Tom Baker in the Scotsman

Promotion for the Hornet’s Nest series of audio plays starring Tom Baker returning to his career-defining role of Doctor Who continues, with the first CD released in September.

If you’ve been reading the interviews with the Great Man in Doctor Who Magazine you’ll know how utterly fascinating he is – and the Scotsman have been lucky to secure a bit of time with Mr Baker to discuss some elements of Hornet’s Nest and Tom’s life in general.

Tom Baker talks about new audio Doctor Who adventure Hornet's NestAfter the pleasantries (and a brief story about Macbeth) the interviewer asks Tom about Hornet’s Nest, and why he agreed…

It seemed to me to be really very clever writing, because the hornet’s nest is obviously a metaphor for the BBC. I think so anyway, although I didn’t mention it to anyone there, because you don’t want to be talking to directors, otherwise they get the idea that they’re important. But it all made sense to me, these abused worker hornets, and queens and kings and ambitious ones who want to take over the world.

I thought, yes, that’s the BBC! Anyway, they didn’t know my thinking, but they seemed to like what I did, and apparently they’re very pleased with it. It’s been well received in the religious press.

Yes, there’s a very good plug for it in The Tablet, whatever that is. I thought it was a kind of doctor’s weekly, but apparently it’s a Roman Catholic paper.

There can be few celebrities whose main body of work exists in the CSO-drenched world of the 1970s that are still looked upon with such affection as Tom Baker – the rest of the interview is a bit of a hoot too, so hot foot it over there and get it read!

(Oh and take it all with a pinch of salt!)

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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