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Published on November 23rd, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds

Cumberbatch to Play the Master?

No. Never… Maybe? In the world of Steven Moffat confirmation is hard to come by (nonfirmation, perhaps?) So when he was asked whether or not Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch would be taking on the mantle of the Master – he answered:

“No, there is no truth to that ‘ unless suddenly there is. I mean, actually, honestly, there are no plans of that kind at all “ I don’t guarantee that I’m not lying and I don’t guarantee that I won’t change my mind. So there you go. Hopeless answer.”

Hmm… however in a joint interview with fellow Sherlock/Doctor Who scribe Mark Gatiss to discuss the Deerstalker-less adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, he did confirm that the next series of NuWho would be an exciting ‘roller-coaster of thrills and unimaginable joy,’ and would see the return of an old fan favourite… the Fez.

Naturally, when two gentleman at the forefront of British drama get together to chat about their work, talk turned towards the mothership itself- the BBC, with Moffat sharing his rather forthright views on the fate of the corporation:

“We wouldn’t have shows like Sherlock Holmes if it wasn’t for the BBC, seriously and truly. And it’s worth saying that. I wouldn’t normally praise them randomly, but it’s the most extraordinary broadcaster in the world. The reason Im saying this is, it [the BBC] is under threat from its government and from the insane British press, constantly under criticism, and is in danger of having funding reduced.

“You will not get shows like DOCTOR WHO and SHERLOCK without that organization and if you care about quality broadcasting, shoulder your rifle, go and stand on the steps of the BBC and protect it, because it is under threat from the most dangerous force in the world – morons.”


(via AssignmentX)

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

2 Responses to Cumberbatch to Play the Master?

  1. avatar Rick714 says:

    Cumberbatch as the Master? Wow, you know, I like that even more than him becoming the Doctor. My main problem with the later reincarnations of the Master have been Ainley playing it too over the top and simm playing him as a deranged nutcase–even the modern day Moriarty has failed in this respect. Cumberbatch could bring some class class back to the role of the Master. I really like that notion.

  2. avatar Charlie says:

    @ Fuser, your comparisons aren’t appropriate. BBC is a broadcaster, GA and football aren’t media outlets.

    If you want a fair comparison you should contrast the quality of programmes of the BBC versus ITV or Sky. Purely personally I rarely watch anything on ITV and nothing I watch on Sky is original programming. More to the point, on pay TV like Sky you don’t get to pick and choose which programmes you watch. You pay a set amount for a range of channels and get all programmes within it. Given that, the BBC offers excellent value for money.

    I fear you’ve been brainwashed by the press. Please stop reading newspapers.

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