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Colin Baker

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 14:38

From the Brothers-hood of Time Lords ...

 

Best known as the unscrupulous Paul Merrony in The Brothers and the sixth incarnation of The Doctor in Doctor Who, Colin Baker studied law and worked as a solicitor before deciding to become an actor.

Graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, an early role in The Roads to Freedom led to the part of Count Steinbock in Cousin Bette. After playing Anatol Kuragin in the BBC's ambitious serialisation of War and Peace, Colin joined the cast of The Brothers as the ruthless banker Paul Merrony.

He appeared opposite Nyree Dawn Porter in For Maddie With Love and played Vaughn in The Citadel alongside Gareth Thomas. Having already appeared in the Doctor Who adventure "Arc of Infinity", when Peter Davison decided to bow out from playing the fifth Doctor, Colin was chosen to replace him. Portraying the character as a complex individual imbued with a blustering arrogance, Colin never got the chance to properly develop his incarnation as the series went through a production upheaval that resulted in a seventeen month gap between series.

Although he acted alongside Patrick Troughton in "The Two Doctors", his second full year on television, made up of the season long "Trial of a Time Lord" storyline, proved to be his last. Having played The Doctor in the six-part "Slipback" on BBC Radio 4, in 1989 Colin took over from Jon Pertwee in the stage production "Doctor Who - The Ultimate Adventure", and has since expanded on his character in the audio productions from Big Finish Productions.

Having guest-starred in Blake's 7, Colin played Harry George Chauvel in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and appeared in The Famous Five, and Jonathan Creek. For his second appearance in Casualty he played a character, who believed he had special alien powers, named David Vincent after the protagonist in The Invaders.

Still active as the Chairman of the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID), Colin has recently been on tour with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in Gilbert & Sullivan's "HMS Pinafore".

 

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