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Old October 23 2012, 10:07 AM   #1
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John Simm wants to be the Master again

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John Simm would like to reprise his role as the Master in Doctor Who, he’s revealed.
“I’d love the opportunity to play him differently,” he told an audience at Cheltenham Literature Festival last week. “I’d love to have another take on him, to be a bit quieter.”
Simm was the seventh actor to take on the role of the Doctor’s arch-adversary – most recently in the 2009 Christmas special – and was notable for his manic cackling.
“I started annoying myself after a while,” he confessed. “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.”
However, he did admit that the Master’s blond hair was his idea: “That was a mistake. I shouldn’t have listened to my instinct there.”
"There's a new writer now" he continued, referring to Davies’ successor Steven Moffat – “and 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.”
So he'd like to play the Master darker than before, it's RTDs fault he played him like he did and blames himself for the blonde hair. I'd like to see him do the Master more seriously.
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Old October 23 2012, 10:20 AM   #2
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I'd definitely like to see him as the Master, at least one more time, be great to see him and the 11th Doctor cross paths.
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Old October 23 2012, 11:39 AM   #3
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Just like the Dalek's, the Master is one of those villians that won't stay dead.
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Old October 23 2012, 11:40 AM   #4
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Just like the Dalek's, the Master is one of those villians that won't stay dead.
Thank goodness.
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Old October 23 2012, 11:55 AM   #5
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A cosmos without The Master doesn't bear thinking about.
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Old October 23 2012, 12:23 PM   #6
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And with a goatee
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Old October 23 2012, 12:28 PM   #7
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You mean a beard?
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Old October 23 2012, 12:41 PM   #8
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If Sylvester McCoy can change the Seventh Doctor from a bumbling clown to a dangerous manipulator, I don't see why John Simm can't make the Master more sane.
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Old October 23 2012, 12:42 PM   #9
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A cosmos without The Master doesn't beard thinking about.
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Re: John Simm wants to be the Master again

I definitely want to see John Simm's darker, quieter take on The Master. Make this happen, Moffat!
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Old October 23 2012, 02:08 PM   #11
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Personally, I liked Simm's performance as the Master. He combined the best aspects of Roger Dalgado and Anthony Ainley and brought something unique of himself to the role.

That being said, seeing him take a darker more serious approach to the character is guaranteed to be awesome.
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Old October 23 2012, 02:21 PM   #12
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I didnt like the giggling lunatic myself, or the blond hair. A Master played as a dark reflection of the Doctor would be my preferred take on the character.
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Old October 23 2012, 03:07 PM   #13
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I didn't particularly like Simm's Master myself. As a character with another name, pehaps I could've enjoyed him more, but, the way performance we go, just didn't feel "Master-y" to me. I'd be willing to see Simm take another crack at the role with a new take on him for Moffat, to see if I enjoy it any more than RTD Era. Definitey start with the dark hair and Goatee, if they make this happen.
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Old October 23 2012, 03:58 PM   #14
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I would love to see him return as well but here is the thing about any return of The Master. At least from my interpretation of TEOT I assumed The Master went with the other Time Lords i.e. back into the Time Lock. So if that's the case then he would have to break it to return to the series. Now this could be a way of bringing The Time Lords back in some capacity.
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Old October 23 2012, 04:11 PM   #15
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^ One of Doctor Who's greatest strengths, and one of its biggest problems, is that the writers can do anything they damn well please. The set up doesn't have any rules, and any walls erected by one writer can be easily broken by the next. If they're bothering to "respect" continuity at all.

The last time he came back from the abyss it was explained away by the line "the timelords resurrected me". That's it. That's all anyone needed.
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