Tom Baker returns to Doctor Who for 50th

In what is hopefully the first of many news stories regarding the actors returning to Doctor Who, it appears that Mad Tom will indeed be on our screens again as the erstwhile Timelord.

The most beloved of the classic Doctors, Tom Baker reigned as the ambassador of the program for seven years until he finally was replaced by Peter Davison. He has since bemoaned the fact that Who ruined his career (Davison and Sylvester McCoy are rare exceptions in that they have enjoyed success after their portrayal of the Doctor), but he has traditionally had a love/hate relationship with the scarf that made him a household name to millions yet kept him from finding similar success outside of the cult TV program.

Former Time Lord Tom Baker will return to ‘Doctor Who’ to mark the show’s 50th anniversary.

The 78-year-old actor, who played The Doctor from 1974 to 1981 on BBC One’s iconic sci-fi drama, is being lined up to reprise his role in 2013.

A ‘Doctor Who’ insider told The Daily Express: ”It will be fitting to have Tom back to mark the 50 years. He was a big part of the show’s success and is much-loved by the fans.”

Possible storylines are being kept under wraps, but he is likely to join forces with current Time Lord, Matt Smith. Rumours indicate the half century landmark for the long-running show could also be 29-year-old Matt’s last.

Fourth doctor Tom – best known in recent years for voicing Matt Lucas and David Walliams’ comedy series ‘Little Britain’ – has previously shunned his association with the programme. He refused to take part in the 20th anniversary special episode in 1983, prompting producers to replace him with a waxwork dummy at the photo call.

This news comes just after Tom complained ‘Doctor Who’ had ruined his career.

He told The Sun newspaper: ”It essentially killed my career stone dead because I suddenly realised I liked being ‘Doctor Who’ more than anything that had ever happened to me before.

”So when I went to play Macbeth the audience wanted me to play Macbeth in the style of ‘Doctor Who’ and naturally I did. I realised then that the people coming to see me didn’t want to see me playing Jack the Ripper or whatever it was.”

Copyright Β© 2012.

So Tom is back.

Who else?

The Fifth Doctor – Peter Davison

Peter Davison already returned to the part in 2006 for Time Crash when he met the Tenth incarnation. He may be interested in coming back, but he is very busy these days with other TV work.

The Sixth Doctor – Colin Baker

Colin Baker may have ruined his chances by jokingly stating that he is not interested.

The Seventh Doctor – Sylvester McCoy

No word on Sylvester McCoy, but given his prominence in The Hobbit as Radaghast the Red, I should think he’d be in high demand.

The Eighth Doctor – Paul McGann

It is suspected that Paul McGann, who has only appeared as the Doctor on screen once, in the 1995 TV Movie, could be coming back

The Ninth Doctor – Christopher Eccleston

It is all but definite that the 9th Doctor, Christopher Eccleston will not ever return to Who.

The Tenth Doctor – David Tennant

David Tennant is a dead cert.

11 thoughts on “Tom Baker returns to Doctor Who for 50th

  1. Hurrah! If it comes to pass will fulfill it’s promise? Tom Baker’s attitude to the part in the past was understandable but it’s worth noting that that particular quotation is from quite some ago and he has been involved with the audios recently. He is, for all his flaws, still the best Doctor. Is it wrong to feel amusement at the thought of him making Moffat’s life a misery with his arsenal of quirks?! Ha.
    (re: Moffat, in the latest edition of Radio Times he goes on about how Amy “had to die”. Hang on, she lived into her eighties, she wasn’t *killed*! She lived a full life and *then* died as do most of the Doctor’s companions, presumably. It was just, you know, in the past. Does he not understand his own scripts?!πŸ™‚ )


  2. Interesting.

    Although… since the same article mentions the “next season might be Matt Smith’s last” rumor… I don’t know what to make of it. Matt Smith has gone on record saying next year is not his last year… so that would appear to be half the article’s rumor debunked.

    I would love to see the old Doctors… though Tom is the surprising one… he is the least explainable changed physically actor to try and reprise the role. I can explain most of the others with little effort… but Tom looks the most unexplainable drastically different.

    Although… if they make it part of the story that someone is ripping Doctors out of time and it is causing damage… then they could probably work it out.


  3. Hmm, an article in The Daily Express (home of Princess DI conspiracy theories) which uses a “show insider” as its source doesn’t exactly convince me, as much as I want it to happen.

    Just a little niggle: Although Sylvester McCoy has been cast as Radagast in The Hobbit, and played the Fool opposite Ian McKellan’s King Lear on stage five years ago. One can hardly call his post-Doctor career a success.


    • Thanks for visiting. Yes, all of these rumors require a grain of salt… or more.

      I do appreciate the clarification but compared to certain other actors, McCoy has actually done quite well even with only those two credits to his name post-1989. Hartnell’s last acting job was on Doctor Who while Troughton’s career as a celebrated actor in film and TV continued for some time and of course Pertwee played Worzel Gummidge.


  4. I should point out that the comments on the linked story are so full of bile that they are hilarious:

    “Every word that spewed out of her gross mouth during the Wedding of River Song had NOTHING to do with Real Love! Every laughable word that came out of that sick fools mouth was utter rubbish! Her sick moronic character is NOT in love with the Dr but obsessed. Much like Moffat is obsessed with this sick vile repulsive character! lol

    Sociopaths do become obsessed with a person and WILL do anything to protect them. So she still very much fits the definition of a sociopath. Children now days are so poorly educated.”

    “And here is Moffat-The-Moron acting like this puke of a character is the greatest character ever when the reality is, she is A NIGHTMARE! She ruins EVERY story she is in.

    And now Tom is willingly to disgrace and embarrass his Doctor incarnation by appearing in one of Moffat’s dull, lifeless, fast-paced, lots of special effects, but hardly any Real Plot stories?!”


    • Some of that is over the top… but wow, where have all those critics been hiding? Everywhere I go I’m like the long ranger of Moffat criticism (except here of course).


  5. But SJV, if you’re the Lone Ranger who’s Tonto? Those comments are…uh *interesting*. I could do without the “lols” but even some of the more hilarious and hysterically bughouse ones make good points about Moffat’s obsession with River Song (his representative in Who?) amongst other things. Yes, late the hate flood through you young ones!
    However, regarding the commentator criticizing Tom Baker for appearing in one of Moffat’s crappy stories, has he forgotten Tom was in Underworld, Destiny of the Daleks and The Creature from the Pit?πŸ˜‰


    • Well… if you read my post again, you’ll see that I said I was the “long” ranger.

      Apparently I couldn’t spell earlier todayπŸ™‚


  6. Yes, I noticed (I see All and Know All, or, rather, *think* I do!) but I didn’t want to be an ass – for a change – and point it out! I was posting elsewhere and I made so many typos some of it didn’t look like English. Ha.


  7. If Tom Baker doesn’t appear, I won’t care. However, I worry about the script and how Moffat will make Tom look. Give me a great story with Tom playing a huge, substantial role as the 4th Doctor and I will be quite satisfied. You can’t have the 50th Anniversary of Who without the actor who played the character best and brought upon Worldwide success for the show. After all, it is only his stories that I physically own. And there are plenty of good reasons for that. Although, I do like the first 3 doctor’s and a majority of their stories too. There were some good stories after 1981 but the golden era of the show really died when Tom Baker left.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s