Colin Baker says he’ll never turn his back on Doctor Who

Posted Sep 25, 2010 by Mathew Wace Peck
Colin Baker, who played the sixth Doctor from 1984 to 1986 in the BBC’s long-running science-fiction TV drama, Doctor Who, says he has no problem with being forever associated with the show.
Doctor Who - The Ultimate Adventure  Big Finish Productions
Doctor Who - The Ultimate Adventure, Big Finish Productions
Big Finish Productions
Speaking to Wales Online, Baker, 67, said:
”I don’t think I’ll ever move away from that and to be honest, I have no particular desire to move away from it. I don’t understand those who are precious about these things. I don’t get it when actors say, ‘Oh that’s something I did 20 years ago, I don't want to talk about’.”
It was during Baker’s tenure as the Doctor, that the BBC started to loose confidence in the show. First, they rested it for 18 months during his first and second series; then, against the production team’s wishes, senior managers at the corporation decided that Baker should be replaced by another actor, Sylvester McCoy. At the time, understandably, Baker was less than happy but, today, he’s pleased that the show is so highly valued.
“Let’s be honest, Doctor Who is special, it’s played a huge part in the British public’s consciousness. It’s good to see the BBC appreciating it and valuing it now, which they didn’t do during my time in the late ’80s,” he told Wales Online. “I’ve enjoyed immensely watching it. However, when I left, the ratings were exactly the same, 5 to 6 million, as they are now, they were no different. I know the television landscape has changed but it’s ironic nonetheless.”
To date, eleven actors have played the Doctor in the TV series. The most recent, Matt Smith, is filming his second and third series, which will be broadcast during the course of 2011.
Return of the Doctor
Since 1986, Baker has returned to the role of the sixth Doctor on numerous occasions: Doctor Who – The Ultimate Adventure (1989), by Terrance Dicks; Dimensions in Time, a two-part TV story by John Nathan-Turner and David Roden, produced to celebrate Doctor Who’s thirtieth anniversary in 1993; Real Time (2002), an animated webcast, by Gary Russell; two video games – Doctor Who and the Mines of Terror (1986) and Destiny of the Doctors (1997); and, since 1999 and starting with The Sirens of Time, by Nicholas Briggs (voice of the Daleks), in audio plays produced, under license, by Big Finish Productions.
Baker is currently touring the UK in a new stage play directed by Robin Herford. He plays Inspector Morse in House of Ghosts, written by Alma Cullen, which is based on the characters created by Colin Dexter, made famous by John Thaw and Kevin Whately. Andrew Bone plays Sergeant Lewis in the play.