Q: What’s your one biggest Doctor Who memory?
Tom Baker: I remember a man stopping me in Oxford Street once, looking at me with absolute incredulity; he couldn’t believe it. He said, “Tom Baker?” A man in his late thirties. I said, “Yes”. He said, “Tom Baker?”. I said, “Yes!” And he looked at me and in his brain he catapulted back in time and he said, “You know, when I was a boy, I was in a home for children; nobody wanted us, you know? It was terrible. And you made Saturday night good.” And I went to say something to him and I could see him so close to tears that he couldn’t speak. And he shook his head as if to say, “Don’t go on, don’t remind me”, and he just did [a thumbs up]. Such a common thing, isn’t it, but suddenly backed up with an expression on his face through his tears that was a knighthood. It was a knighthood. Just thumbs up, meaning it was great, and thanks. It’s incredible, isn’t it? Just a gesture.