Well, by now there can't be a John Simm fan in the country who doesn't know who the character above is... the first part of the two-part finale for series 10 of 'Doctor Who' marked the return of John's Master to the show after almost ten years. But for most of 'World Enough & Time', John was under prosthetics as a rather endearing character called 'Mr Razor'. That's him, above. Of course, he eventually revealed himself as the Master to a rather surprised Missy (the lovely Michelle Gomez). "Hello, Missy. I'm the Master, and I'm rather worried about my future."
Hopefully, 'The Doctor Falls' will reveal what the Master has been up to since he was pulled back into the Time War with Rassilon at the conclusion of 'The End of Time' part II. This Master seems to make a habit of being around when the incumbent Doctor is about to regenerate, doesn't he?!
Here is Missy, CyberBill, and the Master as they face a shocked twelfth Doctor (the magnificent Peter Capaldi):
'Dr Who' photos (c) BBC Television
'Trauma' films in Surrey on Thursday 15th June
John was in Camberley, Surrey on 15th June filming scenes from his new drama for ITV, 'Trauma'. According to local news site 'Get Surrey', the production was filming outside a parade of shops on the Old Dean estate from early in the day until 11pm. The same location has previously been used in 'Holby City'.
In 'Trauma' John plays factory owner Dan Bowker whose 15-year-old son Alex dies after being stabbed. Dan blames Jon Allerton, the surgeon who failed to save him (played by Adrian Lester). Described by ITV as “an intricate, fast-paced thriller that questions what makes a man good and explores what happens when the very institutions established to protect us and those who represent them, let us down”, 'Trauma' promises to be another gripping drama of the kind we have come to associate with John! The images show John on location, snapped by local Sian C******* with her son and below, (it looks like) in action as Dan Bowker.
More news when we have it!
Well, they say good things come in threes... with John's reprisal of The Master due to air very shortly, TV drama 'Collateral' in the can, and shooting for 'Trauma' for ITV having just begun, John has returned to TV drama with a flourish!
Doctor Who - The Master Returns (again)
The leaked news that John would reprise his role as one of the Doctor's oldest antagonists, a fellow Time Lord known as The Master (and more recently as 'Missy') generated rather a lot of excitement on the Twitterverse. With perhaps one more week to go until viewers see how the character will evolve under Steven Moffat's penmanship, fans are getting impatient! John's portrayal of the character was almost universally popular amongst the fans, and seems to have created a new surge of interest in the show amongst some viewers who had moved on.
Still with the BBC, David Hare's new three-part drama has John playing an ex-politician named David Mars (any allusion to the show that re-introduced John to television audiences as a modern day detective who finds himself in 1973 following a car accident, 'Life on Mars', is surely unintentional...?) alongside Billie Piper (who also has associations with 'Dr Who' - she played Rose to both Christopher Ecclestone 's and David Tennant's Doctors), Carey Mulligan (who also appeared in Dr Who as Sally Sparrow), and Olivia Colman (who has worked with John before on Danny Brocklehurst's drama 'Exile' in 2011). Shooting for 'Collateral' recently completed and the three-part drama will air in autumn 2017.
This three-part drama for ITV, penned by playwright Mike Bartlett, sees John playing grieving father Dan Bowker opposite Adrian Lester (who was a regular on Hustle) who portrays a Doctor who tries to save Dan Bowker's son - and fails. John has played a grieving father once before - in Chris Lunt's 'Prey', he was detective Marcus Farrow, who is accused of murdering his wife and youngest son.
Both 'Collateral' and 'Trauma' represent a return to the grittier type of role that John is perhaps best known for - 'The Lakes', 'State of Play', 'Prey', 'Exile', and 'Intruders' - following his departure from style with ABC's lighter-hearted 'The Catch', in which John played bisexual con man/murderer Rhys Griffiths to great effect in the first (and only) two seasons!
It's great to have you back on British TV, John!
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