Paul McGann: Charles Dance “Would Be Great” As The Master

The Master.

Like the Doctor, a renegade Time Lord, but one who is bent on owning the whole of time and space, no matter the cost, instead of helping those he meets.

Over the 50 years of the show, the Master has time and time again plotted against the Doctor and tried to either hurt or outright kill him in a myriad of ways.

And like the character of the Doctor, the Master has been given life by a number of gentleman, providing the perfect sociopathic (and let’s face it psychopathic too) villain for the Doctor’s foil.

I mean who else would travel time and space as a virtual corpse or a morphing, fluid, snake creature or associate with heads flying around in robotic balls?

Every fan has their favorite version of the Master, much like fans have “their” Doctor. For some, it’s the perfectly villainous Roger Delgado, who embodies the look of the masterful villain. For others, it’s the more recent brilliant old man of Derek Jacobi’s unknowing Master who becomes the young and wild-eyed John Simm.

With the coming of a new actor in the role of the Doctor, fans have gone wild with speculation as to who might fill the role of one of the Doctor’s oldest f0es. The person in the role needs to be a good match for the person playing the Doctor, and in this case, that could mean someone who plays to the fact of Capaldi’s more advanced age (compared to more recent Doctor) or it could be someone who is quite opposite the new Doctor.  A number of names have been mentioned repeatedly across the fandom, from Ben Daniels and Idris Elba, both of whom, many fans considered perfect to take over the role of the Doctor – although being cast as the Master would then very likely negate either man’s future as the Doctor – to names like Michael Sheen and Alan Rickman, actors who, if cast as the Master would most certainly fill the role extremely well, given their past performances, but who likely only will ever come close to playing the Master in the dreams and hearts of the fandom.

Another name that has repeatedly been included in casting talks is that of Charles Dance, most recently famous for playing Tywin Lannister in the hugely popular Game Of Thrones. While nothing has been released yet as to who might be playing the Master, or even if he is actually returning to the show, the support behind Dance’s casting has come from all points in the fandom, including a man who has not only played the Doctor but who’s version of the Doctor faced the Master head on.

In an interview with Flicks And The City, Eighth Doctor Paul McGann was asked about what he thought of Dance being cast, and it seems McGann is wholeheartedly behind it!

“He would be great, he’s a fantastic actor. He’s still got a twinkle in his eye. I don’t know where he gets it from, but he’s always had it, he’d bring great gravitas and old fashioned charm…The Master is never going to go away, is he? Rather like the Doctor himself he can take any guise, so I suppose he could look like an ageing roué from the depths of space.”

So it seems McGann is in favor of someone who would almost be a mirror of the new Doctor, someone battle weary and life worn, but who, given even the least chance, would come up with the most devious plan out there for how to finally succeed in his goal to dominate the entire universe.

Just because he looks older doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the hearts and quick mind of a much younger man! Don’t let the looks fool you!

So dear K readers, what are your thoughts? As we near the 23rd August premiere date, we’ll likely find out many more details about who will be pitted against the Doctor this series. Are you hoping for the Master’s return, either now or possibly in a future series? Who would you see cast in the role?

I vote for Charles Dance as well, though having someone quite different from Capaldi like Idris Elba or even a woman in the role would be rather quite interesting to say the least…

(via Den Of Geek)


Rebecca is still new to the Who world, but is no stranger to sci-fi, being a life long Trekkie. When not watching, reading, blogging, or talking about Doctor Who, she watches so many movies and reads so many books she has to keep a list of both so she doesn't forget any of them. She wishes she could have been with the Doctor and Amy when they met Van Gogh.

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