I think this is one that Tom did for the paycheck. I didn't really like seeing him in such a small role as a rather quiet crook. Such a huge step down from being the larger than life Doctor in the lead. I felt it was beneath Tom(at that time especially) and didn't utilize his huge talent. So I do cringe a bit when watching it.
I agree and I highly admire actors that stretch and do things more for the art/craft as opposed to commercial projects. But I just feel that Tom's role on this particular episode of "Remington Steele" should have been much larger. After playing the larger than life lead on "Doctor Who" for several years and being one of the biggest tv stars, a minor role like this seemed beneath him, I feel. I mean come on. Tom Baker playing not second but third fiddle to the wooden Pierce Brosnan! Tom deserved better! If Tom is gonna play a baddie/villain, he should most certainly be on equal footing with the lead hero.