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Tom Baker Illuminates Blackpool

The grand old man of Doctor Who – Fourth Doctor Tom Baker – was interviewed recently by the Blackpool Gazette for a feature recalling the occasion when he switched on the seaside town’s famous lights.

It was in 1975 that Baker – then a little over a year into his run as the Doctor – switched on Blackpool Illuminations.

Tom Baker in 1975Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette’s Memory Lane feature in which readers are prompted by photos to recall events from the past, Tom said:

“The switch-on marked me down in the history of Blackpool, a town that I love because the people who are there are absolutely determined to enjoy themselves. So much so that
the fun is infectious.”

Tom also provided a voiceover for adverts for the 1982 Illuminations TV campaign with the line

“And this year we have lasers too!”

Imagine that! Got to love the 80s…

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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