In 2017, we met in Soho for the first time to talk about making a show based on this article, because we love it. As we talked, to our shock, Baker’s death was announced across reputable news sources. He later responded to what turned out to be an elaborate hoax with: “don’t believe what you read on the internet.”
So what do we believe, Tom?
In Paid Fantasist, we take that day and use it to explore myths of Soho, and to ask what happens when Baker’s boho gangster paradise is scrubbed clean into a blandified themepark version of itself. Or is that just a myth too? We fuck with time to explore neoliberalism as a fresh hope in 1978, and a crumbling monolith to capitalism now. And, we aim to be the most disappointing barbershop trio you’ve ever seen.
Tom Baker is an ex-monk, and became the best Doctor Who ever. He was narrowly beaten by Bjork to the title of ‘Most Eccentric Celebrity of All Time’ in Homes and Antiques magazine.