Jelly Babies on the Train

If you haven’t yet paid a visit, I would strongly advise adding to your favourites list – the official website of the Fourth Doctor Who is marvellously entertaining with both archive material and wonderful “newsletter” style updates providing glimpses into Tom’s remarkable world.

Tom Baker's NewsletterA case in point comes in Tom’s second newsletter, midway through September.  In it he recalls a recent signing for the Hornet’s Nest CD launch, and was asked by a young boy named Harry if he had any Jelly Babies.

Upon discovering that Tom had none, the boy vanished – only to reappear later on with a large box of the sweets.

“He’d run all the way to Hyde Park Corner, I think.  I thanked him and he kindly autographed the box.   Thanks again Henry.  I also did about 12 radio interviews for Hornets’ Nest.  On the train home I ate some of Henry’s jelly babies and offered them around. One man ate seven.”

It’s marvellous stuff and the whole site is a wonderful way to get a regular dose of The Great Man if DVDs of Doctor Who and recordings of guest appearances on Have I Got News For You aren’t enough.

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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