Colin Baker Confirmed for I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2012

Colin’s a Celebrity!

Hints and rumours about Colin Baker’s appearance as an inmate of ITV’s gross-a-thon I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! have been confirmed today, as the big man landed in Australia and appeared in a photo shoot for the show.

Colin Baker Confirmed for I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! 2012

Following initial rumours, the former Doctor Who star was wished “good luck” on Twitter by David Walliams…

But of course, Colin couldn’t say too much as he’s contractually bound not to confirm involvement until the formal announcements are made.

And today they were, with Colin lining up alongside Former Coronation Street actor Helen Flanagan (Rosie Webster), (soon to be ex?) Tory MP Nadine Dorries and EastEnders‘ Charlie Brooks (Janine Butcher) former (disgraced) heavyweight boxer David Haye, Pussycat Dolls dancer Ashley Roberts, legendary darts player Eric Bristow, song and dance man Brian Conley, former Birds of a Feather actor Linda Robson and Made in Chelsea oddball Hugo Taylor.

Speaking to The Mirror, Baker revealed that his children – fans of the testicle-eating show – had encouraged him to say yes. He also hopes to lose some weight.

“I am a rather large gentleman and I adore my food,” he says. “I could give up booze with a drop of a hat but food, my gosh there is not even a fridge I can raid in the middle of the night!

“But I am seeing this as an opportunity to lose weight. I am aiming for at least a stone and a half and it would be fabulous if I can. I just then hope I can keep it off once I am out!”

But will it lead to the actor getting more TV work?

“I am intrigued to find out what happens. It won’t be weird going in as me rather than as a character because I still go to a lot of Dr Who conventions as myself. I still watch the show and I think the new Dr Who, Matt Smith, is brilliant.

“I don’t think I would have done this if I was younger but at my time of life, I would be delighted if it did lead to more television.”

Meanwhile, Colin’s previous dismissal of so-called reality TV has been raised by certain fans, with one mentioning “there was me thinking he hated reality TV…”

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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