UK “newspaper” the Mirror has reported some comments from current showrunner Steven Moffat regarding Matt Smith’s recent remarks on the possibility of Star Trek actor William Shatner’s involvement in Doctor Who. Moffat said:

”William Shatner being The Master would be too confusing wouldn’t it? He’s Captain Kirk! I love William Shatner but John Simm is The Master. John Simm would beat him up if he thought he was going to take that part.”

Looks like Benedict Cumberbatch will have to wait a little bit longer.


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Cameron K McEwan was the first owner and site editor of Blogtor Who since its creation in May 2008 until Dec 2015. A lifelong Doctor Who fan, Cameron has also written two books, The Who’s Who of Doctor Who and Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists, and directed a film all about Doctor Who fans throughout the years, Who’s Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans. Cameron also contributes TV and film news and reviews to BBC Radio London, Metro, Digital Spy, New York Observer and Den of Geek. He lives in London with his one trousers.


  1. I would be over the moon if John Simm were to reprise the role. Really hope that he can indeed come back and take a 'quieter Master' to a 'very, very dark place' for the 11th Doctor's era – much as I adore Benedict Cumberbatch and think he would probably make a very good Master (you only have to listen to the 'Star Trek -Edge of Darkness' trailer to know that he can really do BAD with a capital B) there will only ever be one for me – Simm IS The Master!

  2. i thought it was moffat speak for i've already written simm in again and i don't want you to know about it.

  3. I was just coming in to say that Roger Delgado was and still is the Master. But I see I was too late. 🙁


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