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How boiler-suit Tom became Dr Who

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With a turn of speed that even the super-human Time Lords would appreciate, Tom Baker has established himself well and truly as Dr. Who IV.

Despite the nervous mumbles of one or two conservatives at the BBC and a handful of viewers who think the new doctors a bit silly, the tall, shock-haired and wide-eyed Tom has given the old fellow a brave, new images.

With his 10ft. scarf, floppy hippy hat and crumpled clothes, he's less dandified than Jon Pertwee, slightly more up-to-date than Patrick Troughton and a whole generation away from William Hartnell, the original marque.

Said Tom: "it's pointless to compare us."

The tall, gaunt actor with experience of everything from the National Theatre to humping a hod on a building site--that came somewhere between playing Rasputin in Nicholas and Alexandra and getting the Who job--says his ultra-basic lifestyle has changed not one jot.

"I shall live in a room in Pimlico," Tom said, "and I still have virtually only the clothes I stand up in and nothing else.

"I was given a present. A girl in the BBC wardrobe department got me a white boiler suit to wear at rehearsals. She said it was smarter than the clothes I wear normally."

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