While promoting the launch of 30 episodes of classic DOCTOR WHO on Britain’s Horror Channel, erstwhile Fourth Doctor Tom Baker revealed he is interested in returning to the series — and wouldn’t mind appearing with other incarnations of the Doctor!
This cosmos-rattling change of heart came as he was being interviewed by the Horror Channel:
“I turned down ‘The Five Doctors’ because it wasn’t long since I’d left — I had left DOCTOR WHO because I think I’d run my course. I didn’t want to play 20 percent of the part. I didn’t fancy being a feed for other Doctors — in fact, it filled me with horror! Now, of course, if someone asked me to do a scene with some other Doctors, I think, if they let me tamper with the script, it would probably be quite droll. I would think about that, yes.”
And Baker even said he would like to appear alongside the current 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
“I wouldn’t rule anything out. If it was a nice part, with some good lines, I might deign to appear! I greatly admire Capaldi; he’s lovely, and apparently he’s a great fan of DOCTOR WHO — he might ask for me!”
Getting Baker back would be quite a coup, and very popular among U.S. fans — Matt Smith and David Tennant notwithstanding, “the guy with the long scarf” is still the default image of the Doctor in America — and getting him to appear would be a ratings coup for BBC America.
Precisely how he would return is anybody’s guess. Would he be the “real” Fourth Doctor, or perhaps another cameo by the Curator — who may or may not be an aged version of the Fourth Doctor or perhaps some future incarnation of the Time Lord, revisiting a favorite old face?
But we can relive that electrifying moment from “The Day of the Doctor” when the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) met… well, the Curator of the National Gallery in London!