Colin Baker

Colin Baker


6/8/1943, Waterloo, London, England, UK

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Colin Baker was born in 1943 in the Royal Waterloo Lying-In Hospital in London during an air raid. He spent his earliest years in London with his mother, while his father served in the armed forces. He narrowly avoided an early death during the wartime blitz when a…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In October 2008, Colin gave the proceed of a performance of Love Letters which also starred Louise Jameson to the Trinity Theatre. The venue is threatened by the drastic cut in funding from the Arts Council. The performance was preceded by a workshop given by Tom Baker.

    • Colin contributed a Doodle to the National Doodle Campaign (2008), which auctions off celebrity doodles for charity (The Neurofibromatosis Association).

    • Colin Baker lists actors David Warner, Ian Richardson and Paul Schofield as his inspiration when he first began acting.

    • Colin Baker is a patron of St Tiggywinkle's Wildlife Hospital in Aylesbury, and shares his home with two goats, three cats, three dogs, two horses, thirteen guinea pigs, two degus and a hamster.

    • Colin Baker got the role of The Doctor after attending a wedding of a mutual friend of the then Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner, and entertaining the crowd during a break in the festivities.

    • Colin Baker is the Honorary President of the Wycombe Society for the Performing Arts.

    • Colin Baker was invited to attend the filming of the Doctor Who episode Voyage of the Damned by producer Russell T. Davies when he was in Cardiff in a production of Bedroom Farce.

    • Colin Baker supports the Wycombe Wanderers Football Club.

    • Colin Baker's directorial début was in 1989 with a production of Bazaar and Rummage at the Duke of Cambridge Fringe Theatre, London.

    • Colin Baker and his wife Marion lost their son Jack to SIDS in 1983. Soon afterwards he became involved with the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death as a fundraiser, becoming a Trustee in 1989. He was chairman of FSID from 1997 to 2005.

    • Colin Baker's first screen appearance was at the age of 11 as the French Boy in My Wife's Sister. He only had one line, 'Joyeux Noel, Papa'.

    • Colin Baker became a playwright with the production of Scrooge: A Ghost of a Chance in collaboration with Shelia Wilson. It was based on the Charles' Dickens novel A Christmas Carol.

    • Colin Baker shared a flat with David Troughton, son of the second Doctor Who, in the mid-60's and later became the best man at his wedding.

    • Colin Baker is the Founder Patron for the "Go For Its" Theatre School in Teddington, Middlesex.

    • Colin Baker has been writing a regular column entitled 'Look Who's Talking' for his local newspaper, the Bucks Free Press since 1995.

    • Was fired by the BBC after the 14-Part Doctor Who: Trial of a Time Lord.

    • Height: 6'(1.83 m)

    • Before being cast as Commander Maxil in Doctor Who: Arc Of Infinty he was first considered for The Castellen (played by Paul Jerricho).

    • A possible for Jellioc (Alec Linstead) in Doctor Who: Robot.

    • Shortlisted for Cotton (Rick James) in Doctor Who: The Mutants.

    • He has also starred in the "Stranger" series of videos made by Bill Baggs Video, alongside a number of other actors known for their work in "Doctor Who.".

    • Refused to film a regeneration sequence in Doctor Who.

    • Colin's nickname was Archie

    • At the age of twenty-three, he decided to become a full-time actor.

    • Appeared in a Doctor Who edition of The Weakest Link.

    • He appeared in the first episode of Jonathan Creek.

    • He reprised the role of the Doctor in a series of audio plays produced by Big Finish Productions.

    • He played the Doctor once again in the 1993 charity special Dimensions in Time.

    • Baker's era in Dr Who was interrupted by a long hiatus, officially because the show was moved back from the spring to the autumn schedules

    • Colin Baker was born June 8, 1943

    • After completing his schooling Baker went on to study law

    • The twelve-years-old Baker appeared in the chorus for a production of "Yeoman of the Guard,".

    • He spent his earliest years in London with his mother, while his father served in the armed forces.

    • Is one of three "Doctor Who" actors who portrayed The Doctor on TV to appear in an episode of "Casualty" (1986). (So far, he has appeared twice -- once on September 15, 1989 and once on January 3, 1998.) The others are Sylvester McCoy and Christopher Eccleston.

    • Played the Sixth Doctor in Doctor Who for 2 years

    • Guest starred in Doctor Who before becoming the main star

  • Quotes

    • Colin Baker: I never turn down scripts without good reason. If I did, I would probably never work.

    • Colin Baker: I'm an actor. If you had said to me before I started acting that I'd get two bites of the cherry – you would do things that people will remember forever like The Brothers which I did in the '70s and now Doctor Who – I'd have been overjoyed and I still am.

    • Colin Baker: I'd enjoyed playing the part enormously; it's not often in an actor's career that he gets a plum part like Doctor Who, and to say that I foresaw myself going on a little longer is a bit of an understatement.

    • Colin Baker: None of my daughters saw Doctor Who. All the tapes are on the shelf and every now and then I've said 'are you interested in seeing one?' 'Oh, no, pur-leeze, Dad ...' Then they watch the new one and ask, 'was that what you were in?', and they've started watching them. And the accolade of all accolades, 'oh, you're not bad - almost as good as Christopher Eccleston!'

    • Colin Baker: As any actor will tell you, the hardest thing to do is small parts, because you focus all your attention and concentration on that small part. When you're playing the lead part, you don't have time to think about the whole of it, so you just have to steam on and get on with it.

    • Colin Baker: I would still like to go up in the space shuttle. It's appalling that the accident happened, but it was an accident and obviously if I knew there was any risk, I'd be foolish to do it. I'd love to stand outside the Earth and look at it. Extraordinary feeling that, something that we've been tied to for millions of years, and a handful of people have looked at it, to be able to do that would be stunning.