Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival last week, Simm recalled that his interpretation of the Doctor’s Time Lord nemesis was very much influenced by Russell T Davies’ vision of the character.
“I started annoying myself after a while. Russell T Davies had a specific idea of what he wanted him to be like. So I just had to do exactly what he wanted me to, and he wanted a giggling lunatic.”
“I’d love the opportunity to play him differently. I’d love to have another take on him, to be a bit quieter.”
As for how this might happen, Simm referred to Steven Moffat, observing that:
“I’m sure his take on him would be different so I’d be interested to have a look at it. I’d like to take the Master to a very, very dark place.”
We’d love to see the Master return to Doctor Who, and if John Simm is allowed to offer his own interpretation then this would be even better. Simm is a great actor with some superb performances under his belt (see Cracker: Best Boys, The Lakes, State of Play, Life on Mars and Exile for the best examples on TV, or catch him on stage) and an appearance from the Master is surely overdue by now…