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« on: January 06, 2013, 01:52:11 pm »


The Fourth Doctor was the fourth incarnation of the Time Lord known as the Doctor. He left all ties of his former exile behind on Earth, setting off to travel the cosmos. Initially travelling with Sarah Jane and Harry, Harry chose to remain on Earth when the opportunity arose. The Doctor and Sarah continued on their adventures until the Doctor was summoned to Gallifrey, necessitating that he leave Sarah Jane behind.

After leaving Gallifrey, he met and travelled with Leela of the Sevateem. During his travels with Leela, the Doctor gained a new companion in the robot dog, K9. Returning once more to Gallifrey to stop an invasion, Leela and the original K9 she stayed behind there. On the White Guardian's orders, the Doctor began looking for the Key to Time with fellow Time Lord Romana, and K9 Mark II. Once that search was concluded, the Doctor and a newly-regenerated Romana went on the run from the Black Guardian. They accidentally passed into the smaller Universe of E-Space.

During his travels in E-Space, the Doctor gained a new companion in the young mathematical genius Adric. Romana and K9 stayed behind in E-Space as the Doctor and Adric departed for N-Space.

Once again encountering his old enemy the Master, the Doctor and Adric met a Traken girl named Nyssa. She would later join them, along with the human Tegan, to help him prevent the destruction of the Universe by Entropy. While stopping the Master from using this threat to blackmail the Universe into servitude, the Doctor fell from the Pharos Project telescope and regenerated for the fourth time.
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2013, 04:33:07 pm »

I think he puts in a decent performance but I think that it is a shame that he wasn't given much to do towards the end other than lay there. After so long it would have been nice for him to have some sort of speech or monalogue too, I think.
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2013, 12:32:59 am »

There were times towards the end of his run where although still really good, Tom Baker just wasn't putting as much effort in. Whether he wasn't enjoying it or couldn't be bothered or just didn't like the stories, I have no idea, but like the post above I think he deserved something more fitting for his departure. He puts in a good performance with what he is given to work with, but it would have been nice to give him something a bit meatier to send him off with.
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2013, 04:35:12 pm »

Tom Baker was great in this. Perhaps not at his peak, but still putting in a great performance nonetheless.
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2013, 01:56:56 am »

I agree that in some of the stories in the last couple of series he seemed to be going through the motions, but I don't get that feeling here.  Not his greatest performance, perhaps, but certainly an excellent one.
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2013, 10:30:42 pm »

I thought he put in a good performance. Much better than in many of the stories that came leading up to this one.
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2013, 10:31:27 pm »

Also, I thought he got given a good ending. It's not my favourite regeneration, but not the worst either.
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2013, 02:51:27 pm »

A lot is said about Tom Bakers performances in his final year or two and while I think that he was often less enthusiastic, I don't think he was ever less good at it. I think in terms of performance his first season is the weakest, but his enthusiasm was at an all time high and so it is easier to balance out because the energy was what made him so watchable.
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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2013, 01:50:40 am »

I've always been on the fence with Tom Baker/Four. I have liked a lot of his stories but found his performances very hit an miss and I've never totally understood what the fuss was about. However, I really, really liked him within this story. There was a balance there between mad and bored that worked well for me. I've not seen a great deal of his stuff but if there is more like this I think I will start to regard him more highly.
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