You can never get enough of Tom Baker – it’s actually physically impossible to hear an anecdote from the great man without closure – try it, you’ll actually feel physically sick knowing that you’ve heard a fantastic orator and storyteller cut short.
So knowing that there are more Tom Baker anecdotes to be gleaned from SFX’s Doctor Who: The Fanzine’s Fannish Inquisition – where the great man answered your emailed questions – well, it would be unhealthy not to share it.
Choice amongst these off cuts are Tom’s thoughts on growing old with the other Doctors, his musings on whether or not to write another book, his souvenirs from his time as the Doctor and this gem about his weirdest fan experience, which followed the time when he bought a gravestone which was kept in the neighbouring graveyard (anyone who has read Who On Earth Is Tom Baker? will be familiar with some of the following):
Anyway, one day when I was mowing the lawn, months and months later, looking over the wall I saw somebody standing by my gravestone.
I thought, “If he’s having a pee on my gravestone, I’ll kill him.” When I looked again, he wasn’t standing by it, he was kneeling by it. So I continued mowing and on my next trip back, he was standing there again. So I said hello. And he said, “I’ve just been putting flowers on your grave.”
I thought, this is odd, why doesn’t he see that I’ve got a Honda mower and I’m extremely corporeal? He said, “It’s so sad… I’ve put forget-me-nots down there. Did you like forget-me-nots?” I thought, “Did I?” But I said yes I did and he said, “It’s so sad…”
And he started to back way. Not walk away, back away. It was quite a long way down the hill and he was still waving at me and I thought, “Why is he waving at the dead?” But I thought now he knows where I live, he might bother me, but he never did come back.”
SFX’s Doctor Who: The Fanzine out now for a limited time only for £9.99.