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Doctor Who: Tom Baker Talks The 50th Anniversary & His Time As The Doctor

BBC News has interviewed Fourth Doctor and fan favourite Tom Baker, and the actor has shared his thoughts on the upcoming 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor.

Baker said that while he’s never really watched Doctor Who (the episodes starring him included), he’s willing to watch the 50th anniversary special:

“I hope it’s going to be terrific. It’s such a landmark. It’ll be a big, emotional thing, but I don’t know what they’ll do – I’ll make an exception and watch that.”

He went on to reminisce about his tenure as the Doctor from 1974 to 1981:

“I was going through a bad time of feeling rejected, even though I’d had a flirtation with movies. So when the opportunity came to play Doctor Who, it was a jackpot. It was a great experience. Actors want a big audience, and to be admired and to get applause is one thing, but to be adored is something I recommend.”

“Everywhere I went I was waving like royalty and dishing out 50 pence pieces. It was so much better than real life. I stayed so long because real life at the time wasn’t so terrific.Being Doctor Who, I used to look at the clock and know at half past four we were going to stop rehearsing – and that was a sad moment for me because I wanted to stay in this beautiful, unreal world.”

Baker got his own first class stamp earlier this year, which can be ordered from the Royal Mail.

[Source: BBC News]