Tom Baker on: "Have I Got News For You"

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Tom BAKER

APPEARED:

KNOWN AS:
The longest-running actor to play "Doctor Who" - he played the sci-fi hero for nearly ten years in the 70s and 80s.

INTRODUCTION:
Angus referred to Baker's book, entitled "Who On Earth Is Tom Baker?" and added that they had now answered the question for him.

BEST QUOTE:
When Angus read the results of a pointless survey claiming that a large percentage of young people drink too much at Christmas, Baker quipped: "They don't miss anything do they?"

ANECDOTES:
Tons of them.  Baker talked about his days as a monk, claiming he left because the chastity left him with a stoop and that God had it in for him.  He also relayed stories about how he went to the Body Shop looking for bonfire-scented soap because he wanted to smell like an ex-girlfriend; how he was mistaken for former Education Minister Shirley Williams by a disgruntled passer-by; and how old women would often try to "pull" him.

GIVEN A HARD TIME?  He talked so much that he hardly gave anyone the opportunity to badger him.

OTHER OBSERVATIONS:
Baker dominated the show completely, with the three residents totally overshadowed by his performance and the fascinating stories he told of his life and career.  Answering the questions was less of a priority, though when pressed, he did so.  As a very tall and bulky man, he forced the comment from Paul that Ian looked about nine years old when the two sat together.

COMMENTS FROM THE WEBMASTER:
Baker's appearance was one of those which is very much down to the individual viewer as to whether it was fun or not.  He was funny, fascinating, eloquent, well-spoken and utterly charming, yet in spite of all this, he hardly let anyone else get a meaningful word in edgeways.

MARKS OUT OF TEN: Nine.  We loved him.

SHOULD THEY INVITE HIM BACK?
Yes.  There are more anecdotes to prise out of him.  Let's hope, however, that the other guest can be equally as talkative.
 


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