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Published on April 16th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

Simm on 50th: “I didn’t get a call”

In the ongoing saga of will they/won’t they/surely they have asked by now and are probably secretly filming as we speak, the Master himself John Simm has denied that he’ll be returning to the show for the 50th anniversary.


The Master: he’s still waiting, Mr Moffat…

Appearing as a guest on The Jonathan Ross Show, Simm coyly denied that he has had any contact from the BBC about potentially giving the Scissor Sisters one last spin.

Here’s the full transcript of the hilarious exchange:

Jonathan Ross: ‘You were a big part of the Doctor Who series when David Tennant was the Doctor; the 50th anniversary is coming up: is your Master going to be appearing in that?’

John Simm: (A pause eerily similar to the Master) ‘…No’

JR: ‘Definitely no?’

JS: ‘I think unless, erh, I don’t know when they’re filming it. I haven’t heard anything at all. I think it’s pretty much no…’

JR: ‘It’s a shame. I’d love to see him back.’

JS: ‘Hmm, well, I didn’t get a call…’

JR: ‘…Bastards’

So with the Zygons already in place would you like to see the Master behind the scenes manipulating events or are you happy to leave him after the events of The End of Time?

The Master; can you decide whether he should live or die? (See what I did there?)

(via Blogtor Who)


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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.

6 Responses to Simm on 50th: “I didn’t get a call”

  1. avatar sw says:

    If the Master came back I think it would need to be a different actor.

    • avatar David F says:


      • avatar sw says:

        I feel Simms Master became too much of a cartoon character in the end of time episodes, he needs a regeneration and to be more sinister.

  2. avatar Simon says:

    While I get wanting the Doctor’s arch-enemy in the 50th, to be honest, his story was wrapped up once and for all in The End of Time, and for all the flaws that story has (in my opinion), writing out Simm’s Master was a good end, so I wouldn’t be too upset if he didn’t come back.

  3. avatar Ryan says:

    If they’re going to have the two latest Doctors, then why not the two latest Masters? Simm and Jacobi. Now, that I would be excited for!

  4. avatar Äna says:

    I think John Simm did a fantastic job in his role as The Master. It’d be a shame if he didn’t come back.

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