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John Simm is to reprise his role of the master in the upcoming Doctor Who Series 10. In an apparent Two Masters story he will join forces with Missy to outwit the Doctor. Missy, the female incarnation of the Master, is played by Michelle Gomez.

John Simm last played the villainous Time Lord alongside David Tennant’s Doctor in 2009/2010 two-parter The End of Time. I sure show-runner Steven Moffat saw this a great way to have some comical moments. Knowing him they will be fully exploited. Lots of us here would have preferred Derek Jacobi Master return. He had much more gravitas!

Doctor Who 4.17 - Bernard Cribbins, David Tennant and John Simm
Doctor Who 4.17 The End of Time, Part 1 – Artwork – Wilfred Mott (Bernard Cribbins), The Doctor (David Tennant) and The Master (John Simm) © BBC

Doctor Who Series 10 BBC John Simm announcement

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.

John Simm says: “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”.

He continued, “I can’t wait for you all to see what The Master gets up to in the next series.”

Steven Moffat, writer and executive producer, says, “Nothing stays secret for long on Doctor Who”. He continued, “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. Viewers will 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.

As previously announced, Doctor Who series ten will also star Michelle Gomez as Missy – a later regeneration of The Master. Other returning foes include the Daleks and the Ice Warriors. Also returning for the first time in over fifty years – the Mondasian Cybermen. An exciting line up of new faces and adversaries will debut across the series, including adorable-but-deadly Emojibots and David Suchet as The Landlord.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One with episode one The Pilot at 7.20pm on Saturday 15 April.