The Laurence Olivier Award nominated actor will be returning as The Doctor’s famed nemisis, The Master. Despite The Mistress – played by Michelle Gomez – taking over the role of The Master; albeit a female version, John Simm’s incarnation will return via “the power of time travel” to face off against Peter Capaldi’s incarnation of The Doctor.
The last time John Simm’s Master was seen was alongside David Tennant, in “The End Of Time” which saw David Tennant’s Doctor regenerate, and The Master being subsequently trapped in a “Time-Lock” with the rest of Gallifrey., and that’s the last time we saw this version of the famed character, as when The Master returned, she was now “The Mistress”, or “Missy.”
Steven Moffat has been quick to state his excitement about John Simm returning to the role: “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.”
John Simm added that: “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. “
Doctor Who series 10 starts on Saturday the 15th of April at 7:20pm with “The Pilot” on BBC One, and will feature classic villains such as the Daleks, the Ice Warriors, and Mondasian Cybermen, alongside newer villains such as the Emojibots.