Did the 4th Doctor Ring Your Bell?

Scottish writer Simon Farquhar is researching the legendary incident when Tom Baker stopped off at an unsuspecting family’s house in Preston, Lancashire to catch an episode of Doctor Who during his reign as the Fourth Doctor.

Farquhar hopes to find the family concerned for a new production he is scripting for the BBC entitled Teatime with Tom Baker, and hopes to get some useful leads from readers of the Lancashire Evening Post.

Mr Farquhar, 36, said: "It was such a crazy incident. What intrigues me is it is from an age where Doctor Who can just turn up at your door like that. Fingers crossed, the family in question will turn up."

"I think the parents wrote to the BBC asking for proof as the kids were being accused of lying at school. So Tom went and visited them and was photographed with them."

At the time, Tom Baker was returning from an appearance at the Doctor Who Exhibition in Blackpool, and wasn’t expecting to get back to London until late that Saturday evening. His only alternative was to try his luck and hope that the house he stopped at would be watching Doctor Who…

Kasterborous hopes that the family can be tracked down as it really is a rather delightful moment in British television history. If you haven’t already, email [email protected] or call 01772 838185 if you’re able to help in track the current whereabouts of the family or to help  Simon Farquhar with his research!


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