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Who on Earth is Tom Baker? Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Abridged edition edition (6 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001053655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001053656
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 10 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,465,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Simply wonderful”
Eclipse Magazine 11/97

“Baker’s superb delivery of his own fine, funny prose shows how tape can enhance the printed autobiography.”
Guardian 13/11/97

From the Back Cover

WHO ON EARTH IS TOM BAKER?

You won't have to hide behind the sofa while listening to this tape …Imagine a cross between Spike Milligan, Peter Ustinov and David Niven and you're some way to imagining the writings of Tom Baker.

After an Irish Catholic childhood, God service, National Service and a spell in the Merchant Navy, Tom Baker became an actor. Widely experienced in film, theatre and on television, he is most well known, in sixty-eight countries, for his portrayal of Doctor Who. To many, he is the ultimate Doctor Who.

Far exceeding the usual expectations of an actorly autobiography, 'Who on Earth is Tom Baker?' is a richly coloured, startlingly wild black comedy. Tom Baker is the kind of man who could drink the old off the wagon Anthony Hopkins under the table and who spends much of his leisure time mowing the grass around his own gravestone in the local churchyard. His memoirs are full of anarchic humour with surreal, ribald and revealing anecdotes.


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By harold adams on 18 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio Cassette
of interest far beyond the confines of dr who enthusiasts, this is a fine example of that rare beast, a compelling biography. Studded with very funny set pieces- and if you get an opportunity to hear the audio version, you'll have them rendered in Mr Baker's stentorian tones, which add much to the effect.Fascinating, honest picture of someone still struggling to understand his place in the world.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 July 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
I've been a fan of Tom Baker my whole life, so I really was excited when this came out. I found the book very interesting, & compelling. Thank you very much, Mr.Baker.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Nov. 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
Like many Who fans I bought this book out of curiosity about the man who (in my opinion) was the DOCTOR. My only reason for giving the book a four crown rating (instead of five) is my disappointment in the fact that so little material in this book is related to this part of Mr. Baker's professional experience given the title and cover picture. In fact, Mr. Baker gives surprisingly little information about many of his professonal experiences (enough though to see how difficult it is to both make a decent living as an actor and to maintain one's self esteem). However, I found Mr. Baker's autobiography to be extremely engrossing if heartbreaking in parts. The author is amazingly frank (too frank?) about his deprived childhood and frailties. One wonders how the author developed so many talents given the challenges he had to overcome. The book is a tribute to Mr. Baker's resilience (and to the resilience of so many others he grew up with and worked with). I would recommend this book to adult DW fans with open minds and to those who have enjoyed other autobiographies such as Angela's Ashes.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Having tried to find out who Tom Baker is I wish I hadn't 2 Nov. 2010
By Martin Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
This was to be quite frank the most depressing autobiography I have ever read. We read of a sordid life full of self-loathing and bumbling from one insanity to another. No vision. The attempts at humor are so dark to be totally unfunny. I get the feeling Tom wrote this to validate his own self-loathing and in my case it suceeded as I end up disliking this person intensely, not just for his morals and lack of inner strength but for removing my vision of him as a funny talented at times actor.

Not one for faint hearts and not a book to enjoy. Neither is their any depth, what are described are a series of befuddled mixed up scenes which go nowhere to a answer the question of the title.

Who is Tom Baker? Answer from this book is an almost continously depressed social inadequate, of negligible talent who somehow has survived despite being totally screwed up by events in his life. Not what I wanted to read.
2 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Tom Baker, Lost soul. Bent on revenge. 31 Oct. 2005
By Black Cat de La Bear - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
This whimsical character actor(who Stars) in Doctor Who tell's his life's story in morbidly dark humor making(as he adeptly does) the nonsensical sound believable. The seriousness of his voice is in contrast to the silliness of his tellng. These events did happen and they were bad, but he tells it as if laughing at these people(in the face) who wronged him those many years ago. Lalla Ward, another play-phsyco was the perfect match and now I know why. This making the obsurd sound like normal occurance is always present in the tone of these two's voice of "reason". It is a game to them. I was on medication for ten years for making the obsurd sound belevalbe(even though) I was kidding, apparently my(moronic) doctor thought I was serious.("I didn't give him a signal, GD." he said after the lawsuit.). Ha! The reason Americans like Baker so much as Doctor Who is this obsurdity that he portrays in contrast to what we lack so severely in American conservative(PC) culture. Bill Cosby or Tom Baker, you decide, herbert. This is the audio drama of his tale the he himself reads. Amazon has him listed as "editor" he is also the author and narrator. The tale starts in the cerca early-mid nineteen fourties relating to a catastrophic fire and then to his life and times with abusive family and friends in his childhood and early adulthood to his career path as actor and as DW and later to the present(I assume 1993 or something). Bazaar, full of bathroom humor and the like of brit comedy even his aunt-in-law is not saved from disgrace as "Letting the most tremendous fart."
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