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Baker, Capaldi and a yo-yo.

In Kill The Moon, to prove the gravity on the moon is stronger than it should be (watch out for time dilation), the Doctor uses a yo-yo, which only goes as far as the first yo. Eccentric and childish, it’s classic Who. Literally, because that yo-yo is the same as used by the Fourth Doctor in a very similar case in The Ark In Space.

The serial, which sees Tom Baker’s Doctor land on an old space station and come up against an insect-like alien, deals explicitly with the future of humanity amongst the stars, something Series 8 looked at heavily.

Apparently, Peter Capaldi insisted that the yo-yo looked as similar to the one Baker used almost forty years ago. So while it was probably intended as a little wink by writer Peter Harness, the Doctor himself made it implied it was actually the same toy.

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“I was delighted in this script that we had a yo-yo because obviously, you know, Tom Baker was the famous merchant of the yo-yo in Doctor Who.” ~ Peter.

Has Capaldi requested anything to be worked in in homage to the previous Doctors? Props or costumes, for instance? “I think there are lots of details Peter will throw in with his photo shoots and stuff, but… He’s his own Doctor, isn’t he?”. “There is an episode where there’s a yo-yo used and Peter was very keen that looked like the yo-yo that Tom Baker had, that’s just kind of a detail. He isn’t learning karate though!”

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No Karate eh…

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“Do you ever look in the mirror and think, ‘I’ve seen that face before’?”

Talk about a regeneration gone wrong, artist Brandon Bird has painted a series of portraits of Shia LaBeouf as every version of the Doctor from Doctor Who. In some alternate universe there may be a version of Doctor Who done by Shia LaBeouf. Of course, he would try to defeat the Daleks by wearing a paper bag on his head and he’d claim that he came up with idea for Doctor Who and the BBC copied him. 

You can buy the originals or a print by clicking here. 

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A Window Into Magical Art Painted With Aerosol Spray By Tom Baker

On festive seasons, windows have been turned into artwork reflecting the magic and spirit of the holiday season. Tom Baker, a Britain based artist, takes his snow spray and a dry paintbrush and adorns the windows of homes and stores with enchanting Christmas tales.

Baker refers to his creations as Snow Windows, and draws soft and delicate scenes of Christmas using aerosol sprays. Just like snow, subtle and mysterious, his artwork delights and mesmerises children and adults equally. His spellbinding displays dusted in white recreates a sense of vintage Christmas storytelling which are timeless during the festivities.

Velvety snow drifting down as a delicate curtain, the roads and homes illuminated in the white beauty and a peaceful landscape of empty sidewalks, neighbourhoods and streets with a few magical Christmas elements subtly placed into the scenery makes passers-by not look through the windows in a shopping frenzy, but at them in wonder. Baker successfully uses the glass frames to distract people away from the holiday rush and help them take a moment to be grateful for the true unhidden joys of special occasion.

In fact, Tom Baker’s work has been appreciated by institutions like Royal Berkshire Hospital children’s wing, Toni & Guy, Body & Soul, Jason Charles Jewellery, Sweet Times and has graced the panes of many other notable events, parties and homes.