Colin Baker makes a statement about the Doctor Who Magazine controversy

6th Doctor Colin Baker was recently interviewed in Doctor Who Magazine. There had been some controversy over it on Twitter. He’s made a statement on his website on the matter. I’ve pasted it below to amplify it / just in case anyone needs to link it directly.


Colin has done so much for the fans and has tirelessly stood up for the creatives in the industry. He isn’t afraid to speak out when necessary and that’s one of the reasons us here at (Re)Generation Who HQ love him so much.

Kindness is important.


I am on the cover of the latest Doctor Who magazine because after several years of declining to be interviewed by them, I was persuaded by Big Finish that it would help them if I overcame my reluctance and did an interview. I owe so much to Big Finish for providing me with the opportunity to drag old Sixie from the mire of the 80’s where he was firmly embedded in some viewers’ minds into the audio sunlight of the Doctor Who range they produce. Suddenly great scripts, great love for the show, great directors and producers combined to breathe life into the corpse of the Sixth incarnation beyond ‘carrot juice’, the ending I had been given before we knew that it would be precisely that – an ending.

My long reluctance to talk to DWM was based solely on the fact that the magazine has persisted for years in having polls and then publishing the results in full. Not just the name of the favourite doctor or companion (as if that was worthy of noting anyway) but details of who came lower in the ‘who’s best’ listing – all the way down to least favourite.I have never been that sure about the need to do this, felt by some people, but had never realised until I was a part of it myself quite how dispiriting it can be to the less loved. When you are at the bottom of the list with the wonderful William Hartnell – whom most of those who voted had probably never seen – trust me – you feel a tad gutted. We are supposed to shrug and to move on; to pretend we haven’t seen it; to pretend we don’t care; to affect a lofty indifference. I have always found it difficult to do that. When I was told my services as the Doctor were no longer required, I was offered the chance to give an anodyne reason for my departure. I preferred to tell the truth. I have always found that easier in the long run, if not the short.

So when it happened to me again with that list of the popularity of the 200 stories to date and Peter’s last story was voted the most popular ever and my first story languished forlornly below the other 198, how could it fail to be like an hammer blow to anyone involved with that story. Could we not perhaps have just listed the top ten favourites? That would have hurt less, as my complete absence from that list would have at least been shared with the actors, writers and crew of the other 190. Once I had realised the potential for hurt in these lists, I constantly noticed the wounds inflicted on other creative people and hated it.

Anyway, when Big Finish told me that my re-generation episode’s release would be greatly aided by some coverage in DWM and that Nick Briggs had been asked to interview me for the magazine and that my exact words would be quoted, I eventually consented. I have known Nick for centuries it seems. He is as honest as the day is 24 hours long, we share a sense of fun and he is talented, clear thinking and a good man as well as being a superb writer. I warned them that I would talk about my quite strongly held views about their polls.

So wind forward a few weeks. My copy of the magazine containing my interview arrives. I read it and it does indeed reflect what I said exactly. No complaints. Nice picture on the front. Nice editorial.

I then started to read the rest of the magazine. I turn over four pages and see the DWM 2014 Season Survey. Favourite Story – listed from 1 down to 12. How can the writer of that story believe other than that the fans considered his story – the only one he wrote for that season – not as good as all the others? The same writer is also last in the Best Writer’s Poll with 1% of the vote – the winner getting 56% – lovely for him, but really unkind to the No 8! Best Director? There are six of them and one – with 1% is last. How is she supposed to feel? Why, oh why, does DWM feel the need to publish that. If they really like these polls why not tell us who came out on top without exposing those who did markedly less well to the ignominy of a negligible vote.

Lists that don’t identify individual human beings as least best are less pernicious. When it’s people who might be hurt – just name the one with the most votes. Open ended ones are less hurtful – like when ‘Others’ are given 30% for instance.

But DWM please remember that there are people reading these who may not wish to learn how unloved they are!

And then there is the twitter storm I have unleashed by trying in 140 words to make this point.

Because the original aversion to elements of these polls was started by my own low standing in the favourite Doctor list, many kind followers on Twitter are telling me they love me and say nice things about my Doctor. Grateful though I am of course for such kind outpourings, it was truly not why I tweeted my sadness and disappointment with DWM. It’s not about me and Old Sixie any more.

It seemed to me to be disingenuous at best to pretend that the juxtaposition of my very long interview (when I explained my dislike of the polls) and the 2014 season poll might be coincidental. Might a thoughtful editor have seen the potential for that being misread if it truly was a coincidence. My first thought from the Baker bunker was that I was being put in my place. ‘Don’t like polls eh? No pensioned off Doctor is going to tell us what to put in our magazine!’ While that may indeed be DWM’s right, it might have been more tactful in the circumstances to delay either the poll or my interview?

Various reactions on Twitter of course. One even accusing me of double standards because I appeared on I’m a Celebrity where the public vote leads to eviction – and suggesting that my lofty anti-poll standards were compromised in order to get paid. I struggled to understand that one – after all that is the point of that particular programme.

The editor responsible for publishing the poll and interview together asked me on Twitter to stop airing my views in public and talk to him privately – as if that would change anything. If he wants to say that the juxtaposition was coincidental – why not say so publicly? I like openness.

But to reiterate.

It’s not about me. I am heartened that people want to reassure me that Old Sixie is loved but I really do care about the new wounds being inflicted on today’s professionals by a magazine that should be protecting them. I am prepared to accept that they may be collateral and not intended victims, but now it is clear – or should be – that seeing in print that only 1% voted for you might just perhaps be less than pleasant and therefore worthy of a different presentation.

I guess I’m asking for the usual journalistic standards be nudged in the direction of kindness for a magazine whose sole purpose is to celebrate a television programme with those who watch it.

Colin Baker

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 Tech Review: Lifeproof iPhone Cases are great but there’s some disappointing issues

After I shattered the screen on my iPhone 5s for the second time it became clear that I needed to get a case for my iPhone. I travel a lot and use my iPhone to produce 95% of everything you see from me online. I am even writing this post on my iPhone.

My use case is more extreme than most. Not only am I a heavy iPhone user and a klutz, but I have a severe chronic pain condition. This feels slightly better in hot water and humidity. I tend to lock myself in the bathroom with the hot water on for hours, especially over the shitty New Jersey winter. I call this an Asshole Sauna. Why?

Because New Jersey winter.

I take my phone with me during that time so I needed a waterproof case. The Lifeproof case fit the bill. I also liked that the Lifeproof is thinner than the Otterbox I used to own. I had an Otterbox for my iPhone 4 and found that it no longer fit into many small bags and compartments made for phones. I also didn’t like the “sticky” rubber exterior it had and it was not waterproof.

lifeproof case iphone 5

So how is the Lifeproof case? Pretty good, actually. The Lifeproof case does what is says it does. It protects your phone. However for my particular use case I found some significant negatives.


Full Protection from Damage: It absolutely does protects your phone from impact and moisture. I’ve abused my phone badly (dropping it, subjecting it to intense humidity) and had no damage to it.

Full Functionality of Fingerprint Unlock: It supports using your fingerprint to unlock your phone. That was unexpected and a great feature.

Form Factor: It’s thin and still fits into all of my purses and related phone compartments.

Easy to use: It was pretty easy to put the case on my phone. You wouldn’t want to take it off and on all the time but it was a damn sight better than some of the shit that I’ve used back in the day for Palm and Pocket PC.

Unfortunately the Lifeproof falls short in 2 key areas that are making me discontinue using it. It prevents me from using my camera and my headphones to their full functionality.


Obstructing the camera: No matter how meticulous I am when cleaning and installing the case I detect a decrease in photo quality. As a travel blogger this is a big negative. The iPhone is already not the world’s best camera. That hit to its quality is enough to get me to not want to use it. It reminds me of my old iPhone camera without the case when I had slightly water damaged my lens.

I can honestly say to you that the reason my posts have been lighter here is because I can’t bring myself to post more marginally foggy/blurry photos. I’m buying a separate point and shoot camera with Wifi/Bluetooth image transfer to iPhone to get around this permanently.

The headphone jack is THE god damn WORST: This is my major gripe with it. This impacts the main functionality of the phone – to make and receive calls. You can say goodbye to using your headphones to talk to anyone on your phone if you get a Lifeproof. The headphone jack has to be unscrewed and you have to screw in a very easy-to-lose cable every time you want to connect your headphones.

This wouldn’t be a big deal if the damn thing connected properly. Every time I screwed it in and began a call there was an 80% chance that the person on the other end of the phone would be unable to hear me but I would be able to hear them. It didn’t matter how tightly it was screwed in. That was super embarrassing when I was speaking to a CEO or a corporate sponsor on business.

I was able to listen to music for a time with no issue aside from the slightly annoying extra bit of work connecting the cables. I insist on listening to music when I drive. Every time I got into my car I’d have to find this cable in my purse, screw it in, and then connect my audio cable before I could drive away listening to some kick ass metal. This is fine but the cable quickly became damaged and crackly like some dollar store headphones I got in the 90s.

It’s a pain in the ass to attach this cable if you are just going into a store and coming back outside so your impulse is to leave the cable attached to your case and put the phone in your bag for easy reconnection later. Unfortunately I found it doesn’t take much to damage the cable. This was very disappointing considering the case itself is absolutely amazing.


I love my Lifeproof iPhone case. It’s truly an amazing case but there are some deal-breaker (to me) negatives involving the camera and the headphone connector cable. I could probably throw the phone into a volcano of farting T-Rex and it would still survive thanks to this amazing case. It’s slim and it fits almost everywhere your current iPhone will without issue. If protection from damage is your main goal and you don’t care about using the camera or headphones jack much this is the case for you.

I hope they come up with a better solution than this for the camera and the headphones. I’ll be abandoning my Lifeproof as soon as I find a better alternative. The fact that my headphone cable is damaged may make me abandon it sooner. I can’t live without music in my car and I’m not interested in buying a replacement cable since it never allowed me to fully use the headphones to begin with. Some small adjustments would make this the ultimate iPhone case and the only case anyone would ever need for anything. Even farting T-Rex.

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Adam Nimoy has a great-looking documentary about Spock planned complete with Zachary Quinto narrating. He needs your help to get it funded. He’s not quite there with just 8 days left.

Can you help or pass it on?

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 Night Terrors – Augmented Reality Survival Horror

Night Terrors says it’s “an ultra immersive gaming experience that transforms your environment into a terrifying hellscape.”

“Our aim is to create the scariest game ever made. It’s a highly immersive, photorealistic, binaural, AUGMENTED REALITY survival horror game for mobile devices. Gameplay takes place at home, after dark, with the lights off and your headphones on.

Think about a system that understands where you are in your environment, and is able to exploit that information in order to create an unbelievable augmented reality experience.

Think about playing a game where the storyline involves you. Consider a future full of movies you star in, experiences that seem real, and scenarios, in our case, that are freakishly frightening.

This is in your house. This is in your apartment. This is in your environment.

This is Night Terrors.”

LOL my apartment. My tiny New Jersey apartment. But still, this is interesting.

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