Day 1 – ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2022

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

It’s Day 1 of ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2022.

Let’s check out how Tom Baker’s Doctor meets Harry Sullivan for the first time in ‘Doctor Who’. 🙂

Right away, this is a very good introduction to Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor in his debut story ‘Robot’. I enjoyed how he interacts with Ian Marter as Harry Sullivan for the first time. The two clearly get on well with each other in this scene, especially in the hilarious skipping-rope moment. 😀

It was funny to see Harry’s bemusement when the Doctor remarked on his heart-speed once he used the stethoscope. It was also funny to see Harry bemused when the Doctor asked what he thought of his ears. The ears moment put me in mind of the Ninth Doctor commenting on his ears in ‘Rose’. 🙂

It was very unusual to see Tom Baker in what seemed to be a Jon Pertwee jacket. Not sure if it is the same one Jon Pertwee wore at the end of ‘Planet of the Spiders’. I liked it when Tom’s Doctor goes into the lab and he’s all grins when he sees his TARDIS and he tries to get into it using his TARDIS key.

What especially stands out for me in this scene is that Tom Baker’s energy and enthusiasm as the Fourth Doctor shines throughout. He’s clearly not copying what had been done before in William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee’s interpretations, since he makes the character his own.

His bonkers eccentricity is what makes his Doctor work and Tom Baker does it well in spades. It’s also eerie to think that Ian Marter had been in ‘Doctor Who’ before, playing a different character in ‘Carnival of Monsters’, and here he’s playing one of the regular characters in the ‘Doctor Who’ TV series.

Thanks for watching and reading!

Check out what Day 1 of my ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendars for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 were about!

Bye for now!

Tim 🙂


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