After a series of tabloid leaks, the BBC confirmed some major news for Series 10 today - that John Simm will be returning as the Master in the new season alongside Michelle Gomez's incarnation of the character.
It's the first time that Simm has starred in the show since The End of Time, and the first ever multi-Master story. Here's the full press release:
John Simm will return as the Master to battle the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) in the forthcoming series of Doctor Who.Michelle Gomez has been confirmed for episode six, eleven and twelve of the season, so it's unclear where Simm will slot in. In all likelihood, expect his appearance in the two-part finale.
John Simm says: “I can confirm that it’s true, thanks to the power of time travel I’m back. It’s always a pleasure to work with this great team of people and I can’t wait for you all to see what the Master gets up to in the next series. “
Steven Moffat, writer and executive producer, says: "Nothing stays secret for long on Doctor Who but you'll have to wait a little bit longer to see exactly what the Master is up to and how he makes his return to face the Doctor. It’s been a huge pleasure to have fan favourites John Simm and Michelle Gomez face to face in the same role! It’s not often you get to see a solo personality clash."
John Simm was last seen as the Master on New Year’s Day 2010. Viewers will have to wait to see exactly when and how the Master will return to the new series, which starts on Saturday 15 April at 7:20pm on BBC One.