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Published on June 18th, 2014 | by Andrew Reynolds

Rumours Of The Master’s Return Hit Mainstream Media

Potential spoiler alert! While nothing has been officially confirmed (and judging by the story reported here, why would anything be confirmed at this stage?) if you are of spoiler sensitive disposition, move along; there’s nothing to see here.

Get ready friends, here we go again.

Today, the Daily Star have ‘confirmed’ that the Master will return in an explosive finale of the next season.

On the one hand, it’s a rumour that’s not so much been around the block for a while as has its own blue plaque dedicated to its heroic block traversing activities – in other words it’s persistent and backed up somewhat by some of the recent on location shenanigans.

However, on the other hand, while it is the first time the mainstream media have thrown their shabby, possibly bugged hat into the ring; it’s done in such clodhopping, blustering fashion that it has the net result of making you doubt the very existence of paper itself.

In customary cloak and dagger fashion, the Daily Star comment that BBC bosses have been ‘secretly plotting’ to resurrect the beardy one and that he’ll be played by a ‘Hollywood actor’.

No names have been forthcoming other than the ones previously rumoured to be taking on the role – although I guess this all could be a roundabout way of saying ‘no!’ to Steve John Shepherd – who has appeared in a few Hollywood movies (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Layer Cake) but wouldn’t be the first name that comes to mind when using the phrase ‘Hollywood actor’.

And that’s about it for content – there are plans which here are hilariously given shadowy overtones – I mean, ‘secretly plotting’? How else is it going to be achieved? It isn’t much of a mystery if they just come out an announce it. It isn’t something the Daily Star needs to foil either; it’s just the way things are done.

Later in the article they also make sly reference to the fact that ‘Now we can reveal he is being brought back to life’ which is how the news works, right?

First, you have nothing, then later, you have something. No matter if it’s been confirmed, verified, utter by a dying BBC tempt after he was shot with a poisoned dart shortly before spilling his guts to the truth-seeking Daily Star.

It doesn’t mean it’s a shadowy conspiracy – it’s just not been released yet.

This is how the game is played.

Anyway, dosing the red hot rumour is the fact that the Daily Star – perhaps, so caught up revealing the BBC’s darkest secrets – forgot to, well… research anything.

I’m just going to leave the following passage right here, make of it what you will:

“The last time fans saw The Master – who has been a recurring character on the sci-fi show since 1971 – was in 2010.

In a story called The End of Time, the villain – played by John Simm, 43 – tried to control the human race only for his plans to be thwarted. It ended with the rogue Time Lord being shot by his own wife.

He refused to regenerate and The Doctor, played then by David Tennant, 43, cremated The Master’s body on a funeral pyre.

However, his ring did not burn.

And viewers saw a mystery female with long, red fingernails, who was a member of a coven loyal to The Master, retrieve it.”

So what can we confirm that would suggest he may be about to return?

There is the recent return to Lanzarote in an episode that MIGHT follow on from the Master-centric events of the 1984 serial Planet of Fire, the appearance of a tiny TARDIS in recent on location photos – perhaps hinting at some tissue compression eliminator action (hints of Logopolis) dotted about in the episodes leading to his return and also Sylvester McCoy said it’s happening… so there.

So what do you make of the Daily Star’s article? Would you like to see the Master return? And which ‘Hollywood actor’ would you like to see grow a rather natty beard and menace the Doctor anew?


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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.

30 Responses to Rumours Of The Master’s Return Hit Mainstream Media

  1. avatar TonyS says:

    Well, I guess we will soon know

  2. avatar EdwardianCricketer says:

    I’m ready for the Master to return and ready for him to be portrayed as maniacal, not crazy. If that requires a new actor, so be it. For a twist, I’d like to see Natalie Dormer in the role.

  3. avatar David says:

    Correct me if I am wrong, but that was not the last time we saw the Master… as I recall, he was fighting Rassilon.

  4. avatar vidarraven says:

    The Star sure it’s the truth :lol

  5. avatar Susan M. Dolan says:

    The episode you are describing isn’t END OF TIME but LAST OF THE TIME LORDS the season 3 finale which was Martha Jones’ swan song and the start of Donna Noble’s run in the Tardis (after VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED Christmas Special). In THE END OF TIME The Master went back to Gallifrey with Rassilon and the rest of his cronies. Should The Mater return, they have to get John Simm back and have him regenerate into the new Master after all, you can’t keep a bad Master down forever. (Anthony Ainsley was my Master, who was yours?)

    • avatar David F says:

      I read this yesterday, and during the night I had a dream about Peter Capaldi squaring off against Alan Rickman. It was such a perfect face-off that it must become reality.

      • avatar David F says:

        (That was meant to be a new comment. Not sure how it ended up as a reply to Susan. Never mind!)

        • avatar vortexter says:

          Alan Rickman would be great but I was thinking of Gary Oldman, Terrance Stamp or Kevin Spacey as The Master.

          • avatar Cate C says:

            Not Gary Oldman! I’m hope in a future cross-over episode Oldman will play the first Doctor as a youngish TimeLord.

  6. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Yeah, definitely poorly researched. Its pathetically amusing when people who have no clue try to write articles about Doctor Who.

  7. avatar Rick says:

    I’d like The Master to return, but it seems a bit pointless bringing him back before Gallifrey, and I think it too soon for the Doctor to restore Gallifrey. However, I guess I’d be disappointed if he wasn’t in the series after all these rumors.

  8. That quote is not what happened in The End of Time which was the last time we saw the Master. At the end of the story he went back to Gallifrey with the other Time Lords when the timelock collapsed. So if the master returns, it means that the Doctor has found Gallifrey, or we are seeing the Master from an earlier time period, ie a different actor playing Anthony Ainley’s Master.

    • As clearly outlined in the article above, the hamfisted attempt to explain the Master’s timeline is directly from the Daily Star.

  9. avatar Random Guy says:

    Why are we all assuming its a new Master? River Song can meet the Doctor out of order and Clara has now realised that she can too, thanks to her last meeting with Kate Stewart. A “Hollywood” actor has been mentioned, both Jacobi and Simm have been in Hollywood movies. For that matter so has Eric Roberts. We never saw Roberts regenerate into Jacobi, and we also never really saw what Jacobi was like as the Master other than a few brief minutes after opening the fob watch. I’d love to see Jacobi as the Master from the time before he activated the watch.

    • avatar vortexter says:

      Roberts Master is still in the TARDIS after being sucked in by the Eye of Harmony. The John Simms Master was resurected from the bio-data extracts on Gallifrey as the perfect warrior. In fact, it’s a shame they didn’t pin the TARDIS exploding on the Master breaking out.

  10. avatar Al says:

    The reporter needs to get their episode plot lines straight.

  11. avatar Ian Scales says:

    I am pretty sure that a casual look at the internet will tell the writer the plot to the “End of Time”, and not the plot of “Last of the Timelords”. Though, to be fair, they probably take a lot of reading for a Not-we to work out the plots

  12. avatar John Miller says:

    If the article itself didn’t have factual errors, I might have taken it seriously.

  13. avatar DonnaM says:

    Shoddy writing, poor research… exactly what you’d expect from a rag like the Star.

    If the Master is back for the finale, any “source” worth their salt would know by now who is playing him. I understood they were starting that block this week, so I’d be worried, frankly, if the main villain wasn’t already in place

  14. avatar J W says:

    Just to fan the flames of fan outrage I’m going to predict that Moff and company will be bringing back the Eric Roberts Master. He is a ‘Hollywood Actor’ albeit a lower tier one. You may now tear this remark apart at your leisure.

    • avatar TonyS says:

      On the plus side, he always did like to dress for the occasion :)

  15. avatar Ranger says:

    It is, of course, going to be Johnny Depp, playing the Master as Captain Jack Sparrow.

    (well, a girl can dream…)

  16. avatar David Lein says:

    I hope it’s Geffory Beevers. He was an awesome Master and brilliant in the audios.

  17. avatar Aleksandrovitch says:

    I bet that is what the cause of the recent spoilery pictures of the mini shrunken TARDIS are all about. Its the master using his tissue decompression eliminator!

  18. avatar phlogistan says:

    IMagine what William H Macy would bring to the role…

  19. avatar Philip Bates says:

    Y’know, I love John Simm. He was a great Master and I’d love him to come back. The material let him down. But watch him in anything and he’s INCREDIBLE.

    • avatar Rick says:

      Same here, I see no reason not to bring him back, unless he doesn’t want to reprise the role.

  20. avatar Geoff says:

    It could have been more poorly written: “Jon Simms, 49 last portrayed the Dr Who super villain in Christopher Ecclstones final adventure: The End of Timelords in 2011″

  21. avatar STLShawn says:

    Master uses a matter compression device that makes things smaller.
    Ummmmm,,, i saw this photo of a thing, that is supposed to be large, but is like,,, ummm,, small.

    • avatar Philip Bates says:

      Please! Children visit this site! :P

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