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Ferdinando on the Possible Return of Half-Face

half-face-deep-breath-Ferdinando-heavenGiven that we’ve already seen Deep Breath’s villainous Half-Face Man after his apparent demise, a return for the character doesn’t seem entirely out of the question. Even if he doesn’t in Series 8 Peter Ferdinando would be happy to reprise the role.

The man behind the machine told the Independent: “It’s fun, it’s a scary, juicy role to play because it’s totally different to what I’ve ever done. There was talk about bringing him back but I don’t know whether that will happen or not. If it does, yeah, I’ll do it.”

Speaking about how he prepared for the role: “I didn’t want to look like I was in the film Bedknobs and Broomsticks, so I tried to make it robotic with a human soul, trying to manifest the self, so to speak.

He added: “I’ve never played a half man half robot before, so it was very exciting and a challenge – dare I say that word – to play something that’s not really real. But he’s trying to turn into a human being, so there was a fine line of trying to find some human qualities in there and the same time he is a robot, so it’s very technical.”

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Doctor When
Doctor When

My theory is that all the villans the doctor defeats this series go to  heaven and then in the finale they all team up to fight the doctor.

Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

I would like him to come back we havent seen everything that makes him tick the actor was very good

LaraHarris
LaraHarris

Just thought I'd share this... 

I am 41 and last night I woke up screaming from a nightmare about the half faced man. 

Polyphase
Polyphase

and he did a brilliant job, in fact I thought he was very creepy:)

DDBlue
DDBlue

Considering what we saw at the end of Deep Breath, I'd guess there is a pretty good chance we will see him again.

Sji
Sji

Like many other fans have said, i too absolutely loved Ferdinando's performance. He was brilliant. One of the finest guest actor/actress performances ever, for me. Right up there with Ian Reddington's Chief Clown. I am sure we all have different favourites from the last 50 years :D. But yes, great stuff, and i too expect to see Half Faced Man again at the end of the season.

MetamorphmagusWho likes Conventions
MetamorphmagusWho likes Conventions

I love Bedknobs and Broomsticks :)



But, yeah, I doubt he would have been as scary as he was if we'd have heard him singing Substitutiary Locomotion.

RobertHancock
RobertHancock

I didn't see him/it as a villain. As the Doctor  said himself, when did our race as a whole become vegetarians. They  "needed" the parts to repair themselves, they didn't kill for pleasure or out of spite. They were following their programming/instinct.

Padaster
Padaster

He must return. We will not negotiate.

Americanwhovian
Americanwhovian

When he woke up in 'heaven' he looked just like Paul Mcgann from the side. 

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

He was a great enemy and good match for Capaldi. Hope he's back in the finale.

The Moment
The Moment

He was fantastic playing this role, I would be happy if he came back.

Timeywimey Stuff
Timeywimey Stuff

Ferdinando was perfect in the role and gave a wonderful portrayal of a villain.

Oliver J. "cool"
Oliver J. "cool"

I thought the villain was awesome, I thought his voice sounded scary and powerful, his a appearance and the way he carried himself was all really good. A brilliant antagonist.

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

After the scene with Missy in Paradise I just kind of assumed half-face man would appear again in the finale.


VictorWong1
VictorWong1

The "tragic villain" -- honestly we don't get too many of those in DW, the last one I can recall is Julian Glover's Count Scarlioni in City of Death.

MrRazza, WANTED: A Lord of Thyme
MrRazza, WANTED: A Lord of Thyme

He totally nailed that part. How anyone could say the word "Yes" laden with such a range of perfectly portrayed emotions with such impact could only be an indication of a true master at work. Immensely convincing portayal of a clockwork droid to the extent that a small part of me very nearly went "Oh Yeah! He's played by an actor!" Would love to see him return, but if it's still as the Half Face Man, I'd want the return of the character to be well justified.



Lord Styro the Drashig
Lord Styro the Drashig

Balancing the human and robot aspects of the character must have been a real difficult job, but Ferdinando pulled it off perfectly. When he first talks about the "Promised Land", the way he delivered that line was just perfect - watch it again if you don't know what I mean. Unless he makes a surprise appearance in the finale I doubt he'll return in any significant capacity, but I'd love it if he did.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

He did a great job. I really felt like he was a robot under all that stolen skin. I'd be more than happy to see him make a return. Hopefully he can get fleshed out a bit (no pun intended (is that even really a pun (you know what I mean anyway, flesh, yeah))) because he remained pretty underdeveloped in the story. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing, but it'd be cool to see the character return more fleshed (tee-hee) out.

TardisBoy
TardisBoy

I'd love to have him back on the show, he's a terrific actor. His performance made it look like the Half-Face man was stop-motion at times, he made me believe he was an actual clockword droid - that takes a lot of talent. I do expect we'll see him pop up in the finale though.

DWISCOOL100
DWISCOOL100

I hope he does return. Ferdinando was so good in the role. I totally believed he was a robot.

drjakeyoung
drjakeyoung

He was a good character and i hope we see him at some point latter on in the series :)

Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things
Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things

Judging by the end scene it's possible that he might come back. Maybe 'Missy' is gathering an army of the Doctor's foes to fight the Cybermen in the series finale? That would be cool.

 Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker.
Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker.

If he did return it'd be interesting to see him encounter the cybermen since they're almost the exact opposite of each other.

HitchcockWhovian
HitchcockWhovian

I thought he was wonderful. It may be a small moment, but I loved the delivery of his line after the Doctor says, "You realise that one of is lying about our basic programming?".

"Yes". One word, but the way he does it tells you everything. He's afraid. Shivers down my spine. You're welcome back, Mr Ferdinando.

sontaran17
sontaran17

I'd go as far to say (thinking to the end of the year already) It would take something really special to top him for best villain in the Best of 2014 polls!

sontaran17
sontaran17

I'd be all for it - While the appearance was so creepy in itself, Ferdinando was complete convincing in his movements- and that's what really sold it. 

ahunter8056
ahunter8056

He was absolutely brilliant in the role, as were all the other robots. You genuinely felt as though these were actual robots, as opposed to humans dressed up as robots. I was under the impression that we would see him reappear in the series finale, considering he was recovered by The Gatekeeper Of The Nethersphere. I'd love to see him return.

Thesilence_1994
Thesilence_1994

Ferdinando was brilliant in the role. While people may argue whether 'Deep Breath' was good or not (and I am actually not sure about parts of it myself) I think it's safe to say that the acting was briliant :)

MowTheFrontLawn
MowTheFrontLawn

@Rani Nose And I assumed he'd be teamed-up with every deceased villain of Series 8.  Or hoped, really...

The Moment
The Moment

@Rani Nose I thought this as well, I had an idea that she would "collect" The Doctor's  enemies from this series and then use them against him in the finale. 

Dameon
Dameon

@VictorWong1 Black Orchid also springs to mind, although perhaps not truly a villain. However, generally I agree that it's something we don't often see depicted effectively.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

Wait, wait, I got another one. It'd be great to see what makes him tick. Ha! These clockwork droid puns write themselves.

Dameon
Dameon

@HitchcockWhovian Agreed, I felt i could see the cogs whirring as he checked the logic of The Doctors statement, before fearfully voicing his conclusion. Very nicely played.

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

@sontaran17 it sounds to me like we're gonna be in for some pretty good villains anyway, the doctor's nightmares in listen, the teller in time heist, skovox blitzer and a living forest are just a few to mention

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

He was so menacing. And for me, Deep Breath is my favourite ever opener. Certainly in the Moffat era. For me it was faultless. I can't quite comprehend how much I loved Deep Breath. The atmosphere was amazing and Capaldi owned the stage. He was perfect when confronting Half Face and it reminded me a bit of Sherlock and Moriarty.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

Well then you'd better take a Deep Breath and Strax yourself in, because there's bound to be plenty more coming your way.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

You... But... I... You are brilliant. And I mean that from the bottom of my hearts.