Jon Pertwee stepped down, having lost his family. Phillip Hinchcliffe became the new producer and hired Tom Baker, who would go on to have the longest run as the Doctor yet.
About Tom Baker
Tom Baker was born in Scotland Road, Liverpool. He left school at age 15 to become a Catholic monk, but left after six years because he had lost his faith. In 1955, he began two years service in the Royal Army Medial Corps He was acting first as a hobby, but eventually became part of Laurence Olivier’s Theatre Company. Despite the occasional movie role, he found it difficult to make end meet until he became the Doctor.
During his tenure, Doctor Who also began acting in Australia and the US making him the most popular Doctor at the time. After his tenure ended, Baker played Sherlock Holmes in a BBC adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles. He also played Puddleglum in the BBC adaptation of The Silver Chair.
“Of course I’m being childish! There’s no point in being grown-up if you can’t be childish sometimes!”–“Robot”
In a Nutshell
- Catch Phrase: “Would you like a jelly baby?”
- Tom Baker had three producers during his era. Phillip Hinchcliffe often included gothic horror themes, which caused controversy because it was deemed too frightening. Graham Williams went for a more light-hearted feel. John Nathn Turner began his run as the longest-employed (and final) producer by giving the show a new theme song and logo.
- First appearance of Davros: “Genesis of the Daleks”
- First appearance of the Zygons: “Terror of the Zygons”
- First appearance of the “Crispy Master” (Peter Pratt version): “The Deadly Assassin”
- First story set on Gallifrey: “The Deadly Assassin”
- First appearance of Jago and Litefoot: “Talons of Weng-Chiang”
- First appearance of the Black Guardian: “The Armageddon Factor”
- First story arc: “The Key to Time”
- First appearance of Geoffrey Beevers as the Master: “The Keeper of Traken”
- First appearance of Anthony Ainley as the Master: “The Keeper of Traken”