Dan Starkey swaps Strax for Santa’s little helper…
Presumably this is a light make- up job for you compared to Strax?
Relatively, to what I’m usually dressed in! I can actually hear things, so it’s been quite different. Usually when I’m in the Strax suit it’s like a giant Rolo on my head. With this it’s like, “I can see things! I can hear things!” And it’s my actual voice. After seven years in a rubber suit I can finally get my own face on screen! It’s interesting, there was a repeat of “Planet Of The Spiders” on satellite, and there was Kevin Lindsay, who played Linx [ the Sontaran in 1974’ s “The Time Warrior”], and I was thinking ah, that was like a little treat for him as well! They let him out, playing a slightly dodgy Eurasian!
Do you start to feel quite Spock as the ears go on?
Yes, slightly! Franchise crossover! [ does Vulcan salute]
What’s the tone of this year’s Christmas special like?
It’s got a good mixture of quite humorous bits but also quite dark bits. I think it’s going to be pretty frightening too. Even though it’s science fiction it’s got a nice MR Jamesy Christmas ghost story feel, that kind of corner of the eye horror. I think because it’s got laughs in it the scares can be pushed a lot darker. I think some bits will be pretty terrifying.
Do elves have smartphones? Do they take elfies?