Published on June 8th, 2012 | by RMX0
Promises…Promises: Tom Baker is open to a ‘Doctor Who’ return
If the opportunity presents itself Tom Baker would be open to a return to ‘Doctor Who’. The actor says that he would seriously consider the option if asked. He was doing a Q&A session with his fellow former cast members including Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann. However he wants to be treated with respect:
“Well, if they ask me nicely or I could see what they wanted me to do I would consider it because I think the fans have been so good to me, they expect me at least to make an appearance so of course I would consider that.”
He says that he wants to do something witty but does not want to get into details about a scene:
“I just don’t want to be paraded through as some shagged-out old icon of the last century. It’s too much of a source of happiness.”
Tom Baker revealed that his career as a serious actor was somehow harmed by his appearances in ‘Doctor Who’. He does not say this with bitterness but rather points out that he actually enjoyed playing the role. The actor says that it was the loveliest job that he ever had
“I liked being ‘Doctor Who’ more than anything that had ever happened to me. So when I went to play Macbeth the audience wanted me to play Macbeth in the style of ‘Doctor Who’ and naturally I did”.
How the stars are coping with the loss of a role
The actor has had many offers including taking on the role of Jack the Ripper but then he went to Ireland to play Sherlock Holmes in addition to doing Moriarty. The audiences were sometimes baffled by his ability to effortlessly integrate different roles at will. That ended in a ‘glorious failure’ which he does not seem to regret.
Earlier this year Steven Moffat said that the show’s 50th anniversary is going to be amazing for the fans. It is expected to be screened sometime next year. Meanwhile ‘Doctor Who’ returns to BBC One in autumn. A trailer has been released.