Tom Baker Celebrates A Birthday, Cybermen Forget To Send Flowers
By James Grahame
Thomas Stewart Baker turns 76 today, which is somewhat odd because he should be well over 900 by now. He's best known for playing the title role in the BBC series Doctor Who from 1974 until 1981 -- the longest regeneration yet. I'm still somewhat sad that BT dropped his voice from their talking text message service, because millions of us (well, hundreds) spent countless hours making his robotic counterpart say juvenile things that he just couldn't say on TV.
Incredibly, 28 years after he left the role, Baker returned to the Who universe in 2009 to record a series of five BBC audiobooks entitled Hornet's Nest. I guess a radio play is the next best thing to owning a time machine in the entertainment business. Happy birthday, Tom!