John Simm Will Return as The Master in Doctor Who Series 10
In an announcement that I'm hoping isn't a cruel belated April Fools' Day joke, John Simm has revealed that he's coming back to Doctor Who and will be reprising his incarnation of The Master .
“I can confirm that it’s true, thanks to the power of time travel I’m back. It’s always a pleasure to work with this great team of people and I can’t wait for you all to see what the Master gets up to in the next series."
John Simm debuted as The Doctor's arch-nemesis ten years ago during the final three episodes of the third series. The last time we saw Simm as The Master was back in David Tennant's two-part finale The End of Time. Transported back to Gallifrey alongside a group of evil Time Lords, we didn't get to see this version of The Master again and have (so far) been denied a regeneration sequence showing him change into Michelle Gomez's Missy.
Missy has been an ongoing thorn in The Doctor's side since Peter Capaldi took over the role in 2014. Michelle Gomez will be back for the tenth series, and according to Steven Moffat, both versions of The Master will share the screen.
"Nothing stays secret for long on Doctor Who but you'll have to wait a little bit longer to see exactly what the Master is up to and how he makes his return to face the Doctor. It’s been a huge pleasure to have fan favourites John Simm and Michelle Gomez face to face in the same role! It’s not often you get to see a solo personality clash."
Aside from the annual festive special, Doctor Who took a well-deserved break during 2016 and based on the trailers so far, the rest has done the show the world (or universe) of good. I think most Whovians would agree that Capaldi's first run wasn't as strong as it could have been, but faith was restored (and then some) with the dazzling ninth series that finally returned to a two-part story structure.
It remains unclear how many episodes Simm will be back for, although I have a sneaky feeling that we won't be seeing him until towards the end of the series.
Doctor Who returns to BBC One Saturday, April 14 at 7:20pm.