the Tom Baker Friendship Group's Fan Letter. It said owing to diminishing interest the price of this fan letter is going up from 30 to 58 pence.
66I'm a sort of Buddhist, like all actors are, you know, that nonsense about not bathing in the same river twice - you're not even the same person bathing in the same river. So actors, it seems to me, I don't know much about them, I avoid them like the plague, especially the ones at my age, but inevitably I do meet them and they do seem to me to be a bit like me in that they are not really certain who they are.
67I'm very interested in nostalgia because that's pretty well all that's left for me.
68The Old Testament is my favourite science fantasy reading.
69I think quite often a fate worse than death is life, for lots of people.
70I am a one success man.
71To want to be an actor, especially these days, is to be ill.
72I wasn't interested in novelty. I was looking for good drama.

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1Towering height
2Eccentric, humorous and garrulous personality
3His iconic, long-running role as The Doctor.
4Powerful, velvety voice
5Manic toothy grin
6Staring eyes
7Curly hair
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