John Simm confirmed for Doctor Who return as The Master for Series 10

Ben Travis
Surprise return: John Simm is back as The Master in the new series of Doctor Who: BBC

Doctor Who fans, prepare to get your thinking caps on: somehow, John Simm is returning as The Master.

The actor has been confirmed to make a comeback in Series 10 as the villainous Time Lord when the BBC sci-fi show returns at Easter.

Simm’s final appearance as the maniacal mastermind came in 2010 at the end of David Tennant’s run as the titular hero.

The character made a surprise comeback in Series 8 as ‘Missy’ – a female regeneration of The Master, played by Michelle Gomez.

Michelle Gomez as Missy in Doctor Who

Intriguingly, Gomez and Simm will both be playing The Master / Missy at the same time – so prepare for some ‘wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey’ logic.

“I can confirm that it’s true, thanks to the power of time travel I’m back,” Simm said in a BBC statement.

“It’s always a pleasure to work with this great team of people and I can’t wait for you all to see what the Master gets up to in the next series.”

Writer and executive producer Steven Moffat added: “Nothing stays secret for long on Doctor Who but you'll have to wait a little bit longer to see exactly what the Master is up to and how he makes his return to face the Doctor.

“It’s been a huge pleasure to have fan favourites John Simm and Michelle Gomez face to face in the same role! It’s not often you get to see a solo personality clash.”

The secret return of Simm was intended to be a surprise for fans, but leaked following a press screening of the Series 10 opener The Pilot.

The show returns with Peter Capaldi’s final run as The Doctor on April 15.

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