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David Suchet is about to make his (long overdue!) Doctor Who début – playing the mysterious Landlord in Knock Knock…

North London in early April, and a small studio on an industrial estate. Here’s David Suchet, and he’s quite taken with Doctor Who: The Fan Show’s furnishings.

“It’s a wonderful table!” he advises producer Chris Allen who bends in to remove it from the scene. Chris is deconstructing this morning’s set-up, having shot an interview with David and host Christel Dee for the BBC Worldwide YouTube series.

“Christel made it,” he tells the actor. “An Argos table and a roll of Doctor Who wallpaper.”

“Did she do that?” exclaims David. “She’s so creative!”

It’s a small moment, but one characteristic of David Suchet’s approach to life. He’s a multi-award-winning thespian who’s been in the business forever, and known around the globe as the definitive embodiment of Agatha Christie’s Hercules Poirot – a herculean feat, if you’ll pardon the pun, wherein, between 1989 and 2013, he starred in adaptations of every single novel and short story featuring the detective. Yet he can still work up enthusiasm for a spot of Time Lord decoupage.

In 20-or-so-minutes’ time, he will counsel DWM: “The most important thing about life, you speak to any philosopher or psychologist, is to live in the present. I’ve always said, if you live in the present, the present is the greatest gift you can be given.”

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Contents include: • Previews of the new episodes Knock Knock, Oxygen, Extremis and The Pyramid at the End of the World • Knock Knock guest star David Suchet is interviewed • An in-depth interview with Doctor Who the director of the first two episodes of the new series, The Pilot and Smile: Lawrence Gough • Doctor Who writers Frank Cottrell-Boyce (Smile) and Sarah Dollard (Thin Ice) reveal the stories behind their scripts • Bill Potts makes her comic strip début in the first part of the new comic strip adventure The Soul Garden, by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty. • It's the end of the world as we know it as The Fact of Fiction delves into the 1966 story The Ark. • DWM reviews of the first three episodes of the new series: The Pilot, Smile and Thin Ice. • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher's column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!