Doctor Who‘s John Simm is one of the latest cast members to be announced for the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series.

The as-yet-untitled Game of Thrones prequel is due to begin filming in early summer of this year, and few details have been revealed about the series so far. In the meantime, several members of the cast and crew have been announced. These include John Simm, who Doctor Who fans will of course recognise as portraying The Master alongside the Tenth and Twelfth Doctors.

Doctor Who - S10 - The Doctor Falls- The Master (JOHN SIMM), Mondasian Cyberman, Missy (MICHELLE GOMEZ) - (C) BBC/BBC Worldwide - Photographer: Simon Ridgway
Doctor Who – S10 – The Doctor Falls- The Master (JOHN SIMM), Mondasian Cyberman, Missy (MICHELLE GOMEZ) – (C) BBC/BBC Worldwide – Photographer: Simon Ridgway

HBO have unveiled the following synopsis for the series:

“Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, only one thing is for sure: It’s not the story we think we know.”

Details about Simm‘s character have yet to be revealed, but the actor did share his excitement about being cast on Instagram:

John Simm Joins a Stellar Cast and Crew

Simm is not the only familiar face from the world of Doctor Who already revealed to be starring in the Game of Thrones prequel. The series will also feature Naomi Ackie (Face the Raven), Ivanno Jeremiah (Extremis), and Josh Heffernan, who has voiced characters in several of Big Finish‘s Doctor Who audio dramas, including The Nine in Doom Coalition 3 and Ravenous 3.

Doctor Who S10 - TX: 20/05/2017 - Episode: Extremis (No. 6) - Picture Shows: Rafando (IVANNO JEREMIAH) - (C) BBC/BBC Worldwide - Photographer: Simon Ridgway
Doctor Who S10 – TX: 20/05/2017 – Episode: Extremis (No. 6) – Picture Shows: Rafando (IVANNO JEREMIAH) – (C) BBC/BBC Worldwide – Photographer: Simon Ridgway

Also among the recently announced cast members is Miranda Richardson, who is set to portray Madame Tracy in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett‘s Good Omens. In addition, S.J. Clarkson (Life on Mars, Jessica Jones) has been named as being an executive producer for the series, as well as the director for its pilot episode.

Miranda Richardson 'Good Omens' TV show panel, New York Comic Con, USA - 06 Oct 2018 - Photo by MediaPunch
Miranda Richardson
‘Good Omens’ TV show panel, New York Comic Con, USA – 06 Oct 2018 – Photo by MediaPunch

The Game of Thrones prequel has been created by author George R. R. Martin and Jane Goldman, with the latter taking on the role of showrunner. Goldman is well-known for her work as a writer and producer on the 2007 film adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s Stardust and the Kingsman film series.

More details about this new series are sure to be revealed over the coming months. In the meantime, the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is now only a few weeks away. The season is due to premiere on HBO in the US on April 14th 2019, and will be simulcast in the UK on Sky Atlantic in the early morning on April 15th.

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