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Published on September 4th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Tom: Russell is Spot-on

Speaking to Wired recently Tom Baker – who you can meet today in London – was asked about his thoughts on Russell T Davies statement about Baker’s time on Doctor Who.

Tom Baker during a break from recording of the Hornet's Nest seriesOf course it’s absolute flattery, and like any actor Tom loves a bit of that.

“Tom Baker and The Doctor was the single best marriage of an actor to a role in TV history,” Davies said.

Baker had no problem getting on board with that sentiment.

“I often agree with Russell,” he said. “He is spot-on. Playing the role is easier than putting on an old pair of boots. I said that I never stopped being Doctor Who – not when I walked off the set every day in the ’70s and not since I left the show. I said ‘never’ and I mean it.

“How could I stop? The Doctor was just Tom Baker. No acting. So, when it came time to record [Hornet's Nest], I just dropped into the studio and picked up the script and away we went. Just like the old days.”

Don’t forget that the reason for Tom’s recent return to the spotlight – the Hornet’s Nest plays – kicked off yesterday with the release of the first installment, The Stuff of Nightmares which stars Tom Baker alongside Richard Franklin as Mike Yates and Susan Jameson as the superbly named Mrs Wibbsey.

Find out more about Hornet’s Nest at www.bbcshop.com/hornetsnest

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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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