Baker was born in Liverpool, to a poor Roman Catholic family, and left school to become a novice monk. He remained in the monastic life for six years, but left and went into the Merchant Navy, at the same time taking up acting, at first as a hobby. In 1971, he got his first big break with the role of Rasputin in the film Nicholas and Alexandra.
In 1974, Baker took on the role of the Doctor from Jon Pertwee, and quickly made it his own. His eccentric style of dress, particularly with his trademark long scarf, and speech made him an immediately recognisable figure, and the viewing public quickly forgot his predecessors. He remained in the role for longer than any of them, and left the show in 1981. His decision to move on was regretted by many of the programme's fans. (See List of Doctor Who serials.)
Prior to leaving Doctor Who, he had married, as his second wife, his co-star Lalla Ward, but they divorced after 16 months.
Baker's subsequent career was relatively unremarkable. He played character parts on television and radio (including an Elizabethan sea captain in Blackadder and Puddleglum in the BBC's production of The Chronicles of Narnia), but became mostly known for doing advertising voiceovers. In the late 1990s he had a recurring role in the revival of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). His distinctive voice has become a gift for impressionists, and he is regularly impersonated in the popular comedy series Dead Ringers. He had a part in the 2001 BBC Radio 4 version of The Thirty-Nine Steps as Sir Walter Bullivant. He also narrated the comedic BBC radio series Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World and later Little Britain and continues to narrate the television series of the same name.
Also a talented writer, Baker created a short fairytale-style novel titled The Boy Who Kicked Pigs (ISBN 057119771X), which has been described as A Grotesque Masterpiece. He has also written an autobiography, entitled Who on Earth is Tom Baker (ISBN 000638854X ).
In 1987, he married Sue Jerrard, who had been an assistant editor on Doctor Who. They moved to a converted school in Maidstone, Kent where they keep lots of cats.
Tom Baker Facts
|Birth Name||Thomas Stewart Baker|
|Birthday||January 20, 1934 (84)|
|Birthplace||Liverpool, England, United Kingdom|
|Height||6' 3" (1m91) How tall is Tom Baker compared to you?|
|The Magic RoundABout (2005) as Voice Of Zeebad|
|Backtime (2000) as Voice Of Sarge|
|Dungeons & Dragons (2000) as Hallvarth Elf King|
|The Passionate Pilgrim (1983) as Sir Tom|
|Doctor Who (seven seasons) (1975) as Doctor Who IV (breakthrough)|
|Frankenstein True Story (1974) -movie as The Captain|
|Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) as Koura|
|Luther (1973) as The Pope|
|The Mutations (1973) as Lynch|
|The Vault of Horror (1973) as Moore|
|Cari Genitori (1972) as Karl|
|Nicholas & Alexandra (1971) as Rasputin|
|The Canterbury Tales (1971) as Jenkin|
|Amore E. Rabbia (1969)|
|The Winter's Tale (1964) -movie as The Bear & Additional Roles|