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Tom Baker to Return in 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Special

Tom Baker to Return in 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Special

By Allison Emm

Has it really been almost half a century of Gallifreyan glory? Why, yes it has, and what better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with a nod to vintage Doctor Who. After much deliberation and rumor, it has finally been confirmed: In honor of the show’s 50th anniversary, Tom Baker will be returning to the show!

Tom Baker, better known to Whovians as the fourth incarnation of the Doctor, played the role for seven years between 1974 and 1981. He continues to be a fan favorite, and many consider him largely responsible for the mass success the show has today. As the longest serving actor to ever play the part, Baker will join the current cast in 2013 more than 30 years after leaving. The man is 78 years old and still rocking the sci-fi world. Talk about surreal! This is just about as timey-wimey wibbly-wobbly as you can get in the real world, no?

Baker’s other television credits include the role of Puddleglum in the BBC adaptation of The Silver Chairby C.S. Lewis and Sherlock Holmes in the 1982 TV serial The Hound of the Baskervilles. One of his more intense roles was that of Rasputin in the film Nicholas and Alexandra, for which he earned two Golden Globe nominations. Baker also does a fair amount of voice work, such as narrating The Beeps and Tales of Aesop.  Of course, he will always be known best to us as the Time Lord with swirly curls and a very long scarf.

As far as what he will actually be doing on the anniversary special? Well, that’s still up for speculation. The folks at the BBC aren’t saying much, and that only serves to breed more buzz around the blogs. How will the different Time Lord timelines intersect? Will they even attempt to write in an excuse for the fact that the fourth doctor has aged? Does it even matter? It IS Tom Baker, after all. We would have to be some pretty awful fans if we over-thought it so much as to miss the point completely.

If the questions above aren’t enough to put some sonic in your screwdriver, keep in mind not all the rumors are about Tom Baker. There are those who suspect that this milestone episode will mark the end of Matt Smith’s reign as the 11th doctor. What do you think? Too soon? How can we possibly be expected to let go of our Stetson wearing, suspender snapping, Jammy Dodger loving 11th Doctor? This is most likely a farfetched rumor, but we’ll just have to wait and see if our fears are rooted in any sort of truth.

You may be a bit surprised that Tom Baker has agreed to come back at all, considering that he flat out refused to return to the role for the 20th anniversary of Doctor Who. But hey, whatever changed his inclinations, we sure are grateful. We can’t wait to see him team up with Matt Smith! Who knows what goodies these two have in store for us next year.

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Tags: tv, sci fi, doctor who, tardis, matt smith, tom baker

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Allison Emm

Allison Emm is a writer, illustrator, and handmade soap enthusiast hailing from Boulder, CO. She is fond of bookish and ruggedly handsome mountain men, blue spruce trees, birds of prey, starships, and yarn. See more of her high jinks at www.AllisonEmm.com, and follow her on Twitter @Allison_Emm.

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