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The Fourth Doctor:
Tom Baker

Tom Baker enhanced the alien nature of the Doctor, with the Doctor becoming more aloof, and with less human motives and behavior. With his strange,staring eyes, toothy smile, and incredibly long scarf, he often had the appearance of insanity in human terms.

After regenerating, the fourth Doctor eagerly returned to his "cosmic wanderer" role, cutting off his ties to UNIT and twentieth-century Earth very early on in his seven seasons. Four of his companions (Romana (in two regenerations), Adric and Nyssa) were aliens, and another was a robot dog named K-9.

He for decades remained the best known Doctor worldwide, and was generally considered the most popular of all of the Doctors, although he's been edged out of this position more recently in many polls by 10th Doctor David Tennant.

Tom Baker's first of forty complete stories was Robot, broadcast between 1974 and 1975, and his last was Logopolis, broadcast in 1981.

While unlike his predecessors, none of the fourth or any subsequent Doctors' stories have ever been partially or fully destroyed, one Tom Baker story was never completed due to BBC strikes.

This story was Shada, written by Douglas Adams, which would have been completed and broadcast in 1980 to crown the fourth Doctor's penultimate season, season seventeen. In the late 1990s, a video release of the story was made using all of the existing footage, strung together by narration by Tom Baker in character as the Doctor.

A few clips from Shada were used some time before this for the twentieth anniversary episode The Five Doctors. This was done as a way to include the character and explain his absence, since Tom Baker reportedly felt it was too soon for him to return to the show.

A wax figure from Madam Tussaud's took his place in publicity stills.

Baker returned to the role in 1993 for the best-left-forgotten multi-Doctor story Dimensions in Time, which was broadcast as part of the yearly Children in Need night on the BBC. He also appeared as the Doctor in a series of TV ads in New Zealand in the mid '90s, but has unfortunately never accepted offers from Big Finish to record any of their Doctor audio adventures featuring previous Doctors.

Look below for more photos and sound clips of Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor:


Images of the Fourth Doctor:
Audio Clips from the Fourth Doctor:
The first of many times the fourth Doctor asks "Would you like a jelly baby?"
Robot
The Doctor once again asks "Would you like a jelly baby?"
Robot
 

"Harry Sullivan is an imbecile!!"
Revenge of the Cybermen

The Doctor recites "The Ballad of Flannan Isle" by Wilfred Gibson at the end of
Horror of Fang Rock

 

"Your ancestors had a talent for self-destruction that borders on genius. . . "
Image of the Fendahl

"Well, I did say more or less. . . and this does look rather less than more"
Image of the Fendahl
 
"You're nothing! Nothing but a mass of superheated junk with delusions of grandeur!" -- The Doctor continues his long-standing habit of irritating crazed computers
Underworld
"The secret of survival of survival is always to expect..."
The Doctor tries to impress his new companion Romanadvoratrelundar with some words of wisdom, but is interrupted because he's (as usual) not listening to his own advice
The Ribos Operation
 

One of my all-time favorite scenes -- a very funny moment between the Captain and Mr. Fibuli in Douglas Adam's
The Pirate Planet

"If you don't stop burning my scarf, you're going to have to kill me!"
The Androids of Tara.
 

"I usually get along so well with machines!" Warriors Gate

The Doctor gets caught not making sense
The Keeper of Traken

"We could panic, of course, but where would that get us?"
The Keeper of Traken

The Doctor makes a very bad pun about his Type 40 TARDIS in
The Keeper of Traken

"It's the end. But the moment has been prepared for." The fourth Doctor's last words
Logopolis

   
   


This page was originally created on Sunday, February 4, 1996

 

 

 

   
     

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