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RIP: Jane Baker – Doctor Who Writer

Jane Baker, half of the writing team of Pip and Jane Baker, passed away September 9, 2014.  Image: http://www.doctorwhonews.net/

Jane Baker, half of the writing team of Pip and Jane Baker, passed away September 9, 2014.
Image: http://www.doctorwhonews.net/

Jane Baker, half of the writing team of Pip and Jane Baker, passed away as reported by Colin Baker. Colin Baker, who played the 6th Doctor, stated on his twitter, “So very very sad to learn that Jane Baker of Pip and Jane fame – Doctor Who writers from my era – has died. My thoughts are with Pip.”

Jane and her husband, Pip, started writing for film and television in the 1960s, writing for the films The Painted Smile, The Break, The Night of the Big Heat, and Captain Nemo and the Underwater City. They worked on such television shows as a children’s program, Circus, and episodes of Z-Cars and Space:1999. In 1985, they began writing for Doctor Who, writing such episodes as, “The Mark of the Rani”, “The Trial of a Time Lord”, and “Time and The Rani” and creating one of the most enduring characters of that era, The Rani. The Rani was reengaged female Time Lord, whose genius with science tended to slip more into the evil side of putting her science and quest for knowledge far above everyone and everything else.

Often working under very difficult circumstance, such as with “Time and The Rani,” they were brought in after a disagreement with Nathan Turner ended with script editor, Eric Saward, quitting taking the final script of the season and with just three days left, they wrote a script, “Mark of the Rani,” to finish the season, using what sets were already there.

In the 90’s, she and Pip created a children’s series, Watt on Earth that ran for 24 episodes and playing on BBC One.

Our hearts go out to Baker’s husband and their family and friends. She will be remembered as half of an amazing team that brought us one of Who’s best remembered villains.

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