Bob Baker (scriptwriter)
Robert John "Bob" Baker (born 26 July 1939) is a British television and film writer. He is best known as the co-author (with Nick Park) of the Wallace and Gromit films The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and A Matter of Loaf and Death (in which a character (Baker Bob) is named after him).
|Born||Robert John Baker|
26 July 1939
Bristol, England, UK
|Occupation||Screenwriter, television writer|
|Residence||Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, UK|
|Genre||Comedy, drama, science fiction|
- The Claws of Axos (1971)
- The Mutants (1972)
- The Three Doctors (1972–1973)
- The Sontaran Experiment (1975)
- The Hand of Fear (1976)
- The Invisible Enemy (1977)
- Underworld (1978)
- The Armageddon Factor (1979)
Together, they were nicknamed "The Bristol Boys" by the Doctor Who production teams with whom they worked.
Baker and Martin devised for Doctor Who the robotic dog K-9 (created for The Invisible Enemy), the renegade Time Lord Omega (created for The Three Doctors, Doctor Who's 10th anniversary story) and the Axons. K-9 was originally intended to appear in one story only, but the BBC decided to make it a recurring character. Several of Baker's stories had elements of hard science not often found in Doctor Who, even though they've also been criticised for scientific inaccuracy. Together with Martin, they also created fantasy television serials for children including Sky (1975).
Baker's other contributions to British television include Vision On animation with Laurie Booth, scripts for episodes of Shoestring and Bergerac. A new series featuring K9, K-9 created in Australia, aired in the UK and worldwide in 2009 and 2010.
Baker revealed on the DVD commentary for Nightmare of Eden that he contacted Russell T Davies about the possibility of writing for the 2005 revival of Doctor Who but was told in no uncertain terms that writers from the original series were not wanted. Though K9 did appear in Doctor Who and the Sarah Jane Adventures under Russell T Davies. As of 2012[update], Baker along with Terrance Dicks and actor/writer Trevor Ray are the only surviving Doctor Who scriptwriters from the Third Doctor era.
In 2013 Baker wrote his autobiography entitled K9 Stole My Trousers with help from Laurie Booth. Later in 2015, he co-wrote with Paul M. Tams The Essential Book of K9 which was crowd-funded on Indiegogo.
38 episodes (1971–1979):
|Thick as Thieves||
|Arthur of the Britons||
|Late Night Drama||
|King of the Castle||
|Cottage to Let||
|Murder at the Wedding||
|Into the Labyrinth||
|Call Me Mister||
|The Jazz Detective||
|The Wrong Trousers||
|A Close Shave||
|The Mysti Show||
|The Curse of the Were-Rabbit||
|A Matter of Loaf and Death||
|Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention||
|2013||K9 Stole My Trousers!||Autobiography|
|2015||The Essential Book of K9||Co-written with Paul M. Tams|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2006||British Academy Television Awards||The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (shared with Claire Jennings, David Sproxton, Nick Park, Steve Box, and Mark Burton)||Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film||Won|
|Hugo Award||The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (shared with Nick Park, Steve Box, and Mark Burton)||Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form||Nominated|
|2009||British Academy Television Awards||A Matter of Loaf and Death (shared with Nick Park and Steve Pegram)||Best Short Animation||Won|
|Broadcasting Press Guild Awards||Best Comedy/Entertainment||Nominated|
- Southall, J. R. "Interview: Bob Baker". Starburst. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
- "Bob Baker (1990s)". Dr Who Interviews. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
- "The Sontaran Experiment". BBC. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
- "Interview: Bob Baker". Sci-Fi Bulletin. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
- "About Bob". Bob Baker tv. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
- Foster, Chuck (28 January 2015). "The Essential Book of K-9". Doctor Who News Page. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
- "Bob Baker". bobbaker.tv. Retrieved 18 February 2017.