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on 18 August 2013
This is an odd book by a self-confessed odd character, never at ease with the world or himself and turning to acting as an escape from both. I found the book quite patchy in that there seemed to be holes in the story that Baker doesn't want filled in. What exactly happened to his first marriage that cost him a relationship with his kids? Was he an alcoholic? A lot of what he misses out means you are left to draw your own conclusions but Baker doesn't seem to mind if you do.
I chuckled over a lot of the book in wondering what anyone who's a big fan of Dr Who would make of the whole thing. While Baker does devote a couple of chapters to the happy years he spent as the time lord, it's a relatively small part of the book. He spent more, I think, on his years as a monastery failing to impress his God or his latter years in Soho falling (sic) to impress Jeffery Barnard.
Definitely off-beat, it's an interesting tale which you suspect might be being told by an idiot, but always a likeable one. Baker's lament that he has never, ever had a best friend leaves you wondering why, but the answer isn't here in these pages and you leave the book thinking that if there was an answer to anything in Baker's life then it was to a daft question in the first place.