Paul McGann has admitted that he’d like to see veteran actor Charles Dance take on the role of the Master.
Speaking to Flicks and the City, McGann, who played the Eighth Doctor, said: “He’d be great, he’s a fantastic actor. He’s still got a twinkle in his eye. I don’t know where he gets it from, but he’s always had it.”
He added: “The Master is never going to go away, is he. Rather like the Doctor himself he can take any guise, so I suppose he could look like an ageing roué from the depths of space.”
“He’d bring great gravitas and old fashioned charm.”
I’ve had this thought for a while, and just never decided if it was worth throwing out there or if it was really stupid…
Personally, I’d like to see Paul McGann cast as the Master. He’s spoken about being interested in working on Doctor Who again; this is a way they could bring him back without creating a competing series or getting funky with timelines crossing.
It could lead to some interesting story lines with side characters who knew 8 and are just meeting 12. Sometimes having the audience know a lot more than the characters can build some effective tension.
And how much would it freak out a new Doctor to see his arch rival with his own old face?