Bob Baker RIP
Bob Baker, the co-writer of several classic Doctor Who serials, as well as a co-writer for the beloved world of Aardman’s Wallace & Gromit, has died.
As reported by Baker’s Twitter account for news about his iconic Doctor Who co-creation, the writer was 82. Alongside Martin—who Baker began working with in the 1960s on stage plays and TV series like Z Cars—Baker is responsible for co-writing eight stories over nine seasons of the show in the ‘70s for both Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker’s incarnations of the Doctor. Martin and Baker’s oeuvre included beloved tales like “The Claws of Axos” or Doctor Who’s first-ever anniversary special, “The Three Doctors,” and Fourth Doctor tales such as “The Sontaran Experiment,” “The Hand of Fear”—Elisabeth Sladen’s last regular appearance as iconic companion Sarah Jane Smith—and “The Armageddon Factor.”
But perhaps most famous of all is “The Invisible Enemy,” which introduced the robot dog K-9. Originally intended to be a one-off appearance, K-9 was instead entrusted to the Fourth Doctor at the end of the story and became a regular companion alongside Leela and Romana.