Tom Baker has been in my life since I was four years old, through the medium of television.
During the mid seventies I wrote a letter for ‘Jim’ll Fix It’, to meet my childhood hero. I never did post that letter for fear that it may actually come true and I would be terrified to actually meet ‘The Doctor’ himself. Now, because of the distance involved and the expense travelling to signings, it would seem that I’m destined never to meet the good man himself.
Now, myself and I’d imagine many others would dearly love for him to produce a “Tom Baker: The Doctor Who Years” book. Yes, I’d imagine it would be tedious and difficult to remember exact details from those years, but with the success of the current show, what a time to produce one and I have a cunning plan.
Seven years of playing The Doctor, Seven chapters for each year with anecdotes and any significant events. Yes, seven sounds good: “Tom Baker – My Time and Space”; there’s a title for him already! He could employ a well-respected co-writer with an encyclopedic knowledge of the shows history. An epilogue of his experience of conventions and the like could also be added! But not as chapter eight, I like seven.... It wouldn’t need to be the size of a brick; small is also good.
It could even be in the form of a question and answer book, similar to Russell T Davies’ “The Writers Tale”, which is basically a series of correspondence emails. Imagine, a Forward by Liz Sladen!
Finally, the joy that he provided during my childhood, it will live with me forever and I'm now living it through my young Son's eyes. I hope he keeps those elderly dear’s nipples tingling. Haha!