Doctor Who: casting call for film of Tom Baker's life

News Simon Brew 11 Aug 2014 - 09:25

The Letter, about the early life of Tom Baker, is heading for production soon. Here are some details...

Comfortably one of the funniest autobiographies we've ever had the pleasure is Tom Baker's Who On Earth Is Tom Baker?, which we talked about in the Den Of Geek Book Club (which is a thing), right here.

Now, however, news has reached us, via The Digital Fix, that there's a one-off drama heading to our screens that tells the story of Tom Baker's early life. A casting call for a project called The Letter has appeared online, with the focus on "how a chance letter to the BBC when working as a builder's labourer lead to him becoming the most iconic Doctor Who".

The following roles, lists the casting call, are all required for a single day of filming. Given that contracts are on a "deferred profit share" basis and that "each person will be paid 1% of any gross profits made from this film", it seems to be an independent production ("we are working on a next to nothing budget"). Whether it heads for big or small screen remains to be seen. Intriguingly, the role of Tom Baker has already been cast. But these haven't...

Sue Gerrard 
Tom Baker’s current wife

Driver
Male
Tom’s chauffeur

Anna
Tom’s first wife

Bartlett
Private nursing home doctor.

Alf
Tom’s father-in-law

Constance
Alf’s wife

Richard
Tom’s friend and Landlord

Laurie
Friend of Tom

Talent agent
From The National Theatre

Laurence Oliver
Director of the National

Peter
Tom’s Agent

Don 1
Friend

Don 2
Friend

Maude Spector
Casting director

Dianne
Pub Landlady

Bill Slater
BBC Head of Serials

Mary Slater
Bill’s wife

Shaun Sutton
Head of Drama

Barry Letts
Producer

Terrance Dicks
Writer

Lis Sladen
Actress

Jim Acheson
Costume designer

Nick Courtney
Actor

Michael Wisher
Actor

Ian Marter
Actor

Louise Jameson
Actress

Lalla Ward
Actress

Matt Smith
Actor

Steven Moffat
Producer/writer

It seems as though some Doctor Who monsters will be part of the production too, and that the film will span quite a lot of Baker's life. How official all of this is remains to be seen. More details can be found at the official casting call notice here

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