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 Posted:   Nov 17, 2009 - 5:36 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Radio 4 documentary to focus on Shada


A forthcoming BBC Radio 4 documentary is to examine what led to the cancellation of Shada - the six-part Fourth Doctor story originally intended to end Doctor Who's 17th season.

Shelved takes a look at three TV programmes that were made in 1979 but which never aired because of socio-political, industrial or cultural problems. The three comprise a particularly violent episode of ITV show The Professionals, the last episode of BBC series Secret Army, and Shada.

Interviewees for the Shada segment are Tom Baker, director Pennant Roberts and Jeremy Bentham - the Doctor Who historian, author, former associate editor of Doctor Who Magazine and co-founder of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society. The story, which was never completed at the time because of a BBC strike, would have been broadcast in January and February 1980.

The 30-minute documentary is scheduled to be broadcast on Saturday, December 12 at 10.30am, and it is understood it will make a key revelation relating to Doctor Who through documentation unearthed by producer/presenter Shaun Ley. Recording of the documentary took place at the BBC's Westminster studio on Thursday, November 5.

Incoming Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner tried to remount Shada, but those attempts failed and production was formally abandoned in June 1980. In 1992, the recorded footage was released on video with linking narration by Tom Baker completing the story. It was subsequently reworked as an audio play by Big Finish Productions, featuring the Eighth Doctor and with Paul McGann in the lead role. This version was webcast on BBCi in 2003 and broadcast on digital radio station BBC7 in December 2005, with a repeat the following year. The webcast is currently available to listen to on the official Doctor Who website (may only be available within the UK).

http://gallifreynewsbase.blogspot.com/

 
 Posted:   Nov 17, 2009 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I'll admit that Tom's last years on the show are largely a blur in my memory. I remember Romana II and Adric, but little else. I have "The Key to Time" box set on my wishlist, but to be honest, I'm going to wait until I have more of the stuff I remember.

I didn't even stick around to watch Baker regenerate into Davison! I was that cheesed that he was leaving the show!

 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2010 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Doctor Who Online and the DWO WhoCast present an Exclusive 93-Minute Interview with Tom Baker!

Doctor Who Online (http://www.drwho-online.co.uk) and the DWO WhoCast (http://www.thewhocast.com), are proud to announce that our brand new, exclusive interview with The 4th Doctor, Tom Baker, is now online.

In the feature-length interview, Tom discusses his time before, during and after Doctor Who, delving into some previously unheard stories and memories that will entertain, shock and surprise many of his fans.

Tackling all manner of subjects from Big Finish to Tom Baker Garden Furniture (yes you did read it right), we find out a bit more about the man himself, and what Doctor Who meant to him.

The interview can be found on the main DWO WhoCast site at http://www.thewhocast.com/ and will be available on the DWO website in the coming weeks as both an Audio download and in transcribed text format.

http://www.drwho-online.co.uk/news/

 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2010 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Just watched The Keeper of Traken and enjoyed it a lot! Baker was restrained and didn't try to dominate the proceedings, Adric was completely unobtrusive and rather good, actually. I don't remember any negative feelings towards the character thirty years ago, so I guess I'm in the minority that doesn't mind him. One reads so much internet blather and it practically becomes fact, like lies told often enough that become "truth."

The story itself was quite good, with the Traken concept interesting and the supporting characters engaging. Anthony Ainley was excellent as Tremas and I'm looking forward to seeing his rendition of The Master after all these years. Ainley's reputation is another of those things that endless internet B.S. has foisted on us. He can't possibly be as over the top as the latest master, John Simm--whom I also like!

Next up...Logopolis.

 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2010 - 5:53 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Thought you might like to know there is an official Tom Baker website.

http://www.tom-baker.co.uk/

 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2010 - 6:30 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Logopolis- My word, this was sad! I refused to watch Tom leave the role when this aired the first time and seeing it now, I see how devastating this is to a diehard Tom fan like myself. My wife and I were so depressed after watching this, that it carried over into the next day. frown

Up Next: Castrovalva...

 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2010 - 6:52 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

One reads so much internet blather and it practically becomes fact, like lies told often enough that become "truth."

Perhaps, but I really hated Adric 30 years ago - less so on rewatching Who recently

 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2010 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Logopolis- My word, this was sad! I refused to watch Tom leave the role when this aired the first time and seeing it now, I see how devastating this is to a diehard Tom fan like myself. My wife and I were so depressed after watching this, that it carried over into the next day. frown

Up Next: Castrovalva...


During the early stages of production of season eighteen John Nathan-Turner had reached a mutual agreement with Tom Baker that the actor would bow out of the series upon the expiry of his current contract, bringing to an end his unprecedented seven year run as the Doctor. The producer had not been particularly happy with Baker's portrayal of the Doctor, considering that his increasingly assured and flippant interpretation made the character seem too dominant and invulnerable. He had also greatly disliked the general air of jokiness that Baker tended to inject into the proceedings. Baker, too, had come to feel that now was the right time for him to be moving on. So it was that on 24 October 1980, the day before transmission of the first episode of Full Circle, the BBC held a press conference to announce that the actor would be leaving at the end of the season.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/episodeguide/season18.shtml

 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2010 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

One reads so much internet blather and it practically becomes fact, like lies told often enough that become "truth."

Perhaps, but I really hated Adric 30 years ago - less so on rewatching Who recently


Yes, I think we all felt that about Adric. LOL

 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2010 - 11:39 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Whenever psicorpsranger posts Dr Who trivia, I hear Paul McGann's voice...

As for Adric, I'm not exactly a "fan", but I don't see him as ruinous to the show, either.

 
 Posted:   Apr 1, 2010 - 6:38 PM   
 By:   meddlingmonk   (Member)

I think the biggest problem with season 17 is that all the money got shoved into the best story-City of Death-due to its location shooting in Paris, meaning the rest of the season looked cheap, even by shoestring BBC standards. And City of Death is still amazing after all these years. Not better or worse than brooding/alien Tom Baker that you'd see in the Robert Stuart Banks stories like Terror of the Zygons, or even more of a halfway point like The Deadly Assassin, just different.

 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2010 - 7:00 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Tom Baker on TV

The living legend that is Fourth Doctor Who star Tom Baker recently recorded an interview for broadcast this weeks on Sky Arts.
Tom gives a rare hour-long televised interview to Laurie Taylor in a new television series titled In Confidence at 10pm on Tuesday 13th April on Sky Arts.

Interestingly, Tom has known presenter and Sociology Professor Laurie Taylor since they were students at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. The In Confidence series also features chats with Lily Allen, Will Self, Jonathan Miller and Richard Dawkins between now and early June – find out more on the Sky Arts website.

If you can’t wait, check out this clip of the interview at the Sky Arts website – Tom at his best!

http://www.skyarts.co.uk/video/video-in-confidence-tom-baker/

While you scurry off to see if you have Sky Arts, I can tell you that it is channel number 256 on Sky and 284 on Virgin.

http://www.kasterborous.com/2010/04/11/tom-baker-on-tv/

 
 Posted:   Apr 17, 2010 - 7:58 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Two Bakers Interviewed!

There’s a top review over on Outpost Skaro of the new Doctor Who DVD release Myths and Legends, which features the Fourth Doctor adventures Underworld and The Horns of Nimon as well as the Third Doctor in The Time Monster.

To accompany the review, they’ve cleverly interviewed the Doctor himself, Tom Baker, and K-9 co-creator (and writer of Underworld) Bob Baker.

With a good few gems to add to the standard review fare, there’s plenty to read here, with Bob Baker recalling of how they approached Underworld:

I don’t recall a “specific strategy” (unless in hindsight!) It was again, “Boys, come up with a story that doesn’t cost too much.” A usual refrain from the DW office.

Meanwhile, the man with the mad eyes – Tom Baker – talks about The Horns of Nimon, an oft-maligned tale from 1979.

“The absurdity of the stories never bothered me at all,” he said. “I was brought up as a Roman Catholic in Liverpool so I grew up steeped in absurdity. I still am. I find most of life utterly absurd. And what seemed important years ago now seems to me to be farcical. There seems to me no meaning. The pains and pleasures were all real but meaning? Oh, no.”

This review is for Outpost Skaro members only – if you’re not a member already, you’ll need to signup to enjoy some great content.

http://www.kasterborous.com/2010/04/17/two-bakers-interviewed/

 
 Posted:   Apr 17, 2010 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Meanwhile, the man with the mad eyes – Tom Baker – talks about The Horns of Nimon, an oft-maligned tale from 1979.

“The absurdity of the stories never bothered me at all,” he said. “I was brought up as a Roman Catholic in Liverpool so I grew up steeped in absurdity. I still am. I find most of life utterly absurd. And what seemed important years ago now seems to me to be farcical. There seems to me no meaning. The pains and pleasures were all real but meaning? Oh, no.”


Should I be pleased or disappointed that his worldview resembles my own? big grin

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 6:36 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Tom Baker's announcement on leaving Doctor Who.

Tom Baker Interview 1981

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DTjyokanC8&feature=related

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 6:55 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

That interview is on one of the New Beginning discs. The documentray of Logopolis is kind of sad, as it chronicles Baker's leaving and unhappiness with the new producers. The footage of him being angry with everyone is most unpleasant. It was time to go, though... frown

Haven't listened to the commentary track yet. I wonder if Tom will be his usual hilarious self. Somehow, I don't think so.

 
 Posted:   May 8, 2010 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Louise Jameson stars in a new Doctor Who Companion Chronicles adventure as Leela, companion to the Fourth Doctor, courtesy of Big Finish.

Long-term fans will know that Leela remained on Gallifrey following her departure from the TARDIS in The Invasion of Time (1978). This story takes place some time after that…

Leela, in her last moments of life, recalls a long-forgotten memory: a time in the TARDIS. The Doctor is worried that K9’s increasingly bizarre behaviour might become dangerous. He decides to make a new model, little knowing that the fate of all three time travellers has long since been decided.

As Leela recalls the chilling connection between K9’s ‘illness’, the Z-nai and the haunted sea fort in which the TARDIS lands, she prepares for her final journey: into the land of her ancestors; the Afterlife

Written and directed by Nigel Fairs, this entry in The Companion Chronicles series stars Louise Jameson as Leela, and John Leeson as K9, and is available from Big Finish on CD and download later this month.

http://www.kasterborous.com/2010/05/08/the-time-vampire/

 
 Posted:   Jun 9, 2010 - 5:39 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

DWO have now uploaded our full audio interview with Tom Baker (The 4th Doctor) to our popular YouTube Channel.

In the 93-Minute interview, which was recorded earlier this year, and featured on the DWO WhoCast Podcast, Tom discusses his time before, during and after Doctor Who, as well as the possibility of doing a Big Finish, what it's like to be immortalised in plastic, and why he wants to rewrite the book of Genesis!

The interview has been enhanced specially for our YouTube Channel, together with visual slides throughout.

http://www.drwho-online.co.uk/news/Default.aspx#site-dwo-tom-baker-interview-on-youtube

 
 Posted:   Jun 9, 2010 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

In the 93-Minute interview, which was recorded earlier this year, and featured on the DWO WhoCast Podcast, Tom discusses his time before, during and after Doctor Who, as well as the possibility of doing a Big Finish, what it's like to be immortalised in plastic, and why he wants to rewrite the book of Genesis!
http://www.drwho-online.co.uk/news/Default.aspx#site-dwo-tom-baker-interview-on-youtube


Listening to it now and starting to laugh.

 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2010 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Tom Baker is once more returning to the role of the fourth Doctor in a second series of audio plays, Demon Quest, for BBC Audiobooks.

Baker appeared in the series Hornet's Nest last year alongside Richard Franklin as Captain Mike Yates, this first time he had played the part of the Doctor for many years.

Demon Quest is written by Paul Magrs, who also wrote Hornet's Quest. No details are yet available about the supporting cast in the series, which will be released over five instalments.


1: Relics of Time - Released 2 September
2: Demon of Paris - Released 7 October
3: Shard of Ice - Released 4 November
4: Starfall - Released 2 December
5: Sepulchre - Released 2 December

http://gallifreynewsbase.blogspot.com/2010/06/tom-baker-demon-quest.html

 
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