Been to Tom Baker’s website lately?
If you have, perhaps you already know about the online time capsule of his brilliant Doctor Who Magazine interviews.Â The incredible archive spans across five conversations, nine issues, and 25 years (1984-2009).
Whether you’re an avid DWM junkie and have already read them all or an angered DWM hater and haven’t read a word, it’s worth taking a day (that’s how long it took me, but I’m a rather slow reader) or so to catch a rare glimpse into the personality of one of the most popular Doctors of all time, that perhaps you can’t find anywhere else unless you meet the man in person or read Who On Earth Is Tom Baker?, his autobiography.
As you read, you may encounter a few interesting similarities and differences in Baker’s responses to the same questions in different settings.Â For example, in 1984, three years after his final appearance as the incumbent Doctor in Logopolis, he seemed to share the modern views of Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith in that he wasn’t in any way afraid of being typecast post-Who, but more than a decade later as he looked back on his career, he admitted that typecasting was, in his mind, exactly what had happened to him.
Keep an additional eye out for Tom’s repeated comparisons of devout believers in Doctor Who and Star Trek to die-hard religion fans, his believable assertion that he was doing less planning of his Doctor’s behavior and more reacting to the scripts put in front of him, and several very similar accounts of how the Amazing Technicolor Dream Scarf came into existence.Â It’s also fascinating to listen to each interviewer’s own impression of Mr. Baker; almost all of seem to support the point-of-view that he’s one of the most unusual and remarkable people one could ever meet.
Once you’ve read or re-read the interviews, feel free to leave a comment on this article telling me what you think; I’m dying to discuss this with someone!
And in case you haven’t already done so, be sure to check out our own short-but-sweet chat with the legend himself from 2009.
If you’re a Who newbie and you’re still learning your Doctors, Tom Baker is the fourth one (not Peter Davison, as Craig Ferguson seemed to believe).