I thought I might start doing the week's history fun in the Tiki Tuesday threads and doing community spotlights every couple of weeks. Ask your questions for the game or related to this week's theme here!
Thomas Stewart Baker was born on this day in 1934. Most famous for being the narrator on the sketch comedy show Little Britain, he also played some soft of time travel man back in the 70s...
Perhaps the greatest voice in all of the British Isles, Tom Baker originally trained to be a Monk in his native England before embarking on stints in the Army Medical Corps and the Merchant Navy. He became an actor and did a lot of theatre acting before being cast in a role that would define his career and a franchise: Doctor Who. As the fourth incarnation of the immortal Doctor, Baker's scarf wearing, jelly baby scarfing alien is one of the most iconic characters in British Pop Culture. If the previous Doctors were grandfatherly figures to the humans who traveled with him, Tom Baker was the goofy uncle.
He's the first Doctor that I watched, a half remembered episode where he and his companion shrunk down and somehow entered his own brain. I never caught an episode before the reboot in the '00s but I never forgot that strange fever dream of cheap sets and high concept sci fi.