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Jan 3 2014 11:40am

Tom Baker Talks About Filming in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special

Doctor Who, Tom Baker, 50th Anniversary, Matt Smith

On his own website at the end of this year, Tom Baker, the Fourth Doctor (and now also the Curator, which probably makes him number Two Hundred and Five as well, or somesuch) discussed his part in the Doctor Who 50th and what it was like coming back to the role after so many years.

Turns out it was more than a little nerve-wracking.

In order to keep his role a secret, Baker was driven up from his home to Cardiff in the wee hours of the morning, just to be certain no one spotted him in a nearby hotel. After waiting several hours for production to start, the actor was beginning to feel wary:

I felt anxious as I walked about the dead BBC film sets and mulled over my mysterious little scene. Alone among dead sets and sad props and in cold weather my anxiety grew. I suddenly found the scene remote. I couldn’t get a handle on it and I began to regret accepting the job. Too late, I was on site and soon to be on set. The time was now about 5.20 so there was plenty of time to become seriously miserable before the call for make-up. And I walked up and down in the semi darkness, nobody to talk to, nowhere to find a cup of hot Bovril: you get the picture.

After a while the time passed as I knew it would, but it dragged its feet. Finally people began to arrive and I was called to costume and make-up and finally to the set. In the old days I knew everybody, or nearly everybody, the technicians and make-up people and all the other actors: I was at home in those long gone times. My gloom was lifted by the arrival of Matt Smith who welcomed me so enthusiastically that I began to think life was worthwhile.

He goes on about the rest of the experience and how the year unfolded for him as a result of his return. It’s really very sweet, and full of wonderful wishes for the New Year. Check it out on Tom Baker’s site!

6 comments
Deana Whitney
1. Braid_Tug
Tom Baker was my husban's Doctor. He knew the voice right away.
It was just such a great moment for the fans.
Glald we are getting this behind the sceens look from the man himself.
Alex Bledsoe
3. alexbledsoe
I'm not sure anyone can ever embody the Doctor in the public consciousness the way Baker did. In that sense he's like Errol Flynn as Robin Hood, or Sean Connery as James Bond. It was great to see him in the 50th with that same quirky timing and deadpan delivery.
Lynne Stringer
4. Lynne Stringer
That's sweet. His scene made the show for me. I cried when I heard his voice.
Lynne Stringer
5. Nicholas Winter
I figured he'd be the Classic Doctor that they'd bring back for this show. And it figured very nicely into my metatheory that each Doctor lives on a split off universe of their own explaining why he was old. Or perhaps they and their Tardis go off into retirement...
Michael Ikeda
6. mikeda
One fun note about Baker's character being a Curator is that the Doctor-figure in the tie-in short story "Summer Falls" is also referred to as a Curator.

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