After such a long time gap after Logopolis, I hadn't seen Tom in anything other than the "Frankenstein". I had heard about the D&D film and rented it expressly to see him about 10 years ago. They should have used more of him somehow. That short span of a few minutes on screen, a smile at all the fun and good feelings I remembered of him came flooding back.
And that's what got me poking around the 'net looking him up again and tumbled into all this
I read also about his being considered for Gandalf but it not working out. Didn't Tom have other obligations at that time to fulfill (can't have breech of contract - wouldn't work again!)?
Pattie Anne, you really are shorting yourself of a true rendition of the LOTR story by not viewing the movie.
And if Tom were available for the Hobbit, I would hope it would be for a good part...perhaps Gandalf would be feasible this time to be considered. If they can use Michael Gambone to replace the late Richard Harris in the Potter movies, the powers that be should certainly consider Tom Baker.