To sum up Doctor Who in one sentence, the Doctor is a time lord alien from the planet Gallifrey who travels through time and space in the TARDIS.
Four actors played the role during the eighties and these were; Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy.
One of the most popular Doctor's, Tom Baker, was the fourth incarnation of the timelord and played the part between 1974 and 1981.
He wore a trademark long scarf and liked to share his jelly babies. Baker appeared in 172 episodes (42 stories). He was replaced by Peter Davison.
Thanks to Tom Baker's popularity, by 1979, viewing figures were averaging between 9 and 11 million. These days he's more well-known for his voice over role in the hit BBC comedy series Little Britain.
In this amusing video we have all of the clips featuring Tom Baker offering his Jelly Babies to anyone and everyone - including the creator of the Daleks, Davros!
This is an interesting clip of Tom Baker being interviewed on a Thames Television programme called Afternoon Plus. I can't remember ever watching this, but I was busy at school during the weekday afternoons.
Listen out for Tom's answer to "do you drive a car?" - I totally agree with him on that one!
There are two trailers on this video advertising a new series of Doctor Who starring Tom Baker.
Tom Baker had eight
companions during his time as the Doctor, with K-9 making the most
appearances - in seasons 15-18 he appeared 20 times.
Other companions were Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan, Leela, Romana, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan Jovanka. Romana was first played by Mary Tamm and in her second incarnation was played by Lalla Ward.
These closing titles (used from Jan 1982 to March 1984) are
longer than the opening titles and you get to here more of the fabulous
theme tune. After listening to this again for the first time since the
80s, I reckon this has to be my favourite version of the theme tune.
As for the more recent series, it sounds far too orchestral for my liking.
Peter Davison signed-up to replace Tom Baker in 1981 and played the role for just three years (he was scared of being typecast) between 1982 and 1984. At the age of 29, he was the youngest Doctor so far, and he remained the youngest until Matt Smith took on the role in 2009.
Lots of stills and photos of the sixth Doctor feature on this video. Although many criticised him in the 80's as being the worst Doctor Who, today there are just as many people who believe he was underrated. Maybe it was just the loud outfit that was his downfall - Who knows?
Baker appeared on ITV1's reality TV show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here during November 2012.
I didn't realise there were so many different versions of the theme tune until I started creating this page. I quite like this one as it sounds quite eerie. Better than the '86 version, anyway!The seventh incarnation of the Doctor (in 1987) was Slyvester McCoy and he made his first appearance in the serial Time and the Rani. The best part of his outfit was his question mark walking stick.
Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor on a signed autograph