UPDATED Doctor Who: John Simm on The Master

News Louisa Mellor 23 Oct 2012 - 10:15

John Simm has revealed he would “take the Master to a very, very dark place” if he reprised the Doctor Who role…

Update: on his Twitter feed, Simm has clarified that "The Master thing is honestly a non story. I was answering a specific question at a Q+A. [It's] been taken out of context"

Speaking at last week’s Cheltenham Literature Festival, actor John Simm told fans that he’d like the chance to provide “…another take” on the Master, the Doctor’s arch-enemy, making him “…a bit quieter.”

“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” Simm told the Cheltenham audience, “I started annoying myself after a while”.

Simm intimated that he'd welcome the opportunity to work with Steven Moffat on the character: “There’s a new writer now and I’m sure his take on him would be very 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.

Read our celebration of the Master in Doctor Who, here.

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