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Thomas Stewart Baker (born 20 January 1934) is an English actor. He is best known for his portrayal of the fourth incarnation of the Doctor in the science fiction series Doctor Who
Doctor Who
from 1974 to 1981,[1][2] a longer tenure than any other actor, and for the narration of the comedy series Little Britain.[1] Baker's voice, which has been described as "sonorous", was voted the fourth-most recognisable in the UK.[3] At the age of 15 Baker began study as a monk. However, he gradually lost his vocation and at 21 he left monastic life and undertook National Service in the Royal Army Medical Corps. On leaving the army, he joined the Merchant Navy and then became an actor, joining the Royal National Theatre
Royal National Theatre
Company under Laurence Olivier.[2] Baker was in his thirties when his professional acting career began, and his first major film role was as Grigori Rasputin
Grigori Rasputin
in Nicholas and Alexandra in 1971, when he was 37. He went on to play the villainous Prince Koura in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
in 1973, which led to his casting in Doctor Who. During his period as its star, the series was distinguished by high viewing figures and many stories which became regarded as classics. He remains one of the most instantly recognisable incarnations of the character.[4] He continued to win regular roles in TV later in his career, most notably in the series Medics and Monarch of the Glen. In addition to performing acting roles, Baker has narrated commercials, video games, audiobooks and television series. In a poll for the BBC
Homes and Antiques magazine in January 2006, Baker was voted the world's fourth-most eccentric star. He was beaten by Björk, Chris Eubank
Chris Eubank
and David Icke.[5] Married three times, the second to Doctor Who
Doctor Who
co-star Lalla Ward, Baker has two sons from his first marriage.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Early work 2.2 Doctor Who 2.3 Later film and television work 2.4 Little Britain 2.5 Voice acting 2.6 Video games 2.7 Narration 2.8 Books 2.9 Theatre

3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television 4.3 Video games 4.4 Radio 4.5 Audio Plays

5 Bibliography 6 In popular culture 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Baker was born on Scotland Road
Scotland Road
in Liverpool. His parents were working class; his mother, Mary Jane (née Fleming), a cleaner, was a devout Catholic, and his father, John Stewart Baker, was a seaman.[6] Baker attended Cheswardine Boarding School. At 15 he became a novice monk with the Roman Catholic Brothers of Ploermel in Jersey[7] and later in Shropshire,[citation needed] but left the monastery six years later after losing his faith.[8] As he wrote in his autobiography he realised he wanted to break each of the Ten Commandments
Ten Commandments
in order and thought he should get out before he did something serious. He did his national service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving from 1955 until 1957. At the same time, he took up acting, studying at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, Sidcup in 1956 where he met his first wife. He went on to become a professional actor in the late 1960s after the marriage broke down.[6] Career[edit] Early work[edit] After his marriage ended in 1966, Baker eked out a living in provincial rep theatre. He had his first break in 1968 whilst performing in a late-night pub revue for the 1968 York Festival. His performance was seen by someone with the National Theatre who encouraged him to audition for the company, then headed by Laurence Olivier. Baker did so and was offered a contract. From 1968 to 1971, he was given small parts and understudied, one of his bigger roles being the horse Rosinante in Don Quixote.[6] His stage work led to work on television where he won small parts in major series such as Dixon of Dock Green, Z-Cars, Market in Honey Lane and Softly, Softly.[6] He had his first big film break with the role of Grigori Rasputin
Grigori Rasputin
in the film Nicholas and Alexandra
Nicholas and Alexandra
(1971) after Olivier had recommended him for the part.[9] He was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for his performance, one for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and another for Best Newcomer. Baker appeared as Moore, an artist whose paintings are imbued with voodoo power, in The Vault of Horror (1973) and as Koura, the villainous sorcerer, in Ray Harryhausen's The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973). Baker also appeared in Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1972 version of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales[10] as the younger husband of the Wife of Bath.

Tom Baker
Tom Baker
as the Doctor

Doctor Who[edit]

Tom Baker
Tom Baker
and a Dalek
in London, 1991, at a photocall in Trafalgar Square

In 1974, Baker took over the role of the Doctor from Jon Pertwee
Jon Pertwee
to become the Fourth Doctor
Fourth Doctor
in the BBC
TV series.[2] He was recommended to producer Barry Letts by the BBC's Head of Serials, Bill Slater, who had directed Baker in a Play of the Month production of Shaw's play The Millionairess. Impressed by Baker upon meeting him, Letts then became convinced he was right for the part after seeing his performance in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad.[11] Baker was working on a construction site at the time, as acting jobs were scarce. Initially he was dubbed "Boiler Suit Tom" by the media because he had been supplied for a press conference with some old studio set clothes to replace his modest garments.[12] Baker quickly made the part his own, viewing figures for his first few years returning to a level not seen since the height of 'Dalekmania' a decade earlier.[13] His eccentric style of dress and quirky personality (particularly his trademark long scarf and fondness for jelly babies), as well as his distinctive voice, made him an immediately recognisable figure and he quickly caught the viewing public's imagination. Baker played the Doctor for seven consecutive seasons, making him the longest-serving actor in the part. Baker himself suggested many aspects of his Doctor's personality, but the distinctive scarf 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, intending for her to choose a suitable colour. However, due to miscommunication Pope knitted all the wool she was given. It was Baker who suggested that he wear the ridiculously long scarf, which he did once it had been shortened a bit to make it more manageable.[14] The Doctor played by Tom Baker
Tom Baker
(1974–81) is often regarded as the most popular of the Doctors. In polls conducted by Doctor Who Magazine, Baker has lost the "Best Doctor" category only three times: once to Sylvester McCoy
Sylvester McCoy
in 1990, and twice to David Tennant
David Tennant
in 2006 and 2009.[15] Many of the stories from his era are considered to be classics of the series, including The Ark in Space, Genesis of the Daleks, The Brain of Morbius, The Deadly Assassin
The Deadly Assassin
and The Robots of Death.[4] However, the violent tone of the stories produced by Letts' successor, Philip Hinchcliffe, saw the series come under heavy criticism at home from morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse.[13] Concerns over violence during this early period led to a lightening of the tone and an erratic decline in both the popularity and quality of the series.[16] Baker has described Hinchcliffe as "amazing" and identified that as his favourite period of his time on the series. He described Hinchcliffe's successor, Graham Williams, as "absolutely devoted" but lacking Hinchcliffe's flair. He has acknowledged that his final producer on the series, John Nathan-Turner, made changes he didn't agree with and they "did not see eye-to-eye really about very much". He said they became good friends afterwards and forgot their disagreements. Baker suggested that he may have stayed in the role for one series too many.[17] Baker continues to be associated with the Doctor, appearing on documentaries such as The Story of Doctor Who
Doctor Who
and Doctor Who Confidential and giving interviews about his time on the programme. He reappeared as the Doctor for the 1993 charity special Dimensions in Time and audio for the PC game Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctors. In 1996 he appraised his time on the show as the highlight of his life. He is often interviewed as part of documentaries on the extras of Doctor Who
Doctor Who
DVD releases from his era as the Doctor and has recorded DVD commentaries for many of the stories. In a 2004 interview regarding the series' revival, Baker suggested that he be cast as the Master.[18] In a 2006 interview with The Sun newspaper, he claims that he has not watched any episodes of the new series because he "just can't be bothered".[19] In a 2010 interview, Baker said that he had not watched Tennant's performance as the Doctor but thought his Hamlet was excellent.[20] While Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann have all reprised their roles for audio adventures produced since the 1990s by Big Finish (and sometimes the BBC), Baker had declined to voice the Doctor until 2009, claiming that he hadn't seen a script he liked. In July 2009, the BBC
announced that Baker would return to the role for a series of five audio dramas, co-starring Richard Franklin as Captain Mike Yates, which would begin release in September. The five audios comprise a single linked story under the banner title Hornets' Nest, written by well-known author Paul Magrs.[21] He returns with a sequel to Hornets' Nest called Demon Quest.[22] Baker has also filmed inserts for a video release of the unfinished Shada
in 1992, presented the video release The Tom Baker
Tom Baker
Years (1992), the latter a look back at his time on the series watching short clips from his episodes and also provided narration for several BBC
audio releases of old Doctor Who
Doctor Who
stories. In March 2011, it was announced that Baker would be returning as the Fourth Doctor
Fourth Doctor
initially for two series of plays for Big Finish Productions, starring alongside former companions Leela (Louise Jameson) and Romana I
Romana I
(Mary Tamm). The first series of six audios were released starting from January 2012.[23] Big Finish had also arranged for Baker to record a series of stories reuniting him with Elisabeth Sladen's character Sarah Jane Smith
Sarah Jane Smith
(for which special permission was obtained from the producers of The Sarah Jane Adventures
The Sarah Jane Adventures
TV series), but Sladen died in April 2011 before any stories could be recorded.[24] Baker has been involved in the reading of old Target novelisations in the BBC
Audio range of talking books, " Doctor Who
Doctor Who
(Classic Novels)". Doctor Who
Doctor Who
and the Giant Robot was the first release in the range read by Baker, released on 5 November 2007, followed by Baker reading Doctor Who
Doctor Who
and the Brain of Morbius (released 4 February 2008), Doctor Who and the Creature from the Pit (released on 7 April 2008) and Doctor Who
Doctor Who
and the Pyramids of Mars (released 14 August 2008). In October 2009, Baker was interviewed for BBC
Radio 4's Last Word to pay tribute to the deceased former Doctor Who
Doctor Who
producer Barry Letts. He described Letts, who originally cast him in the role, as "the big link in changing my entire life". On 20 November 2013, Baker revealed that he would appear in the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, stating "I am in the special. I'm not supposed to tell you that, but I tell you that very willingly and specifically; the BBC
told me not to tell anybody but I'm telling you straightaway."[25] The episode saw Baker in the role of a mysterious curator in the National Gallery. In November 2017, Baker made a return to the role of the Doctor, completing an episode originally begun in 1979 but abandoned due to strike action. The story – Shada, written by Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams
– was filmed in Cambridge. Animation was added to complete the original story. He also filmed one new scene for inclusion in the final episode. [26] Later film and television work[edit] In 1982, Baker portrayed Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
in a four-part BBC1 miniseries version of The Hound of the Baskervilles; in the US, this production was telecast on A&E.[27] He also made an appearance in Blackadder II, in the episode "Potato", as the sea captain "Redbeard Rum". Much later, he played Puddleglum, a "marsh-wiggle", in the 1990 BBC
adaptation of C.S. Lewis' The Silver Chair. For the third series of the British game show Cluedo, Baker was cast as Professor Plum, a "man with a degree in suspicion". He was also cast in the 2004 series Strange, as a blind priest who possessed knowledge of the Devil. Previously, he had appeared as a guest on the quiz show Have I Got News For You
Have I Got News For You
and was subsequently described by presenter Angus Deayton
Angus Deayton
as the funniest guest in the series' history. A particular highlight was when Baker gave an anecdotal account of how, while entering a recording studio in Wales, he was accosted by a member of the public who told Baker: "I will never forgive you, nor will my wife, for what you did to our grammar schools." Baker responded with: "What are you talking about, you daft bugger?" to which the stranger replied: "I'm so sorry. For a moment I thought you were Shirley Williams." According to the Daily Mirror, Baker's appearance made him a cult figure once again, and helped revive his career.[28] He later returned to Have I Got News For You
Have I Got News For You
as a guest host in 2008. Baker played the role of the Captain in the Challenge version of Fort Boyard, and has also hosted the children's literature series, The Book Tower. He recorded a special called, Tom Baker – In Confidence that was shown in April 2010. In the late 1990s, it was reported that Baker was a candidate for the role of Gandalf
in the Lord of the Rings films.[29] Baker has since stated that he was only approached for "a role" in the film, and turned down the offer when told that it would mean spending months away in New Zealand.[30] He appeared as Halvarth, the Elven healer, in Dungeons & Dragons (2000). Little Britain[edit] After his work on Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World, Baker was cast as a similar narrator of Little Britain
Little Britain
on BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
and remained in the role when it transferred to television. Baker has suggested that he was chosen for the part in Little Britain
Little Britain
due to his popularity with Lucas and Walliams, part of the generation to whom he is the favourite Doctor. "I am now being employed by the children who grew up watching me", he stated in a DVD commentary.[31] Another trademark of Little Britain's narration is the deadpan quotation of old rap lyrics, usually in the opening credit sequence. On 17 November 2005, to mark the start of the third series of Little Britain, Baker read the continuity announcements on BBC One
from 7  pm to 9:30  pm GMT. The scripts were written by Lucas and Walliams; Baker assumed his Little Britain
Little Britain
persona. He used lines such as:

“ Hello, telly viewers. You're watching the BBC
One! In half an hour, Jenny Dickens's classic serial Bleak House. But first let's see what the poor people are up to in the first of two visits this evening to the EastEnders. ”

Voice acting[edit] Baker has appeared in various radio productions, including a role as "Britain's most celebrated criminal barrister", Sir Edward Marshall-Hall in John Mortimer Presents the Trials of Marshall Hall (1996), "Josiah Bounderby" in Charles Dickens' Hard Times (1998) and a part in the 2001 BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
version of The Thirty-Nine Steps
The Thirty-Nine Steps
as Sir Walter Bullivant. He guest starred in The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
(a pastiche series written by Bert Coules) in the 2002 episode "The Saviour of Cripplegate Square". From 2000 to 2005 Tom voiced the character Max Bear in the Channel 4
Channel 4
(UK) Max Bear Productions animated series. More recently, he voiced the role of the villain ZeeBad
in the 2005 computer-animated film version of The Magic Roundabout. In 2007 he voiced the character of Robert Baron in the BBC animated series The Secret Show. Baker narrates the children's computer-animated series The Beeps which is shown on Channel 5's Milkshake!
as well as narrating Tales of Aesop on BBC, a television series based on Aesop's Fables
Aesop's Fables
with beautiful puppet animation. Most recently, Baker has returned to the role of the Fourth Doctor, first in three series of audio adventures for BBC Audiobooks: Hornet's Nest, Demon Quest
Demon Quest
and Serpents' Crest; and now in a new series of Doctor Who
Doctor Who
audio adventures for Big Finish Productions also starring Louise Jameson
Louise Jameson
as "Leela". There were seven releases in 2013 with Mary Tamm: (The Auntie Matter, The Sands of Life, War Against the Laan, The Justice of Jalxar, Phantoms of the Deep, The Dalek
Contract and The Final Phase).[32] In the third season of the animated series Star Wars Rebels, Baker provided the voice of the Bendu, a powerful Force-sensitive being. Video games[edit] Baker starred as the Fourth Doctor
Fourth Doctor
in the 1997 video game Destiny of the Doctors where he provided the voice.[33] His voice has also been featured in Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future (2000),[34] Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior (2003), "Sudeki" (2004), Cold Winter (2005), MediEvil: Resurrection, Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising, and Little Britain: The Video Game (2007).[34] Narration[edit] Baker is a prolific voiceover artist and his voice was voted as the fourth most recognisable in the UK after the Queen, Tony Blair
Tony Blair
and Margaret Thatcher.[3] In 1992 and 1993, Baker narrated BBC
radio comedy series Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World. In 1994 he provided the narration for Channel 4's Equinox rave documentary Rave
New World.[35] In 2002 he had a speaking role in the critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful Hostile Waters as the Narrator. Baker provided the voiceover for the Perfect Dark
Perfect Dark
(2000) TV adverts. He also voiced both the narrator and the god "Tetsu" in the role-playing game Sudeki, but was uncredited.[36] During the first three months of 2006, his voice was used by BT for spoken delivery of text messages to landline phones. He recorded 11,593 phrases, containing every sound in the English language, for use by the text-to-speech service.[37] The BT text message service returned from 1 December 2006 until 8 January 2007, with two pence from each text going to the charity Shelter. Also, a single "sung" by Baker's text voice, "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks, was released on 18 December 2006 with proceeds going to the charity. The creator of the song was Mark Murphy, designer of the site.[38][39] Baker's voice may be heard at London's Natural History Museum narrating commentary to some of the exhibits that demonstrate Darwin's theory of natural selection. He has made three other brief forays into the world of music: he provides the monologue to the track "Witness to a Murder (Part Two)" on the album Six by Mansun; he appears on Technocat's single "Only Human" in 1995, and in 2002 he recorded the monologue to the track "Megamorphosis" on the album Andabrek by Stephen James, although the album was not released until 2009. Baker provides narrative at two British tourist attractions: the Nemesis roller coaster at Alton Towers, Staffordshire; and the London Dungeon, a museum depicting gory and macabre events in the capital, narrating the events leading up to and comprising the Great Fire of London. Baker voiced the character "Max Bear", a series of animated stories broadcast on Channel 4
Channel 4
(UK Terrestrial) from 2000 to 2005. He narrated Australian cartoonist Bruce Petty's 2006 film about world politics, Global Haywire. Books[edit] Baker's autobiography, Who on Earth is Tom Baker? (ISBN 0-00-638854-X), was published in 1997, and made available on Kindle devices in September 2013. Baker has also written a short fairytale-style novel called The Boy Who Kicked Pigs (ISBN 0-571-19771-X). In 1981 he edited a collection of poems for children: "Never Wear Your Wellies in the House and Other Poems to Make You Laugh" (ISBN 0-09-927340-3). Theatre[edit] Baker joined the National Theatre in 1968 as an understudy for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead followed by small parts in The National Health by Peter Nichols (directed by Michael Blakemore). After playing the horse in The Travails of Sancho Panza (directed by Joan Plowright), Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
subsequently cast him as the Prince of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice. The play was directed by Jonathan Miller, with Baker appearing alongside Olivier as Shylock. Still under contract at the National, Baker also played a Russian in The Idiot, Sir Frances Acton in A Woman Killed With Kindness, opposite Anthony Hopkins, and Filippo in The Rules of the Game.[40] After leaving the role of The Doctor in 1981, Baker returned to theatre to play Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
in Feasting with Panthers
Feasting with Panthers
at the Chichester Festival Theatre. The following year, he played Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler, with Susannah York
Susannah York
as Hedda, in the West End. Also in 1982, Baker played Dr Frank Bryant in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Educating Rita, alongside Kate Fitzgerald as Rita.[41] He returned to the National Theatre in 1984 to play Mr Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer
She Stoops to Conquer
in the Olivier Theatre
Olivier Theatre
and on a later tour. The following year he played both Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
and Moriarty in The Mask of Moriarty by Hugh Leonard
Hugh Leonard
at the Gate Theatre
Gate Theatre
in Dublin.[42] In 1987 Baker played Inspector Goole
Inspector Goole
in a revival production of An Inspector Calls directed by Peter Dews.[43] Personal life[edit] Baker's first marriage in 1961 was to Anna Wheatcroft, niece of rose grower Harry Wheatcroft, whom he met and began dating when they were both students in acting school. They had two sons, Daniel and Piers, but divorced in 1966. Baker lost contact with his sons until a chance meeting with Piers in a pub in New Zealand
New Zealand
allowed them to renew their relationship.[28] In December 1980 he married Lalla Ward, who had co-starred in Doctor Who
Doctor Who
(playing his companion Romana) with him for two years. However, 16 months later in April 1982, the marriage dissolved, and the pair divorced.[44] Baker married for a third time in 1986, this time to Sue Jerrard, who had been an assistant editor on Doctor Who. They moved to the Bell House, a converted school in Boughton Malherbe, Kent, where they kept several cats before moving to France
in January 2003. They sold the property to Vic Reeves
Vic Reeves
shortly after Baker had worked with him on the BBC
revival (2000–2001) of Randall and Hopkirk.[45] In November 2006, Baker returned to live in England, initially buying a house in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, before later moving to East Sussex.[46][47] Baker is cynical of religion and describes himself as irreligious, or occasionally as Buddhist, but not anti-religious.[48] He states: "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."[49] Politically, Baker has expressed disdain for both the Conservatives and the Labour Party, saying 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."[28]

Tom Baker
Tom Baker
in 2012

Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1967 The Winter's Tale

1971 Nicholas and Alexandra Rasputin

1972 The Canterbury Tales Jenkin

1973 Cari Genitori Karl

1973 The Vault of Horror Moore

1973 Luther Pope Leo X Doesn't appear in some versions of the film

1973 Frankenstein: The True Story Sea captain

1973 The Golden Voyage of Sinbad Koura

1974 The Mutations Lynch

1980 The Curse of King Tut's Tomb Hasan

1984 The Passionate Pilgrim Sir Tom Short film

1984 The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood Sir Guy de Gisbourne

1998 Backtime Sarge

2000 Dungeons & Dragons Halvarth

2005 The Magic Roundabout Zeebad Voice

2010 The Genie in the Bottle Narrator Short film


Year Title Role Notes

1968 Dixon of Dock Green The man Episode: "The Attack"

1968 Market in Honey Lane Doorman Episode: "The Matchmakers"

1968 George and the Dragon Porter Episode: "The 10:15 Train"

1968 Z-Cars Harry Russell Episode: "Hudson's Way"

1968 Dixon of Dock Green Foreman Episode: "Number 13"

1969 Thirty-Minute Theatre Corporal Schabe Episode: "The Victims: Frontier"

1970 Softly, Softly Site foreman Episode: "Like Any Other Friday"

1972 Play of the Month Dr. Ahmed el Kabir Episode: "The Millionairess"

1973 Arthur of the Britons Brandreth / Gavron Episode: "Go Warily"

1974–1981 Doctor Who Fourth Doctor 172 episodes

1975 Jim'll Fix It Fourth Doctor 1 episode

1976 Piccadilly Circus Mark Ambient

1977 Nouvelles de Henry James Mark Ambient

1978 Late Night Story Host 4 episodes[50]

1979 The Book Tower Presenter 22 episodes

1982 The Hound of the Baskervilles Sherlock Holmes

1983 Jemima Shore Investigates Dr. Norman Ziegler Episode: "Dr. Ziegler's Casebook"

1983 Doctor Who Fourth Doctor Episode: The Five Doctors
The Five Doctors
Previously untransmitted archive footage only

1984 Remington Steele Anatole Blaylock Episode: "Hounded Steele"

1985 Jackanory Storyteller Episode: "The Iron Man"

1986 The Life and Loves of a She-Devil Father Ferguson Episode 4

1986 Redwall Friar Hugo (voice)

1986 Blackadder II Captain Redbeard Rum Episode: "Potato"

1986 The Kenny Everett
Kenny Everett
Television Show Patient/John Thompson/Blu-Tac/Tom Season 1, Episode 2

1990 The Silver Chair Puddleglum

1990 Tales of Aesop Narrator

1990 Hyperland Software agent

1990 Boom Co-presenter

1991 Selling Hitler Manfred Fischer 4 episodes

1992 Cluedo Professor Plum 6 episodes

1992 Screen Two Sir Lionel Sweeting Episode: "The Law Lord"

1992–1995 Medics Professor Geoffrey Hoyt 34 episodes

1993 Doctor Who Fourth Doctor Episode: "Dimensions in Time"

1994 The Imaginatively Titled Punt & Dennis Show Actor in supermarket Cameo

1998 Have I Got News for You Himself

2000 This Is Your Life Himself

2000 The Canterbury Tales Simpkin Voice only. Episode: "The Journey Back"

2000 Max Bear Max Bear Voice only

2000–2001 Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) Professor Wyvern 10 episodes

2001 Fun at the Funeral Parlour Quimby Episode: "The Jaws of Doom"

2003 Swiss Toni Derek Asquith Episode: "Cars Don't Make You Fat"

2003 2DTV Fourth Doctor Voice only. Series 4, Episode 1

2003 Strange Father Bernard Episode: "Asmoth"

2003 Fort Boyard Captain Baker 20 episodes

2003–2006 Little Britain Narrator 36 episodes

2004 The Little Reindeer Santa Claus Voice

2004–2005 Monarch of the Glen Donald MacDonald 12 episodes

2006 The Secret Show Robert Baron Voice only. Episode: "The Secret Room"

2007 Agatha Christie's Marple Frederick Treves Episode: "Towards Zero"

2007–2008 The Beeps Narrator 45 episodes

2008 Little Britain
Little Britain
USA Narrator 6 episodes

2008 Have I Got News for You Himself

2010 Tom Baker: In Confidence Himself Interviewed by Professor Laurie Taylor

2013 Doctor Who[51] National Gallery
National Gallery
Curator Episode: "The Day of the Doctor"

2016-2017 Star Wars Rebels The Bendu Voice[52]

2017 Doctor Who Fourth Doctor Episode: Shada

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1995 Little Red Riding Hood Narrator Voice[53]

1997 Destiny of the Doctors Fourth Doctor Voice and likeness

2000 Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future Narrator Voice

2001 Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising Narrator Voice

2003 Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior Narrator Voice

2004 Sudeki Narrator Voice

2005 Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition Narrator Voice

2005 MediEvil: Resurrection Death Voice

2006 Cold Winter John Gray Voice

2006 Little Britain: The Game Narrator Voice

2007 Little Britain: The Video Game Narrator Voice

2015 Lego Dimensions The Doctor Voice; archive sound


Year Title Role

1992-3 Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World Lionel Nimrod

1994 The Russia House Barley Blair

1994 Lost Empires Nick Ollanton

1998 Hard Times Josiah Bounderby

1999 Nicholas Nickleby Vincent Crummles

2009 Hornets' Nest The Doctor

2010 Demon Quest The Doctor

2011 Serpent Crest The Doctor

2015 Sky Adverts Himself

Audio Plays[edit]

Year Title Role

2011 The Fourth Doctor
Fourth Doctor
Boxset The Doctor

2012–17 The Fourth Doctor
Fourth Doctor
Adventures The Doctor

2013 The Light at the End The Doctor


Year Title Notes

1997 Who on Earth is Tom Baker? ISBN 0-00-638854-X

1999 The Boy Who Kicked Pigs ISBN 0-571-19771-X

In popular culture[edit]

English synthpop band the Human League recorded a tribute track to the actor entitled "Tom Baker". In 1981 it was released as the B-side to their "Boys and Girls" single. The instrumental track was re-released on some CD versions of their Travelogue album. A cartoon of Tom Baker, as one of the "esteemed representatives of television", appeared as the fourth incarnation of the Doctor in The Simpsons episodes "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", "Treehouse of Horror X", and "Mayored to the Mob". His distinctive voice has become a gift for impressionists such as Jon Culshaw, who regularly impersonates Baker in the comedy series Dead Ringers: in one episode, he makes a prank call to Baker in character as the Doctor, which prompts the memorable reaction from the real Baker: "No, no, there must be a mistake, I'm the Doctor." Similarly, when Culshaw called another Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, in character, he got the response: "Tom? Is that you? Have you been down the pub?" Other typical "in character" send-ups for Culshaw would include asking a garage engineer to convert his TARDIS to unleaded and complaining of the 400-year journey time from Euston to Glasgow by train. A cartoon version of him appears in The Beast with a Billion Backs, one of the Futurama
movies. His cartoon also appears in the Futurama episodes "Mobius Dick" and "All the Presidents' Heads". Baker is also referred to in pages 101–104 of the Kevin Sampson fiction novel Awaydays. In this story he is attending the seventh International Doctor Who
Doctor Who
Convention in Halifax in December 1979, where the chief protagonists of the novel (a group of Tranmere Rovers hooligans) accidentally gatecrash. They then befriend him and try to persuade him to tour the country as the Doctor setting fire to his farts. This scene wasn't included in the film version of the novel. In the DVD of the film the producer wanted to include extras with scenes of Baker in Doctor Who
Doctor Who
in it from the time but the BBC
weren't forthcoming because of the violent nature of the film.[54]


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