Doctor Who Tom Baker

Is the fourth Doctor Tom Baker a surprise cameo in the new 50th anniversary special?

Of course he was already in the most important 50th anniversary special, but now we’re getting word from The Huffington Post that he’s going to appear in the TV version as well.

“I am in the special,” said Baker. “I’m not supposed to tell you that, but I tell you that very willingly and specifically; the BBC told me not to tell anybody but I’m telling you straightaway.”

When asked to confirm, a representative from the BBC stated had this to say: “As with William Hartnell’s recent appearance in the last season finale, anything is possible in Doctor Who. But nothing is certain.”

Well, I’m sure the BBC will be very pleased with him for spilling the beans like that.

Baker famously refused to appear in the 20th anniversary special, “The Five Doctors”. He did come back for the 30th anniversary special, the appallingly bad “Dimensions in Time”, but that was it for the actor in his most famous role until he returned to it in audio format a few years ago.

As for what form his appearance in the special will take?

…Tom Baker’s scarf is seen in the special in some sort of a museum, worn by a woman who may be the character of the “Curator,” who collects paintings from the character’s adventures.

Well, then. At a guess we’re going to get the old “paintings come to life and talk to people” trope. That would, frankly, be a pretty brilliant way to get everyone back on the team.

Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Christopher Eccleston have all said they aren’t in the special. Paul McGann said that, too, and then turned up as the 8th Doctor in a little minisode. So…I guess at this point we wait and see. But I will say, if Tom Baker is in this, all bets are off as to who else might be.

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