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Tom Baker Reportedly Set To Return To Doctor Who For 50th Reunion Specials

Whovians, rejoice! Maybe? According to recent reports, Tom Baker–the fourth incarnation of the Doctor–will return to Doctor Who next year for the big 50th anniversary extravaganza. On the show from 1974 to 1981, Baker is now 78 and, according to admittedly rumory rumors, se to reprise his role. 

One of the reasons to doubt the rumors? Baker has apparently been pretty public in the past about the fact that he thinks Doctor Who ruined his career–although he also admitted it was the “loveliest job [he] ever had.” There’s also the event of the 20th anniversary, in 1983, where Baker refused to return, forcing producers to substitute a wax figure with him during the photocall.

Baker has not been completely closed off to returning to the series, however; he said this on the matter, after all:

I think if they ask me nicely or I can see what they want me to do, I’d consider it. I think the fans have been so good to me, they’d expect me to at least make an appearance.

And now outlet upon outlet are reporting that he will indeed be coming back to Who next season, and we’d be happy to have him back on our screens. We certainly are fans of his scarf.

A Doctor Who insider spilled some beans to the Daily Express:

It will be fitting to have Tom back to mark the 50 years. He was a big part of the show’s success and is much-loved by the fans.

As for the anniversary extravaganza episode(s?) itself, word’s still out on what exactly it will entail. There are other rumors floating around that the episode will also serve as Matt Smith’s last episode as the Doctor, so you can expect plenty of hype to surround it in general.

(via Blastr, image via Thomas-Stewart-Baker)

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  • Psychotronic (Michael F.)

    Thanks for taking a “grain of salt” stance on this story. Considering that the story is sourced from the Daily Express, a British tabloid, it’s only right that it should be treated as rumour. One of the things that vexes me about Blastr is their seeming tendency to take every tabloidy story as if it were gospel truth.

  • Anonymous

    they could do an episode how some entity is trying to age the Doctors out of existence!

  • Michelle Mista

    *sniff* The idea of Matt Smith’s possible last episode is enough to negate the possible awesome of a Tom Baker returning as the Fourth Doctor for the 50th anniversary.

  • Anonymous

    Would be nice, but yeah, he probably ate Freddie Starr’s hamster too :/

  • Salem da Cat

    like totes mistake – he’s too old!

  • Anonymous

    It would be nice to see him make one last episode, he’s the best and sexiest doctor so far IMO (sorry, but he only has to say about six words and I melt into a puddle …)

  • Starman

    I’m skeptical of the source (Brit tabolid) but there is reason to believe Tom Baker wouldn’t be adverse to coming back to play the role in some capacity on the show.  When Elisabeth Sladen died last year, he remarked on his website how he was saddened not just by the death of a colleague but because he had just agreed to do some audio plays with her set when it was just The 4th Doctor & Sarah Jane traveling together.  And he’s already done some other audio plays for Big Finish.

  • Jodi Jodipheonix Britten

    would you like a jelly baby ?

    :D Tom is still sexy , even if he’s old enough to be my dad LOL I love Tom :)