Dr Who painting by Roger Shore
Tom Baker's final story ‘LOGOPOLIS’ for Doctor Who was always going to be a sombre affair. How do you end the reign of the greatest Doctor of all, or as someone once said, ‘The force of nature that is Tom Baker’.
An ordinary story with him dying just wouldn’t gel. Here we have not an old enemy facing the Doctor, but the threat itself coming from nature. In this case, the second law of thermodynamics in which an entropy field threatens to overwhelm all creation, the universe long ago having passed the point of total heat collapse.
The 18th Season was all about age and decay and the fact that nothing lasts forever, taking on a more poignant turn by the imminent departure of the most popular Doctor in the show's history.
The image of Tom Baker was a no-brainer; a classic image of him in pensive mood with the Logopolis dish behind him, and the background planets representing the end of civilization as the entropy field encroaches on the universe.
I could have included the Master but I felt it was Tom Baker's swansong and he had to be the main focus of the painting. It's a simple but effective painting that I feel captured the sombre mood of the story. The only question to be asked: 'did he fall, or was he pushed'?
NOT FOR SALE