Tom Baker, who plays the Fourth Doctor, has spoken publicly about his appreciation of support from fans. He says he felt ‘swamped in love’ after he revived the role in the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor.
A message posted on his website revealed that he received ‘wonderful messages’ from around the world after the special was broadcast. The message also revealed details of the filming of his cameo:
“Through the wintry darkness of April, I travelled to Cardiff where my scene was to be shot. Matt and I did not discuss the scene or talk about what it might mean; God forbid! No, we started just after eight o’ clock and about four hours later I was released.”
Baker was also one of many of the show’s stars who attended the 50th Anniversary celebrations at the Excel Centre in London. He said of the experience:
“It was tumult: the fans cheered as if I had come back from the dead and the cheering did the trick… I travelled back in time: it was wonderful. I enjoyed it all.”
The message went on to say how Baker spent his Christmas without power, after the terrible storms which hit the South East of England at the start of the holiday period:
“Sue & I had to manage the best we could in the darkness, trying to be cheerful and entertaining ourselves.”
He also spoke of his work with Big Finish Productions, stating:
I have never been happier at work than I am with my colleagues at Big Finish. The actors are well cast and are wonderful company.
I am constantly touched and amazed by the personal stories people have told in my guestbook about how watching Doctor Who helped them through difficult times and inspired them to make something of their lives. Thank you for sharing these wonderful stories with me and other fans. I certainly find it very interesting.