Many actors long to play an iconic character for theatre, television or film. Some donâ€™t manage to achieve this dream. Others are able to flex their acting muscles and reach their goals.
Former Sixth Doctor actor Colin Baker is the latter.
Not only will he always be known as a flamboyant, loud and (these days, thanks to various Big Finish plays) caring Time Lord the Doctor, he is now taking on the mantle of well known Detective Inspector Morse.
Colin is appearing at theatres nationwide in “House of Ghosts”, a Morse mystery written by Alma Cullen who, incidentally, wrote four of the TV episodes that starred the late and great John Thaw. Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Baker spoke about how he approached the role:
“It’s a little like taking on the role of Doctor Who, the knack is not to try to follow in the footsteps of the person who has gone before youâ€¦ I could never fill John’s shoes, he was wonderful in the role, but I look different, I am different.
“What I had to do was go to the books and find the character for myself. There are certain things that people will recognise and that I have found important to playing him. His meanness, the appalling way he treats women, and Lewis.”
Baker was cast as the Sixth Doctor when Doctor Who was under severe scrutiny from not only the general public but also BBC bosses as well. However, his feelings on his tenure and also the new series remain greatly positive:
“Oh I loved my time on Doctor Who, loved it, for three years it was among the happiest times of my careerâ€¦ I am completely knocked out by the new lotâ€¦I’m quite envious of all the things they are able to do, with the special effects and everything and I think Russell T Davies has done a wonderful job as the producer.”
Baker clearly has no regrets and still continues to wow us with his unique portrayal of the Doctor to this very day. Speaking candidly, he does have one regret which he reflected on:
“The thing that I’m most envious of, however, is the care that the BBC takes of it these days. When I was in it, the show was as popular, in terms of viewing figures, as it is today, but it seemed to be something that the BBC was almost embarrassed of. That’s the only sadness I have about my time in the show.”
Colin is never one to pull punches when it comes to airing his views, he has been writing a weekly column for his local newspaper The Bucks Free Press for 17 years now:
“It all started when I wrote a letter to the paper 17 years ago and the editor wrote to ask me if I would like to write a column and I’ve done that, weekly, ever sinceâ€¦I have just written this week’s and I’ve sounded off about student loans and how appalling the system is. Lots of people have to deal with things like that and all they can do is get to the point where they are so frustrated they think their brain will explode â€“ I get to write it down and get it all out. It’s a great release valve.”
Colin Baker always performs to his fullest and his rich and varies acting experience will surely translate well to the stage when he gives us what will surely be a unique portrayal of one of Britainâ€™s most famous Detectives.
You can call 0844 847 2322 to book tickets for “House of Ghosts” which will be showing at York Grand Opera House from September 16th to 18th.