Thursday 15 November 2012


Colin Baker has had quite the career, gaining notoriety for starring roles in not just one, but two, seminal shows on British television. In 1974 he won the role of Paul Merroney in the hit BBC TV serial, The Brothers, a role he continued to play with building success until the final episode transmitted in 1976. It was a role that made him a household name, but it paled in comparison to the fame he received when he joined the twenty-year old BBC science fantasy show, Doctor Who, in 1983. Baker’s role of Commander Maxil brought him to the attention of producer, John Nathan-Turner, when, later that year, he was looking for a leading man to replace Peter Davison in the title role.

Baker took on the mantle of Doctor Who in 1984 and played the incumbent role throughout its most turbulent period. He left the show in 1986, but continued his association with Doctor Who right up to the present time, still starring in audio dramas as produced by Big Finish. 

Colin in his jungle attire
Baker is known for his commanding voice, and has narrated many talking books, including Kangazang for Candy Jar. He is also closely linked to the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths, for which he was once a trustee and chairman, having sought to raise awareness of ‘Cot Death’ (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), after losing his own son in 1984. He currently aims to be king of the jungle in reality TV show, I’m A Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here! We wish him luck!


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