David Tennant and Tom Baker speak on their Doctor Who collaboration

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David Tennant and Tom Baker talked about starring together in Out of Time, a new Doctor Who audio drama from Big Finish in a Doctor Who Magazine interview.

In the drama written by Matt Fitton, the tenth Doctor meets the fourth Doctor as they battle Daleks together in a sanctuary outside of time.

“It comes, from my Doctor’s point of view, at a very specific moment in his character’s journey which is very vividly sketched in the script,” David Tennant told DWM. “It was fun to revisit that.”

“I’ve recorded this sitting on a box of tiles with a child’s duvet behind me to act as a baffle for the sound, speaking over the world wide web and recording on a laptop. Somehow this is all going to be spliced together by a genius to make it sound like we’re all in the same room. How wonderful to still be able to tell stories, even though the circumstances are slightly different. And to almost, sort of, meet the fourth Doctor. When it’s all finished, I will!”

Tennant spoke on the appeal of multi-Doctor stories.

“Why do we love multi-Doctor stories? I suppose it’s the band all coming together, isn’t it? I remember as a kid I’d read about things like The Three Doctors and could only imagine how exciting that must have been. And then The Five Doctors happened and, well, five Doctors didn’t really get together in the end, but three Doctors and a man in a wig and some clips of Tom Baker all got together, and that was exciting enough. Just the idea that Doctors should come together, it’s exciting!”

David Tennant is a big fourth Doctor fan and spoke to the magazine about Tom Baker’s influence.

“Tom Baker was very much the Doctor when I was a kid. All of us who have had the great pleasure to take on that role since, every one of us – I wager including Jodie Whittaker – keeps being asked where our long scarf is. And you think, ‘The Doctor hasn’t worn a long scarf since 1981!’ But somehow the image that he creates is so tenacious that the Doctor always has a long scarf. There’s something about the way he’s associated with the character that seems utterly, utterly timeless.”

Tom Baker explained his own take on his Doctor meeting the fourth Doctor to the magazine:

 “I don’t know whether I’m delighted to meet him or whether I’m jealous of him or whether in fact the Doctor in this one is actually a sign of my own mortality. That is fact, of course, that it isn’t a new Doctor, it’s just me at another time, going back in time and starting again and wondering whether I’ll remember all the things that have already happened to me.”

“I’m recording from my home, by the co-operation and expertise of my wife. So here we are miles and miles apart in three or four other places. It’s unique but I’ve enjoyed it very much.”

The synopsis for Out of Time:

The Cathedral of Contemplation is an enigma, existing outside time. It turns through history, opening its doors across the universe to offer solace to those in need.

Occasionally, the Doctor drops in – when he’s avoiding his destiny, it’s an ideal place to get some perspective. Only, he’s already there several lives earlier, so when dimension barriers break down, his past and present collide.

And when the Daleks invade and commandeer the Cathedral, two Doctors must unite to stop them – or face extermination twice over!

Doctor Who: Out of Time 1 cover artOut of Time will be available August 2020 and can be pre-ordered from Big Finish.


Doctor Who Magazine #552 is available now.