Tom Baker vs Jon Pertwee

Digital Spy and tabloid The Mirror have observed Tom Baker’s comments that he made in Doctor Who Magazine a little while ago regarding his thoughts on his predecessor Jon Pertwee.

Bakers’ remarks are a little cutting and if you’re a fan of Jon Pertwee, you may not like what he had to say. Remarking on his focus for work Baker commented:

“He liked the idea of big sums of money for voiceovers, so I would say in Jon’s earshot that someone had offered me £15,000 for a voiceover, but I turned it down because it was going to take a whole hour…this wasn’t true, but I could hear Jon’s heart pounding. In fact, he died of a heart attack shortly after that. I think that’s why.”

Pertwee died in 1996 due to a heart attack but it’s highly unlikely that that was actually the cause. Many who worked with Jon remarked that he was a perfectionist when it came to creating his roles, some may have thought of that as being difficult but it was really more of a need to get what he was doing right, which is what someone who is good at their job does.

Maybe Baker felt slightly inferior to Pertwee, taking over the role from his impressive and well received five year stint as the third Doctor. Baker threw a second blow by describing the actor as:

“Jon Pertwee was an insufferable know-all… Jon found it physically impossible to buy a drink.”

Baker’s words may ring with a touch of “pot calling the kettle black” but at the same time it could well be that Pertwee did not get on with everyone. However it is rather curious that Baker only feels he can share this information with us now…


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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