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Doctor Who Magazine’s TARDIS tin is back! The tin contains 120 tantalising, taxing and trivial questions. Each interviewee must answer a random selection…

Dan Starkey

Dan Starkey delves into the TARDIS tin.
Photos © Emily Cook.

Dan Starkey makes his way towards DWM through a crowd of bustling commuters at London’s St Pancras Station. We’re used to seeing him clad in Sontaran battle armour, but today Commander Strax is nowhere in sight. Instead, through a series of unusual questions, we’re getting to know the man behind the prosthetics.

We head for one of the station’s little cafes and order some coffee before getting down to business. As a life-long Doctor Who fan, Dan smiles when he sees our TARDIS tin. He gives it a good shake to mix up its contents, then pulls out his first question…

What is the first thing you do in the morning?

I usually put on Radio 4. Then I tend to get angry quite quickly so I have to turn it off. I sadly probably reach for my phone or my iPad. Also, I’ve got a notepad next to my bed and I write stuff for about 20 minutes. What sort of stuff? Just my thoughts. It’s a way of ungumming my brain. It wakes me up quite nicely. Then I’m up and raring to go.

What’s the best party you’ve ever been to?

Parties when I was a kid when you’d get cake. And jelly and ice cream? That sort of thing, yeah. It was undiluted fun. That’s when I could get on with parties. I remember my eighth birthday party, we all watched The Trial of a Time Lord Part Four (1986). It was our breather after a lot of sugar had been consumed. It was very exciting. Did all your friends enjoy it? Some liked it more than others. Some were like, “I don’t watch Doctor Who, it’s rubbish.” But by the end of it they’d shut up and watched it so it was fine.

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Contents include: • An exclusive interview with new executive producer Matt Strevens • Showrunner Chris Chibnall's Production Notes • An interview with Michelle Gomez, who is returning to voice Missy for a new Doctor Who game • Out of the TARDIS returns, with Strax actor Dan Starkey answers random questions • A tribute to the late David Fisher, who wrote four stories for Tom Baker's Doctor • New insights from the designers responsible for creating Doctor Who's 2005-10 logo • Performance artist Richard De Domenici tells DWM about his recreation of a scene from Frontier in Space at London's South Bank • Actor-impressionist Jacob Dudman is interviewed about playing the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors • DWM finds out what happened at a Dalek world record attempt in Milwaukee last year • Christel Dee’s guide to cosplaying a Time Lord • Part five of The Phantom Piper, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2011 Eleventh Doctor story The Doctor's Wife • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, DWM's Season Survey results, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and crossword and much, much more!