For many people, Tom Baker IS the Doctor, and according to his bio on IMDb, Tom Baker IS 78 years old today. In honor of the man, the myth, the maniac that is Tom Baker, I’ve included some clips from my five favorite Fourth Doctor stories.
CITY OF DEATH
This was written by Douglas Adams which explains the overall silliness. Also, this is during the time when Tom was at his most unhinged.
GENESIS OF THE DALEKS
Here we have what is one of the defining moments for Tom Baker and the Fourth Doctor, where he confronts the Daleks’ insane creator, Davros, and attempts to change the future.
THE DEADLY ASSASSIN
Baker in his only companion-less adventure. The Doctor returns to Gallifrey to stop an assassination plot, culminating in a battle with his arch nemesis, the now-decrepit Master.
THE SEEDS OF DOOM
I couldn’t find just a clip of it, but luckily this trailer for the DVD release is really wonderful and encapsulates everything about why I love this story so much.
THE TALONS OF WENG-CHIANG
Who says the Doctor can’t fight? This story has Victorian setting, the Doctor playing Sherlock Holmes, a living ventriloquist dummy, giant sewer rats, a time cabinet, and even a fair amount of racism against Chinese people. Still, this is one of the best in Baker’s entire run and shows him at the very peak of his power.
Here’s a portion of a TV documentary called “The Story of Doctor Who” from before the reboot all about Tom Baker’s run.
Finally today we have a vintage interview Tom and the late, great Elisabeth Sladen did for British TV in 1976.
Happy Birthday, Tom!!!