Doctor Who Series 8: Tom Baker admits ‘I’d blow up the BBC if I had the chance’. And then reveals he’d be up for starring in new series. On the BBC.
"The monsters on 'Doctor Who' were never so amazing as the monsters on the sixth floor as I remember them," he said on BBC bosses
Tom Baker, the actor who played the iconic Doctor Who in 'Genesis of the Daleks', said that he’d "blow up the BBC" if he was presented with the destructive opportunity.
The veteran star, 80, who worked on the BBC show between 1974 to 1981, was actually answering a question about one of the most famous scenes from his era, where he has the chance to cross two wires and destroy an alien race.
"I like that one very much, because of the big speech part and the line 'do I have the right?'” he said at the launch of the classic sci-fi series on The Horror Channel. ''If somebody gave me two wires now and said, 'If you touch them together you could blow up the whole BBC,' I think I might be tempted, yeah.
"But I'd only be tempted for a second - and then I'd do it!"
He went on to joke that his old BBC bosses were even more terrifying than the monsters he encountered during his spell as the Time Lord.
''The thing with the BBC is you've really got to be able to suspend your disbelief, I mean anything can happen at the BBC.
"The monsters on 'Doctor Who' were never so amazing as the monsters on the sixth floor as I remember them. There were some very improbable looking people there. Who would make signs and nudge you and things."
But despite his disparaging quips, Baker admitted he’s open to the prospect of returning to the series in the future – if he hasn’t obliterated the broadcasting house by then, of course.
''I turned down 'The Five Doctors' [20th anniversary episode] 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 per cent 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.''
Baker did, however, make a triumphant return to the series for the 50th anniversary of the show last year, in which he starred opposite the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith.
The Horror Channel are set to broadcast 30 classic Doctor Who episodes from Friday 18 April. The first story will be "An Unearthly Child", starring William Hartnell as the Time Lord.
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