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Published on September 7th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

All Rise for the President!

They said it couldn’t happen. They hated his coat. Some dismissed his acting ability, while others decried the quality of his scripts.

Yet here he is, Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, the new president of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society!

Following the sad loss earlier this year of the great Nicholas Courtney, DWAS have been in need of a new president, and they have made absolutely the right choice in appointing Colin Baker to the position.

Colin tweeted that he is pleased to represent the Doctor Who Appreciation Society:

“Was voted DWAS president today – following JP (MR Charisma) [Pertwee] and The Brig (MR Wonderful) [Courtney] – greatly honoured and touched. Thanks DWAS!!.”

“To all of you who have tweeted congrats on my DWAS elevation – many thanks. It’s an honour I will wear with pride.”

Let’s get one thing straight right now: Doctor Who in the 1980s was a mixed bag regardless of who was playing the Time Lord. Colin had some duffers, just like Tom, Peter and Sylvester did. This doesn’t mean that he’s a bad actor – he clearly isn’t – but sadly his televised episodes have suffered over the years from a poor reputation.

Thankfully Colin is a smashing chap who enjoys being part of Doctor Who. Over the years  he has done an immense service to fandom, and has thankfully built a new reputation as an audio Doctor with Big Finish.

We don’t think anyone else fits the bill quite like Colin, so from the entire Kasterborous team, huge congratulations!


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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+.

5 Responses to All Rise for the President!

  1. avatar zarbisupremo says:

    Congratulations, Colin ! Never been a DWAS member. One of my pet hates are people who jump on the Colin Baker Was Sh*te bandwagon (i.e a certain blog by someone calling himself Combom). I still think of him and Sylvester McCoy as MY Doctors.

  2. avatar Bob James says:

    All Hail President Colin!

  3. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Kudos to Colin. He was saddled with so much crap that he had to endure yet he forged, I believe, a bold, brave take on the Doctor that many didn’t or couldn’t appreciate at the time. Mr. President, I salute you.

  4. avatar stlshawn says:

    YAY Colin! I agree that for years, he and Sylvester were “my doctors”. I’ve used his persona as a cover for my own many times in my life under different situations. The somewhat loudly confident, and yet very intelligent way he came across was an incredible persona he created for our favorite time lord.

    Great Job Colin!

    Where’s the sign up sheets for DWAS??!!

  5. avatar Jon Roberts says:

    I am so pleased for Colin. His version of the Doctor was my favorite, because of the way he tried to make the Doctor more alien and less predictable. He was hampered by his outfit and some poor decesions by JNT but came out on top.
    Oh and hes a nice bloke too.

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