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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