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11/08/2012 11:20:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Colin Baker: I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here! Photo: ITVColin Baker is to be one of the contestants on this year's series of I'm A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here!, the reality television show on ITV1 that places a number of celebrities out in a jungle environment in Australia who then take on challenges in order to become the 'king' or 'queen' of the jungle!

The former Doctor said that he's doing the show because of his four daughters:
My children decided I should do this. They are fans of the show and the programme is on incessantly every year. They told me I had to go on and they are so excited. My family are ridiculously delighted that I am going - "can't wait to see you chomping on a giraffe's buttock" - there's no sympathy at all, it's all "ooh can't wait, can't wait!"

Now I am about to go in the jungle, I wouldn't say I am excited. It's a mixture of intrigue, a feeling of resigned and interested to see how I am going to react. I haven't a clue as I have not done anything like this ever before. For me, this is pushing back the boundaries. I think I'll be able to deal with anything that comes up in the jungle: after all, I've met aliens from the planet Zog, and I have encountered the fans of Doctor Who conventions - all of whom are wonderful but can be a bit alien! There is one trial in particular that I'm terrified by, and I'm not going to tell you what it is - do you think I'm stupid or what?!?!

Colin is the first major Doctor Who actor to engage in jungle shenanigans, though in 2007 the series was won by "Doctor" Christopher Biggins, who appeared alongside him in Big Finish's The One Doctor.

Other celebrities competing in the jungle this year include fellow actors Charlie Brooks (EastEnders), Helen Flanagan (Coronation Street) and Linda Robson (Birds of a Feather), comedian Brian Conley, singer Ashley Roberts, sports personalities Eric Bristow (darts) and David Haye (WBA), entertainment PR Hugo Taylor and MP Nadine Dorries.

The twelfth series begins on ITV1 on 11th November at 9:00pm.

Colin Baker: I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here! Photo: ITV Colin Baker: I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here! Photo: ITV Colin Baker: I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here! Photo: ITV