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Baker, Tom

Tom Baker

Tom Baker (né Thomas Stewart Baker) was born on January 20, 1934 to John Stewart Baker and Mary Jane (née Fleming) in Liverpool, England, UK. He had two younger siblings, Lulu (Louise) and John.

Baker attended St. Swinton's School, then in 1946, attended St. Matthew's School in Walton, and a Christian brother came to speak to the students, Baker was impressed.  He decided to become a monk and joined the monastic order of the Brothers of Ploërmel when he was 15 years old in 1949.  Baker lived and studied as an apprentice monk for nearly 6 years at the monasteries on the island Jersey and in Shropshire.
Baker left the monastery (something he said that he was worried to tell his mother) in 1952 after being conscripted into National Service in the Royal Army Medical Corps as an orderly, where he served on the Queen Mary for seven months in the Merchant Navy and was stationed in Germany. It was in Germany that he became interested in acting (a Christmas pageant production), and disinterested in religion and his faith.
Baker earned a scholarship to attended the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in Sidcup (Greater London), England, where he was classmates (and flatmates) with SWAD alum Malcolm Tierney.
After college he worked in repertory theatre, then with the National Theatre in 1968, where he had a contract until 1971.

At the time he was cast as The Doctor (Doctor Who) he had been working as a general labourer at building sites, doing work which included drilling, and a bricklayer/hod carrier.  He was rather desperate to return to acting full time so put out a letter to Bill Slater (whom Baker had worked with on The Millionairess and was just entering Head of Drama Serials at the BBC) asking if there was any work to be had.  There was, he was cast as The Fourth Doctor in Doctor Who.

Baker has been married three times: First to Anna Wheatcroft (they had two children, Daniel and Piers), then to Lalla Ward, and finally to Sue Jerrard Baker.

Break Glass in Case of...~2013 - voice of Monica
Saving Santa~2013 (V) - voice of Santa (British version)
The Genie in the Bottle~2010 (short) - Narrator
Underworld~2010 (V) - Himself
Global Haywire~2006 (doc) - Narrator
Little Britain: Live~2006 - voice of Narrator
Sprung! The Magic Roundabout~2005 - Zeebad (English version)
Dungeons & Dragons~2000 - Halvarth
Backtime~1998 - Sarge
Doctor Who: Shada~1992 - Doctor Who/Narrator
Ray Harryhausen: Movement Into Life~1990 (doc short) - Narrator
The Passionate Pilgrim~1984 (short) - Sir Tom
The Mutations~1974 - Lynch
Luther~1974 - uncredited Pope Leo X
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad~1973 - Koura
The Vault of Horror~1973 - Moore in Drawn and Quartered
Cari Genitori~1973 -
The Canterbury Tales~1972 - Jenkin
Nicholas and Alexandra~1971 - Rasputin
The Winter's Tale~1967 - uncredited role

Star Wars Rebels~2016 - the Bendu in Steps Into Shadow
Doctor Who~2013  The Doctor (The Curator) in The Day of the Doctor
Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty~2013 - Himself
Doctor Who Explained~2013 - Himself/The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited~2013 - Himself in The Fourth Doctor
Timeshift~2010-2011 - Himself/Narrator in:
     Epic: A Cast of Thousands!
     Bread: A Loaf Affair
Animal Rites~2011 - Narrator
In Confidence~2010 - Himself - Guest in Tom Baker
The Girls Aloud Party~2008 - Himself
Have I Got News For You~1998-2008 - Himself - Guest Presenter in 16.8, 36.3
Have I Got News For You: The Inevitable Internet Spin-Off~2008 - Himself - Guest Presenter in 4.3
Blue Peter at 50~2008 - Himself/Narrator
Comedy Connections~2008 - Himself in Little Britain
Little Britain USA~2008 - Narrator 1.1-1.6
The Beeps~2007-2008 - Narrator (45 episodes)
Perfect Night In~2007 - Himself in:
     Frost and Pegg's Perfect Night In
      Lucas and Walliams' Perfect Night In
The Dame Edna Treatment~21007 - Himself in 1.4
Brit Awards 2007~2007 - Himself
Agatha Christi's Marple~2007 Frederick 'Freddie' Treves in Towards Zero
Late Night Story~1978-2007 - Himself - Reader in:
     Sredni Vashtar
     The End of the Party
     Nursery Tea
     The Emissary
     The Photograph
Doogal~2006 - voice of Zeebad
Today with Des and Mel~2006 - Himself in 1 February 2006
Richard & Judy~2006 - Himself in 31 January 2006
The Wind in the Willows~2006 - uncredited Judge
The Secret Show~2006 - voice of Robert Baron in The Secret Room
Little Britain~2003-2006 - Narrator (23 episodes)
Shameful Secrets of the 70s~2005 - Himself - Presenter
Doctor Who Confidential~2005 - Himself (7 episodes)
Rewriting History~2005 - Narrator
Britain's 60 Greatest Comedy Sketches~2005 - Narrator
Doctor Who: A New Dimension~2005 - Himself
Harry Price: Ghost Hunter~2005 - Himself - Presenter
Monarch of the Glen~2004-2005 - Donald MacDonald (12 episodes)
GMTV~2004 - Himself in 17 September 2004
Heaven and Earth with Gloria Hunniford~2004 - Himself in 5 September 204
Terry & Liz~2004 - Narrator
The Little Reindeer~2004 (short) - voice of Santa Claus
The Story of Doctor Who~2003
Fort Boyard~2003 - Captain Baker in 5.1
Strange~2003 - Father Bernard in Asmoth
Swiss Toni~2003 - Derek Asquith in Cars Don't Make You Fat
Top 10 Comic Book Heroes~2002 - Himself - Host
Top Ten~2001 - Himself - Host in TV Sci-Fi
Alter Ego~2001 - Himself
Fun at the Funeral Parlour~2001 - Quimby in The Jaws of Doom
Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)~2000-2001 - Professor Wyvern (10 episodes)
This Is Your Life~2000 - Himself in Tom Baker (see Actor Connections - TV)
The Canterbury Tales~2000 - voice of Simpkin in The Journey Back
Max Bear~2000 - voice of Max Bear
Carnival of Monsters~1999 - Himself
Ray Harryhausen: Working with Dinosaurs~1999 - Narrator
Adventures in Space and Time~1999 - Himself
This Morning~1992-1997 - Himself in:
     20 September 1997
     1 April 1992
Century~1997 - Narrator
Medics~1993-1995 - Professor Geoffrey Hoyt, General Surgeon (34 episodes) (see Actor Connections - TV)
Equinox~1994 - Narrator for Rave New World
The Imaginatively Titled Punt & Dennis Show~1994 - Ep 1.6
Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time~1993 - The Fourth Doctor
Science Fiction~1992 - Himself - Host in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Link
Pebble Mill~1992 - Himself - Guest in 15 April 1992
Cluedo~1992 - Professor Plum (6 episodes)
Screen Two~1992 - Sir Lionel Sweeting in The Law Lord
Selling Hitler~1991 - Manfred Fischer 1.2-1.5
Hyperland~1990 - Tom
The Silver Chair~1990 - Puddleglum in 1.2-1.6
Tales of Aesop~1990 - Narrator (13 episodes)
The Book Tower~1979-1989 - Himself - Presenter
Doctor Who Who's Who~1986 - Himself
The Life and Loves of a She-Devil~1986 - Father Ferguson in 1.4
The Kenny Everett Television Show~1986 - in 4.1
Blackadder II~1986 - Captain Redbeard Rum in Potato
The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood~1984 - Sir Guy de Gisbourne
Remington Steele~1984 - Anatole Blaylock in Hounded Steele
Jemima Shore Investigates~1983 - Dr. Norman Ziegler in Dr. Ziegler's Casebook
The Hound of the Baskervilles~1982 - Sherlock Holmes in 1.1-1.4
Doctor Who~1974-1981 - The Doctor (#4) (173 episodes)
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb~1980 - Hasan
Those Were the Days~1978 - Himself in episode 1
Nationwide~1976-1980 - Himself in:
     24 October 1980
     22 November 1978
     26 October 1976
Piccadilly Circus~1977 - Mark in The Author of Beltraffio
Call My Bluff~1977 - Himself in:
     3 June 1977
     27 May 1977
The Lively Arts~1977 - Himself/The Doctor in Whose Dr. Who
Multi-Coloured Swap Shop~1976 - Himself in 1.1
Nouvelles de Henry James~1976 - Mark Ambient in L'auteur de Beltraffio
Jim'll Fix It~1975 - The Doctor in 1.2
Disney Time~1973 - Himself - Guest Host
Frankenstein: The True Story~1973 - Sea Captain
Arthur of the Britons~1973 - Brandreth/Gavron in Go Warily
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson~1972 - Himself in 25 January 1972
BBC Play of the Month~1972 - Dr. Ahmed el Kabir - Egyptian Doctor in The Millionairess
Jackanory~1972 - The Storyteller in The Iron Man
The David Frost Show~1971 - Himself in 4.75
Softly Softly: Task Force~1970 - Site Foreman in Like Any Other Friday
Thirty-Minute Theatre~1969 - Corporal Schabe in the Victims: Frontier
Dixon of Dock Green~1968 -
     Foreman in Number 13
     The Man in The Attack
Z Cars~1968 - Harry Russell in Hudson's Way: Parts 1 & 2
George and the Dragon~1968 - Porter in The 10:15 Train
Market in Honey Lane~1968 - Doorman
Honey Lane~1968 - Doorman in The Matchmakers

TV Commercials
New Zealand Superannuation Services~1997? - as The Doctor (1-800-TARDIS)
Prime Computer~1980

TV Wardrobe Dept
Rude Tube~2013 - Totally Mashed

TV Writer
Doctor Who~1976 - The Hand of Fear: Part Four (additional material)

Arsenic and Old Lace~1994 - Jonathan (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, England, UK)
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940~1988 - (Greenwich Theatre, )
An Inspector Calls~1987 - (The Theatre Clwyd then Westminster Theatre, )
The Mask of Moriarty~1985 - Sherlock Holmes/Moriarty (The Gate Theatre, Dublin, Ireland)
She Stoops to Conquer~1984-1985 - Mr. Hardcastle (National Theatre, London, England, UK)
The Doctor's Dilema~1984 - (The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, England, UK)
Educating Rita~1982-1983 - Frank - The Professor (RSC, )
Hedda Gabbler~1982 - Judge Brack (Cambridge Theatre, )
Feasting With Panthers~1981 - Oscar Wilde (Chichester Festival, )
Treasure Island~1981 - Long John Silver (Mermaid Theatre, )
The Trials of Oscar Wilde~1974 - Oscar Wilde (The Playhouse, Oxford, England, UK)
Macbeth~1973 - Macbeth (Shaw Theatre, London, England, UK)
Troilus and Cressida Bristol~1972 - (Old Vic, Bristol, England, UK)
The White Devil~1972 - (Old Vic Theatre, Bristol, England, UK)
Don Juan~1972 - Don Juan (Old Vic, Bristol, England, UK)
The Rules of the Game~1971 - Filippo (National Theatre, London, England, UK)
The Novelist~1971 - The Friend (Hampstead Theatre, )
A Woman Killed With Kindness~1971 - Dir Francis Acton (National Theatre, London, England, UK)
The Idiot~1970 - Parfyon Rhogozen (National Theatre, London, England, UK)
The Merchant of Venice~1970 - The Prince of Morocco (National Theatre, London, England, UK)
Late Night Lowther~1969 - Clint the Dog/other unnamed roles (Lowther Hotel, York Festival, )
The National Health~1969 - Orderly?/extra (National Theatre, London, England, UK)
The Travails of Sancho Panza~1969 - Rosinante the Mime Horse (National Theatre, London, England, UK)
Arden of Faversham~1968 - Black Will (Theatre in the Round, Scarborough Library Theatre, )
A Boat in the Backyard~1968 - Arthur Clarke (Theatre in the Round, Scarborough Library
Hay Fever~1968 - Richard Greatham (Theatre in the Round, Scarborough Library Theatre, )
The Strongbox~1968 - Alphonse Silkenhand (Theatre in the Round, Scarborough Library Theatre, Scarborough, England, UK)
The Night Lowther~1967 - The Dog (Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Dial M for Murder~1967 - (Henley-on-Thames, now the Kenton Theatre, Oxfordshire, England, UK)
The Reluctant Debutante~1967 - (Henley-on-Thames, now the Kenton Theatre, Oxfordshire, England, UK)
An Apple A Day~1967 - (Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Shop On The High Street~1967 - (Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Stand Still and Retreat Onwards~1967 - (Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland)
The Winter's Tale~1966 - Autolycus/The Bear/A Gentleman/Rogero/Two Dancers (Cambridge Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland/ Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Italy)
Patrick-The First~1965 - Cormack (Blackfriars Guild Theatre, New York, NY)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead~ -
Hindle Wakes~ - The Businessman ()
Great Expectations~ - Comperson ()
The Caretaker~ - ()
The Author of Beltraffio~ - ()
Richard II~ - Scroop/Marshall ()
Romeo & Juliet~ - Romeo ()
Stop It, Nurse!~ - ()

Audio Books
Doctor Who~2015 - The Fourth Doctor
     The Romance of Crime
     The English Way of Death
Doctor Who (Big Finish)~2014 - The  Fourth Doctor
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary~2013 - The Fourth Doctor in The Light at the End.
Doctor Who~201? - The Fourth Doctor (series)
     State of Decay
     Brain of Morbius
A Christmas Carol~2012 - Narrator
Treasure Island~2012 - Long John Silver
Doctor Who~2009 -
     Hornets Nest
     Demon Quest
     Serpent Crest
Doctor Who~2008 - The Fourth Doctor (series)

The Thirty-Nine Steps~2001 - Sir Walter Bullivant (BBC Radio 4)
Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World~2001
John Mortimer Presents the Trials of Marshall Hall~1996 - Sir Edward Marshall Hall

The Boy Who Kicked Pigs~1999 by Tom Baker
Who on Earth is Tom Baker~1997 by Tom Baker
The Boy Who Forgot to Grow Down~1984 by Tom Baker
Never Wear Your Wellies In the House~1981 by Tom Baker

Six by Mansun~1999 - monologue in Witness to a Murder (Part Two)

Video Games (voice)
Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet~2016 - Sebastian J. Coot
Little Britain: The Video Game~2007 - Narrator
Ultimate Sci-Fi Quiz~2006 - Himself - Presenter
Little Britain: The Game~2006 - Narrator
MediEvil: Resurrection~2005 - Narrator/Grim Reaper
Cold Winter~2005 - John Gray
Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms - The Inquisition~2005 - Narrator (English version)
Sudeki~2004 - uncredited Opening Narrator
Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior~2003 - Narrator
Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising~2001 - Narrator
Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future~2000 - Narrator
Perfect Dark~2000 - Narrator
Silver~1999 - Narrator
Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctors~1997 - The Fourth Doctor

Awards, Honors, and Nominations
Golden Globes, US:
Nom 1972 Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture for Nicholas and Alexandra
Nom 1972 Most Promising Newcomer - Male for Nicholas and Alexandra
Hollywood Foreign Press Association:
Nom 1971 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Nicholas and Alexandra
Nom 1972 New Star of the Year - Male for Nicholas and Alexandra

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