Doctor Who

Tom Baker: Pertwee was ‘grieving’ for the role

By Darren Scott on Monday 25 November 2013

Fourth Doctor Tom Baker described his relationship with his predecessor Jon Pertwee at the Doctor Who Celebration in London’s ExCel.

When asked what he recalled about having met Pertwee for the regeneration, he replied: “Absolutely nothing at all. He didn’t speak to me. Maybe he was grieving. I don’t remember anything about him at all."

"I do remember he never bought me a drink. He had - we call it on Gallifrey - Alien Hand Syndrome. His hand wouldn’t go where the money was.”

Finishing his very tongue-in-cheek reply he concluded: “I remember nothing except anticipating future glory.”

When asked to recall what he liked most about working on Doctor Who, Baker replied: “I loved it all.”

See Tom Baker meeting Matt Smith, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker and Peter Davison at the Doctor Who Celebration:

The Doctor Who 50th Celebration is a three day event at ExCeL celebrating 50 years of the world’s longest running sci-fi drama, Doctor Who. The event welcomes over 20,000 fans to East London over the anniversary weekend and features cast and crew from the very first episode to the most recent. Matt Smith, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy lead the all-star cast and are joined by Jenna Coleman, Steven Moffat, Bernard Cribbins, Carole Ann Ford and many more.