Pip and Jane Baker

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Pip and Jane Baker
Born1 July 1928 (Pip)
Died8 September 2014 (Jane Baker)
14 April 2020 (Pip Baker) (aged 91)
OccupationTelevision writers and screenwriters
Years active1961[1]–2000
Known forDoctor Who and Watt on Earth

Philip (1 July 1928 – 14 April 2020) and Jane Baker (died 8 September 2014), professionally known as Pip and Jane Baker, were an English husband-and-wife team of television writers known mainly for their contributions to the BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who.

The Bakers scripted or contributed to four serials for the programme in the 1980s: The Mark of the Rani (1985),[2] The Trial of a Time Lord (1986), Parts 9–12 and 14 (also known as Terror of the Vervoids and The Ultimate Foe); and Time and the Rani (1987). They have also written novelisations of these stories, as well as a Make Your Own Adventure With Doctor Who (Find Your Fate With Doctor Who in the United States) gamebook titled Race Against Time. Pip and Jane's audio story The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind featured the return of the Rani and was released in 2000.[3][4]

Prior to Doctor Who, they scripted the episode "A Matter of Balance" (1976) for Gerry Anderson's TV series Space: 1999,[5] as well as the films Night of the Big Heat (1967)[6] and Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969). In the 1990s, they created and wrote the CBBC series Watt on Earth, the eponymous Watt being an alien who is trapped on Earth.[3][4]

Jane Baker died on 8 September 2014.[7][8] Pip Baker died on 14 April 2020.[9]


  1. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Third Alibi, The (1961)". www.screenonline.org.uk.
  2. ^ "BBC - Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide - The Mark of the Rani - Details". www.bbc.co.uk.
  3. ^ a b Pip Baker on IMDb
  4. ^ a b Jane Baker on IMDb
  5. ^ "A Matter of Balance" – via www.imdb.com.
  6. ^ "Island of the Burning Damned (1967) - IMDb" – via www.imdb.com.
  7. ^ Taylor, Frances (10 September 2014). "Doctor Who writer Jane Baker dies, Colin Baker reveals". Digital Spy. Hearst Corporation. Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ Death of Jane Baker, contactmusic.com; accessed September 19, 2014.
  9. ^ Baker, Colin (14 April 2020). "So sad to hear that Pip Baker has died he and Jane were very good friends to both me and my Doctor. End of an Era. Lovely talented pair". @SawbonesHex. Retrieved 14 April 2020.

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