Pip and Jane Baker

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Pip and Jane Baker
Born30 December 1924 (Jane Baker)
3 January 1929 (Pip Baker)
Died29 August 2014 (aged 89) (Jane Baker)
14 April 2020 (aged 91) (Pip Baker)
Occupation(s)Television writers and screenwriters
Years active1961[1]–2000
Known forDoctor Who and Watt on Earth

Ernest Albert "Pip" Baker (3 January 1929 – 14 April 2020) and Iris E. E. "Jane" Baker (30 December 1924 – 29 August 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 respectively); 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]

Other work[edit]

Their play A Moment of Blindness was adapted into the film The Third Alibi (1961).[5] They worked on several other films in the 1960s including Night of the Big Heat (1967)[6] and Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969). They also wrote four episodes of the TV series The Pursuers starring Louis Hayward.

From the mid-1970s, they worked more in television, including the six-part children's thriller Circus. They scripted the episode "A Matter of Balance" (1976) for Gerry Anderson's TV series Space: 1999,.[7]

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 29 August 2014, at the age of 89.[8][9] Pip Baker died on 14 April 2020, at the age of 91.[10]


  1. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Third Alibi, The (1961)". 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 at IMDb
  4. ^ a b Jane Baker at IMDb
  5. ^ "The Third Alibi". British Film Institute Collections Search. Retrieved 24 February 2024.
  6. ^ "Island of the Burning Damned (1967) – IMDb" – via www.imdb.com.
  7. ^ "A Matter of Balance" – via www.imdb.com.
  8. ^ 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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  9. ^ Death of Jane Baker, contactmusic.com; accessed 19 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Pip Baker 1928–2020". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 25 February 2022.

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