How to make a Sontaran - Dan Starkey transforms into Strax (by doctorwho)

Wondered what it takes to make a Sontaran warrior look so terrifying? Turns out, it’s foam rubber, a lot of make-up and two hours of patient work. See Strax actor Dan Starkey get made up in this time-lapse video.

Strax or Storr? Whatever you make of the current situation with Strax he is surely AWOL from the Sontaran Empire? I know they have alluded to him sending reports (outside of the TV series) but that would seem somewhat deluded and wishful thinking on Strax’s part. I can’t help thinking the first Sontaran he bumped into would shoot him as a deserter.

Watercolour, A6.


Look! I made these Who-liday themed prints! They are adorable, JUST LIKE YOU.

You can buy one for $5 (Ood, SilenceStrax) or you can buy all three for $10!

In case you are as terrible at math as I am (I had my cat work the calculator), that is basically one print for free. Mostly this is out of holiday charity and love for my fellow Who fans, but also it is because no one is gonna buy that Silence print unless I force him on you in the combo pack (too scary or something? I don’t know what you people want from me).

Each print is 5x7, which is a standard frame size. That means it’d be hella easy to pop these suckers in a store bought frame, throw ‘em in a Christmas bag, and then launch them off of your roof in the direction of your loved ones homes via trebuchet, as is traditional.

However, because I am a quality craftsman, these prints are printed on gloriously thick and snowy paper, which means they can easily be turned into Christmas cards by writing heartfelt seasonal greetings on the blank side, with no threat of bleed through! (unless you use blood. don’t use blood. i mean, i know nobody is using blood these days but still, my cousin Robert might be on here and you can never be too careful.)

Watermark not included!

Professionally printed on enhanced matte paper!

Hand signed!


Watch on

BBC One Doctor Who Adventure Calendar: Songtaran Carols

Join Strax and the gang for a seasonal Sontaran sing-song!


“The figure looked round the yard as if making sure that it was alone, then raised its hands and lifted the helmet from its head. The face beneath was something out of a nightmare. The head was huge and round, emerging directly from the massive shoulders. The hairless skull was greenish-brown in colour, the eyes small and red. The little nose was a pig-like snout, the mouth long and lipless. It was a face from one of Earth’s dark legends, the face of a goblin or a troll.”

Terrance Dicks, The Time Warrior (Target Books, first published 1978)

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“Sontaran reveal” scenes from: The Time Warrrior (1973) • The Sontaran Experiment (1975) • The Invasion of Time (1978) • The Sontaran Stratagem (2008)