Bob Baker (scriptwriter)

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Bob Baker
Born Robert John Baker
(1939-07-26) 26 July 1939 (age 78)
Bristol, U.K.
Occupation Screenwriter, television writer
Residence Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.
Period 1971–2010
Genre Comedy, drama, science fiction

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).

Career[edit]

Baker and Dave Martin began writing for Harlech Television (HTV), the local ITV franchise. One of their earliest works was Thick As Thieves starring Leonard Rossiter.

Baker wrote for Doctor Who between 1971 and 1979. For all but the last of his contributions to this series (Nightmare of Eden), Baker collaborated with Dave Martin on numerous scripts including:

Together, they were nicknamed "The Bristol Boys" by the Doctor Who production teams with whom they worked.[5]

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.[4] 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, 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.[1] Later in 2015, he co-wrote with Paul M. Tams The Essential Book of K9 which was crowd-funded on Indiegogo.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Baker currently resides in Stroud, Gloucestershire.[7]

Writing credits[edit]

Television[edit]

Production Notes Broadcaster
Doctor Who

38 episodes (1971–1979):

BBC1
Thick as Thieves
  • Television film (1971)
ITV
Pretenders
  • "The Last Battle" (1972)
  • "Prizemen" (1972)
ITV
Arthur of the Britons
  • "People of the Plough" (1973)
ITV
Late Night Drama
  • "Item" (1974)
ITV
Z-Cars
  • "Quiet as the Grave" (1974)
  • "House to House" (1974)
BBC1
Hunter's Walk
  • "Villain" (1974)
  • "Kicking & Screaming" (1976)
ITV
Public Eye
  • "Lifer" (1975)
ITV
Sky ITV
Machinegunner
  • Television film (1976)
ITV
King of the Castle
  • 7 episodes (co-written with Dave Martin, 1977)
ITV
Follow Me
  • Television miniseries (1977)
ITV
Cottage to Let
  • "The Last Day" (1977)
ITV
Scorpion Tales
  • "Killing" (1978)
ITV
Target
  • "Big Elephant" (1977)
  • "Hunting Parties" (1977)
  • "Carve Up" (1977)
  • "Rogue's Gallery" (1978)
BBC1
Murder at the Wedding
  • Television miniseries (1979)
ITV
Shoestring
  • "Knock for Knock" (1979)
BBC1
ITV Playhouse
  • "Rat Trap" (1979)
ITV
Into the Labyrinth
  • 15 episodes (1981–1982)
ITV
Jangles
  • "Getting It Together" (1982)
ITV
Bergerac
  • "Unlucky Dip" (1981)
  • "The Moonlight Girls" (1983)
BBC1
Function Room
  • Television miniseries (script editor, 1985)
ITV
Call Me Mister
  • "The Creative Accountant" (1986)
BBC1
Succubus
  • Television film (1987)
ITV
The Jazz Detective
  • Television film (1992)
ITV
The Wrong Trousers N/A
A Close Shave
  • Short film (co-written with Nick Park, 1995)
N/A
Kipper
  • "The Umbrella" (1997)
ITV
The Mysti Show
  • "Episode #1.12" (2004)
BBC One
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  • Feature film (2005)
N/A
A Matter of Loaf and Death
  • Short film (co-written with Nick Park, 2008)
N/A
K9
  • "Mind Snap" (co written with Paul Tams, 2010)
  • "Angel of the North" (2010)
Channel Five
Network Ten
Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention
  • 6 episodes (2010)
BBC One

Books[edit]

Year Title Notes
2013 K9 Stole My Trousers! Autobiography
2015 The Essential Book of K9 Co-written with Paul M. Tams

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Category Result Reference
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Southall, J. R. "Interview: Bob Baker". Starburst. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bob Baker (1990s)". Dr Who Interviews. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Sontaran Experiment". BBC. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Interview: Bob Baker". Sci-Fi Bulletin. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "About Bob". Bob Baker tv. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Foster, Chuck (28 January 2015). "The Essential Book of K-9". Doctor Who News Page. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Bob Baker". bobbaker.tv. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 

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