Sunday, April 25, 2021

Remington Who

Remember that weird season of Doctor Who where the Fourth Doctor's companion was Marie Barone, from Everybody Loves Raymond? What an odd creative decision that was!

Actually it's a scene from an episode of 1980's crime series Remington Steele, in which Tom Baker (aka the Fourth Doctor) guest starred as a Scotland Yard detective named Anatole Blaylock. Gosh, with a name like that, I wonder if he turned out to be the villain of the week? 

Doris Roberts, who would eventually go on to play Marie Barone, was a series regular on Remington Steele. She played Mildred Krebs, the receptionist of the title character's detective agency.

I like to imagine the first meeting between Tom Baker and Doris Roberts went something like this:

Doris Roberts: "Oh, and who are you, dear?"
Tom Baker: (smiling his toothy grin) "My name is Tom Baker. I'm on one of the most popular series in all of Great Britain, about an alien with a time machine that's bigger on the inside than the outside."
Doris Roberts: (in Marie Barone's condescending tone) "Ohhh... that's nice. Well, I'm sure things will pick up for you soon, dear."

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