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In an interview that was conducted while work was still underway on Scratchman, Tom Baker tackled a random selection of questions from Doctor Who Magazine’s TARDIS tin…
Tom Baker dips into the TARDIS tin. Photo © Marcus Hearn.
Tom tells some of his outrageous stories. Photos © Paul Taylor.
Cash for questions? Photo © Marcus Hearn.

”When I go to a funeral, it gives me a kind of frisson because I feel I’ve got the edge over the person who’s the centre of attention.”

In the corner of a quintessentially English pub garden sits a Time Lord. The sun is shining, the birds are singing… and so is Tom Baker. “Heigh ho. Heigh ho,” he hums merrily to himself as we join him at his table.

Doctor Who Magazine’s TARDIS tin has – at long last – materialised in the hands of the Fourth Doctor. It would seem Tom’s even come dressed for the occasion; his cerulean shirt and piercing blue eyes perfectly match the colour of our replica police box.

Tom examines the tin before carefully removing its lid and peering at the contents. He rummages around for a few moments before pulling out a £5 note. That wasn’t in there earlier… Tom bursts into deep, booming laughter. “Oh, let’s have another go!” This time – as if by magic – a whole handful of fivers. “Here, have some,” he offers. After donating £5 to DWM, Tom dips into the tin for a third time. We eagerly anticipate what might come out next…

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Contents include: Tom Baker speaks to DWM ahead of the publication of his first Doctor Who novel! • Tom Baker answers questions from our TARDIS tin • An interview with Doctor Who author James Goss, who helped Tom write Scratchman • Actor Shaun Dooley (who played Epzo in 2018 episode The Ghost Monument) reveals his photographic contribution to Series 11 • A look at BBC Audio's resurrection of the 1970s Dalek Annuals • Part Four of The Warmonger, a brand-new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends • The Time Team watches three episodes - from 2007, 1966 and 1987 - which introduce new companions • Cosplayer Jamie Lenman shows his appreciation for the Sixth Doctor's coat • The Fact of Fiction delves into the 2011 Eleventh Doctor story The God Complex • DWM's reviews of Series 11 episodes It Takes You Away, The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos and the New Year's Day Special Resolution • An overview of Series 11’s ratings • Answers to the DWM Christmas Quiz • The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!