Former Doctor Who to visit Hastings hospice

Tom Baker. Photograph by Sue Jerrard
Tom Baker. Photograph by Sue Jerrard

ONE of the most popular Doctor Who’s of all time and Brede resident Tom Baker will make a rare local public appearance later this month.

The much-loved actor, who is also the inimitable narrator of TV comedy series Little Britain, will be at St Michael’s Hospice on Sunday, October 30.

As the fourth and longest-running incarnation of the Doctor, he starred in more than 180 episodes of the hit TV show 1974 to 1981 and his florid and extremely charismatic interpretation of the character is often cited as the best.

The meet and greet will take place from noon to 4pm at the Arthur Easton Centre, 25 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards.

St Michael’s Hospice Community Fundraiser, Amanda Hildreth, said: “We’re extremely excited to be welcoming Tom to the hospice and providing an opportunity for his many fans to meet him!

“Tom is a great supporter of the hospice and this kind offer shows his commitment to both his fans and the work of St Michael’s.

“Tom has a huge cult following and we’re expecting the signing to prove very popular not only with local fans, but also fans from all over the UK.”

A supporter of St Michael’s Hospice, Tom will be signing photos and personal items of memorabilia or posing for professional photos with fans in exchange for a £5 donation per item.

Also available for pre-purchase will be Christmas cards personally dedicated and signed by Tom.

There will be a raffle including rare signed memorabilia, with a top prize of tea with Tom himself.

There will also be a collectables sale and favourite ‘Whovian’ treats such as jelly babies, jammie dodgers and tea.