The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out today, featuring exclusive interviews with two incarnations of the Master, Michelle Gomez and John Simm.
Simm made his return to Doctor Who in last week’s World Enough and Time, coming face to face with his most recent regeneration. The pair will be seen teaming up in this week’s series finale, The Doctor Falls.
In the magazine, Gomez discusses whether the Master could ever become good:
“Even the worst psychopath can’t be entirely bad. It’s basic math. A positive cannot exist without a negative, and so there always has to be a thread of goodness in somebody. What makes you thoroughly evil, I believe, is when you recognise that thread of goodness – you’re aware of it, you’re conscious of it – and you still decide to be evil. Then, yes, you’ve earned the crown of… of evilness? Evil-ality. You wear your crown of evil-ality.”
Simm, meanwhile, reflects on his character’s new beard:
“Yeah, I just grew it, and turned up at the readthrough, and said, ‘You know, I fancy a bit of this.’ Everybody seemed fine with it. I just thought, ‘Give a little nod.’ It was a nod to the Delgado and Ainley Masters. There’s a line in the final episode where he mentions ‘old-school’, and I made sure to give the beard a little stroke – a small nod to the old Masters.”
As well as exclusive interviews with the two Masters and the usual news, reviews and previews, this month’s edition of Doctor Who Magazine also includes:
- The Doctor Falls: Writer Steven Moffat and director Rachel Talalay give DWM readers an exclusive preview of the series finale, The Doctor Falls.
- Mark Gatiss: The writer and actor chats to DWM about his love of Doctor Who, his long association with series, and his most recent episode Empress of Mars.
- Christmas Come Early: Showrunner Steven Moffat writes about how he has delivered his final Doctor Who script – the 2017 Christmas Special.
- The Soul Garden: The adventure continues for the Doctor and Bill in Part 3 of our latest comic strip story, written by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty.
- More Master Villainy: This issue’s Fact of Fiction looks back at the 1981 Fourth Doctor story The Keeper of Traken – which featured an unexpected appearance of an old foe…