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Tom Baker

Tom Baker became the Doctor in late 1974. The former monk from Liverpool was working on a building site when the call came for him to step aboard the TARDIS and often turned up for rehearsals in a white boiler suit.

The charismatic star brought new energy to the series, reinventing the Doctor as a traveller who delighted in the sheer bravado of his adventures.

During Tom’s seven year reign, Doctor Who shifted from pastiches of horror film concepts to lighter, wittier stories. HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams was responsible for much of the surreal humour, as was the increasingly inventive Baker.

A highlight of the era has to be the introduction of K9, a robot dog with a killer laser in his metallic snout.

The Fourth Doctor’s costume was inspired by a painting of French artist Tolouse Lautrec. The now legendary scarf was a happy accident - the result of a freelance knitter not realising she didn’t have to use all the wool she had been given.

Tom bid farewell to the role by falling off a radio telescope in a bid to thwart the Master.

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