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Sunday, 17 November 2013

#SaveTheDay Countdown: The Sixth Doctor--Colin Baker

As a countdown to the upcoming 50th Anniversary of Doctor
Who, TARDIStyle will be showcasing one Doctor a day.

Colin Baker was born 8 June 1943 in Waterloo, London. Early in his life, his family moved to Rochdale. He attended St. Bede's College where he studied to become a solicitor. At age 23, he decided to change careers and enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (side note, the author hopes to take classes there once she moves to London in 2016).

One of his first professional acting jobs was in 1970 as a supporting role in a three-part BBC adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre's The Roads to Freedom. In 1972, he returned to BBC airwaves as Anatole Kuragain in War and Peace. From 1974-76, he played one of his most prominent roles: Paul Merroney in The Brothers. He also appeared in the last episode of Fall of Eagles, was a guest star in Blake's 7, and in a BBC production of A.J. Cronin's The Citadel.

Before playing the Sixth Doctor, he appeared in Doctor Who as Commander Maxil in Arc of Infinity in 1983. Maxil was one of the few characters to actually shoot the Doctor (Peter Davidson).
Outside of acting, he became an avid supporter of awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome after the death of his son, Jack, in 1984.

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