The recent season 10 trailer of Doctor Who gave us proof that we will be seeing an actress/character we love return this season. We saw Michelle Gomez as The Mistress, or "Missy" for short (the female form of The Master), as promised earlier this year. Even though we knew to expect her, it was great to see her again.
The best part about Gomez is that she is more than happy to take on the role of the evil Timelord adversary of the Doctor outside of the show. She has gone so far as to put on River Song’s (Alex Kingston) dress from her final dinner with the Doctor to show how much better she looked in it. Ouch!Now Missy has shared her own thoughts on the new Doctor Who trailer. She has a cyberman head at her side to talk to as she watches. Click on the link below from BBC America to see what she has to say.
Of course, in the over fifty years that the show has been on, there has been more than one Master. Both the Doctor and The Master/Mistress are Timelords so it is a given that if all Timelords have the ability to regenerate, they both do as well. It stands to reason that several actors have played The Master before Missy came along. Let’s take a look back to see who played other incarnations of this character before and which Doctor(s) they came up against.
The name The Master originally went by was “Koschei” (you can never know a Timelord's real name except under certain circumstances). He and the Doctor were best friends while growing up. It was at age eight that The Master started going "mad". At this age, all Timelords are made to look into the Time Vortex via the Untempered Schism. You can see this happen on the episode “The Sound of Drums” where William Hughes played the young Master. This was during a flashback while the 10th Doctor, David Tennant, was describing why The Master was like he was. It wasn’t just looking into the Time Vortex that made him evil but I will leave you to learn why he turned out the way he did.
The Master was first portrayed by Richard Delgado in 1971, during the tenure of the 3rd Doctor (Jon Pertwee). Roger Delgado was the main actor to portray him, although Norman Stanley did play a masked Master during the episode “Terror of the Autons”, to break into UNIT. He played The Master until 1973. Delgado's first year as The Master, 1971, was very Master-centric. He was in almost every episode.
The next actor to play The Master was Peter Pratt. He only played him for a four-episode arc titled “The Deadly Assassin” in 1976. Tom Baker was the Doctor during this time.
Geoffrey Beevers was the next Master. Again, this was only for one story and the story ended with another actor as The Master. The four-part episode was named “The Keeper of Traken” and aired in 1981. The Doctor was once again Tom Baker.
Anthony Ainley took over the duties during “The Keeper of Traken.” He remained The Master from 1981-1989. He faced all of the Doctors from the 4th Doctor to the 7th.
Eric Roberts became the first (and to date, last) American to play The Master when he appeared in the made for TV movie in 1996. The Doctor at the time was Paul McGann. The movie's official title is Doctor Who, it is also sometimes called Doctor Who: Enemy Within, to distinguish it from the television series.
The Doctor Who revival has had several Masters as well. The first of these was played by Derek Jacobi in 2007. It was only for one episode called “Utopia”. The Doctor he appeared with was the 10th Doctor (David Tennant).
Jacobi regenerated at the end of "Utopia" and actor John Simm took over. This was the first ever "normal" regeneration seen of The Master. His last appearance was in the 2010 episode titled “The End of Time Part II”, again with Tennant’s Doctor.
William Hughes, as has already been mentioned, appeared in the episode “The Sounds of Drums”, in a flashback of The Master’s childhood. The flashback again appeared in “The End of Time”.
Last, but certainly not least, is Michelle Gomez as the very first female Master. She has been fun to watch and I cannot wait to see more of her this season. She, of course, has the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) to contend with.
What do you think? Are you excited to see Missy again? You do not have to wait too long as Doctor Who returns on April 15th at 9/8C on BBC America.