“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?”
Tom Baker – The Fourth Doctor
Right on the heels of the beautiful and huge 500 issue, Doctor Who Magazine has another spectacular edition. And this one is completely devoted to Tom Baker – the Fourth Doctor. He portrayed the Doctor from 1974 to 1981, longer than any other actor. Since then he has returned in numerous Big Finish Doctor Who drama and also played the mysterious curator in the 50th Anniversary special – The Day of the Doctor.
The magazine is dominated by Tom Baker: The Ultimate Interview, in which Tom talks about life, death and, of course, Doctor Who… It is a must have for any Whovian.
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
- The Irreplaceable Tom Baker
The magazine also features a new comic strip – The Pestilent Heart and a report from the set of Doctor Who’s new series 10.
Doctor Who Magazine 501 is on sale Thursday 30 June 2016 for £5.99