After devoting his services to God, Baker devoted two years of his life to the Army Medical Corps. Initially, he found himself in charge of the medical museum which hardly anyone ever visited. To kill his boredom, Baker spent his time devouring books from the library. Unfortunately, this wasn't enough to keep the soon-to-be actor occupied from boredom. Eventually, he managed to secure himself a posting as a hospital orderly for a military hospital in Germany.
It was through participating in the Medical Corps' amateur dramatic productions, that Baker discovered he had a talent for making his audiences laugh. Eventually, he applied to attend drama schools. During his visit to Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, Baker decided to settle for that academy. It was at this academy that he learnt a number of exercises that many Thespians would learn.
Sadly, these exercises didn't suit his talent and Baker ultimately dropped out, but during his time at Rose Bruford College, he met two women who would have a fundamental effect on his life. One of them was a fellow student who would eventually become his first wife and the mother of his two sons Daniel and Piers.
After parting with his wife, Baker went to London to pursue his passion for acting. Throughout the 1960s, Baker appeared in a large number of stage productions which then led him to performing on the television screen along with Maggie Smith and an array of wonderful talent. Then in 1974, after viewing The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, the BBC witnessed the true talent of Tom Baker as the story’s main antagonist and invited him along to a number of meetings. It was here that the bosses of Doctor Who discovered they've found the show’s new Doctor.
Once Baker was cast as the benevolent Time Lord, acting jobs came swarming in and as Baker stated once before, all he ever wanted was to be adored, and as the Doctor, he truly was.
After seven outstanding years of Doctor Who, Tom Baker left because he was growing tired of the role. Though this wasn’t the last time the audience would see him on the BBC. Baker would later star as the famous detective Sherlock Holmes in the 1981 BBC adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles and then as Puddleglum in the 1990 BBC production of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.
Between then and now, Baker has busied himself with other acting jobs and writings.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Baker returned fantastically to our screens. First of all, many viewers saw his return as the wise spirit Wyvern in the remake series of Randal and Hopkirk [deceased], later he would return vocally as the narrator of the comedy series Little Britain. In 2005, Baker was seen in the Scottish drama Monarch of the Glen.
23 November 2013 marked a very special day. The Golden Anniversary of Doctor Who, which resulted in fans flocking to special conventions, television screens and cinema screenings to witness a brand-new adventure for our beloved hero. Is he going to save the day? Well of course he will! He’s Doctor Who, that’s who! But the ending of the jar dropping special held a heart retching, special surprise - That signature voice.
Over the years, since his departure from the show, many fans have longed to see Tom Baker back as the bohemian Time Lord, and then for a beautiful and outstanding five minutes, he was BACK. The Doctor, MY Doctor, was back and it was about time.
So, Tom, if you’re reading this. Whether it's on a war torn Skaro, the sewers of Victorian London or even running across the streets of Paris. Happy Birthday and you are and shall always will be MY Doctor.