Tom Baker

Now here’s a gift for Kasterborous readers – the Fourth Doctor himself, Tom Baker, recently granted us a short Q&A session!

As the invitation was something of a dream come true, and dribbling aimlessly with excitement, we threw some questions around until we came up with the following…

There’s a lot of anticipation for Hornet’s Nest, how does it feel to centre of attention again? Do you feel the weight of expectation?

Sure I do. But the story is good and I feel pretty confident the fans will like it.

Was being Doctor Who any good for pulling the ladies, because it rarely seems to

work as a fan?

The Doctor is an alien and does things differently. On Gallifrey ladies don’t get pulled – they get tugged. Very gently at first; and then……. You wouldn’t understand.

You’ve quaffed with some of the biggest names in showbiz over the years. What makes a great drinking partner in your book and did you ever cross pints with the legendary Oliver Reed?

I never met Oliver. But he was considered a sweet and loving friend. The people I drank with in the seventies are all dead; but they all remained faithful to Sally Schmirnoff or Vera Voddy, or Vera Lynn and so Goodnight Vienna.

Your autobiography was a great read but surely too short – are there any plans for you to bring us a second volume of your life story?

In the eighties, I got happy. Happy days don’t sell books. But I ain’t swoppin’ happy days for raucous nights with Vera Lynn.

In a similar vein is there any chance of another dark fairy story to sit alongside The Boy Who Kicked Pigs?

I have an idea for “The Boy who Kidnapped God”.

Did you enjoy your appearance hosting Have I Got News For You, and do you think they’ll ask you back again?

I hardly ever get asked back anywhere. But I did enjoy it. I know Paul and Ian – and that helps.

We’ve had a look at your new website and it does look rather smashing – there are some superb video clips on there as well as photos – but do you use the web? Are you a silver surfer? Or do you prefer a walk, some gardening and a glass of something fizzy?

Oh, I bite the Apple all the time – you know – the Apple tree of the knowledge of good and evil. I’m glad you like the website. I like it too. Visit me at

Your era as Doctor Who varies from 2 parts comedy, 5 parts horror at the start to 1 part horror, 6 parts comedy by the end (with a bit of melancholy thrown on for good measure). Did you prefer the lighter toned material or the mock gothic follies?

Mockery. Gothic Horror. Comedy. Melancholy. Wry hope – and then OBLIVION.

No complaints. I think that about sums it up.

If you haven’t already – and even if you have – visit Tom’s new website at

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+.

© 2005-2014 Kasterborous. Theme Old Paper by