Tom Baker says he avoids other Doctor Who stars out of ‘contempt’

Tom Baker talked about avoiding others Doctor Who Stars.

The 89-year-old British actor played the fourth Time Lord from 1974 to 1981 and is considered by many to be one of the best incarnations of the Doctor.

David Tennant, 52, will reprise his role as the Doctor in three special episodes to mark the show’s 60th anniversary, the first of which will air on November 25.

In a new interview with Radio Times In Time Lord magazine, Baker ruled out appearing with other Time Lord actors.

He said, “I avoid them, you know? Not with any malice. A certain amount of contempt, perhaps slightly, slightly contemptuous.”

He was also asked if he would have lunch with his other Doctor Who Stars, similar to others who have played the same character.

Baker said: “Unthinkable! Fancy sitting at the same table with the old Doctor Who.

Tom Baker as the 4th Doctor Who and Lalla Ward as Romana in 1979


“Although I would love to go to a restaurant and find twelve of them at the table, I would enjoy doing that double take as I desperately tried to remember who they were.

“I could do this for hours. Oh, I feel the malice rising.”

He appeared in 2013 during the 50th anniversary special titled The Day Of The Doctor, which also saw Tennant make a comeback to the role during Matt Smith’s tenure.

William Hartnell, Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston and Peter Capaldi are also among the actors who have played the mysterious time traveler.

Scottish actor Tennant played the 10th Time Lord between 2005 and 2010.

He became the 14th Doctor following Jodie Whittaker’s exit last year.

Tennant’s three 60th anniversary special episodes will air every Saturday from November 25, alongside comedian and actress Catherine Tate, who played his partner Donna Noble.

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David Tennant as the Doctor

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Enlightenment lessons And Barbie Star Ncuti Gatwa will then take on the role of the Doctor during the festive season as he becomes the 15th incarnation.

Returning showrunner Russel T. Davies recently warned parents about “dark” and “violent” content in the series’ upcoming episodes.

Davies is back at the helm of the long-running sci-fi series, 18 years after he was in charge of producing it Doctor Who Back to the BBC with Christopher Eccleston playing the latest version of the Time Lord.

Davies takes over the role of showrunner from Chris Chibnall, who many fans claimed drastically reduced the show’s writing quality – and therefore viewership – during Whittaker’s tenure.

The full interview with Tom Baker can be found in the latest issue of Radio Times.

Additional reporting from the Press Association

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