1. Colin Baker is an English actor, best known for playing Paul Merroney in The Brothers from 1974 to 1976, and the sixth incarnation of The Doctor in the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who from 1984 to 1986.
2. He moved north to Rochdale with his family when he was three years old.
3. In 1972, Colin Baker played Anatole Kuragin in a BBC serial adaptation of War and Peace.
4. His most prominent role in the 1970s was as the villainous Paul Merroney in The Brothers, a role that he played from 1974 to 1976.
5. Baker made his first appearance in Doctor Who as Commander Maxil in the story Arc of Infinity .
6. Maxil was one of the few characters actually to shoot the Doctor, then played by Peter Davison.
7. When Baker was cast to replace Davison, many fans cited that shooting scene in Arc of Infinity, prompting Baker to say jokingly that he got the part of the Doctor by killing the incumbent.
8. Colin is no relation to Tom Baker, who played the Fourth Doctor previously in Doctor Who.
9. This was the first time that the new lead received top billing in the final story of an outgoing Doctor.
10. Baker then made his first full story debut the following week in The Twin Dilemma.
11. One new Doctor Who story, Slipback, was made on radio during the hiatus.
12. The Controller of BBC1 at the time, Michael Grade, criticised Doctor Who, saying that the programme had become overly violent, with farcical storylines during season 22 in 1985.