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Published on November 13th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor Sam Tyler?

Reports from various news outlets suggest that Life on Mars actor John Simm is to reappear in Doctor Who as… the Master?

Initially reported by News of the World on Sunday, icwales.co.uk have now jumped onto the trail, claiming also that Simm is to takeover full time as the Doctor after David Tennant quits the

show in Series 4. This is of course in conflict with already-established/confirmed information…

Elaine Penn, features editor of TV Choice magazine and a huge Doctor Who fan, said the writers would not worry about the producing an apparently implausible storyline to explain the transformation.

She said, “To have someone who played such a major role in the series already to come back as the Doctor could be a little confusing for people, especially children.

“But anything is possible, that’s the wonderful thing about Doctor Who, anything goes.

“We have already seen the Doctor’s assistant supposedly killed off, only to come back in a later show.”

“Maybe it’s a little too early to say for definite who it will be. If John Simm has been photographed on the set there is nothing to say he couldn’t just be coming back as one of the Doctor’s enemies.”

So it could all be piffle – but then papers quote “unnamed sources” (ie cleaners)…

“John is absolutely over the moon. He’s got a six-year-old son who is a massive Doctor Who fan and can’t believe his dad is going to get to fly the Tardis at work.

“John is a superb actor and will follow in the footsteps of David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor.”

However, David Tennant fans cool down… Digital Spy has received news from the BBC that this rumour is untrue.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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