British television and film writer Robert John Baker has passed away aged 82.
Bob Baker was best known for working on the original run of Doctor Who and being the co-writer (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.
Baker wrote for Doctor Who between 1971 and 1979 often writing with Dave Martin.
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.
Baker partially owned the rights to K9. He made use of these rights in authorising the creation of the K9 TV series.
Beyond the world of Doctor Who, Baker’s greatest success is as a writer for Aardman Animations’ Wallace and Gromit series.
He co-wrote the short films The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave and A Matter of Loaf and Death with animator Nick Park, and was one of four credited writers on the feature film Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit; he received a BAFTA for The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and another for A Matter of Loaf and Death.
Until his passing in 2021, he was the last surviving writer to write for the Pertwee era of Doctor Who.
News of Baker’s passing was announced on the K9 official facebook page.
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