Doctor Who – Timelash
Starring Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant
Release Date: April 1, 2008
The Fabulous Baker Boy
Colin Baker is the Sixth Doctor in “Timelash”
There were two actors named Baker who have played the role of Doctor Who.
There is Tom Baker, who was incredibly popular in the role, played the Doctor for seven seasons (longer than any other Doctor so far) and was the FIRST Doctor most people in the mid-west saw, because his episodes were the first broadcast on many area PBS television stations during the mid-1980’s.
Then there was Colin Baker, who only played the Doctor three seasons, took the role when the series teetered on the brink of cancellation, and is one of the least familiar Doctors in my part of the USA.
One of the more interesting episodes from the Colin Baker period, “Timelash,” is now available on DVD from BBC Video. This episode finds the Doctor battling a ruthless alien, a crisis in the time/space continuum, and a script with more holes than 500 gopher colonies.
It’s not that Baker doesn’t gamely make the best of the material he has to work with, or that he doesn’t bring his own panache to the role, but there was apparently much in-fighting with the production company during this episode (which is all covered in a documentary featurette included in the DVD called “The Good, The Bad And The Ugly”) and the script, which was supposed to feature the Daleks, was rewritten to make the villain a humanoid/animal dictator in a mechanized wheelchair.
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