DOCTOR WHO Revisited: TOM BAKER - Apr 28 BBC AMERICA
2013 is DOCTOR WHO’s 50th Anniversary. Each month, BBC AMERICA takes the TARDIS back in time with Brand New Specials on all eleven Doctors. This month, it’s Fourth Doctor TOM BAKER:
Take an in-depth look at the fourth incarnation of the truly timeless Time Lord, who quickly made the part his own, and with his eccentric style of dress and speech — particularly his trademark long scarf — immediately became a recognizable figure. Playing the role for seven consecutive seasons over a seven-year period, he’s the longest-serving actor in the part so far. With exclusive interviews with lead writer & executive producer STEVEN MOFFAT, producer MARCUS WILSON, companion LOUISE JAMESON and TOM BAKER himself!
“I didn’t play Doctor Who, I was Doctor Who.”
Then, in the story “Pyramids of Mars,” the Doctor and his companion Sarah Jane Smith (ELISABETH SLADEN) attempt to free a pyramid imprisoned Egyptologist from his possession by Sutekh, the last of a powerful alien called the Osirans.
Don’t miss the Premiere of the fourth DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTORS REVISITED Special, plus the classic Fourth Doctor storyline “Pyramids of Mars” *** Sunday April 28 at 8/7c *** only on BBC America.
via Radio Times:
The first two events at the BFI Southbank, London, were a massive success: An Unearthly Child in January and The Tomb of the Cybermen last weekend. Tickets for the Jon Pertwee story The Mind of Evil (10 March) sold out in minutes. But – many were asking – which serial would be selected to represent Tom Baker from his diverse seven-year tenure?
“Genesis, Talons, Zygons or Pyramids? How to choose just one story from the era of the fourth Doctor has to be the cruellest choice of all,” says BFI programmer Justin Johnson, contacting us between screenings at the “chilly” Berlin Film Festival. “In the end, we went for this fine story with Tom Baker at his sparkling best and four episodes of sheer joy… I just wish we had a venue with 20,000 seats!!”
First shown in 1977, The Robots of Death has long been a fan favourite. A suspenseful, beautifully designed four-parter, it features Tom Baker in his prime, with the always brilliant Louise Jameson as Leela, the Doctor’s leather-clad “noble savage” companion. The adventure unfolds aboard a gigantic mobile Sandminer, run by a small band of humans whose robot servants suddenly become homicidal…
The date and time of the event are now fixed: Saturday 20 April, 2.00pm. Guests are still to be finalised.
I love this scene right here, because each of them has different reactions.
You’ve got One, who’s obviously just insulting them because it means that his incarnation has passed, and that he won’t be “alive” any more.
Then you’ve got Two. He’s happy to see One, and remember all the adventures he was on with Ian and Barbara, and Susan and Vicki and all his other companions. His expression only changes when he hears One’s thoughts on him.
And then we’ve got Three. Three’s expression doesn’t change at all. Because he’s not happy to see either of them. And why’s that? Because they’re free. One and Two are free to roam around the universe, go wherever and whenever they want. And Three misses that. He misses the freedom and resents One and Two slightly, because it was their actions that caused him to be exiled on Earth.
Say all you want about the budgets or CGI on Classic Who, but when it boils down to it, I’d rather have moments like this, little subtle things, rather than great big realistic looking monsters and aliens.
The Doctor: One more thing, your name.
Romana: What about my name?
The Doctor: It’s too long. By the time I’ve called out “look out”, what’s your name?
The Doctor: By the time I’ve called that out, you could be dead.