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April 6th, 2017 91 comments

John Simm Returns as The Master (Official)

From the BBC press Office

John Simm will return as The Master to battle The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) in the forthcoming series of Doctor Who.

John Simm says: “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.”

Steven Moffat, writer and executive producer, says: “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 was last seen as The Master on New Year’s Day 2010. Viewers will have to wait to see exactly when and how The Master will return to the new series, which starts on Saturday 15 April at 7.20pm on BBC One.

As previously announced, Doctor Who series ten will also star Michelle Gomez as Missy – a later regeneration of The Master. Other returning foes include the Daleks, the Ice Warriors and – returning for the first time in almost fifty years – the Mondasian Cybermen. An exciting line up of new faces and adversaries will debut across the series, including adorable-but-deadly Emojibots and David Suchet as The Landlord.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One with episode one The Pilot at 7.20pm on Saturday 15 April.

Doctor Who Series 10 Parts 1 and 2 Blu-ray / DVD

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Peter Capaldi returns as Doctor Who for twelve thrilling adventures. He is joined by new companion, Bill (played by Pearl Mackie), along with returning loveable alien, Nardole (played by Matt Lucas).


  • The Outcast

    April 18th, 2017 - 9:46am

    Which rant is this? My memories terrible. Besides, I’ve done 1 or 2 rants here.

  • Chive Bunny

    April 18th, 2017 - 7:27am

    Spot on the money Outcast, you ranted so I don’t need to

  • Anony

    April 10th, 2017 - 11:09pm


  • DoctorOsgoodTARDIS

    April 10th, 2017 - 10:41pm

    Any word as to the episode number in which he returns?

  • The Brigadier2016

    April 10th, 2017 - 10:33pm

    Anyone for David Bradley appearing as the First Doctor, anyone?!

  • Anonymous

    April 10th, 2017 - 12:02pm

    How do u know @anonymous?

  • Tim M

    April 9th, 2017 - 8:03pm

    Still a great story though. ‘The Mind Robber’ is a classic. Especially the first episode.

  • anon

    April 9th, 2017 - 7:43pm


  • Exterminator

    April 9th, 2017 - 5:10pm

    It was just weird hearing the 2nd Dr say ‘take me to see The Master!’ There’s even an artificial intelligence brain in this episode. The only thing I didn’t like was Zoe’s annoying screaming.

  • D0CT0R WH0

    April 9th, 2017 - 4:09pm

    Apperently he will be alongside missy.

  • Tim M

    April 9th, 2017 - 12:01pm

    The Master in ‘The Mind Robber’ has a full title which is ‘The Master Of The Land Of Fiction. It does seem apparent though that from the last few minutes of episode 1, through to the end of episode 5, that everything witnessed in the Land of Fiction is all a dream, inside the Doctor’s mind. Therefore, it is possible that the ‘Master of the Land of Fiction’ is influenced by the Doctor’s memories of his earliest meetings with the Master, in the academy on Gallifrey.

  • the ergon

    April 9th, 2017 - 12:01pm

    By doctor whos 60th, the price may have been reduced for the series to afford this technology.

  • The Outcast

    April 9th, 2017 - 7:13am

    Terror of the Autons was his first appearance.

  • Exterminator

    April 9th, 2017 - 12:23am

    When did the master first appear in dr who? I’ve just watched the 2nd dr story ‘the mind robber’ and there’s a character called ‘the master’ in that.

  • Mrewanwatson

    April 8th, 2017 - 5:59pm

    That sounds brilliant! Irish Elba is definitely the top pick for me if the next Doctor was to be male.

  • anon

    April 8th, 2017 - 4:46pm

    Pats86, think if you were the showrunner, you wouldnt have very good views.

  • WFK DVD Collector 17

    April 8th, 2017 - 2:45pm

    1. Rodger Delgado 10/10
    2. Antony Ainley 9/10
    3. John Simm 7/10
    4. Geoffrey Beevers 7/10
    5. Peter Pratt 7/10

  • The Outcast

    April 8th, 2017 - 5:37am

    I don’t think we should see the Doctor’s family, Never liked the idea. Also, I don’t really like Doctor romance arcs, they happen all the time and its just annoying. I think romance damaged the Doctor as a character. I’m ok with the Doctor being happy and joyful, but the romance arcs with humans will and have always been rubbish. This is one reason I rank the Classic Doctors far higher than the Nu-Who ones.

  • The Outcast

    April 8th, 2017 - 5:32am

    Delgado, Decayed and Ainley and Derek Jacobi: 10/10

    All the other onscreen Masters: 4 or 5/10

  • The Outcast

    April 8th, 2017 - 5:30am

    Other than the Missy = Wife bit, This all seems really good.

  • Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey

    April 8th, 2017 - 3:28am

    1) John Simm – 10/10
    2) Roger Delgado – 9/10
    3) Peter Pratt – 8/10
    4) Michelle Gomez – 8/10
    5) Anthony Ainley – 7/10
    6) Derek Jacobi – 6/10
    7) Geoffrey Beevers – 6/10
    8 Eric Roberts – 4/10

  • Obsie

    April 7th, 2017 - 10:49pm

    Do we know if he will come face to face with his future incarnation or not or will it be to explain why he changed gender ?


    April 7th, 2017 - 8:54pm

    1. John Simm
    2. Roger Delgado
    3. Michelle Gomez
    4. Anthony Ainley
    5. Derek Jacobi
    6. Peter Pratt
    7. Eric Roberts

  • The Moffat Paradox

    April 7th, 2017 - 8:42pm

    Technology improves and comes down in cost though and disappointed that there haven`t been more remasterings of the classic series such as the Pertwee era after the one of “Day Of The Daleks”.How about a remastering of “Planet /Genesis Of The Daleks”?

  • T4RD1S

    April 7th, 2017 - 6:59pm

    He was a little hyper but John Simm’s Master is meant to be crazy and psycho.

  • T4RD1S

    April 7th, 2017 - 6:57pm

    So the rumours are true. Bit dissapointed as it would be more of a surprise finding out in the show but this seems great. Loved John Simm as the Master.

  • T4RD1S

    April 7th, 2017 - 6:55pm

    If the Doctor was gonna be black, it should be Idris Elba, I can already imagine it.

  • Anonymous

    April 7th, 2017 - 6:01pm

    Well we know the finale has some relevance to parrallel universes as the cybrus cybermen, with the ‘C’ logo on the chest plate, perhaps missy could be from the same universe.

    It might explain how she managed to get the cyberiad cybermen to work with her in series 8; she had experience with similar beings before; the cybrus industries cybermen of her own universe!

  • 12th Doctor Fan

    April 7th, 2017 - 5:51pm

    Agreed thank ýou my thoughts exactly.

  • The Surgeon

    April 7th, 2017 - 3:27pm

    Hmm… I wouldn’t be too surprised if we saw even more. Jacobi maybe? Or Eric Roberta’s Master (if that’s his name – the Paul McGann one)

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