Doctor Who star awarded honorary degree

Doctor Who actor, Colin Baker, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Buckinghamshire New University

Baker, who played the fabled Time Lord from 1984-1986, was presented with his Honorary Doctorate by Vice-Chancellor Professor Rebecca Bunting in a graduation ceremony at the Wycombe Swan theatre.

He was the sixth incarnation of the Doctor and continues to play the role in a Dr Who audio-drama series by the company Big Finish. Baker received the Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his international standing, local profile and links to the University’s course portfolio.

ABOVE: Colin Baker with Professor Rebecca Bunting, Vice-Chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University

He said: “To receive an honour like this is something I could never have predicted even in my wildest imaginings when I gave up a career in the law to become an actor five decades ago. It’s even more exciting for me personally than the last time I became a Doctor in 1983.”

Colin has enjoyed a long and distinguished career. In 2013, he starred in a film called The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Written by and starring another fellow previous Doctor, Peter Davison, as well as another ex-Time Lord, Sylvester McCoy, it has been released on DVD. Colin also played Paul Merroney in the 1970s series The Brothers and in 2013 appeared in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here. He has also starred in War and Peace, The Bill, Casualty, A Dance to the Music of Time and Jonathan Creek.

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