Doctor Who Rumor: Benedict Cumberbatch as The Master?

By Courtney Rowan

Doctor Who Benedict Cumberbatch

I am not normally one to buy into Doctor Who rumors, but this one I just could not ignore.  For my love of all things Moffat and Cumberbatch has driven me to share this.  The Daily Express recently reported that the Sherlock star is being tapped to play none other than The Master in the 50th Anniversary episode for Doctor Who.

Supposedly, program insiders say the 35-year-old actor is likely to lock horns with current Time Lord Matt Smith, 29, when the series marks its half-century next year.   Ironically, Cumberbatch was linked with the role of the Doctor himself ahead of David Tennant’s departure in 2009, but reportedly turned it down.  (I’m still okay with this for 12, btw.)

Here’s a quote from Express:

“It’s fitting that the Doctor comes face to face with his ultimate enemy The Master for the 50th anniversary and it’s felt Benedict is the perfect choice if schedules can work,” a  source told the paper.  “Fans will love the idea of the man who plays Sherlock Holmes taking on the Doctor. Benedict has often been asked about whether he would like to play the Doctor, so it will be ironic if he now ends up being The Master instead.”

Cumberbatch has been really popular in sci-fi circles as of late with his role in both The Hobbit as Smaug and the Star Trek sequel currently being filmed as a yet unamed villain.  (I’m completely okay with this too.)

The Master, who is a rogue Time Lord and is described as The Doctor’s biggest enemy, was last portrayed by John Simm when David Tennant was the tenth Doctor.

I will follow anything Benedict Cumberbatch does, and the fact that this is Doctor Who, doubly so.

Sherlock returns to PBS Masterpiece Classic (in the US) on May 6, 2012 with the first episode, A Scandal in Belgravia.  Watch a scene from that here.

Source: io9, Daily Express


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