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COLIN'S DIARY (UPDATED 27.07.15)
2015

1 - 2 August OPTIMUS, Torquay, Devon UK www.optimusconvention.com

7 - 9 August KANSAS CITY COMIC CON, Kansas. Missouri, USA www.kansascity-comiccon.com

16 August SHEFFIELD FILM AND COMIC CON, Sheffield, UK www.sheffieldfilmandcomiccon.com

29 - 30 August BOURNEMOUTH FILM & COMIC CON, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK www.bournemouthfilmandcomiccon.com

5 September WHOOVERVILLE, Derby, UK www.whooverville.org

13 September ULTRA CON ROTHERHAM, Rotherham, South Yorkshire Facebook

19 September BIG FINISH DAY 7, Slough, Windsor, UK www.tenthplanetevents.co.uk

26 - 27 September NORTHAMPTON COMIC CON, Northampton, UK Facebook

2 - 4 October TIME EDDY, Witchita, Kansas, USA www.kansasdoctorwho.com

11 October PLAY 2015, Manchester, UK (details to be confirmed)

16 - 18 October DIMENSIONS 2015, Newcastle-On-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, UK www.tenthplanetevents.co.uk

24 October DWAS: BACK TO THE EIGHTIES, Manchester, UK Facebook

25 October MCM LONDON COMIC CON, Excel Centre, London, UK www.mcmcomiccon.com

30 - 31 October BELFAST FILM & COMIC CON, Belfast, Northern Ireland www.belfastfilmandcomiccon.com

8 November LONDON FILM & COMIC CON (WINTER) Olympia, London www.londonfilmandcomicconwinter.com

21 November NEWCASTLE FILM & COMIC CON, Metro Arena, Newcastle, Tyne & Wear, UK (TBC)

22 November DIMENSIONS IN TIMEY WIMEY Brighton, UK www,timeywimeyevents.com

5 December WIGAN COMIC CON, Wigan, Lancashire, UK www.wigancomiccon.co.uk

2016

12 - 14 February GALLIFREY ONE, Los Angeles, California, USA www.gallifreyone.com

11 - 13 March LEXINGTON TOY & COMIC CONVENTION, Lexington, Kentucky, USA www.lexingtoncomiccon.com

 
STATEMENT FROM COLIN RE: DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 27.07.15
THE FOLLOWING IS A STATEMENT FROM COLIN:

I am on the cover of the latest Doctor Who magazine because after several years of declining to be interviewed by them, I was persuaded by Big Finish that it would help them if I overcame my reluctance and did an interview. I owe so much to Big Finish for providing me with the opportunity to drag old Sixie from the mire of the 80’s where he was firmly embedded in some viewers’ minds into the audio sunlight of the Doctor Who range they produce. Suddenly great scripts, great love for the show, great directors and producers combined to breathe life into the corpse of the Sixth incarnation beyond ‘carrot juice’, the ending I had been given before we knew that it would be precisely that – an ending.

My long reluctance to talk to DWM was based solely on the fact that the magazine has persisted for years in having polls and then publishing the results in full. Not just the name of the favourite doctor or companion (as if that was worthy of noting anyway) but details of who came lower in the ‘who’s best’ listing – all the way down to least favourite.I have never been that sure about the need to do this, felt by some people, but had never realised until I was a part of it myself quite how dispiriting it can be to the less loved. When you are at the bottom of the list with the wonderful William Hartnell – whom most of those who voted had probably never seen – trust me – you feel a tad gutted. We are supposed to shrug and to move on; to pretend we haven’t seen it; to pretend we don’t care; to affect a lofty indifference. I have always found it difficult to do that. When I was told my services as the Doctor were no longer required, I was offered the chance to give an anodyne reason for my departure. I preferred to tell the truth.  I have always found that easier in the long run, if not the short.

So when it happened to me again with that list of the popularity of the 200 stories to date and Peter’s last story was voted the most popular ever and my first story languished forlornly below the other 198, how could it fail to be like an hammer blow to anyone involved with that story. Could we not perhaps have just listed the top ten favourites? That would have hurt less, as my complete absence from that list would have at least been shared with the actors, writers and crew of the other 190. Once I had realised the potential for hurt in these lists, I constantly noticed the wounds inflicted on other creative people and hated it.

Anyway, when Big Finish told me that my re-generation episode’s release would be greatly aided by some coverage in DWM and that Nick Briggs had been asked to interview me for the magazine and that my exact words would be quoted, I eventually consented. I have known Nick for centuries it seems. He is as honest as the day is 24 hours long, we share a sense of fun and he is talented, clear thinking and a good man as well as being a superb writer. I warned them that I would talk about my quite strongly held views about their polls.

So wind forward a few weeks. My copy of the magazine containing my interview arrives. I read it and it does indeed reflect what I said exactly. No complaints. Nice picture on the front. Nice editorial.

I then started to read the rest of the magazine. I turn over four pages and see the DWM 2014 Season Survey. Favourite Story – listed from 1 down to 12. How can the writer of that story believe other than that the fans considered his story – the only one he wrote for that season – not as good as all the others? The same writer is also last in the Best Writer’s Poll with 1% of the vote – the winner getting 56% - lovely for him, but really unkind to the No 8! Best Director? There are six of them and one – with 1% is last. How is she supposed to feel? Why, oh why, does DWM feel the need to publish that. If they really like these polls why not tell us who came out on top without exposing those who did markedly less well to the ignominy of a negligible vote.

Lists that don’t identify individual human beings as least best are less pernicious. When it’s people who might be hurt – just name the one with the most votes. Open ended ones are less hurtful – like when ‘Others’ are given 30% for instance.

But DWM please remember that there are people reading these who may not wish to learn how unloved they are!

And then there is the twitter storm I have unleashed by trying in 140 words to make this point.

Because the original aversion to elements of these polls was started by my own low standing in the favourite Doctor list, many kind followers on Twitter are telling me they love me and say nice things about my Doctor. Grateful though I am of course for such kind outpourings, it was truly not why I tweeted my sadness and disappointment with DWM. It’s not about me and Old Sixie any more.

It seemed to me to be disingenuous at best to pretend that the juxtaposition of my very long interview (when I explained my dislike of the polls) and the 2014 season poll might be coincidental. Might a thoughtful editor have seen the potential for that being misread if it truly was a coincidence. My first thought from the Baker bunker was that I was being put in my place. ‘Don’t like polls eh? No pensioned off Doctor is going to tell us what to put in our magazine!’ While that may indeed be DWM’s right, it might have been more tactful in the circumstances to delay either the poll or my interview?

Various reactions on Twitter of course. One even accusing me of double standards because I appeared on I’m a Celebrity where the public vote leads to eviction – and suggesting that my lofty anti-poll standards were compromised in order to get paid. I struggled to understand that one – after all that is the point of that particular programme.

The editor responsible for publishing the poll and interview together asked me on Twitter to stop airing my views in public and talk to him privately – as if that would change anything. If he wants to say that the juxtaposition was coincidental – why not say so publicly? I like openness.

But to reiterate.

It’s not about me. I am heartened that people want to reassure me that Old Sixie is loved but I really do care about the new wounds being inflicted on today’s professionals by a magazine that should be protecting them. I am prepared to accept that they may be collateral and not intended victims, but now it is clear – or should be – that seeing in print that only 1% voted for you might just perhaps be less than pleasant and therefore worthy of a different presentation.

I guess I’m asking for the usual journalistic standards be nudged in the direction of kindness for a magazine whose sole purpose is to celebrate a television programme with those who watch it.

Colin Baker

 
NEW INTERVIEW CD FROM BIG FINISH 22.07.15
A new double disc interview CD with Colin is being released by Big Finish in September entitled This Is Colin Baker. The interview has been conducted by Nicholas Briggs and is a career retrospective. It is available to pre-order now.

 
NEW PROJECT FUNDRAISER 28.06.15
Fundraising has started on a new short film due to feature Colin entitled The Last Man On Earth. Full details can be found at the indiegogo website including a video by Colin explaining more about the project.
 
SIXIE MEETS THE JUDOON 28.06.15
Big Finish Productions have announced a new CD series which combines classic Doctors with new series foes. The Sixth Doctor is scheduled to meet The Judoon in the first set of adventures which will also feature the Fifth Doctor against the Weeping Angels, the Seventh Doctor facing The Sycorax and the Eighth Doctor up against The Sontarans. Full pre-order details for Classic Doctors, New Monsters can be found by clicking on the cover below.

 
CHRISTMAS HUMBUG IN CANADA 28.06.15
Colin has recently finished filming a segment for a new version of A Christmas Carol being produced by by actor and film maker Anthony D.P. Mann. Initially Colin recorded a voice over for the project but then recorded an introduction as Charles Dickens during a trip to the Niagra Falls convention. Further details are the project will be posted on Anthony D.P. Mann's official website.

 
COLIN BEAMS IN FOR THIS BIRTHDAY 05.06.15
We wish Colin a very happy birthday for the 8th. He'll be at the Niagra Falls sci fi event so we hope all of you going will take him some birthday cake! And as if to celebrate those fine people at Star Trek Continues have released online Colin's appearance in their latest production "The White Iris". Enjoy everybody...

 
THE CYBERMEN RETURN 22.05.15
The Sixth Doctor is joined by Patrick Troughton's companions Jamie (Frazer Hines) and Zoe (Wendy Padbury) in the new audio adventure The Last Of The Cybermen out now from Big Finish Productions.

It's been ten years since the final assault on Telos, the last act of the Great Cyber War. Thanks to the Glittergun, humanity prevailed – and the half-machine Cybermen were utterly obliterated. 

Out on the furthest fringes of the galaxy, however, they left their mark – in the form of a giant Cyber-head, hundreds of feet high. A monument? A memorial? A tomb? The Doctor, the Cybermen's most indefatigable adversary, sets out to investigate... but he fails to return to his TARDIS. Leaving the Ship, his two companions – brave Highlander Jamie MacCrimmon, and super-intelligent Zoe Heriot – find a stranger in the Doctor's place. A stranger in a coat of many colours, who insists that he's the Doctor – transposed in time and space with one of his former selves...

But why here? Why now? Has the universe really seen the last of the Cybermen..?

 
STILL MYTH MAKING... 19.04.15
The 1989 Myth Makers interview with Colin is being re-released by Reeltime Pictures on DVD and for instant download via their website Time Travel TV on 1st May. This career retrospective will also feature bonus behind the scenes footage.

 
HERO FEST NO SHOW 09.04.15
Due to circumstances beyond his control, Colin is unable to appear at Hero Fest this weekend in Ontario, Canada. He sends apologies for the disappointment caused.
 
 
TO BOLDLY GO - TO PHOENIX! 24.02.15
The episode of Star Trek Continues which Colin guest stars in - "The White Iris" - will have its world premiere at the Phoenix ComiCon on 29th May 2015 and shortly thereafter online via the official website.

 
IT'S THE END... BUT THE MOMENT HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR... 09.02.15
Big Finish Productions have announced that The Sixth Doctor is to get a final adventure - but don't worry there are many more Sixth Doctor adventures to come in the future:

Colin’s last outing in the Doctor Who role on television was The Trial of a Time Lord in 1986, but there was no proper handover story to Sylvester McCoy when he joined the series in 1987. Now, 28 years later, the full details of the Sixth Doctor’s death will be revealed - and it’s part of an epic battle that spans many sections of his life, and involves many of his companions.

‘I spoke to Colin not long after Matt Smith’s final outing, The Time of the Doctor, was broadcast on television,’ says producer David Richardson. ‘I felt very strongly that regeneration stories, and each Doctor’s final end, are very important to Doctor Who fans - these are stories that allow us to see the Doctor at his most courageous, making a sacrifice that only makes us love him more. And so I asked Colin if he might finally consider doing the Sixth Doctor’s final story with us. To my huge delight, he said yes.’

‘I owe a lot to Big Finish,’ says Colin. ‘They have given my Doctor the opportunity to live beyond those few episodes on television which were recorded during a time when the programme was under siege from various quarters. My Doctor did not benefit from that time. However at Big Finish the Sixth Doctor has lived and breathed anew and developed in a way that I am extremely happy with.

‘That would be the only reason I have agreed to bring my Doctor to an end - although it’s not really an end, because Big Finish plucks stories from the whole era of every Doctor. But because I never actually filmed a regeneration, and left poor Sylvester floundering around in my empty clothing with a blond wig on, I have resolutely maintained the lie that I am still the Doctor and all the rest are imposters because I never regenerated!' (He laughs) 'So it’s a tribute to the smooth talking people at Big Finish and the standard of the work completed thus far that I have cast aside my reluctance and joined all the other Doctors in actually having a regeneration.

‘And I can promise you: it’s a cracker.’

CLICK ON THE COVER FOR ORDERING INFORMATION

The End of the Line by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris.
The Doctor and his latest companion Constance investigate a commuter train that has lost its way...

The Red House by Alan Barnes
The Doctor and Charlotte Pollard arrive on a world that is populated by werewolves.

Stage Fright by Matt Fitton
The Doctor and Flip visit Victorian London, where investigators Jago and Litefoot explore theatrical performances that have echoes of the Doctor's past lives...

The Brink of Death by Nicholas Briggs
The Doctor and Mel face the final confrontation with the Valeyard - and the Doctor must make the ultimate sacrifice.

 
FINDING RICHARD ON DVD 24.01.15
The short film Finding Richard starring Colin is now available on DVD. The DVD can be purchased directly from the website www.findingrichard.co.uk (Thanks to Garry Jones)

 
NEW YEAR THOUGHTS FROM THE DOCTOR 31.12.14
Colin has added a New Year BLOG to Thoughts Of A Time Lord. Pop over a take a look!
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM COLIN AND CBO
A record number of visitors have checked out Colin Baker Online during 2014, thank you to everyone who has taken the time to catch up with Colin and his activities. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous 2015.

 
SPACE, THE FINAL FRONTIER... 07.12.14
It has been announced that Colin will boldly go where no other Doctor has gone before. Into the Star Trek universe with a guest appearance in the latest of the acclaimed Star Trek Continues web series. Colin will record his scenes in January with the episode launched online in the Spring 2015.

More information on the ongoing Star Trek Continues project can be found at the shows official website www.startrekcontinues.com

 
RETURN OF THE RANI! 06.12.14
December sees the much anticipated return of The Rani (this time played by Siobhan Redmond) to the world of Doctor Who in the new Big Finish audio The Rani Elite. A free download of Part One can be found HERE

The TARDIS arrives in the CAGE – not a trap, but the College of Advanced Galactic Education, one of the most prestigious academic institutions in colonised space.

Not a trap. Or is it?

The Doctor’s here to receive an honorary degree in Moral Philosophy. But there’s something rotten at the heart of the Medical Facility. Someone is operating on the students. Someone without a conscience. Someone with access to a Sidelian Brain Scanner – a technology that hasn’t been invented yet.

That someone is the ruthless Time Lord scientist known as the Rani – in her new incarnation. But will the Doctor and Peri recognise the Rani’s hand before her trap is sprung?

 
THE DOCTOR SUPPORTS N.A.S.A. 08.11.14
View the You Tube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPSN4PwL1Mg&feature=youtu.be

Thanks to Garry Jones for the info.

 
SIXIE AND PERI GET ANOTHER REVELATION... 03.11.14
October sees a rematch between The Daleks and the Sixth Doctor and Peri with the release of the audio drama Masters Of Earth by Mark Wright and Cavan Scott.

The year is 2163. Ten years since the Daleks invaded the Earth. One year until the Doctor, in his first incarnation, will help bring the occupation to an end. But for now, their reign of terror goes on.

The TARDIS brings the Doctor and Peri to Scotland – enslaved, like everywhere else on the planet. But there are rumours of Dalek-free islands off its coast. Places where resistors and refuseniks are coming together, gathering arms and armour, preparing to strike back against the enemy.

When the Doctor falls in with an unlikely group of freedom fighters making that dangerous journey to Orkney, he finds himself trapped – but not only by the Daleks, their robotised henchmen and their human collaborators.

By history.

Because history shows that for another year, resistance is useless...

The rebellion must fail – and as a Time Lord, the Doctor can do nothing to help 

 
WELCOME TO THE TARDIS CONSTANCE! 21.10.14
Big Finish have announced the Sixth Doctor will get a new companion in 2015 in the form of celebrated actress Miranda Raison. Miranda will be best known to Doctor Who fans as Tallulah in the two part story Daleks In Manhatten / Evolution Of The Daleks with David Tennant's Doctor. Her character opposite the Sixth Doctor will be very different as Nick Briggs explained:

“We’d worked with Miranda a few times on Doctor Who, The Avengers and Jago and Litefoot,” says line producer David Richardson, “and she was brilliant and a joy to work with. She sent a lovely email saying if ever we’d like her to do more, she’d be there like a shot – so I suggested to executive producer Nicholas Briggs and main range script editor Alan Barnes that we might find an ongoing role for her.”

Big Finish took the idea of a new companion to Colin Baker, and he embraced the opportunity to work with Miranda again – having done so before a few years back on The Wreck of the Titan. And so Alan Barnes was set to work on creating a character for her…

“The result is Constance,” says Nick. “She’s brilliant, inventive, has a great sense of humour and is just generally lovely to spend time with. We’re delighted and proud to have Constance and Miranda on board, not least because the character is so intriguing.”

“Mrs Constance Clarke is a Leading Wren in the Women’s Royal Navy Service (WRNS),” explains Alan, “and she served at Bletchley Park, in the famous Code & Cipher School, during World War II. The precise details of when, how and why her path first crossed with the Sixth Doctor’s must remain strictly classified for now – but all will be revealed in time...!

"She's a fantastic asset for the Sixth Doctor – capable, practical and reliable; in many ways, everything he's not! But she's a fantastic asset for Britain, too, in the darkest days of the War. One day, she'll have to choose between them – or between the Doctor and Mr Clarke, a Lieutenant Commander in Naval Intelligence, currently AWOL for reasons unknown. But not just yet..."

 
 
 
 
Thanks go to the Potteries Prydonians - Steve Worman and Paul Wood - for their help, Ron Brunwin for supplying artwork and Garry Jones for being a regular stalwart of the news section.
Extra special thanks go to the mighty Colin Baker himself for casting his mind back and helping catalogue his career.