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Doctor Who Magazine’s TARDIS tin contains 120 tantalising, taxing and trivial questions. Each interviewee must answer a random selection…
David Banks selects a bunch of questions from the TARDIS tin.
Dressed as the Doctor for The Ultimate Adventure in 1989… and wearing the same suit 30 years later, in 2019.

For one night – and one night only – David Banks was the Doctor in the 1989 Doctor Who stage play The Ultimate Adventure. That same decade David also appeared in TV Who as the Cyber Leader, and such was his interest in the role that in 1988 he wrote a book about the Cybermen’s history.

“Compared to Terry Nation’s Daleks, Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis’ Cybermen seemed to me a much richer vein of the Doctor Who franchise,” David tells us when we meet him at his flat in London. “Science fiction exists not only to tell a good story but to kind of be a warning of what’s to come. The Cybermen were created in 1966, and by the 1980s, when personal computers were being developed, there was a growing interest in what computers could do for, or against, us.

“My own philosophical interest in artificial intelligence preceded my role as Cyber Leader,” David continues. “I read a seminal book by Douglas R Hofstadter – Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid [1979] – which approached the possibility of AI and how far it could develop. Hofstadter refers to Tesler’s Theorem [Larry Tesler was one of the scientists responsible for the modern computer’s graphical interface] that AI is whatever a computer hasn’t achieved yet.”

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 537 REVEALS THE REMAKE OF MISSION TO THE UNKNOWN! This issue also includes: • What does it takes to become a Stenza warrior? Actor Samuel Oatley explains. • An interview with the man behind the new version of Mission to the Unknown. • Colin Baker and the cast of The Ultimate Adventure look back on the Doctor Who stage play. • Backstage with Colin Baker at Leeds' Grand Theatre in 1989. • War World – an in-depth look at the script originally intended for the 1989 stage production. • Cyber Leader David Banks dips into the TARDIS tin. • Tributes to the king of Doctor Who extras Pat Gorman and visual effects designer Richard Gregory. • Former script editor Andrew Cartmel remembers Happiness Patrol writer Graeme Curry. • A preview of this year’s Record Store Day releases. • Part Three of Herald of Madness, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends. • How to dress like the First Doctor – along with his friends and foes. • Does the 1996 TV movie impress the Time Team? • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!