Creator / Colin Baker

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Colin Baker doing his peerless impersonation of a traffic light.
"I'm an actor. If you had said to me before I started acting that I'd get two bites of the cherry - you would do things that people will remember forever like 'The Brothers' which I did in the '70s and now 'Doctor Who' - I'd have been overjoyed and I still am."

Colin Baker (born 8 June 1943) is a British actor best known for his role as the sixth incarnation of the Doctor from Doctor Who. (No, he's not related to Tom Baker.) Known as a tremendously Nice Guy, Baker is also One of Us to an almost ridiculous degree — and, so far, the only TV Doctor who got his own Doctor Who fiction published in official Who media, several times over. He wrote (and performed) the short story "The Wings of a Butterfly" for Big Finish Doctor Who, several stories about his Doctor in his book Gallimaufry, and "The Age of Chaos", a graphic novel published by Marvel UK.

Baker's time as the Doctor was fraught with Executive Meddling, a badly-timed first episode full of violence which was misinterpreted as an Establishing Character Moment, and the infamous technicolour nightmare coat. The show's myriad problems (among them a dwindling budget and dodgy scripts) were pinned on a single, eye-searing target: Baker. The show was placed in a sixteen-month limbo. After producing an impossibly cheesy Protest Song to help "Save the Doctor," and a lot of angry protests at Michael Grade, the head exec of BBC at the time, the series was brought back, but still on loose terms.

After a lengthy Story Arc in which the Doctor (and, metaphorically, the show) was "put on trial", Colin Baker's tenure ended just as it began: shakily. He was unceremoniously fired, despite having played no part in the show's problems. Though Baker was offered to briefly return for a regeneration story he turned it down (as he was offered one episode rather than a full serial) and as a result, the Sixth Doctor's final moment was written as a Death by Falling Over and Sylvester McCoy (the Seventh Doctor) was forced to dress in his predecessor's costume with a rather unconvincing blond wig while face down on the floor of the TARDIS. Baker nowadays jokingly insists that since he never regenerated, he's technically still the Doctor and everyone who follows him are imposters to the title. Various Doctor Who Expanded Universe titles attempted to re-write the scene and give him a more dignified end — in 2015, the Big Finish Doctor Who box set "The Last Adventure" finally gave Baker a chance to personally perform a new interpretation of his character's death.

Doctor Who was put on hiatus twice during Baker's tenure, thanks to the backroom wrangling going on. Following the (first) cancellation, Baker played essentially the same role again in the series' Spiritual Successor The Stranger, again opposite Nicola Bryant (who played companion Peri — er, "Miss Brown"). The two teamed up once more in The Airzone Solution, also by Nicholas Briggs, alongside fellow Doctors Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, and Sylvester McCoy.

He tweets as @SawbonesHex, and looks upon "Old Sixie", as he calls his Doctor, with fondness. He currently still plays the character in Big Finish Doctor Who. Fans consider it a majorly redeeming venture for Colin's shaky time on-screen.

Appeared in 2012's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!.


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