Doctor Who - The Colin Baker Years [VHS]

ISBN 13: 9780790755366

Doctor Who - The Colin Baker Years [VHS]

 
9780790755366: Doctor Who - The Colin Baker Years [VHS]
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Colin Baker ("I am the Doctor whether you like it or not") reminisces about his era with series highlights and media clips.

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Colin Baker, one of the most controversial and short-tenured actors to play Doctor Who, hosts this look at his era (1984-1986) as the sixth Doctor. He reminiscences about his time on the series along with clips from each episode, with funny anecdotes about filming and background information. He seems particularly amused at the attention (particularly on the BBC--included here in clips) that getting the part engendered originally. Many of his stories were criticized at the time, both by fans and his BBC bosses, and Baker acknowledges it with frank, but fond, memories of each one nevertheless. He also candidly discusses the acting process and how it relates to the needs of the series.

This documentary was produced and directed by John Nathan-Turner, the man who originally hired Baker and produced the series during his entire run, so it wasn't likely that Baker was now going to bite the hand that fed him. Instead, he editorializes about the 18-month hiatus that was imposed on Doctor Who in 1985 by the BBC, partially in reaction to what was going on in the series at the time, and his ultimate sacking a year later. And while Baker is more than gracious about most of his guest stars, he is entirely dismissive of Paul Darrow (Blake's 7), who appeared in "Timelash," not even mentioning him by name. The entire production might exist as Baker's final testament about the series and his episodes (or as a vanity piece to promote other videos), but fan opinion continues to be mixed about his era, and his legacy is to be the first Doctor ever let go by the BBC involuntarily. --Ryan K. Johnson

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