Interviews from Doctor Who Magazine


January 2019 Issue 534


Tom Baker reveals Scratchman – and goes Out of the TARDIS!


June 2018 Issue 526


Tom Baker travels back in time to reflect on his first year of playing the Doctor. “It’s a bit like religion really, in that all you have to do is believe it…”



July 2016 Issue 501


Following the spectacular 500th issue, Doctor Who Magazine is continuing its celebrations with an issue dedicated entirely to Tom Baker and the Fourth Doctor’s era of Doctor Who.

Tom Baker: The Ultimate Interview is an extravaganza split into several gripping parts, in which Tom talks about life, death and, of course, Doctor Who

 “Life is too short to be dull. Be interesting. Because not very much else matters does it? In large areas of our lives, hardly anything matters at all. I mean, nothing can beat being with loving friends, and a few wines, and a few beers, and a few lies, and a few yarns. And to still be adored after 40-odd years… yeah that’s the life. Maybe I’m the longest-serving actor, in the whole history of actors, who’s actually still, 40-odd years later, adored for the same part and enjoying it in the same way. When I get sent messages from middle-aged men… or from the wives of middle-aged men, who say, ‘Tell Mr Baker he cannot imagine how important he was to my beloved husband when he was a boy’… it moves me deeply to think about it. I was just going to work. I didn’t know, to begin with, how far-reaching this role would be. I was aware of the excitement, and the generosity, and the affection of the fans, but how could I ever have dreamed of all this?”

 The interview extravaganza is split into seven gripping parts: The Unbreakable Tom Baker, The Insatiable Tom Baker, The Impeccable Tom Baker (with June Hudson), The Irrepressible Tom Baker, The Unstoppable Tom Baker (with Louise Jameson, John Leeson and Geoffrey Beevers), The Unforgettable Tom Baker and The Irreplaceable Tom Baker.



December 2010 Issue 429

The Universe According to TOM BAKER

DWM confronts the iconic Doctor Who and notorious fibber in a valiant if ultimately vain attempt to uncover the person behind the performance…

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October 2010 Issue 427

Dedicated Followers of Fashion!

The flamboyant designer and her larger-than-life leading man – Fourth Doctor Tom Baker and June Hudson celebrate their extraordinary collaboration. June Hudson is a bit of a legend. If pushed, she admits as much herself. June designed the costumes for eight Doctor Who serials during Tom Baker’s seven-year reign…
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August 2009 Issue 412 – Part 2

Tom Baker’s grey lurcher Poppy bounds into the woods ahead. We’re walking away from the former Fourth Doctor’s Sussex house, across his picturesque, sprawling land, as he shows Doctor Who Magazine the sights…

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July 2009 Issue 411 – Part 1

Tom Baker opens those remarkable eyes until each is the size of a cosmos. He has just been asked how he felt when Doctor Who returned to BBC One in 2005…

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May 2000 Issue 291 – Part 2

Whales! Foxes! Badgers! More of the wild life and times of Tom Baker as Andrew Pixley presents a final selection of highlights from the interview tapes recorded for BBC2’s Doctor Who Night. . .

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May 2000 Issue 290 – Part 1

Andrew Pixley listens in to more of the complete and unexpurgated transcripts of the interviews conducted for BBC2’s recent Doctor Who theme night – and hears the testimony of a self-confessed ‘professional fraud’…

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November 1997 Issue 258

He’s a spaced-out oddity who inhabits a world of Dickens, dingy bars and the dead . . . He’s Tom Baker, the fourth and most popular Doctor, and he’s busy publicising his forthcoming autobiography. Seizing the opportunity, Gary Gillatt tried to get the measure of the man – only to come away more confused than ever . . .

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December 1991 Issue 181 – Part 3

In the final part of our three part interview, Tom Baker reflects on his years as the Doctor, on his present work and the fate of the programme itself. . . During the course of our lengthy but entertaining interview, as Tom spoke of acting work both past and present, including his new video Just Who On Earth is Tom Baker?, no clear picture of Tom the Man really emerged, except to say that I have never met anyone like him…

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November 1991 Issue 180 – Part 2

Continuing our three part interview with the programme’s most popular Doctor, we investigate the Graham William years, Tom’s thoughts about the TARDIS and his decision to leave the show. . . A summer afternoon in a surprisingly cool studio with an even cooler Tom Baker, armed with a bag of books and a personal outlook that always catches you by surprise.

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October 1991 Issue 179 – Part 1

The first of our three part interview with the actor voted Favourite Doctor by Doctor Who Magazine readers. . . “I counted four hundred and thirty varicose veins on the way here today,” announces Tom Baker to nobody in particular in the recording studio reception where we met. His commanding baritone instantly causes heads to turn, as if waiting for a punchline.

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September 1984 Issue 92

By the time Tom Baker left Doctor Who in 1981, the series had become almost synonymous with his name and for many it seemed almost impossible to imagine a new actor playing the role…

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