Right then, who was lucky enough to attend the BFI’s screening of the Fourth Doctor classic The Robots of Death recently, as part of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations?
Those of you that out your hands up please put them down immediately as you may get them bitten off by a jealous mob that includes many contributors from Kasterborous itself.
On a more serious note, the day itself looks like it was a dream come true. Not only did the lucky few that secured tickets get to see a bona fide Doctor Who classic on the big screen, they also got to see a wonderful Q & A session with former Doctor Who producer Philip Hinchcliffe, former Doctor Who companion Louise Jameson and of course, the mighty Tom Baker.
What followed was a sizzling chat between the 3 Doctor Who legends regarding their time on the show as well as the usual Tom baker anecdotes to keep everyone giggling. The former Doctor also talked about his initial approach to playing the Doctor:
When Doctor Who came along, I embraced this lunacy, this cloud-cuckoo-land where people had to be convinced by absolute nonsense. I came from a very religious background, so it was easy for me to believe in something I knew nothing about.
But never one to dwell on the serious for long, Baker then went on to talk about an awkward time when a fan asked him to sign an autograph on his dead wife because she had been a fan of his. Never one to resist a morbid tongue in cheek comment Baker reflected
I always have a special pen for writing on coffins or dead people.
Also in attendance at the screening where several other Doctor Who names including Matthew Waterhouse, who played Adric alongside the Fourth and Fifth Doctor, Mat Irvine, who was responsible for many of the models and visual effects in Doctor Who in the 1970’s and 1980’s, Anneke Wills, who played Polly alongside the Second Doctor and Brian and Sadie Miller, the husband and daughter of the late Elisabeth Sladen, who witnessed a heartfelt tribute clip played for the actress at a previous BFI event.
Even Steven Moffat popped his head around the corner to say a few words regarding the time he waited for an autograph from Tom Baker:
I remember once queuing for hours and hours for his [Tom Baker’s] autograph, and I discovered many years later that in the same queue on the same day was, uh, David Tennant.
You can read a full review of the day with more anecdotes from Tom Baker, Louise Jameson and Philip Hinchcliffe by visiting the Radio Times website.
Really though, Tom Baker’s words summed up the whole celebration of the event regarding the Fourth Doctor and the symbiosis that the actor and the character share:
Doctor Who changed my whole life…and has changed my whole life since, because, in a sense, I’ve never stopped being Doctor Who.