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McGann: Charles Dance Would Be a Great Master

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Eighth Doctor Paul McGann has given his support to the suggestion of veteran actor Charles Dance playing the next incarnation of the Master.

McGann, who also starred alongside Dance in Alien³, told Flicks and the City: “He’d 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 adds: “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.

“He’d bring great gravitas and old fashioned charm.”

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Maiden_Ty_One
Maiden_Ty_One

I had an idea that since the Twefth Doctor is older than what we've seen in a long time, the new Master should be young. Really young, like a delinquent teen/early twenties. Rather than having two old men going against each other, they could play on the whole dynamic of the respectable 'old man', and the thuggish 'youth'. They could even make ageism a theme of their encounters. 


Could be interesting.

Maiden_Ty_One
Maiden_Ty_One

John Simm deserves at least one more chance as the Master, mainly because, so far, he hasn't had a chance to play the role how he wants to play it. 


Simm says he has and always has had since getting the role, a version of the Master in his head that he wants to play, but for his first appearance Russel T Davies told him no, and made him play specifically how Davies wanted it (another genius move from that flawless showrunner...). That's why his performance in those episodes feels really 'off'. When he came back for the Christmas specials, again he wanted to play the Master in this way he envisions, and again, Davies said no, and made him play it in Davies's way, which this time was completely different from before and if anything even MORE removed from what the Master is supposed to be. 


In short, both his appearances so far have been hampered by the 'control' of Russel T Davies. I personally don't think Russel T Davies actually 'gets' or understands the character of the Master (indeed, I don't think Russel T Davies 'gets' a lot of Doctor Who, and just thinks he does). I for one would like to see John Simm's actual take on the Master, at least ONCE before he's replaced forever by an another actor in the role....but that's just me.

doctorwhomultiverse
doctorwhomultiverse

Charles is a bit of an obvious choose I would prefer to not see it coming... That does not mean he would not be a good Master though!

gunslinger19
gunslinger19

i imagine he would compliment the doctor's passionate intensity with a glacial reserve

HeyProfessor
HeyProfessor

I still want John Simms back, I don't think a regeneration is needed, I think John Simm would be perfect with Capaldi. 


As long as "DINNER TIME" is gone, but with an explanation.

Krabo
Krabo

Make Iwan Rheon the Master.

Polyphase
Polyphase

I think he portrays evil very well. If only he wore that conact lense he had in Last Action Hero :)

Still think Idris would be great

Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

I still like John Simm as the Master and I loved the classic Masters too and I was hoping for a less evil version this time but Charles Dance has  the face for it

Liana21
Liana21

I'm not a Game of Thrones fan, so I don't know a lot anout him, but he looks have the manners and the look for a good, evil, charming Master, and having a similar age that Peter Capaldi, he'd be better counterpart than someone in the age rate of Simm when he took the role.

SteveWillis
SteveWillis

He would be a good Master. I'm just worried that I'd see him as "Tywin Lannister" and not "The Master" as I have not seen CD awarely anywhere else. It would be like if Maisey who plays Arya played a future companion or The Rani. I would see Arya.



A Friend of the Ood
A Friend of the Ood

When I first saw the title of the article, all I read was "Charles Dance" and "Master". Imagine my disappointment when I finally noticed the words "would be"...

MrRazza, General Rogue Timelord Identifier
MrRazza, General Rogue Timelord Identifier

I would quite like to see John Simm return one more time, perhaps even regenerate halfway through a two parter, but I'm not sure anyone could deny that Charles Dance would be fantastic.

Other favourite possibilities (and outright fantasies) of mine are Alan Rickman (he passes on voice alone!), Christopher Lee (it couldn't happen, but... wow), more of Derek Jacobi (I'm sure there must be some way of achieving it), Idris Elba (for a very different type of Master) and Benedict Cumberbatch (because why not).

Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!
Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!

If they are to bring the Master back (which I would prefer that they didn't; like Davros, I think that the ending he got in the RTD era was perfect and brought his character full-circle, although I realize that it is just about inevitable that both of them will show up again somewhere down the line), then I hope that they at least get Simm back to do a regeneration scene, if not a few more episodes of his own.


Evil Abed
Evil Abed

He would be great in the role. He was so good as Tywin in Game of Thrones!

The Genie
The Genie

I just want to keep John Simm.  You don't want to lose a talent like that.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

Being a bit radical, what about Paul McGann as the Master! 

The Master taking on the face of a former Doctor would be really creepy for the current Doctor, and it would also give McGann a longer run on the show.

TheOncomingStorm
TheOncomingStorm

I do think that Charles Dance would make an amazing Master, but I'd rather see him against a younger Doctor. With Capaldi, it would seem a bit too much like they only cast him for the sake of making the show "older" or "darker". I want a darker show, but I really think Dance would've been awesome opposite Smith. With Capaldi, I think a younger Master (I would want Andrew Scott, but he shouldn't be the Master and Moriarty), and save Dance for a younger Doctor (Russell Tovey please.)

supermoff
supermoff

Never seen anything he's been in so I can't really comment. He looks Master-ish though.

However I still want Steve John Shepherd as the Master. He plays a great malicious villain.

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

He'd be great, he even has that superior look and the right beard for the job. But I still think that Capaldi would suit a younger Master better.

DrWho879992
DrWho879992

Why do The Doctor and The Master have to meet each other in order? Why can they not meet out of order like River Sing and The Doctor did? This could mean that we could have any Master from any point in his time meet up with The Twelfth Doctor, including the Big Finish Alex MacQueen Master

LGwalchmai95
LGwalchmai95

I personally feel that if they are to replace John Simm, which seems likely although I still feel he could do more with the role, I'd love to see Anthony Head as the Master. He was brilliant but wasted as a one off villain. He would be a really convincing and sinister Master as well as calculated and cold. He'd be the perfect actor to go up against Peter Capaldi in my opinion. I've always maintained that he would be a brilliant Master, he's a top actor and a face off between Head and Capaldi has the potential to really be something special and legendary.

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

For me, the next Master HAS to be Steve John Shepherd. Although, I think Dance would be a great casting for the role. But I think in contrast with an older Doctor, we need to see a slightly younger Master, say someone in their 40's...


ShameOnSM
ShameOnSM

It sort of doesn't make sense to make the Master older, The Master can choose his regenerations in Utopia he choose to get younger so why would he choose to get older?

SteviePenny
SteviePenny

I think he'd be an unimaginably good Master, but with Capaldi's Doctor being older than before already, I feel as if the Master needs to be somewhat different to draw parallels between the two characters, helping separate their worlds, assisting with a clash in the future. The Master is the type of villain to take people by surprise and therefore, the casting must take people by surprise too. I'd suggest a much more daring choice of actor. I'd even suggest an actress instead, too. With Capaldi's Doctor being dark, having two older men who are both dark, clashing, it would be a bit too much for me, personally. My choice would be much more extravagant, as I think it's great to do things that others may find controversial. For instance, Gwendoline Christie would be a marvellous incarnation of the Master. She's an incredible actress, and still is capable of dominating a scene full of strong men with ease, as she's such a brilliant woman, with the ability to play something so brutal and fierce. Anyone who has seen her in Game of Thrones or Wizards VS Aliens will know how fantastic a performance she would give, and what a remarkable Master she would make. In addition, Luke Newberry is a stunning choice, as he is a great actor, who would probably raise (Capaldi's) eyebrows if he were ever to be reported to have been cast for the role. Such a young, harmless looking man would challenge the story and the Doctor more than you can imagine, for without strength or power, Luke's version of the Master would most likely return to his old way of doing things, playing with the mind; manipulating the weak. The Master has always been a villain to get inside people's heads, and what better an opportunity to toy with the thoughts of his victims? No one would suspect a man as innocent looking as him! He'd simply have to sit back and enjoy the view, with chaos ensuing. All I'm saying is this: be different, and go for someone original when casting the new Master.

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

I'm still wishing for Judi Dench.

bl0ndie98
bl0ndie98

Now that Gallifrey could be returning, the chance is that the master will return at the same time as he went back to Gallifrey just before it was destroyed/frozen. So when Gallifrey does come back the master should be there as John Simm, with Rassilon and then regenerate as his body was dying in 'The End of Time'

DonKlees
DonKlees

When/where did SImm say this? I'd be curious to know what he actually said about the role rather than just reading an interpretation from someone who seems to have a bias against the writer who scripted his episodes.

SteveWillis
SteveWillis

Sort of how a new Doctor might etch the first face he sees in his mind. Actors who play only one character which I see for a long time becomes that character in my mind. I will always see David Tennant as The Doctor even if he's playing something else.

Antee991166
Antee991166

@The Genie  Sadly, its highly unlikely Simm would want to resume the role permanently, although he has said he would do a regeneration scene.  

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

A bit too manic for my tastes, I prefer my Master a bit smoother...

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

@The Genie Well, there is actually nothing to say that he isn't the Master anymore. His fate from the events of The End of Time is still to be decided as we saw no apparent regeneration or 'death'. All we know is that Simm's incarnation went 'back into the Time War, back into hell' and is presumably still existent, trapped with the other Time Lords. 

Huknar
Huknar

@Planet of the Deaf Dangerous ground. Too dangerous. McGann would then be remembered as the Master more than he was the Doctor I fear. Don't want that to happen to him.

Liana21
Liana21

The idea of having a young Master vs a old Doctor has its point of interest, but I think that the Master should be like the Moriarty of the Doctor, his evil side, and it fits better when the energies and the style of both actors are similar, like Pertwee and Delgado or Tennant and Simm, they worked good together because they moved in the same frequency.

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

@supermoff   I've only ever seen him doing one thing... the Big Fat Quiz of the Year, and that is pretty hilarious (he reads excerpts from books which are a bit... for lack of a better word "odd" completely seriously, there is something very disturbing about a man glaring at the camera with a serious face, whilst quoting 50 Shades of Grey or Mel B's autobiography, as one of the contestants observed, "It's like he's living it").

supermoff
supermoff

Although it might be a good idea to give John Simm a few stories before regenerating. He deserves a good story, as he is such a great actor but had two awful stories.

MetamorphmagusWho
MetamorphmagusWho

@supermoff   You're not the only one. Though I quite like it when I don't know them as when I do eventually see them in something else, I always have that feeling of hey-I-first-saw-them-in-Doctor-Who. Mind you, when I see someone who I know prior to the show I think hey-they've-been-in-insert Film/TV Show/Video Game here-and-now-they-are-in-Doctor-Who.

Liana21
Liana21

I'd like Hugh Laurie or Colin Firth, I think he could mark a cool Master looking smooth and quiet abut evil and maniac inside.

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

Plus he's got a great voice. And he was amazing in School Reunion and as Uther Pendragon.

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

Or more of an earlier Master (such as Jacobi).

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

@bl0ndie98  How would the Master "go back" to Gallifrey when he wasn't there in the first place? There's a good chance he's still out there somewhere. There was a lot of light (possibly obscuring Wilf's vision) and the Doctor may very well have passed out.

NeutronFlow
NeutronFlow

@bl0ndie98 I too would like that. 

It would create a great continuity of events and imho much more preferable than merely recasting and starting afresh. 

YaelMoise
YaelMoise

@SteveWillis I would recommend you stay away from a miniseries called "Secret Smile", in that case. If you really see Tennant as the Doctor, that one would really creep you out.

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

@Master Michael Moon @The Genie  We don't even know if that's the case, there was a flash of light and the next thing we know the Doctor is clambering up off the floor grateful that he is alive rather than paying any attention to anything else going on until Wilf starts knocking.


For all we know the Master conveniently slipped out the door whilst the Doctor was too busy saying "I'm alive!"