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COLIN'S DIARY (UPDATED 01.10. .22)
2022

19 November LONDON WINTER COMIC CON

 
24.10.22 POWER OF THE DOCTORS
Colin joined a vortex of previous Doctors in Jodie Whittaker's final adventure as Doctor Who last night. The Power Of The Doctor saw no less than eight Doctor's on screen - Jodie, Colin, Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, David Bradley, David Tennant and briefly the first appearance of Ncuti Gatwa in the trailer. Watch now on BBC I Player or order the forthcoming DVD / Blu Ray via all the usual online retailers.

 
01.10.22 THE DOCTOR OF WAR IS BACK!
The re-imagined Sixth Doctor is back in a new audio adventure boxed set from Big Finish. Doctor Of War 2: Destiny sees Colin joined by Louise Jameson as Leela, Geoffrey Beevers as The Master and Terry Molloy as Davros in an alternative Unbound timeline.

Times have changed. A choice was made and the universe diverged. And now all of history is at war.

One man stands at the centre of it all. But whose side is he on? Is he with the angels? Or the demons? And does anyone even know which is which?

He was a Doctor once, but now he is Doctor no more. He is the Warrior. The Doctor of War.

Who Am I? by Nigel Fairs The Tesh and the Sevateem are at war, obeying the orders of their God Xoanon. But they cannot know their battle has a higher purpose, one led by the Time Lord responsible for Xoanon's condition. A Time Lord called... the Master.

Time Killers by Lizzie Hopley Arriving on Marinus in search of a temporal weapon, the Warrior and the Master are confronted by a place where time literally is money. As the Master finds himself in changed circumstances, the Warrior finds himself with a deadly decision to make.

The Key To Key To Time by Tim Foley As battle continues to rage across the history of the cosmos, the White Guardian opts to provide the Warrior with a way out... located at the end of a dangerous quest, with an even more dangerous companion. But can a Time War ever truly end?

 
26.08.22 ELEMENTARY MY DEAR COLIN
Colin along with Terry 'Davros' Molloy will be taking to the road in a 'radio play for the stage' adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound Of The Baskervilles this autumn.

“The legend of the Hound Of The Baskervilles has haunted the Baskerville family for generations – none more so than Sir Charles Baskerville, who died in mysterious circumstances worthy of the legend. This leads Doctor Mortimer to consult Sherlock Holmes & Doctor Watson, in the hope of preventing the heir to the Baskerville estate, Sir Henry, from suffering the same fate. But the supernatural seems a very long way from 221B Baker Street…

However, once Holmes & Watson journey to isolated Baskerville Hall, the line between reality and the legend becomes blurred. Death, doom and myth surround them – what is the secret of the butler in the night, whose is the mysterious lantern that shines in the darkness, and what hellish apparition stalks Dartmoor with murderous intent?”

Tour dates:

28 Oct – Harlequin Theatre, Redhill – 01737 276500 – harlequintheatre.co.uk

29 Oct – Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames – 01491 525050 – kentontheatre.co.uk

1 Nov – Grand Theatre, Lancaster – 01524 64695 – lancastergrand.co.uk

3 Nov – Bridlington Spa – 01262 678258 – bridspa.com

4 Nov – Mansfield Palace Theatre – 01623 633133 – mansfieldpalace.co.uk

5 Nov – Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm – 01642 792587 – thepaaonline.org

6 Nov – New Theatre Royal Lincoln – 01522 519999 – newtheatreroyallincoln.co.uk

8 Nov – The Brindley, Runcorn – 0151 9078360 – thebrindley.org.uk

9 Nov – The Atkinson, Southport – 01704 533333 – theatkinson.co.uk

10 to 11 Nov – Tamworth Assembly Rooms – 01827 709618 – tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk

13 Nov – Savoy Theatre, Monmouth – 01600 772467 – monmouth-savoy.co.uk

15 Nov – New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth – 023 9264 9000 – newtheatreroyal.com

16 to 17 Nov – Shanklin Theatre – 01983 868000 – shanklintheatre.com

18 Nov – The Lights, Andover – 01264 368368 – thelights.org.uk

20 Nov – Palace Theatre, Paignton – 01803 665800 – palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk

 
26.08.22 AUDIOS UNDREAMED
The Sixth Doctor is back in action for Big Finish along with companions Mel Bush, Hebe Harrison and Professor Patricia McBride in the new audio boxed set Purity Undreamed.

The Doctor heads back to Earth with Mel and Hebe in tow, little dreaming what lies ahead. Accompanied by their new friend, Professor Patricia McBride, alien threats abound, dangers lurk, and the cost of meddling with time is more than anyone is prepared to pay.

2.1 The Mindless Ones by Paul Magrs (2 parts)

The Doctor, Mel and Hebe visit Sheffield at the behest of Hebe’s best friend, Elise, but Elise has undergone a disturbing transformation. The mysterious Mindless Facility claims to be able to change you for the better - but who decides what that is?

Joining forces with anthropologist Professor Patricia McBride, can the Doctor and his friends save Britain from an insidious alien threat?

2.2 Reverse Engineering by Jonathan Morris (2 parts)

When Patricia is invited to a secretive Swedish clinic by an old colleague, she tips off the Doctor, Mel and Hebe, who go undercover to investigate. Charismatic geneticist Killian Holm offers to restore youth to his wealthy patients, but the truth of his work is far more radical - and far more dangerous!

As an ancient horror reforms beneath the clinic, the Doctor must race to save humanity from an unspeakable temporal disaster.

2.3 Chronomancer by Robert Valentine (2 parts)

The Doctor, Mel and Hebe take Patricia to see 26th century Sheffield, but their trip is cut unexpectedly short. Caught in the crossfire between time-criminal, Khavl, and dashing ‘chronomancer’, Tannus Vallon, the TARDIS crash-lands back in the present.

With a dimensionally transcendental artefact lost somewhere in the city, the Doctor and his friends must find it before Khavl can... but with resentments and prejudices finally unmasked, is an even bigger threat about to engulf the world?

 
13.07.22 BACK ON THE ROADS
Colin Baker will introduce the BBC Four re-showing of one of his earliest television appearances, a 1970 adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre's The Roads To Freedom which will air on Wednesday 27th July. Colin played the role of Claude in this production which starred Michael Bryant, Rosemary Leach and Daniel Massey.

 
13.07.22 THE DOCTOR OF NIGHTMARES
Classic Doctors are pitted against new series foes in the latest collection of audios from Big Finish. The Stuff Of Nightmares features Tom Baker, Colin Baker, Paul McGann and Tim Treloar as the Third Doctor in four adventures focussing on creations from the post-2005 era of Doctor Who.

3.1 The House That Hoxx Built by Tim Foley

When the Third Doctor and Sarah journey far into the future of Earth, the last thing they expect to find on the planet is a haunted house!Invited to dinner by the Hoxx of Balhoon and his ovine ward, the TARDIS travellers experience strange and disturbing phenomena, and the Doctor is determined to discover the cause...

3.2 The Tivolian Who Knew Too Much by Robert Valentine

Taking an Italian holiday, the Fourth Doctor and Leela encounter another tourist very far from home. Timble Feebis is a particularly timid Tivolian, but he has much to be fearful about!

Guarding a vital data-chip, the three visitors are soon caught up in the machinations of a crime boss and his gang, and a dangerous alien assassin…

3.3 Together In Eclectic Dreams by Roy Gill

The Sixth Doctor takes companion Mari to the Archipelago of High Dream to try and stop the nightmares she’s having in the TARDIS.

Instead, they find the Lethe Foundation, a research facility overseen by musician Tara, lulling her clients to sleep with soothing melodies. But the Kantrofarri are hunting, and a mystery Green Man holds the key to escape…

3.4 If I Should Die Before I Wake by John Dorney (from a story by Jacqueline Rayner)

The Eighth Doctor and Charley are lost – in a labyrinth of monsters. And somewhere, lurking, are the Dream Crabs…

 
 
08.06.22 THE TWO DOCTORS GET STONED!
The Sixth Doctor teams up with the 10th Doctor as Colin and David Tennant star in Out Of Time - Wink as the two Doctors face the might of the Weeping Angels in a brand new Big Finish audio drama out now.

When the Sixth Doctor goes sight-seeing on Lucidus Silvara, he finds himself in a place where nothing is visible at all… only all-encompassing light! The Tenth Doctor is drawn in by a temporal anomaly, and the two Doctors meet a species with no sense of sight, living in a city surrounded by Weeping Angels.

To save a civilisation, the Doctors must keep their eyes on the Angels. Don’t blink. Don’t even wink…

09.05.22 HELLO HEBE
The Sixth Doctor and Mel welcome a new traveller aboard the TARDIS, marine biologist Hebe Harrison played by Ruth Madeley in the new Big Finish box set Water Worlds out in May.

1.1 The Rotting Deep by Jacqueline Rayner (2 parts)

A mysterious SOS summons the Doctor and Mel to an oil rig in the North Sea where a dwindling group of survivors awaits rescue from a lethal menace. One of their number is Hebe Harrison, a wheelchair-using marine biologist who is definitely more than she seems. Can our heroes escape the rig? And just what is killing off the rig's beleaguered crew?

1.2 The Tides of the Moon by Joshua Pruett (2 parts)

For Hebe's first trip in the TARDIS, the Doctor and Mel take her to the nearest available 'water world' – the Moon, two billion years in the past! Its advanced humanoid inhabitants, the Gilleans, are terrorised each night by their monstrous enemies, the Sheega. Even more worrying is that in a matter of hours, this ocean world will be laid waste by the gravitational interference of the blue-green planet next door...

1.3 Maelstrom by Jonathan Morris (2 parts)

The Doctor, Mel and Hebe visit the archipelago world of Veludia, only to discover a planet beset by electromagnetic storms where three survivors traverse the seas in a ramshackle township. These survivors are 'corps' - bodies used as hosts for minds stored in the vessel’s ‘mind-drive’ - and the Doctor, Mel and Hebe are seen as welcome replacements. But there's something lurking in the waters below, something of rage and power that wishes to destroy them all: the Maelstrom!

 
01.04.22 CURATOR OF WAR
Colin stars in two Big Finish releases in June. But not the Sixth Doctor as you know him.

Colin plays the mysterious Curator (a role originally played by Tom Baker) in the Stranded 4 audio with Paul McGann as The Doctor.

After crashing in 2020 London, the TARDIS crew has found the future of the universe altered and the human race doomed.

As the Doctor tries desperately to unravel the paradox, all roads lead back to Baker Street, and the greatest test of all...

4.1 Crossed Lines by Matt Fitton

The Doctor interrupts a pivotal journey for young Robin, while Tania and Helen are caught up in events past and present. As the timeline dissolves and the Void encroaches, the Doctor’s friends ask the Curator for help. But he is not the man he was...

4.2 Get Andy by Lisa McMullin

The Doctor resolves to make a difference and save one life in particular. But someone else is making a beeline for Sergeant Andy Davidson.

Mr Bird has something to prove, and he will go to any extreme to do it...

4.3 The Keys of Baker Street by Roy Gill

Homing in on the root of the problem, the Doctor attempts a risky solution – and disaster strikes. Soon, 107 Baker Street is all that’s left of reality, as the residents climb the floors to face their destiny.

4.4 Best Year Ever by John Dorney

What happens if the world is actually fixed? There are times when even the Doctor cannot help. And whatever the outcome, Liv and Tania have a decision to make.

There is also a foray into an alternative Unbound universe in The Doctor Of War: Genesis

Times have changed. A choice was made and the universe diverged. And now all of history is at war.

One man stands at the centre of it all. But whose side is he on? Is he with the angels? Or the demons? And does anyone even know which is which?

He was a Doctor once, but now he is Doctor no more. He is the Warrior. The Doctor of War.

1.1 Dust Devil by John Dorney

The TARDIS crew are on the run, pursued by an unstoppable force. But who is hunting them? And why? Will they find the answers on Aridius? Or just more questions?

1.2 Aftershocks by Lou Morgan

The ripples are spreading out. The Warrior is on trial. Or is he? No-one’s willing to tell him his crime so how can he know if he’s guilty? And who is trying him anyway?

1.3 The Difference Office by James Kettle

The Warrior is President of the Time Lords… and suffering from visions. Is he the right man to combat an invasion? Because there’s someone out there in the wilderness of Gallifrey. Someone with the Warrior’s face. And he’s heading for the Capitol.

 
08.03.22 THE HODIAC ARRIVE AT LAST
Russell T. Davies' long awaited Sixth Doctor advenure The Mind Of The Hodiac arrives this month courtesy of Big Finish audio. Based on an unproduced script Davies wrote in 1986, the adventure sees Colin as The Sixth Doctor and Mel (Bonnie Langford) encounter a new enemy.

In the depths of space, the mysterious Hodiac is manipulating the Galactic Stock Exchange to raise money. His aim? To hire mercenaries for a deadly quest across the stars.

Meanwhile, on Earth, an ordinary British family is plagued by a series of psychic events.

The one thing connecting these events is a magnificent patchwork coat – which just so happens to belong to the Doctor!

 
08.02.22 THE BUTCHER BEGINS
Fans of Blake's 7 will be thrilled to know Big Finish are delving into the murky past of Bayban The Butcher with a new audio novel read by Colin Baker and written by Nigel Fairs. Bayban Ascending is available as a download only.

Son is a diligent menial worker on the planet Calross. He has no idea who his father is. He lives with his mother by the Federation Factory where he works. He has two friends: a computer geek called Vann and a manual worker called Olag Gan. Son is having a secret relationship with Vel, Gan’s woman. She tells him that she is able to channel her psychic gift through a broken piece of necklace that she stole from an ancient burial site on one of the outer worlds.

Holding the broken necklace, Son has a vision that he will achieve greatness. When it comes true, he decides to find its missing parts hiring a grizzled old pilot called Bayban the Butcher to help him...

 
11.01.22 PELADON TALES
The Sixth Doctor returns to audio this month as Big Finish release a box set with The Doctor revisiting PELADON. David Troughton reprises his 1972 role as King Peladon and the story also features Paul McGann as The Eighth Doctor, Bonnie Langford as Melanie Bush, Alex Kingston as River Song and Nicholas Briggs as The Ice Warriors.

Journey to Peladon, member world of the Galactic Federation and home to intrigue and adventure. With each passing generation, the toll of industrial exploitation and deadly political games is taking its toll on the planet. Can the Doctor and his allies guide the course of history towards a hopeful future? Or is Peladon's fate in the lap of the gods?

1. The Ordeal of Peladon by Jonathan Barnes & Robert Valentine
When King Peladon hears of a holy man with seemingly magical powers and the gift of foresight, he resolves to discover the truth of it for himself. But his quest to understand the shifting loyalties of his people is one from which he cannot return unchanged.

2. The Poison of Peladon by Lizzie Hopley
River Song has infiltrated the court of Queen Thalira in the guise of a high priestess. With rumours swirling that Peladon is on the brink of a republican uprising, River joins forces with her new best friend, Alpha Centauri, to get to the bottom of the mystery

3. The Death of Peladon by Mark Wright
The Sixth Doctor and Mel arrive on Peladon to discover a world on the brink of environmental disaster. Civil war looms and a dark plot brews in the shadows of the court. Unless they can help avert catastrophe, there seems to be little hope left for one of the Doctor's favourite planets.

4. The Truth of Peladon by Tim Foley
Arla, last of Peladon’s great seamstresses, is commissioned to make a great cloak for the latest coronation. She’ll need a new assistant to complete her work in time, and one appears: the Eighth Doctor! Determined to show Arla the truth of Peladon, the delicate threads he's drawing together will change Peladon forever.

 
08.12.21 BAKER THE BUTCHER

Colin is back as Bayban The Butcher, the classic character from Blake's 7, with a boxed set with four audio stories devoted to the criminal psychopath. He is joined in the three stories by series regulars Michael Keating (Vila Restel), Sally Knyvette (Jenna Stannis) and Stephen Greif (Travis). Available from Big Finish.

Barbarian, Berserker... Bridegroom?

Even a psychopath must start somewhere. Bayban’s criminal career began well before he first met the Liberator crew. Somehow, his career also survived that fatal encounter with them.

Bayban isn’t the forgiving type. Jenna, Vila and even Travis are about to learn that they don't call him the Butcher for nothing.

1. Conscience by Katherine Armitage
Captain Jenna Stannis and her smuggler crew accept a job to help the people of Samana. Easy work, fast turnaround, quick profit.

But a new, rival captain is interfering in the supply chain. And Bayban doesn’t care who gets hurt in the process.

2. The Butcher's Wife by Lizzie Hopley
Desperate after escaping certain death, Bayban plans to pair up with a princess and usurp the wealthy planet Arl – unless another secretive visitor prevents him.

Bayban and Travis are both survivors. The question is whether Arl can survive the pair of them.

3. Vengeance Games by Lizbeth Myles
Bayban is in the mood for settling debts. He’s hunting down his old enemies – literally. All the better if he can make a profit from the game.

Vila Restal isn’t usually the sort to avoid gambling – unless he has to stake his life.

 
28.08.21 SIX MEETS THE ELEVEN
The Sixth Doctor meets the Time Lord renegade The Eleven as Colin and Mark Bonnar face off in September's box set from Big Finish titled simply The Eleven

The Eleven - a Time Lord criminal, whose past selves all live on inside his head. Chaotic, yet brilliant, he has long been one of the Doctor’s most persistent and dangerous foes. Now, with a companion of his own and a world on his wavelength, he is making his greatest play for power. Can the Doctor and Constance stop him, or will they be caught inside his web?

One for All by Lizzie Hopley

The people of Molaruss are in two minds – quite literally! A world of duo-minds inside single bodies offers a unique opportunity to the Eleven, and his new wife, the mutant alien Miskavel. Meanwhile, the Doctor and Constance discover a derelict TARDIS, but are they walking into a trap?

The Murder of Oliver Akkron by Nigel Fairs

The Global President of Molaruss has been assassinated. The authorities believe they have the killer in custody - but which of his personalities did the deed? The truth will emerge in the recollections of a madman - but there is more than one side to every story...

Elevation by Chris Chapman

Molaruss has a new ruler: the wise and benevolent Eleven - alongside his loving consort Miskavel - his many minds guiding every aspect of successful government. But the Eleven has a plan to elevate his people to a new level of consciousness. And he cannot resist inviting the Doctor and Constance to witness his ultimate triumph...

 
12.06.21 BAYBAN RETURNS!
Colin's celebrated performance as Bayban The Butcher in the 1980 episode of Blake's 7 "City At The Edge Of The World" is being revisited this month with a new Big Finish audio Avalon Volume 2, featuring the exploits of another rebel waging war against the corrupt Federation.

Throughout the galaxy, brave people fight for freedom, without the benefit of miraculous alien technology. Avalon has only her wits and her contacts to rely on – but her name will become legend, all the same.

2.1 Bayban’s Bounty by Niel Bushnell

A sacred stone might inspire revolution on a recently subjugated planet – if Avalon can only retrieve it from a high-security prison. She enlists the help of the Vankberg Vault’s only escapee, the madman at the top of the Federation’s Most Wanted list…

2.2 Mercenary by Christopher Cooper

Funding a crusade isn’t easy, and one of Avalon’s debts has just come due. She and Madison undertake a dubious mission, in the company of an even more dubious gun-for-hire, a man who has betrayed them once before…

2.3 Heart of Ice by Steve Lyons

What is the Federation President doing on a frozen backwater world? Avalon is determined to uncover the secret buried in Cryonax’s mines. By the time she realises that Travis is setting a trap, it might just be too late…

 
12.06.21 TRAILER RELEASED FOR NEW FILM
A new trailer has been released for a forthcoming movie starring Colin based on true events. The Ghosts Of Borley Rectory is due for release later this year.

View the trailer HERE

 
THE BROTHERS BOOK OUT NOW 01.02.21
The long awaited book on the 1970s serial The Brothers which featured Colin Baker as the ruthless Paul Merroney is now available. Written by CBO webmaster Rob Cope, the book tells the story of the huge success of the show not only in the UK but many countries around Europe and further afield. With brand new cast interviews (including Colin) and accessing both public and private archives, this is the first time the story of this classic serial has been told. Order it online from Lulu HERE

COLIN-Y OF FEAR 01.02.21
A brand new Sixth Doctor audio adventure has been released by Big Finish productions. Colony Of Fear by Roland Moore reunites Sixie and Mrs. Constance Clark (Miranda Raison) for a further exciting adventure.

Sometimes the TARDIS takes the Doctor to where he needs to go...

Answering a distress call from the out-world of Triketha, the Doctor and Constance Clarke discover human colonists battling against an onslaught of giant, malevolent insects. The insects’ sting induces a coma, and it is only a matter of time before all the colonists succumb.

The Doctor is curious as to the origins of the insects, which appeared from nowhere, and offers his assistance to the colony’s governor. But is this the Doctor’s first visit to Triketha, or has he been here before? The Doctor must confront a past that he has no memory of and take responsibility for the consequences of his actions.

 
THEY SEEK HIM HERE, THEY SEEK HIM THERE... 08.12.20
The Sixth Doctor and Peri enter the world of the the Scarlet Pimpernel in the latest Big Finish audio adventure Plight Of The Pimpernel out now. Written by Chris Chapman, it finds the TARDIS crew trying to keep their head when everyone else is losing theirs.

It's 1793 and the Reign of Terror is slicing through the elite of Paris - but not if the Scarlet Pimpernel has anything to do with it! With a very British pluck, and daring bravado, he rescues French aristocrats from Madame Guillotine's embrace. But who hides beneath the Pimpernel’s mask? And isn’t the Scarlet Pimpernel just a fictional character?

At Highmoor House, in England, Peri plays lady of the manor while the Doctor tends to the strange wounds of her ‘husband’, Sir Percy Blakeney. As Peri prepares to host a lavish ball in Sir Percy’s name, French agent Citizen Donat, and a sinister alien force are uninvited guests, both intent on unmasking the Scarlet Pimpernel and putting an end to his heroic escapades, forever!

 
NEW AGENT 02.10.20
Colin now has a new agent, Thomas Bowington at Bowington Management Thomas has also announced that Colin has made two new films, due for release in the spring 2021. Further details to be confirmed.