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Published on March 24th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Did the 4th Doctor Ring Your Bell?

Scottish writer Simon Farquhar is researching the legendary incident when Tom Baker stopped off at an unsuspecting family’s house in Preston, Lancashire to catch an episode of Doctor Who during his reign as the Fourth Doctor.

Farquhar hopes to find the family concerned for a new production he is scripting for the BBC entitled Teatime with Tom Baker, and hopes to get some useful leads from readers of the Lancashire Evening Post.

Mr Farquhar, 36, said: "It was such a crazy incident. What intrigues me is it is from an age where Doctor Who can just turn up at your door like that. Fingers crossed, the family in question will turn up."

"I think the parents wrote to the BBC asking for proof as the kids were being accused of lying at school. So Tom went and visited them and was photographed with them."

At the time, Tom Baker was returning from an appearance at the Doctor Who Exhibition in Blackpool, and wasn’t expecting to get back to London until late that Saturday evening. His only alternative was to try his luck and hope that the house he stopped at would be watching Doctor Who…

Kasterborous hopes that the family can be tracked down as it really is a rather delightful moment in British television history. If you haven’t already, email chris.visser@lep.co.uk or call 01772 838185 if you’re able to help in track the current whereabouts of the family or to help  Simon Farquhar with his research!

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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