Tom Baker, that iconic fourth Doctor Who star, has admitted that he misses playing the Doctor… despite never watching the show.
But wait! Put down your pitchforks! Normally, I’m fuming when someone says they don’t watch Doctor Who, but Messr Baker has a really sweet reason:
I never watched it when I was in it so I’m certainly not watching it now… I never wanted to watch Doctor Who – I wanted to be Doctor Who, I wanted to do it.
Well, don’t worry, Tom: you are the Doctor, as are the other ten actors who have appeared on screen. And even though he’s never watched it before, he will make an exception for the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor:
I’m going to watch the big show because everybody, the whole country, will be watching it. You’ll be out of it if you don’t watch that… It will be very interesting to see what the BBC do [with it]. I’m a great admirer of the BBC – the BBC’s the sort of place that can make murder sound like charity – and so when they get to a big deal like that they’ll surely get it right. It’ll be exciting…
Tom was the Doctor for seven years, battling Daleks, Krynoids, Wirrn, the Master and so many more, and says that his final days were truly sad:
It was so much better than real life. I stayed so long because real life at the time wasn’t so terrific. Being Doctor Who, I used to look at the clock and know at half past four we were going to stop rehearsing – and that was a sad moment for me because I wanted to stay in this beautiful, unreal world.
You must excuse me; I think I have something in my eye…
(Via Radio Times.)