John Simm to Return as The Master!

The ‘brain melting’ spoiler is out!

John Simm will return as the Master to battle the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) in the forthcoming series of Doctor Who.

Earlier this week Steven Moffat introduced a ‘next time’ trailer which he said contained a ‘brain melting’ spoiler that was so incendiary that it came with a countdown. Well now we’ve gone from countdown to blast off, after The Sun decided to print the spoiler because of course they did.

Speaking to the BBC, John Simm said:

“I can confirm that it’s true, thanks to the power of time travel I’m back. It’s always a pleasure to work with this great team of people and I can’t wait for you all to see what the Master gets up to in the next series.”

Departing show runner, writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat added:

“Nothing stays secret for long on Doctor Who but you’ll have to wait a little bit longer to see exactly what the Master is up to and how he makes his return to face the Doctor. It’s been a huge pleasure to have fan favourites John Simm and Michelle Gomez face to face in the same role! It’s not often you get to see a solo personality clash.”

John Simm was last seen as the Master on New Year’s Day 2010, and confirming that the spoiler would close a gap in Time Lord history, perhaps now we will get to see just how the Master regenerated into Missy – and perhaps a multi-Master story calls for multiple Doctors…

We’ll have to wait to see exactly when and how the Master will return to the new series, which starts on Saturday 15 April at 7:20pm on BBC One.