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Doctor Who Magazine’s TARDIS tin contains 120 tantalising, taxing and trivial questions. Each interviewee must answer a random selection…
Jon Culshaw as the Fourth Doctor.

Jon Culshaw

Tucked away inside a townhouse in Soho, Doctor Who Magazine waits to meet impressionist extraordinaire Jon Culshaw. It’s freezing outside, but our room is warmed by a roaring log fire. “Sorry I’m late,” says Jon, brushing the snowflakes off his coat as he enters.

Although best known to Doctor Who fans for his impressive impersonation of Tom Baker on shows such as Dead Ringers, it’s the voice of Jon Pertwee we hear first today. “It’s slightly jammed,” says Jon, as he wrestles with the lid of our TARDIS tin – but close your eyes and you’d swear the Third Doctor was in the room.

Lid successfully removed, Jon is looking forward to the first question when our afternoon tea arrives. “Let’s leave it to brew for a bit,” he says in his natural accent.

“Make it the Lancashire way: good and strong,” Tea brewing, Jon dips into the tin…

What’s your first memory?

I can remember sitting in my highchair as a baby. My memory of it is that I enjoyed the height – I liked being taller than I usually was. I found it comfortable. And people would bring you food! I can also remember watching some of the early Apollo landings aged one. From your highchair? I think I’d been promoted to the settee by that time. I can remember my parents making me watch the Apollo landings at this late hour and a sense of them keeping me there as if to say, ‘Watch this, it’s important.’ The surface of the Moon looked a bit like… porridge. It reminded me of the Clangers, and yet it was real.

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About Doctor Who Magazine

Contents include: • Former Doctor Who showrunners Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat, and writers Jenny T Colgan and Paul Cornell, talk exclusively about their new Target Books • Production Notes from Russell T Davies • A tribute to the late Peter Miles, who played Davros’ assistant Nyder in 1975’s Genesis of the Daleks • The never-before-told story behind the creation of Doctor Who's 2010-17 logo • The history of Doctor Who releases from BBC Records and Tapes • Behind the making-of Infinity, a new Doctor Who video game starring Michelle Gomez as Missy and Ingrid Oliver as Osgood • DWM goes to the Gallifrey One convention in Los Angeles • Out of the TARDIS with impressionist Jon Culshaw • Christel Dee’s guide to cosplaying the Doctor’s distinctive orange spacesuit • Part One of The Clockwise War, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • The Fact of Fiction reveals the hidden depths to the 2015 Twelfth Doctor story Sleep No More • An interview with DJ and drummer Klaus Joynson, who has paid homage to Doctor Who in his album New Adventures in Time & Space • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!