Remember how Colin Baker was unceremoniously removed from Doctor Who waaaaaaay back in the 1980s?
Because the show was being treated terribly by the Beeb back then, changing schedules from week to week, constantly doubting if the show had any worth, budget cuts, it was all happening – and to make it more interesting, BBC Controller Michael Grade didn’t like the show OR Baker. And it took such a toll on actor Colin Baker that he refused to return for one of the most iconic Doctor Who tropes… the regeneration.
But, that is all about to be set to rights thanks to Big Finish.
Here’s the press release:
Colin’s last outing in the Doctor Who role on television was The Trial of a Time Lord in 1986, but there was no proper handover story to Sylvester McCoy when he joined the series in 1987. Now, 28 years later, the full details of the Sixth Doctor’s death will be revealed – and it’s part of an epic battle that spans many sections of his life, and involves many of his companions.
‘I spoke to Colin not long after Matt Smith’s final outing, The Time of the Doctor, was broadcast on television,’ says producer David Richardson. ‘I felt very strongly that regeneration stories, and each Doctor’s final end, are very important to Doctor Who fans – these are stories that allow us to see the Doctor at his most courageous, making a sacrifice that only makes us love him more. And so I asked Colin if he might finally consider doing the Sixth Doctor’s final story with us. To my huge delight, he said yes.’
‘I owe a lot to Big Finish,’ says Colin. ‘They have given my Doctor the opportunity to live beyond those few episodes on television which were recorded during a time when the programme was under siege from various quarters. My Doctor did not benefit from that time. However at Big Finish the Sixth Doctor has lived and breathed anew and developed in a way that I am extremely happy with.
‘That would be the only reason I have agreed to bring my Doctor to an end – although it’s not really an end, because Big Finish plucks stories from the whole era of every Doctor. But because I never actually filmed a regeneration, and left poor Sylvester floundering around in my empty clothing with a blond wig on, I have resolutely maintained the lie that I am still the Doctor and all the rest are imposters because I never regenerated!’ (He laughs) ‘So it’s a tribute to the smooth talking people at Big Finish and the standard of the work completed thus far that I have cast aside my reluctance and joined all the other Doctors in actually having a regeneration.
‘And I can promise you: it’s a cracker.’
The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure is due out in September.
Well, this is awesome news…
Check out our interview with the man himself from 2012 below