Tom: I Was Just Back Being Me

There’s good coverage in various organs of Tom Baker’s Doctor Who return with BBC Audiobooks, and it’s notable reaidng all of these clps that his interview with DWM (issue 411, out now) offers the great man’s current view of playing the Doctor – not to mention his thoughts on his own ability.

It’s interesting to see these same platitudes reworded – these clips from The Metro follow very cosely statements made in DWM.

Tom Baker recording Hornet's NestDWM:

“It was absolutely effortless. Doctor Who is not an acting role… I didn’t have to reach for it, it just happened.”


Baker said: “It was never a question for how do I feel about being back in character – I was just back being me.”


When I did Doctor Who there was no question of acting. I’m not very good at acting. What I’m quite good at , I think, is performing, which is not always the same.


“I was never in character, I’m not an actor I’m an entertainer. It was just me. And as I haven’t changed except my knees have become creaky and I’m older, I just simply walked straight into it, and as a matter of fact they didn’t give me any notes anyway.”

Tom returns to the role in Hornet’s Nest: The Stuff of Nightmares the first part of a monthly series which is released on September 3rd 2009.

Christian Cawley

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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