Former Doctor Who star and BFP columnist Colin Baker said he was ‘excited’ to receive his honorary doctorate from Bucks New University yesterday afternoon.

The former time lord was presented with the award by the vice-chancellor professor Rebecca Bunting in a graduation ceremony at the Wycombe Swan theatre on Monday.

The television star, who played the sixth incarnation of the famous doctor from 1984 to 1986, received his honorary doctorate in recognition of his international standing, local profile and links to the university’s course portfolio.

He said: “To receive an honour like this is something I could never have predicted even in my wildest imaginings when I gave up a career in the law to become an actor five decades ago.

“It’s even more exciting for me personally than the last time I became a Doctor in 1983.”

Mr Baker is among a host of stars to be awarded honorary degrees during the High Wycombe University’s graduation week.

Comedian Jo Brand is also set to receive an honorary doctorate on Friday, September 11 in recognition of her career, while Strictly Come Dancing stars Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer will take home an honorary degree.

Former Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick and science presenter and journalist Michael Mosley will be presented with honorary doctorates.

The university’s former vice-chancellor Professor Ruth Farwell will also receive an emeritus professorship.