This month I finally got a chance to tap into the return of Tom Baker to the role of the Fourth Doctor in his Big Finish audio drama "The Evil One". The radio plays have offered pre-2005 Doctors a chance to continue their adventures, sometimes even in ways that are better than they had on-screen. Paul McGann and Colin Baker come to mind, but listening to Tom Baker try to recapture the same energy makes me think it's time for one of the most celebrated Doctors to hang it up.
Just to get it out of the way, I'm one of the rare Whovians who just isn't that big of a Tom Baker fan. Oh I love him, don't get me wrong. I love all the Doctors, but it was Christopher Eccleston that first grabbed my attention, then Patrick Troughton, and now Paul McGann. The Fourth Doctor's era had some of the best scripts, enemies, and companions, but for some reason it's just never been my bag of jelly babies. So bear that in mind as we go through this.
Baker is widely seen as THE Doctor for generations of fans, and rightly so. He spent seven years in the role, and was the first Doctor to really bring mainstream international attention (By that I mean he was big in America). He had his scarf, his talking robot dog, a hot savage assistant in a short leather outfit, and Davros to play off of. Until very recently he was the first Doctor people thought of when they heard "Doctor Who?", and only David Tennant comes close to supplementing him in the public mind.More »