Tom Baker was born Thomas Stewart Baker on 20 January 1934
in Liverpool, England. Aged
15, Baker left school to become a monk with the Brothers of
Ploermel on the island of Jersey. Six years later, he abandoned
the monastic life and performed his National Service in the
Royal Army Medical Corps., where he became interested in acting.
Baker acted in repertory theatres around Britain until the
late 1960s when he joined up with the National Theatre, where
he performed with such respected actors as Maggie Smith, Anthony
Hopkins, and Laurence Olivier, who helped him get his first
prominent film role as Rasputin in Nicholas and Alexandra
(1971). Baker was working as
a labourer at a building site when he landed the title role
in the popular, long-running British television series Doctor
After his seven-year stint in Doctor
(from 1974 to 1981), Baker returned to theatre and continued
to make regular television and film appearances, playing Sherlock
Holmes in The
Hound of the Baskervilles
(1982), Puddleglum in The
Chronicles of Narnia story
Silver Chair (1990),
and Professor Hought in the ITV series Medics.
Darren Rea caught up with him as the Tom
Baker's Ultimate Sci-Fi Quiz
was released on DVD...
Rea: Looking back over your career what would you say is the
one project that you are most proud of?
Well Doctor Who was the only big success and I was
so happy to do it and I'm a bit proud of it.
It's been said that you regard your portrayal of the old sea
dog captain in the second series of Blackadder as your most
embarrassing, when some consider it one of your best. How
do you see that part in retrospect?
Not so. I was delighted to do Captain Rum and lots of people
have said they enjoyed it.
If you could play the part of a famous person in a movie about
their life who would you chose and why?
When I was young I would have liked to play Harpo Marx. This
was because I vaguely resembled Harpo long ago and I admired
If a movie were to be made about your life who do you think
should play you?
I have always admired an actor called Alex Jennings. But I
think Prince Charles would do a good turn as me.
Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Quiz was released on DVD recently.
If you were to play it how well do you think you'd do? Do
you know a lot about sci-fi shows?
I often read the Bible so naturally I know something
of Sci Fantasy. I was brought up to believe everything that
was improbable, and everything that was impossible.
If you could go back in time and change one event from your
life what would you change?
If I could change anything so important I think, on balance,
I would prefer not to have been born.
If you could make a cameo guest appearance on any TV show
which show would that be and what sort of character would
you like to play?
I don't know much about TV here in the UK, having been abroad
for the last four years, but I do remember thinking I could
have done that old boy in the Werther's Old Peculiar Toffee
What's the best and worst thing about being Tom Baker right
The worst thing about Now is that I am old and that can never
get better. The best thing about THEN is that I was once a
children's hero and that was truly wonderful.
What are you working on at the moment? Where can your fans
expect to see you next?
Well, I have just completed my Ultimate Sci-Fi Quiz on
interactive DVD, which looks like it'll be a lot of fun for
also a commercial for ABBA the album and also some commercials
for their latest single and one for their album. I so like
Dancing Queen by ABBA and also I like a little bit of OOOH
OOh! by Girls Aloud.
also appear in a Miss Marple a bit later.
lot of people were amused by the BT texting thing and that
has been extended to the great amusement of people who like
to send messages in my voice.
Thank you for your time.
thanks to Megan Last at New Media Maze
Baker's Ultimate Sci-Fi Quiz is available to buy and rent
on DVD from Liberation
from 06 November 2006.
to buy this DVD for £6.97 (RRP: £19.99)