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Gatiss on Master Return: “Anything is possible”

utopia-the-master-regeneratesDoctor Who writer Mark Gatiss has addressed rumours that the Master will return in Series 8.

Although Gatiss doesn’t rule it out he feels it’s important to bring in new villains for a new Doctor.

Speaking to Adorocinema, Gatiss said: “I think anything is possible, but with this new Doctor, I think it’s important not to get stuck on old preferences.”

He added: “When I was little, Tom Baker took over as Doctor and had a complete change of monsters. The Zygons and the Krynoids are fantastic. It’s always nice to have new things.”

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Dalekoverlord
Dalekoverlord

It is important to have new aliens but you can't just ignore the fact that there needs to be a main enemy like the master or the Daleks who will never die

RossJackson
RossJackson

tbh introducing new monsters is all fine and dandy, but solely using new monsters is just putting  plaster over things. The Master is a huge part of the Doctor's story, even all the way back to their child hood, so they are pretty much two sides of the same coin. Never get rid of the master, sure breaks from him are fine, but never get rid of him. I loved Simms as the master, he portrayed the insanity part of him rather well, but it is time they moved on, would much prefer a cold, calculating not over the top type of insane master. 


AndrewDiNanno
AndrewDiNanno

There were plenty of new and old monsters throughout Matt Smith's run but the Master was unfortunately absent so I think they'll be able to bring that rubbishly bearded Time Lord back for Peter Capaldi's first series without getting stuck on old preferences. Besides a lot of the new monsters in series 7 weren't as imaginative as the ones in series 5 and 6 which makes me worry that Moffat and crew are running out of new ideas.


acousticwolf
acousticwolf

Totally agree, time for another nemesis 

DawnTime
DawnTime

I agree much prefer something new

TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

I agree with him, I like new monsters. As long as they're as good as The Silence and the Weeping Angels, though- I didn't think the new monsters in series 7 were that interesting.

IanOTimelord
IanOTimelord

When Tom Baker took over in his first season he met the Sontarans, Daleks and Cybermen. I think if the Master returns he should be dark, menacing but not just like a person who looks acts like he's a lunatic. The rumour that the guy from Eastenders (forget his name) is to play the new Master I think he would be good, he looks sinister and the eyes are piercing.

Adric the Genius
Adric the Genius

I've just bought my first Big Finish Audio Drama, incidentally featuring the Master.  Of course, I felt it best to start with the 50th Anniversary Special The Light at the End, as I have heard good things about it.  The audio dramas ought to be good for long car journeys.

Wibbly-Wobbly is John Reese
Wibbly-Wobbly is John Reese

But... did he? Tom's first season had Daleks and Cybermen. 


Then again, having Daleks and Cybermen were different than to now.

yiffniff
yiffniff

I like to wonder who was on the other side of that crack when Matt got the next twelve regenerations ... Maybe the master can be his new companion.  

AllonsyGeronimo
AllonsyGeronimo

I'm all for new ideas, The Weeping Angels,  Vashta Nerada, The Silence and so many one time ideas, so many more out there to explore.

Regenerated Catterson
Regenerated Catterson

I will agree that new monsters would be nice, but they need to be on the level of The Silence and The Weeping Angels, monsters you adore and that could freak you out if written right. Personally, The Master can come back. I'd prefer returning enemies rather than new ones right now because there are villains that we haven't seen for a while that could potentially come back. The Rani, The Valeyard, The Monk, Sea Devils, The Celestial Toymaker, the list goes on. I also think that returning some characters like with The Great Intelligence will get the younger audience to become more involved with past episodes of Doctor Who 


Chronos the Fannibal
Chronos the Fannibal

As well as the Master I want the Zygons and Rutans to return at some point again...

Americanwhovian
Americanwhovian

They only had new  things because roger delgado was  dead

PatrickPalmer
PatrickPalmer

Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans- I want to see them ALL! But they MUST have their appearances centered upon them, not as a cameo in a monster ensemble. The most damage you can do to these icons is have them there for comedic value (Sontarans in ToTD), or as cannon fodder to show off the Doctor's power (again, ToTD and also DoDD). When an episode is centered on the monster, as Asylum was, they tend to be pretty awesome. It had a nod to the past (Skaro), new elements (Parliament, Prime Minister, a planet of insane Daleks) and possible future intriguing developments (not knowing who the Doctor was). It is such a shame that this last point was ruined when the Daleks remembered who the Doctor was thanks to Tasha Lem, and then proceeded to become regeneration-triggered cannon fodder. Conclusion: the return of familiar faces is not the issue, the way they are written and used is. As a side; I'd like to see the Master return as the season arc, sent ahead by the Time Lords to find anyway he can to return Gallifrey to the universe, which sees him and they succeed and return in the season finale.


awkward912
awkward912

Odd selective memory from Mark, as in Tom's first season they deliberately included Dalek, Cyberman and Sontaran stories to ease the transition. While a new strong enemy would be brilliant also, I certainly think the first series for a new Doctor should have at least one familiar alien presence to maintain continuity. Though I guess the Paternoster gang have already ticked that box in a way... (And for me, Daleks at Christmas is the way to go.)

Chronos the Fannibal
Chronos the Fannibal

I keep thinking of River Song going "spoilers.." each time after I read a comment / teaser on this kinda stuff

RickXeros
RickXeros

Soooo.... What he's really saying is, to expect to see more of the Zygons and a return of the Kyrnoids right? Right? ;D

StephenAHayes
StephenAHayes

Just. Not. John. Simm.

Good actor but played the role wrong (from the direction given by RTD).

A new Master if he is coming back otherwise the Masster can survive anything

Mad-Mad With A Box Productions
Mad-Mad With A Box Productions

Um, Mark, I hate to tell you this but the villains of Tom Baker's entire first season (with the exception of the opening story) were ENTIRELY foes from the past.

JFrance
JFrance

Mark Gatiss is right, Its nice to have the old villains and monsters but you got to have the new ones to keep the show fresh and interesting. The new series itself has already created some great villains and monsters like the silence and the weeping angels.       

Notsosmartguy
Notsosmartguy

I personally think they should wait for Galifery's return before bringing in a new master but I wouldn't mind if they saw it fit too bring him back,

gunslinger19
gunslinger19

I have no issue with a Master return, and I certainly want him to return sometime. but I think its important to remember that the longer an enemy remains dormant, the more effective they will be when they make their return. Capaldi might well benefit from a new main villain, or perhaps a return from the Shakrii or the cybermen who havnt really had a series dedicated to them yet.

SamHargrave
SamHargrave

or they could bring back a monster that has only appeared once or twice such as The Zygons

Gustaff
Gustaff

This is what we tropers call hypocritical humour. Dont drag down with old foes...cue daleks are being watered down with too many appearances. If u feel that strongly about it, lose the daleks. I dont knew about the nation arrangement, but if this is their defense, then daleks deserve a permanent rest then.

Perhaps gatiss should change his views before going down that road with the fans.

RobertDavis
RobertDavis

@BadWolf2  OR, she is the Master 'himself' -- he did use up all his regenerations for the 8th Doctor and was a mess with Tennet... perhaps his 'essence' / mind took over this new body and ... well, he likes it as 'better camoflague'.

DiKelley
DiKelley

@yiffniff I honestly like to think it was the Master. You could see how something clicked, seemed almost to *change* within him during the confrontation with Rassilon, as if in the end he'd realized the Doctor was right and he could be better than he had been. I honestly would not be against a redeemed Master, but I suppose that some people would see it as ruining him, and I can see why. I'm just a sucker for redemption stories. XD

IanOTimelord
IanOTimelord

@Chronos the Fannibal High time the Rutans came back with the Sontarans.

And if the Cybermen should return can they just walk normally instead of like Robots!

The Finn
The Finn

@Americanwhovian  Delgado's Master would've been killed off anyhow in 1973. Tom Baker took over as the Doctor in 1974.

RobertDavis
RobertDavis

@PatrickPalmer  The Master working FOR the Time Lords -- a nice twist having 'evil' doing 'good' -- even if in the end the 'good' causes more chaos then anything the 'bad guy' can do.   Sounds like we need script cred!


TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@PatrickPalmer  The Sontarans have been comedy characters ever since they returned; it's nothing new.

Also, if there was something it actually did right, The End of Time makes it impossible for the Master to work for the Time Lords, especially seeing as Rassilon is still probably alive.



Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd
Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd

@StephenAHayes  how can he of played the role wrong well I can understand why you might think it in the end of time but for last of the timelords all I can say is he's a timelord if its ok for the doctor to drastically change personalities why isn't it so for the master

Amy is Hannibal
Amy is Hannibal

@StephenAHayes   But since RTD is gone, then wouldn't Simm be given a different and potentially more preferable direction?



Wibbly-Wobbly is John Reese
Wibbly-Wobbly is John Reese

@Mad-Mad With A Box Productions Wh-What? 

No... Half the stories were new villains, half were old. 

K-1, Wirrm, Sontarans, Daleks and Cybermen. 

Well, maybe more than half. I keep counting Zygons as Season 12 because their story was filmed with Season 12 but aired with 13. I should stop doing that.

AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

@gunslinger19 I think that was the reason why the Moff didn't bring back the Master during the Eleventh Doctor's tenure. Three seasons without the Doctor's archenemy at work and a probably revamped version of the villain may serve well to the series and give the Master a fresh new start. After all, the Doctor himself is restarting his life since he received a new regeneration cycle.

Huknar
Huknar

@Gustaff  Don't be ridiculous. If the daleks are permanently rested the show is no longer Doctor Who. They are the most iconic enemy. If they can pull off cameo appearances or work out a new deal with the nation estate then fine, but they would never rest them indefinitely and they never should! They most definitely need a short break though.


PatrickPalmer
PatrickPalmer

@TheCapaldiMasterplan @PatrickPalmer  Impossible? Never impossible. As things stand, the Master and Time Lords are stuck in a pocket universe. They'd do ANYTHING to escape, even if it was to mean working together. Also- Newho may have relegated the Sontarans to comedy, but you must remember, that once upon a time, the Sontarans were capable of invading Gallifrey. 

Adric the Genius
Adric the Genius

@TheCapaldiMasterplan @PatrickPalmer I really do hope that when Gallifrey returns in full that they get Timothy Dalton back as Rassilon, and continue to show the turmoil the war, the Master's change of heart and the Doctor's saving of the planet has caused.

Gustaff
Gustaff

@Huknar @GustaffI was happy with the Series 6 cameo. That was fine. Daleks may be iconic and a part of this show, but at the speed they're being used at, it's doing more harm than good. How does resting them till Series 9 mid season sound?

Regenerated Catterson
Regenerated Catterson

@Gustaff @Huknar  Reasonable. I for one would love The Daleks to take a rest. Think of it like this, they played probably the biggest enemy role in TOTD, can't say the same for DOTD but they still played a pivotal role in the episode