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.
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.”
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So Tom is back.
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.
Colin Baker may have ruined his chances by jokingly stating that he is not interested.
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.
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
It is all but definite that the 9th Doctor, Christopher Eccleston will not ever return to Who.
David Tennant is a dead cert.