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Is Benedict Cumberbatch playing the Master?

Is Cumberbatch… The Master?

Is Benedict Cumberbatch playing the Master?From Sherlock to Star Trek… and then onto Doctor Who? That’s the message being spread by UK paper the Daily Express today, who claims that the Sherlock Holmes actor Benedict Cumberbatch is going to play the other last Time Lord in 2013’s 50th anniversary!

Although he has shot to fame as the modern incarnation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective – thanks to Doctor Who writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss – Cumberbatch is allegedly replacing previous Master John Simm, appearing on screens opposite Matt Smith next year.

The previous incarnation of the Master – there have been six in all (depending on your interpretation) – was last seen in The End of Time, Part Two, where he was believed to have headed back to the time locked Gallifrey.

The Daily Express cites “programme insiders” as saying that actors will “lock horns” next year.

“It’s fitting that the Doctor comes face to face with his ultimate enemy, The Master, for the 50th anniversary and it’s felt Benedict is the perfect choice if schedules can work,” we’re told. “Fans will love the idea of the man who plays Sherlock Holmes taking on the Doctor’’.

“Benedict has often been asked about whether he would like to play the Doctor so it will be ironic if he now
ends up being The Master instead.”

It is of course fascinating that an actor who was rumoured to be interested in Doctor Who when Matt Smith won the part should be playing the Time Lord’s most sword enemy. If true then it will certainly cash in on Cumberbatch’s growing stature; he’s recently been cast as the villain in the forthcoming Star Trek film (also due for release in 2013).

What do you think? Tabloid filler or genuine story?

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