To celebrate the release of Shada, the Doctor Who team spoke to Tom Baker about his memories of the story, why he thinks the Fourth Doctor is so popular and why he has come back to the show.
Happy Doctor Who Day from the Fourth Doctor himself, Tom Baker! Doctor Who premiered 54 years ago last month, 23th of November.
Douglas Adams’ legendary half-finished Doctor Who adventure, Shada was never completed but what actually happened? Ahead of the abandoned classic being brought to life as a brand-new animation we explain why Shada was never originally completed.
A book from Gallifrey holds the key to Shada and you can watch it. Are you ready to travel with Tom Baker, the Fourth Doctor, and Romana again? Shada is out on 24th November on EST platforms and on 4th December on DVD and Blu-ray: http://bit.ly/ShadaAnimation
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 501 was published almost a week ago, Thursday 30 June. It was a Tom Baker Special, with a poster & art cards.
The second image is the cover of the actual magazine, which you’ll find inside the plastic polybag. Tom Baker’s interview in the issue of Doctor Who Magazine was his gift to fans & readers and it was describe as ‘the last interview’, remarking cheerfully “I’ll be dead quite soon.” He is healthy, but he is also 82 years old.
A fan-made trailer for the 18th series of classic Doctor Who, in which the Fourth Doctor gets trapped in E-space, meets Adric and Tegan, and forges an unlikely alliance with the Master.
During a studio recording session the guys from Big Finish Production managed to sit down and chat with the amazing Tom Baker. The actor told them about his amazing battles with aliens, Daleks, Cybermen and Zygons all from the comfort of the Big Finish studio stool! Tom also shared fond memories from his time as The Doctor as well as the people who worked along side him which he knew and loved.
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This last Sunday, 28 December 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of Tom Baker‘s first full episode as the Fourth Doctor in “Robot”, something Blogtor saw fit to celebrate with a compilation video of his best moments: Tom Baker’s top 40 quotes as The Fourth Doctor, edited by Cameron K McEwan.
The greatest number lover’s convention is coming to Sesame Street this year! It’s the upcoming Numeric Con episode… a brilliant parody of Comic Con (with an educational twist, of course) that features Sesame Street characters like Elmo dressed up as comic book and sci-fi heroes like Princess Leia and Batman (‘The Dark Nine’).
Tom Baker’s Doctor will be there also, the Tardis and some suspiciously Dalek-shaped creatures screeching “Enumerate”. Also Wolverine (‘Fiverine’) from the X-Men, Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons and a perfect impression of William Shatner as Captain Kirk.
This fan-made video created from BBC video clips from both the Classic and New Series of Doctor Who features William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, John Hurt, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and also various companions and monsters throughout the 50 Years of Who.
Doctors Peter Davison and Tom Baker discuss the mixed feelings they experienced filming their regenerations at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration in November 2013 – the 50th anniversary convention, Excel London.
Yes, yesterday was indeed the day of the Doctor. It was the 50th anniversary from the broadcast of the first episode, thing that happened almost unnoticed because of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s assasination one day before. But a hard start did not stoped the people from the BBC to produce episode after episode, and now, 5 decades later, to produce n episode about the first 3 years of the show and the first Doctor, William Hartnell. An adventure in time and space was broadcast Friday, 22th of November, and it can be describe in one single word: memorable. The British work made the idea to endure and to become a world wide phenomenon.
Last night BBC and some cinemas around the world broadcast the special episode the Day of the Doctor, an episode well done. The history from the Doctor Who Universe says that once there were a temporal war between the Time Lords and a race called the Daleks that burned everything in its way in the universe. The war ended in the moment the Doctor eliminated both rases along with his home planet, Gallifrey, into an attempt to save the rest of the Universe. To do that he stole a weapon called the Moment, something so powerful its operating system became sentient, and the Time Lords could not used it even in the last moments of the war, when the odd were against them. Who could use a weapon of mass destruction that could became his/her judge of the war crimes?
That moment was probably the worst moment in Doctor’s life, so bad that he overlooked or even forgot some things. The John Hurt’s incarnation was considered that Time Lord that betrayed the name of the Doctor.
The day of the Doctor returns to that moment in time and space, bringing along several incarnation of the Time Lord: John Hurt, David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor), Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor). 3 Doctors working together, 3 times greater nightmare to their enemies, including the Daleks. The current companion, Jenna Coleman (Clara) and Billie Piper (known as Rose Tyler or Bad Wolf) are also present. But Tom Baker too, the Forth Doctor, at the end of the episode.
I am not telling you the details of the great story written by Steven Moffat, it has too many turns (more or less unexpected) in the action. If I am starting to write the good or the best stuff that appeared in the episode I will only take you the pleasure and the surprise of watching the show. All I can tell you is that the Zygons, shape-shifting creatures that return in this episode of Doctor Who, provide an important item that help saving the planet Gallifrey and its natives from destruction. So that the Doctor will be able to return home some time in the future.
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They are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the worldâ€™s longest running science fiction series, they feature all the actors that have played the Doctor since 1963 (11 of them) and they are available at 9,000 Post Office Branches (UK only) and online fromÂ www.royalmail.com/doctorwhoÂ globally.
The stamps were recently launched at an event in London, with former Doctors Tom Baker, Peter Davison and Paul McGann in attendance. You can see a gallery of pictures from that launch here, while the full set of stamps can be seen on Radio Times.
Radio Times also say in another article that:
Thereâ€™s also a mixed sheet of stamps featuring the TARDIS and four of the BBCÂ sci-fiÂ dramaâ€™s most iconic villains: a Dalek, a Cyberman, a Weeping Angel and an Ood.
â€œWeâ€™ve had a fantastic response from the public who seemingly canâ€™t wait for the stamps,â€ said Royal Mailâ€™s managing director of stamps and collectibles Andrew Hammond.
In addition to the stamps, Royal Mail is also creating unique postmarks in each of the Doctorâ€™s hometowns, meaning that post mailed in Northampton, for example â€“ whereÂ Matt SmithÂ is from â€“ will feature a postmark with the actorâ€™s name and the length of time heâ€™s played the role.
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Doctor Who: The Auntie Matter audio adventure, starring Tom Baker and Mary Tamm, is now available fromÂ Big Finish Productions. Listen to the trailer and get your copy here.
England in the 1920s.
Whilst K9 is off in the TARDIS leading the Black Guardian on a wild goose chase, the Doctor and Romana are enjoying a leisurely lifestyle as the Lord and Lady of a London townhouse. But trouble never stays away from them for long, and before they know it a chance discovery of alien technology leads them deep into the heart of the English countryside where a malign presence lurks.
As the Doctor dodges deadly butlers and ferocious gamekeepers, Romana is faced with a malevolent Aunt and an even deadlier peril – marriage.
Written By:Â Jonathan Morris
Directed By:Â Ken Bentley
Tom BakerÂ (The Doctor),Â Mary TammÂ (Romana),Â Julia McKenzieÂ (Florence),Â Robert PortalÂ (Reggie),Â Lucy GriffithsÂ (Mabel),Â Alan CoxÂ (Grenville),Â Jane SlavinÂ (Ligeia)
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Â The 21st March 1981 saw Tom Baker’s near-seven year reign as the Fourth Doctor come to an end when having fallen from the gantry of a radio telescope he merged with the mysterious Watcher. Classic clip from the 1981 four-part story ‘Logopolis’, starring Tom Baker as the Doctor.
Â The 8th June 1974 saw Jon Pertwee’s time as the Third Doctor come to an end when, having been fatally affected by the Metebelis crystals, he has to regenerate. Classic clip from the 1974 six-part story ‘Planet of the Spiders’, starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor.
As announced, France 4Â will celebrate the arrival of Series 6 to the channel with with a Doctor Who Night onÂ Saturday 19th May. There will be showed the first 4 episodes of series 6:Â The Impossible Astronaut,Â Day Of The Moon,Â The Curse of The Black SpotÂ andÂ The Doctor’s Wife, as well as some episodes from the classic series: Genesis of The Daleks andÂ City of Death (written byÂ Tom Baker)Â and Edge of Destruction (written by William Hartnell).
A visit to the Doctor Who Experience in London is also included.
More information are here.
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|The Doctor||Portrayed by||Tenure|
|First Doctor||William Hartnell||1963â€“1966|
|Second Doctor||Patrick Troughton||1966â€“1969|
|Third Doctor||Jon Pertwee||1970â€“1974|
|Fourth Doctor||Tom Baker||1974â€“1981|
|Fifth Doctor||Peter Davison||1982â€“1984|
|Sixth Doctor||Colin Baker||1984â€“1986|
|Seventh Doctor||Sylvester McCoy||1987â€“1989, 1996|
|Eighth Doctor||Paul McGann||1996|
|Ninth Doctor||Christopher Eccleston||2005|
|Tenth Doctor||David Tennant||2005â€“2010|
|Eleventh Doctor||Matt Smith||2010â€“present (but only until 2012)|