Best news I saw when I hit Facebook this morning? That we’re getting a return of the Master (a.k.a. Missy, played by the divine Michelle Gomez) in Season 9 of Doctor Who. I know there were some What’cha Reading staff members (hi, Chuck) who didn’t like the “mad Mary Poppins” energy of the Master’s latest incarnation, but I adored it–the last time we saw the Master (played by John Simm facing off against the Tenth Doctor), he was on the edge of madness and obviously had more than a little crush on his old friend. So it made total sense to me that the Master would try a different form, one more tailored to match the Doctor–literally, as that Mary Poppins costume really picked up on Twelve’s magician’s coat. At any rate, all my rambling speculations and justifications aside, what we know is this (via BBC America):
- The Master returns in the season premiere of Doctor Who, which is being stretched into a two-parter: “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar,” is written by the show’s lead writer Steven Moffat, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Hettie Macdonald (“Blink,” the Hugo Award-winning Doctor Who episode). (Oh please, gods, with an episode titled “The Witch’s Familiar” let Missy have a black cat. PLEASE!)
- Showrunner and writer Moffat says that “what brings her back into their [The Doctor and Clara’s] lives is the last thing they’d expect.”
- Michelle Gomez is just as excited about this as I am: “Things have been a little beige since I left Missy behind, so I’m delighted to be putting my lippie back on. I’m positively dying to see The Doctor again!”
- (Not via BBC America) We’re going to be seeing a spike of TwelvexMissy fanfics on Archive of Our Own, Fanfiction.net, Tumblr, and anywhere else Who fanfiction happens. Count on it.
Let the speculation begin, folks. How did Missy escape the Cyber-Brigadier’s shot? Will the Doctor fall for her ploy this time? Will Clara kill Missy in retribution for Danny? Or do you just really hate the new Master and need to get some feels off your chest? Put it all in the comics, I’m looking forward to a good few months’ chat about this one!