Boy's Own Adventure

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Boy's Own Adventure

Postby anthonyz on August 3rd, 2012, 9:52 am

Dear Tom,

If you were a boy growing up in the Seventies (like I was), do you think you would have been glued to Doctor Who at Saturday teatimes and acting out The Doctor's antics in the school playground on Mondays?

Somehow I can imagine you bartering a currency of Terrance Dicks novels and reading newspaper comic strips!

All the very best,

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Re: Boy's Own Adventure

Postby Tom Baker on August 29th, 2012, 2:36 pm

Dear Anthony,

In 1974 I was already nearly 40. I had already been a member of The National Theatre, had a flirtation with the high life of a big film and toured the USA in high old style.

Then I was a failed Macbeth and afterwards a very successful tea maker on a building site. I could not handle a Kango drill or balance a wheelbarrow on a bendy plank leading to a skip. The main man liked me and consoled me: "Tom, any tosser can learn a Kango or handle a trowel, but only you can make tea the way I like it." He sometimes called me Sir Laurence and when he saw my promotion to be Doctor Who, he was "over the MOON".

I didn't watch the programme much before I got the part and almost never watched it when I was in it. I just lapped up the glory.

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