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John Simm was the eighth actor to play the Master in Doctor Who

John Simm’s “Out of context” Master

It would seem that certain websites and fans got their knickers in a twist about the potential return of John Simm as the Master following a Doctor Who-specific question at a Q&A last week.

John Simm was the eighth actor to play the Master in Doctor Who

Asked about the Master at the Cheltenham Literature Festival last week, Simm was enthusiastic about the possibilities of a darker take on the character – but didn’t indicate that there was any discussion that he would be returning. Nevertheless, things got out of control to such an extent that the actor took to Twitter…

So there we have it – he’s interested in taking the character in a different direction, and that’s all. Which, of course, is fair enough. We’d love to see him back, but anyone under any illusions that such an occurrence is imminent needs to take a step outside (and perhaps load up their Terror of the Autons DVD…)

Christian Cawley


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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