Hello. I'm pleased to meet you.
Thanks. But I'm a busy man, so can we get on with this? I don't want to be hanging around all day, you know.
Sure. Okay. Am I right to think you don't actually come from Home?
That's right. I was born on Celn, one of the moons, and I lived there most of my life. But most people count that as being born on Home, to be honest. They're pretty much the same thing.
So, you're known as the 'Commander' to some people, am I right?
Actually, it's just Mai's name for me, but a few other people use it. Everybody else calls me 'Jan Markus', and they're convinced that I'm German. (The Commander chuckles). Strange how a name can fool people, isn't it?
Is that your real name?
Could you tell me what you real name actually is?
I see. Okay, let's move on. What's your relationship with Mai? You obviously mean a lot to her and vice versa, but so far we haven't heard anything about a connection.
She's my daughter. It took her a long time to find out, and I never told her. In fact, it was well after we both came to Earth that she actually discovered this. I think there's still a bit of bitterness there, but she's slowly coming to terms with the fact that her father wasn't in fact her dad after all.
You went to her 'father's funeral, didn't you?
We never got on well, but Mai needed me. (He shrugs). I thought it was the best thing to do. I think he would have respected that I was there for his foster daughter.
And did he know that you were her dad?
I'm not sure. I think he definitely suspected.
Okay, moving on. In 'Mai's Story' we find out that you were planning World Domination, melodramatic though that sounds. Is this true, and if so, why?
It's not exactly true. But it's not something I like to talk about. I've moved on from that, anyway, I've got enough to deal with right now.
Hmm, evasive. How about when Mai was captured by Jed? What happened there?
I didn't get the ransom note until after she'd escaped and was trying to get Home again. It killed me when I realised what she'd suffered, and it was in a way my own fault. But there was nothing I could have done at the time.
Thank you very much for your time, Commander. That's all for today.