Published on November 26th, 2012 | by Philip Bates
Colin Baker leaves I’m A Celebrity…!
The charming actor, best-known forever as the Sixth Doctor, lost a pivotal trial against darts player, Eric Bristow, meaning Colin was reunited with his family last night (or yesterday morning, for those in Australia). He has, however, lasted over two weeks in the jungle, and lost a massive amount of weight, something which was discussed by the celebrities in last night’s show. Colin made no secret of this being the reason he entered the reality show, saying:
I wanted to lose weight and I knew I wouldn’t have the willpower.
Unbelievably, Colin and Eric got the least amount of votes – perhaps as Whovians realised that Baker wasn’t enjoying being in the jungle – leaving them face the Bushtucker Trial, Panic Room. They both had to pick female peers to accompany them, with Colin asking former- EastEnders star, Charlie Brooks, and Eric choosing chef, Rosemary Shrager, who Colin says has become a great friend:
She’s a type that rarely exists anymore.
They then had to face two ‘panic rooms,’ with Shrager and Brooks going first. They had five minutes each to put their hands into ‘hell holes,’ filled with all manner of creatures, and collect two types of stars: larger ones that would earn the camp food for the day; and smaller ones (to be deposited into a box) that would collate to save the specific celebrity from leaving the jungle.
After Charlie and Rosemary faced their ordeals, Colin and Eric entered the panic rooms to do the same. Colin faced lizards, snakes, scorpions and a particularly snappy crab that attacked him whenever his hand went into the ‘hell hole.’ It looked genuinely painful, and elicited a “you little bugger” from Colin.
After their respective times were up, the boxes were carried into the camp, with the small stars to be counted the following morning (ie. live on last night’s show). It was clear, however, that Eric and Colin were focusing on different things: Colin earned four meals for camp – likely the whole amount available in his panic room – while Eric earned a pitiful one, the latter instead collecting the smaller stars en masse to keep himself in.
Indeed, when the stars were weighed, Colin’s came to 82 grams, whereas Eric’s horde came to 262 grams. After the announcement, the first thing Colin did was yell to his wife, Marion. It seems that Eric and Colin are actually good friends anyway, with the latter telling presenters, Ant and Dec:
I adore him. He’s my big mate in there. In the early days when I was struggling a bit physically, he was the one who helped me and encouraged me. He’s a fantastic bloke. He takes the mick, that’s what he does, that’s the persona.
While he was away in I’m A Celebrity…, his Twitter feed (@SawbonesHex) was maintained by his daughter, Lucy. His last actual tweet before entering the jungle read:
Colin outlasted Nadine Dorries MP; Birds of a Feather star, Linda Robson; and 1980s singer, Limahl. Comedian Brian Conley was forced to leave the jungle after not taking his anti-depressants.
He leaves the aforementioned Brooks, Bristow and Shrager in the show, as well as boxer, David Haye; serial screamer and Coronation Street star, Helen Flanagan; Hugo Taylor, star of Made in Chelsea; and the popular Pussycat Dolls singer, Ashley Roberts.
In his I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! stay, Colin canoed and trekked into camp (when asked to say something positive to inspire the group, he replied, “I’m positively exhausted”!); faced a night in a glass box, filled with creepy-crawlies; was starved, thanks to Helen not winning meals for the camp in her numerous Bushtucker Trials; was chained up to Rosemary Shrager; endured some serious snoring; briefly became a rapper, earning himself the accolade of number one camp entertainer, and a place at the jungle pub; faced up to some horrible creatures in the Panic Rooms trial; name-checked Vengeance on Varos and Attack of the Cybermen when faced with having to count how many episodes of Doctor Who he’s been in; learned to sing and dance to The Pussycat Dolls’ hit, Don’tCha – and proved himself to be a genuinely lovely and affectionate guy, who has kept viewers entertained for 17 days.