Well, for one episode at least.
Tom Baker who played the fourth Doctor Who from 1974 to 1981 will appear in an episode of the new series to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the BBC series.
Baker, now 78, is the Doctor many Americans first think of as his episodes ran for several years on Public Television stations across the country. Possible storylines are being kept under wraps, but considering past reunion shows, he will probably meet up with his current self, Matt Smith, to team up combating some threat. Rumours indicate the 50th anniversary episode for the long-running show could also be 29-year-old Matt’s last.
Tom, best known in recent years for voicing Matt Lucas and David Walliams’ comedy series ‘Little Britain’ and other voice work, turned down other appearances in the series. He refused to take part in the 20th anniversary special episode in 1983, prompting producers to replace him with a waxwork dummy for a brief apearance.
Baker has complained ‘Doctor Who’ ruined his career recently telling The Sun newspaper: ”It essentially killed my career stone dead because I suddenly realized I liked being ‘Doctor Who’ more than anything that had ever happened to me before.”
”So when I went to play Macbeth the audience wanted me to play Macbeth in the style of ‘Doctor Who’ and naturally I did. I realized then that the people coming to see me didn’t want to see me playing Jack the Ripper or whatever it was.”
Post Doctor Who, Baker has appeared in a few movies including Dungeons & Dragons and has narrated or voiced a number of TV series, specials and video games.