Thomas Stewart Baker is an English actor. He is best known for his portrayal of the fourth incarnation of the Doctor in the science fiction series Doctor Who from 1974 to 1981, a longer tenure than any other actor, and for the narration of the comedy series Little Britain. Baker's voice, which has been described as "sonorous", was voted the fourth-most recognisable in the UK.
Lalla Ward born Sarah Ward, daughter of Lord Bangor - Edward Ward - and his writer wife, Marjorie Banks. She always wanted to act, paint and draw, and so joined the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1967. When she left in 1970, it was straight into a part in the Hammer film Vampire Circus (1972). Following this she worked extensively on stage, in films - including England Made Me (1973), Rosebud (1975) and The Prince and the Pauper (1977) (aka The Prince and the Pauper) - and on television - including appearances in Quiller: Thundersky (1975), Hazell: Hazell Meets the First Eleven (1978), Quiller: Thundersky (1975) and several episodes of The Duchess of Duke Street (1976). She also appeared in a film called Got It Made (1974), which was later reissued as "Sweet Virgin" with sex scenes added featuring other actors.
Her guest appearance in the Doctor Who story Doctor Who: The Armageddon Factor: Part One (1979) in 1979 led to her being chosen to play Romana when the original actress, Mary Tamm, left.