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COLIN'S DIARY 2014 / 2015 (UPDATED 06.12.14)
14 - 16 December PHOENIX COMIC CON FAN FEST, Phoenix, Arizona, USA www.phoenixcomicon.com


16 - 18 January MAGIC CITY COMIC CON, Miami, Florida, USA www.magiccitycomiccon.com

7 - 8 February DALLAS COMIC CON, Dallas, Texas, USA www.dallascomiccon.com

1 March BOLTON COMIC CON, Bolton, UK Facebook

14 March DAY OF THE DOCTORS, Windsor, Berkshire, UK www.tenthplanetevents.co.uk

15 March EM CON, Nottingham, UK www.em-con.co.uk

21 - 22 March SCI FI SOUTH WEST, Trowbridge, Wiltshire UK www.scifisouthwest.co.uk

27 - 29 March (RE)GENERATION WHO, Cockeysville, Maryland, USA regenerationwho.com

19 April STOKE CON TRENT 2, Stoke On Trent, UK www.stokecontrent.co.uk

24 - 26 April WHO FEST 2, Irving, Texas, USA www.whofestdw.org

21 - 24 May FED CON 24, Dusseldorf, Germany www.fedcon.de

29 - 31 May CONSOLE ROOM, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA console-room.mpls.cx


18 - 19 July LONDON FILM & COMIC MART, Olympia, London , UK www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com

25 July CHARITY SCI FI CONVENTION, Romford, Essex, UK Facebook

15 - 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

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

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

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

7 - 8 November CARDIFF FILM & COMIC CON, Cardiff, Wales, UK www.cardiffcomiccon.com

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.

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

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?

View the You Tube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPSN4PwL1Mg&feature=youtu.be

Thanks to Garry Jones for the info.

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 

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..."

It is with much sadness we report that passing of Lynda Bellingham, aged 66. Lynda played The Inquisitor opposite Colin in all fourteen episodes of the epic Trial of A Time Lord in 1986. She reprised the role several times for Big Finish Productions on audio most noatbly in the 2013 audio play Trial Of The Valeyard in 2013. Aside from her work on Doctor Who Lynda had an impressive career in television and on stage and will best be remembered as Helen Herriot in All Creatures Great And Small, her own sitcoms Second Thoughts and Faith In The Future, as the Oxo Mum in the long running series of commercials and latterly as a regular panelist on Loose Women for ITV. Our condolences go to Lynda's family and friends at this difficult time. Lynda's chronicles of coping with cancer There's Something I Have Been Dying To Tell You has recently been published.

Colin and the team at CBO were very saddened to learn of the passing of Maggie Stables, who became such a part of the Sixth Doctor's legend in her 20 Big Finish audios with Colin as Dr. Evelyn Smythe. Beginning with The Marian Conspiracy released in March 2000 and ending her journeys with the Sixth Doctor in Industrial Evolution (March 2011), the no nonsense history professor weaved her way into the hearts of Doctor Who fans all over the world. Colin described her as "the definitive companion for the Sixth Doctor". Maggie will be sadly missed by colleagues and fans of Doctor Who everywhere. Our condolences go out to Maggie's friends and family.

A new triology of adventures for the Sixth Doctor and Peri begins this month with the release of a new audio by Nev Fountain, The Widow's Assassin. During this latest mini series we get to catch up with Peri following the events of Trial Of A Time Lord and her announced marriage to King Yrcanos.

Once, long ago, in a land of monsters and corridors, a fair maiden was captured, and placed in a deep sleep.

She was used to being captured, and she had a hero who rescued her on just such occasions. But this time the hero never came.

And the fair maiden slept on.

Eventually, a King rescued the maiden, and made her his bride, which many wise old women might tell you is just another way of capturing fair maidens.

And still the fair maiden slept on.

Then, the hero had another stab at rescuing the maiden from her prison, but he was too late. And, more importantly, he had forgotten the rules of fairy tales.

He didn’t slay the dragon.

Out now from Big Finish Productions is the four part mini series The Worlds Of Doctor Who combining several ranges from the prduction company: Jago & Litefoot, Counter Measures, The Vault and Gallifrey. Colin returns as The Sixth Doctor in the series finale. Order from www.bigfinish.com

1: Mind Games by Justin Richards
In Victorian England, Henry Gordon Jago and Professor Litefoot investigate worrying events on the streets of London – which seem to be linked to the New Regency Theatre’s resident act, the mesmerist Mr Rees…

2: The Reesinger Process by Justin Richards
London, 1964, and the repercussions of Jago and Litefoot’s adventure are dealt with by Sir Toby Kinsella and his crack team of specialists at Counter-Measures. What is the Reesinger Process – and who is behind it?

3: The Screaming Skull by Jonathan Morris
Disgraced soldiers Ruth Matheson and Charlie Sato are called back into action by Captain Mike Yates, when the UNIT Vault is mysteriously locked down by a deadly force. Together they must infiltrate the Vault and get those trapped out alive. But what enemy are they facing?

4: Second Sight by Nick Wallace and Justin Richards
The actions of Mr Rees have alerted the Time Lords of Gallifrey, and Romana has assigned her best warrior. Independently, the Sixth Doctor has arrived on Earth. A power from the dawn of the Universe is about to be unleashed once more…

A brand new audio of four stories based on the theme of perception is to be released in July by Big Finish with all stories featuring the Sixth Doctor and Peri. Breaking Bubbles And Other Stories features the following tales:

Breaking Bubbles by LM Myles

The Doctor and Peri find themselves in the palatial gardens of the deposed Empress Safira Valtris where nothing is ever quite what it seems.

Of Chaos Time The by Mark Ravenhill

Cast adrift in his own chronology, the Doctor must avert the consequences of a catastrophic experiment in using time as a weapon of war.

An Eye For Murder by Una McCormack

The year is 1939, and a case of poison pen letters at St Ursula’s College threatens to change the course of the Second World War. Fortunately thriller writer Miss Sarah Perry is on hand to investigate...

The Curious Incident of the Doctor in the Night-Time by Nev Fountain

Michael is a young boy who likes to solve mysteries, such as the mystery of the extra gnome, the mystery of the absent father, and the mystery of the strange man in yellow trousers at the bottom of the garden.

In addition Big Finish have also announced a Sixth Doctor trilogy begining in October the theme of which is finding out what happened to Peri after the end of Trial Of A Time Lord. In addition to a Dalek invasion of Earth the trilogy features the return of The Rani played by Siobhan Redmond. Further details can be found by clicking HERE.

A MOUTH ON LEGS 29.06.14
Colin sets the record straight regarding his quotes about the new generation of Doctors. Read his Bucks Free Press column HERE

Colin has helped voice a new feature film entitled A Dozen Summers. He plays the Narrator of a traditional children's film which is hijacked by two children with a different story to tell. Kenton Hall, writer and director of the film and a life long Doctor Who fan, says working with Colin was the absolute icing on the cake. "Colin Baker was my Doctor - and an actor for whom I have always had the utmost admiration and respect. Genuinely, he's one of the reasons I became an actor and director in the first place. So to have him agree to put his enormous talent at our disposal was an honour." More details to be announced at www.dozensummersmovie.co.uk

KATE 0'MARA 1939 - 2014
Everyone at CBO was very saddened to learn of the passing of Kate O' Mara particularly Colin who worked with Kate on many occasions both in the theatre and on television. They were memorably cast as adversaries in The Brothers (1975) and reunited ten years later when The Sixth Doctor faced The Rani.Kate was undoubtedly one of the leading actors of her generation and as Colin tweeted when he heard the news, "We are the poorer." Below are photos of Colin's work with Kate in The Adventures Of Don Quick (1970), The Brothers (1975) Doctor Who:The Mark Of The Rani (1985) and their final public appearance together last November at the Excel 50th anniversary celebrations.

The March Sixth Doctor release from Big Finish is Scavenger by William Gallagher. It can be ordered in CD or digital download form as usual from Big Finish

Thursday 28 May 2071: the day the Anglo-Indian Salvage 2 rocket launches. Its mission: to clean up space; to remove from Earth’s orbit over a century’s worth of man-made junk…

From the viewing window of a nearby space station, the Doctor and Flip have a unique view of Salvage 2 as it sets about its essential task – and of the disaster that unfolds when Salvage 2 encounters something it’s not been programmed to deal with. Something not of human manufacture…

Back on Earth, the Doctor fights to save Flip from becoming part of a 500-year tragedy being played out in orbit, hundreds of miles above. And millions will die if he fails.


Colin has been announced as starring as Grandad in a new short film Finding Richard co-written by director Rhys Davies and producer Doug Cubin. Finding Richard follows a boy who, on hearing the bones have been found under a Leicester car park, begins his own quest. Helping Gull on this journey is his grandad, himself a dreamer, who sees something of himself in the boy. What Gull finds is not quite what he or his grandad expected. The production is set to debut at the Cannes Film Festival in early March. More information about the production can be found at the official Facebook page:


The Sixth Doctor and Flip are back with another adventure for Big Finish this month in The Brood Of Erys by Andrew Smith, who wrote the 1980 Doctor Who serial Full Circle as well as the critically acclaimed 2012 Big Finish adventure The First Sontarans.

Space travellers are warned to keep away from the area of the planet Asphya and its unremarkable moon Erys. Not the best place to materialise the TARDIS, then – as the Doctor discovers when his ship is raided by the imp-like Drachee, and his companion Flip is carried away…

But the TARDIS isn’t the only stricken vessel in the region. Aboard a nearby space yacht, the Doctor encounters a woman who holds in her head the secret of Erys – a secret suppressed by amnesia, or worse.

Flip, too, is about to learn Erys’ secret. But once you know Erys’ secret, you can never escape.

Colin returns to the role of Gerald Conway (last heard in the audio The House By The Sea) in the latest Dark Shadows release for Big Finish, The Harvest Of Souls.

“My name is Maggie Evans, and this is the end of my story.”

Collinsport is over. And, after recent events, Maggie Evans just doesn't care any more. She grew up here, she fell in love here, she grieved here. But no more. Maggie wants out.

But there's a problem as this town won't let her go. Collinsport has unfinished business with Maggie.

Maggie finds herself trapped in the empty streets, pursued by an old friend who wants only one thing. To make her happy.

But Maggie Evans doesn't believe in happy endings any more.

Colin guest stars as Dr Tredding in the first audio series of The Avengers: The Lost Stories from Big Finish Productions which is now available.

SIL IS BACK... 08.01.14

The Sixth Doctor and Sil (played as ever by Nabil Shaban) are reunited in this months release from Big Finish, Antidote To Oblivion. They previously encountered each other in the television stories Vengeance On Varos (1985) and Trial Of A Time Lord Parts 5 - 8 (1986) and in the 2009 Lost Story audio Mission To Magnus. This release is the first of a Sixth Doctor trilogy in which he is once again accompanied by Flip Jackson played by Lisa Greenwood. It is written by Philip Martin who has written all the previous encounters between Sil and his Time Lord foe.

Future Britain is bankrupt, its corporate owners facing financial ruin. Fortunately, the Universal Monetary Fund, and its slimy representative Sil, are willing to give its President a multi-billion credit bail-out... but terms and conditions apply, and Sil's proposed austerity measures go far beyond mere benefit cuts.

Responding to a distress call, the Doctor and his companion Flip land in a London whose pacified population has been driven largely underground. But the horrors down there in the dark are as nothing to the horrors that await them at ConCorp HQ, where a young biochemist in Sil's employ is working on a permanent solution to the nation's terminal unprofitability.

Because in the final account, Sil plans to make a killing...

AND FINALLY... 29.12.13
In our last post for 2013 we cast a glance at the ghost of Colin past with this flyer from 1975 in which Colin is starring in the play September Tide with his Brothers co-star Jennifer Wilson. Colin has had a extrensive stage career over the past 45 years. Check out our Theatre section for more details. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR VISITORS. See you on the other side of the Timelash...

Just in the nick of time, Colin has taken time out from his manic pantomime schedule to post some Festive thoughts and reflections. As usual head over to Thoughts Of A Time Lord. And also check out an excellent review of Aladdin from the Basingstoke Gazette.
Out now is the new Big Finish audio The Trial Of The Valeyard which reunites Lynda Bellingham as The Inquisitor, Michael Jayston as The Valeyard and Colin's Sixth Doctor in a sequel to the epic 1986 television story Trial Of A Time Lord. Currently available to range subscribers only, it will be go on general release in December 2014.

Colin and webmaster Rob would like to wish all our visitors a very Merry Christmas as we end Doctor Who's 50th anniversary year. 2014 is the 30th anniversary of the Sixth Doctor's colourful debut. We will be celebrating in style and we hope you will join us for all the updates on Colin's movements.

Colin has now commenced his run as the evil magician Abanzar in Aladdin at the Anvil Theatre in Basingstoke. Performances continue twice daily until 5th January.


The past week has seen unprecedented coverage of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary around the world. Saturday 23rd saw the premiere of the official anniversary special 'The Day Of The Doctor' in which all the Doctors were referenced in some way. This was followed by a live 'After Party' on BBC 3 in which Colin participated. The BBC red button then had another world premiere, The Five Doctors Reboot, a 30 minute comedy in which the 1980's Doctors decide they are going to be in the 50th anniversary special one way or another....

This special can be viewed on the official BBC Doctor Who website here

50th RAMBLINGS.... 24.11.13
CBO's webmaster Rob Cope has marked his own 40 year obsession with Doctor Who in a special BLOG. You can read it here.
Nearly time for pantomime again and Colin will shortly start rehearsals for his latest villanous role at the Anvil Theatre, Basingstoke. Tickets for all performances are now on sale.

The Sixth Doctor is one of 12 collectible covers of teh anniversary edition of the Radio Times out tomorrow (19th November) Each cover sports a different Doctor. No prizes for guessing the most colourful of the covers then!

THE LIGHT IS ON... 27.10.13
Big Finish Productions have released the 50th anniversary audio The Light At The End a month early. Featuring Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann and Colin of course it has been receiving rave reviews from fans all around the world.

November 23rd 1963 proves to be a significant day in the lives of all eight Doctors…

It's the day that Bob Dovie's life is ripped apart…

It's also a day that sets in motion a catastrophic chain of events which forces the first eight incarnations of the Doctor to fight for their very existence. As a mysterious, insidious chaos unfolds within the TARDIS, the barriers of time break apart…

From suburban England through war-torn alien landscapes and into a deadly, artificial dimension, all these Doctors and their companions must struggle against the power of an unfathomable, alien technology.

From the very beginning, it is clear that the Master is somehow involved. By the end, for the Doctors, there may only be darkness.

Truly a wonderful way to kick start the 50th celebrations. Also out imminently is the Sixth Doctor and Peri audio 1963: The Space Race.

November 1963, and the Soviet space programme reigns supreme. Having sent the first animals, then the first men beyond Earth's atmosphere, now they're sending a manned capsule into orbit around the Moon.

Just as Vostok Seven passes over into the dark side, however, its life support system fails. Only the intervention of the Sixth Doctor and Peri, adopting the identities of scientists from Moscow University, means that contact with the capsule is regained.

But something has happened to the cosmonaut on board. She appears to have lost her memory, and developed extreme claustrophobia. Maybe she’s not quite as human as she used to be…

The Doctor & I is WhovianNet’s new celebratory book which contains over 80 memoirs and accounts from fans who have been personally impacted and inspired by Doctor Who.

Officially published internationally on the Day of the Doctor, 23rd November, the book serves as a unique celebration of 50 years of the Whovian fandom and includes an exclusive foreword by award winning writer Richard Curtis.

Use the link below to pre-order the book. Orders will be dispatched in the week leading up to 23rd November. The book is paperback format.


DON'T PANIC, BUT... 21.10.13
We have learned today that the national tour of THE HITCH-HIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY LIVE has been cancelled with immediate effect. The producers have issued the following statement via their website:

The Radio Theatre Company deeply regret to announce the immediate cancellation of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show 2013 Tour. Tonight's performance at The Hawth, Crawley and tomorrow's at the Watford Colosseum will not take place, nor will any of the remaining scheduled shows in October and November. Ticket holders are being contacted and should contact venues for refunds.

Although a well-loved show, Hitchhiker's Live has been subject to the same extreme economic pressures as many productions touring the UK this autumn. Ticket sales across the board have been lower than average and we have not escaped this trend. A difficult financial environment for such a large and technical show means that covering operating costs has become impossible. As a result in the last 24 hours we have had no option but make the extremely hard and painful decision to stop the tour.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and share the extreme disappointment and frustration felt by many who were looking forward to seeing the show. we sincerely hope that it can be brought back in the future.


Big Finish Productions have announced that Colin will join the cast of the audio series The Confessions Of Dorian Gray for the special download release The Mayfair Monster. Colin will play the role of Tom Sadler.

Colin's latest BLOG is now available in our Thoughts Of A Time Lord section.
Full artwork for all editions of The Light At The End have now been released by Big Finish.

THE LIGHT AT THE END (Standard Edition)

November 23rd 1963 proves to be a significant day in the lives of all eight Doctors…

It's the day that Bob Dovie's life is ripped apart…

It's also a day that sets in motion a catastrophic chain of events which forces the first eight incarnations of the Doctor to fight for their very existence. As a mysterious, insidious chaos unfolds within the TARDIS, the barriers of time break apart…

From suburban England through war-torn alien landscapes and into a deadly, artificial dimension, all these Doctors and their companions must struggle against the power of an unfathomable, alien technology.

From the very beginning, it is clear that the Master is somehow involved. By the end, for the Doctors, there may only be darkness.

Written By: Nicholas Briggs, Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

Cast: Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Sophie Aldred (Ace), India Fisher (Charley Pollard), Geoffrey Beevers (The Master) with special guest stars!

Available to order from

THE LIGHT AT THE END (Limited Collector’s Edition)

This is a five-disc limited Special Edition in deluxe premium packaging, which includes a stunning array of professional photos of the cast.

Discs 1 and 2 – The Light at the End
Disc 3 – The Making of The Light at the End (70 minute documentary)
Disc 4 – This is Doctor Who at Big Finish (70 minute documentary)
Disc 5 – Doctor Who – The Companion Chronicles: The Revenants performed by William Russell as Ian

Available to order in the UK from
www.amazon.co.uk. USA Who fans can pre-order/purchase this item from www.amazon.com.

• Further information on the above editions and the limited vinyl available at Big Finish.

The cover for issue 465 of Doctor Who Magazine has been revealed and it features Colin, Tom Baker, Paul McGann, Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy. This month's issue looks at the forthcoming multi-Doctor audio The Light at the End. DWM is on sale Thursday 19th September, priced 4.75.


A reminder that Colin Baker Online is also celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who all through 2013. Browse all our Who 50 Colin /Sixth Doctor related news in our dedicated DW50 section.

Actor Colin Baker came face to face with himself today as a bronze resin bust of the Doctor Who star was revealed.

Sculptor Andrew Sinclair made the two works of art at his studios in Wendover.

Colin, who writes a weekly column for the Bucks Free Press, said: "It is remarkable. It feels very odd. You really don't think it is ever going to happen to you, and it has. I feel very honoured."

In honour of Colin's time as the sixth Doctor Who between 1983 and 86 there is a Tardis and Cyberman on the bust, which will be placed somewhere in Colin's home in Cadmore End.

• Continue reading at
Bucks Free Press.

( Photo Bucks Free Press )

The Trial Of A Timelord gets a going over in The Guardian's latest look at classic Doctor Who episodes.

The Trial of a Timelord: Doctor Who classic episode #14

The fact that The Ultimate Foe makes very little sense is down to one of the most bizarre and tragic chapters in Doctor Who history

The Doctor is on trial for genocide. A star witness arrives in a bid to acquit him. That star witness is Bonnie Langford. This is the point Doctor Who had got itself to by 1986. We went over the Colin Baker crisis last time, but it would be no fun to consider a decent-enough story such as Revelation of the Daleks. Especially not when there's a gigantic 14-part concept-series-shaped elephant in the room. The Trial of a Timelord actually happened.

Which is not to say it is all terrible, by any means, but the combination of circumstances that led to series 23 must go down as one of the most remarkable things ever to happen in Doctor Who.

• Continue reading at
The Guardian.


Big Finish have announced a limited edition vinyl release of their anniversary story The Light At The End, due in November. The audio special features Colin along with fellow Doctors Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann. Full details at www.bigfinish.com


Congratulations to Peter Capaldi on becoming the 12th Doctor Who from all at CBO. He becomes only the second actor, with Colin, to become the Time Lord after previously playing a part in the show. All hail the new Doctor!
A report on Colin's appearance at Denver Con can be found by following THIS LINK.
We are in celebratory mood today as Colin celebrates a landmark birthday ("a handful of heartbeats to a Time Lord"). All the best Colin from CBO and our many visitors from around the world. We are raising a glass to you today and look forward to many more adventures with Sixie to come.

Big Finish Productions have announced that their subscriber bonus audio for 2013 will be THE TRIAL OF THE VALEYARD. Written by Alan Barnes and Mike Maddox, it will see Colin as the Sixth Doctor reunited with Lynda Bellingham's Inquisitor and Michael Jayston's Valeyard in an all new audio adventure. This trio were last together in the epic 14 part television story Trial Of A Time Lord in 1986.

Just a reminder that Big Finish's multi Doctor anniversary story THE LIGHT AT THE END is available to pre-order from their website. Released in November 2013, this two hour audio brings together Doctors 4 - 8 (Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann respectively) along with a spate of companions including William Russell (Ian), Carole Ann Ford (Susan), Maureen O'Brien (Vicki), Peter Purves (Steven), Jean Marsh (Sara), Anneke Wills (Polly), Frazer Hines (Jamie), Wendy Padbury (Zoe), Katy Manning (Jo), Louise Jameson (Leela), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Mark Strickson (Turlough), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Sophie Aldred (Ace) and India Fisher (Charley Pollard). They will battle the Doctor's evil nemesis The Master as played by Geoffrey Beevers who played the role in the 1981 television adventure "The Keeper Of Traken". It is sure to be one of the highlights of anniversary year. Click HERE to pre-order from Big Finish.

It seems the current Doctor's companion Clara Oswald might be meeting some old faces in this coming Saturday's season 7 finale "The Name Of The Doctor". The photograph below shows a figure in the background we might all be familiar with. UK viewers can watch Doctor Who this coming Saturday, May 18th at 7pm on BBC 1.

Courtesy of Laurie Yadon, who used to run Colin's American fan club, we'll be dusting off a few photos from Colin's illustrious career. What better place to start than this photo of Colin aged 18 (top right) playing The Professor in an amateur production of South Pacific at the Manchester Palace Theatre. Thanks Laurie for sharing this with CBO.

Colin has updated his irregular BLOG with all the latest titbits. Pop over to his latest THOUGHTS here.

Colin has confirmed that he will be appearing this Christmas in pantomime at the Anvil Theatre, Basingstoke in the role of the villainous Abanazar in ALADDIN. The Production will run from Thursday 12th December 2013 to Sunday 5th January 2014. More details to follow.

We are revamped, revitalised and ready to go. Launching just as Series 7, Part 2 of Doctor Who gets underway this evening AND in plenty of time for the hugely exciting 50th Anniversary celebrations... Geronimo! Colin Baker Online covers Colin's entire career, with info on his many televsion and theatre credits and much more. Due to popular demand from many of Colin's online fans we have also expanded our Doctor Who content, and will continue to do so over the coming months, paying tribute to an iconic and much-loved character, and DW era. Visit the two main sections by clicking below.

STAMP IT OUT! 30.03.2013
The special stamps commemorating 50 years of Doctor Who went on sale on Tuesday of this week. Each of the 11 TV Doctors is represented on his own first-class stamp (60p), as is the TARDIS, while four enemies – Dalek, Cyberman, Ood, and a Weeping Angel – feature on second-class stamps (50p).

The Royal Mail have also released the Doctor Who Prestige Stamp Book. These can be purchased online, direct from the Royal Mail website.

Time after time: In this lavish volume, which contains five completely unique stamp panes featuring all of the Special Stamps, Gary Russell takes an authoritative look at the progression of Doctor Who through the show’s many series’.

View more news on Official Doctor Who 50th Anniversary merchandise in our dedicated section, here.

Jonathan Creek: Watch: Wednesday 3rd April: 00.00am
The Wrestler's Tomb. (Series 1, Episode 1). Very first episode of the quirky mystery series. A crime writer joins forces with an eccentric magician's helper to investigate who murdered a painter. Director: Marcus Mortimer. Starring: Colin Baker, Paul Allen, Saskia Mulder, Sheila Gish, Rebecca Charles and Jane Hazlegrove. Also airing on Watch +1 and Watch HD.

Kent Online: Former Dr Who Colin Baker to appear at Herne Bay Sci-Fi festival: Dr Who actor Colin Baker has confirmed he will appear at a Kent festival. The sixth Time Lord will meet fans at the Sci-fi By The Sea convention at Herne Bay Football Club on Sunday, June 16.

A contestant on last year’s I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here, he will join the memorabilia from Star Wars, Robocop, Alien and Predator movies going on show.

This is Kent: TV star Colin Baker heads for Bay event: He was conceived in Herne Bay thanks to scriptwriter Anthony Coburn, and now Doctor Who will return to the town in the form of actor Colin Baker.

The Sixth Doctor will be joining the Sci-fi By The Sea event, organised by the BayPromoTeam, on Fathers' Day, June 16.

Chester Chronicle: Colin Baker and Peter Amory star in The Woman in White at Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold: Wilkie Collins’s classic mystery story The Woman in White comes to Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold from March 26-30 as part of a UK tour.


Visit our comprehensive guide to Colin as the sixth Doctor, with info, episode guides, screen captures, photos and more in our Doctor Who section. All of space and time, and Colin, is in there!

Colin and Sylvester McCoy were among the guests on The One Show, the final live broadcast from the BBC Television Centre in Wood Lane. Chris Evans donned Colin's 6th Doctor coat for the rest of the show. Ironically Michael Grade was also a guest on the show.
Colin has confirmed he will be recording an episode of the BBC quiz show Pointless this week and also guesting on The One Show tomorrow night (22nd March) in the final programme to come live from BBC Television Centre.
Ian Fraser Photography have released a limited edition Colin Baker stamp card to tie in with the Royal Mail Doctor Who stamps due for release this month.

The card will be an A5 (148mm as 210mm) double side postcard, high gloss image. The card will have the 6th Doctor stamp attached to it but also it will be SIGNED BY COLIN BAKER on the front and hand addressed on the back to the owner. The cards will be posted out in a normal envelope and will be individually numbered 1 - 200.

The cost is 15 inclusive of postage and packing in the UK (overseas orders will be charged an extra 1).

For further details see the shop section at

MENSTON GREEN 25.02.2013
Menston Green is now available to download for just 3 from the following link:


Menston Green has been running since 1951. Families have been gathering around their television sets every night for almost sixty-two years to catch up with the residents of IBC1's most famous village.

But since the death of the show's most enduring cast member, the ratings have taken a dive. As a result, Mr Cutler (the producer) has no choice but to end his tenure and hand over the reins to the next generation - a last chance saloon to breathe new life into television's oldest soap opera.

Enter new employee Dale Delaney, a warm-hearted but dim-witted young dreamer with some unique ideas on TV drama. Together with his new recruits - Apple the first-time script writer and Clifford Bowfinger (creator of IBC1's other smash hit, Blake's Rebels) - the scene is set for a reboot of truly galactic proportions. But not everyone will survive his vivid reimagining...

COLIN'S WHO 30 21.02.2013
We haven't forgotten here at CBO that 2013 is not only the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who but also the 30th anniversary of Colin Baker's involvement starting with his appearances as Gallfreyan guard Commander Maxil in Arc Of Infinity. That same year (1983) also saw the announcement that he would be assuming the role of the Sixth Doctor. Can it really be thirty years ago? Time flies, especially for a Time Lord. I'm sure you will all agree that Colin's contribution to the TV show, audios, conventions and many other additional projects connected with the show over the past three decades has seen him established as a veritable WHO legend. Congratulations Colin, you truly are one of Gallifrey's greats.

The 50th anniversary audio adventure The Light At The End featuring Doctors 4 - 8 is now in post production.

Colin returns to the role of the villainous Count Fosko early in the new year in the Wilkie Collins ghost story The Woman In White. The production by Ian Dickens International received warm reviews when it toured last year.

The dates for the spring tour of the UK are as follows:

Tuesday 22nd January to Saturday 26th January 2013: The Lighthouse Theatre, Poole
Monday 28th January to Thursday 31st January 2013: The Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Thursday 14th February to Saturday 23rd February 2013: Lincoln Theatre Royal, Lincoln
Tuesday 26th February 2013 to Saturday 2nd March 2013: The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Monday 4th March 2012 to Saturday 9th March 2013: The Theatre Royal, Windsor
Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th March 2013: Theatr Clwyd, Mold, North Wales

Sincere condolences to Kate O'Mara who suffered the loss of her son Dickon on New Years Eve. Our thoughts and sympathies are with her at this very difficult time.
Just a reminder that the Sixth Doctor, Jago & Litefoot adventure Voyage To The New World is now available to download from the Big Finish official website for just 1 (CD copies 5). A bargain if ever there was one

Roanoke Island, 1590.

The TARDIS materializes in the past, and the Doctor’s companions, Professor Litefoot and Henry Gordon Jago, find themselves prisoners of the natives in the New World.

But there’s something something strange here – stranger than even the colonists, led by Englishman John White.

What are the ghostly children? And who is the Old Man of Croaton?

The travellers are about to discover the secret of the lost colony... and it may cost Jago's life.

Written By: Matthew Sweet. Directed By: Ken Bentley

Cast: Colin Baker (The Doctor), Christopher Benjamin (Henry Gordon Jago), Trevor Baxter (Professor George Litefoot), Philip Pope (John White), Ramon Tikaram (Wanchese), Mark Lockyer (Sir Walter Raleigh), Emerald O'Hanrahan (Eleanor Dare)

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.