“This is how it came about. I have said that the man was intelligent, and this very intelligence has caused his ruin, for it seems to have led to an insatiable curiosity about things which did not in the least concern him.”
--Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Musgrave Ritual”
Austin: It's pretty much impossible to talk about this miniseries without talking about Doctor Who. So I'm not even going to try. Tom Baker was without question the most popular Doctor during the sci-fi series. Even today, Baker's popularity rivals David Tennant and Matt Smith depending on who you're talking to. He played the mysterious Time Lord for over seven years, ending his tenure in 1981. Baker loved playing The Doctor but it was his ego that ultimately had him part ways after a very successful run.
So this was his first big project after Doctor Who. Since there are only 15 British actors and filmmakers, more Who names pop up including Caroline John who played the Third Doctor's (best) companion Liz Shaw and in this she plays Laura Lyons, the LL woman. Also this was produced by Barry Letts who was the major producer for most of the Third Doctor's run and was actually the man who hired Tom Baker after Jon Pertwee left.