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Tom Baker could return for Doctor Who anniversary

Tom Baker, the most popular of the Doctor Who actors in the first run of the series, has indicated he might be happy to make a reappearance to mark the half century of the resilient Time Lord in 2013.

This marks something of a softening of attitude by Baker, who has been a little prickly in the past. He had declined to return for the 20th anniversary episode in 1983, and has blamed Doctor Who for ruining his serious acting career.

"Although it's the loveliest job I ever had, it essentially killed my career stone dead," he explained. "I suddenly realised I liked being Doctor Who more than anything that had ever happened to me. So when I went to play Macbeth the audience wanted me to play Macbeth in the style of Doctor Who and naturally I did."

The adoration of Doctor Who fans has persuaded Baker that he might be willing to reappear as the fourth Doctor. "If they asked me nicely or I could see what they wanted me to do I would consider it because I think the fans have been so good to me," Baker said.

"They expect me at least to make an appearance so of course I could consider that, if it was something witty, but I would want to know the details of the scene or what I was supposed to do. I just don't want to be paraded through as some shagged-out icon of the last century. It's too much of a source of happiness."

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