Happy Birthday Master John Simm

first_imgStay on target Happy birthday, John Simm!Born in Leeds, the 47-year-old actor and musician made his professional debut in 1992 in an episode of BBC’s Rumpole of the Bailey.It wasn’t until three years later, though, that he broke out as troubled teenager Bill Preece in ITV police drama Cracker.The same year, Simm snagged his first feature role in Boston Kickout, beating Dennis Hopper to the Best Actor award at the Valencia Film Festival. In 1996, he made his professional stage entrance in Goldhawk Road in London.Working steadily through the ’90s, Simm earned accolades for performances in The Lakes, Human Traffic, and Wonderland.The new millennium brought parts in Miranda (alongside future War Doctor, the late John Hurt), 24 Hour Party People, State of Play, Sex Traffic, and Life on Mars (in which he plays a time-travelling police officer named after Doctor Who companion Rose Tyler).But despite a solid resume, Simm remains most famous for playing the Doctor’s greatest foil.John Simm is the Master (via BBC)Chosen by Russell T. Davies to play the nutty nemesis to David Tennant’s titular Time Lord, Simm appeared in the final three episodes of series three: Fatally wounded, the Master crawls into the Doctor’s TARDIS and regenerates into a younger body: John Simm.Transported back to Earth, he takes on the alias of “Harold Saxon”—Minister of Defense of Great Britain, and soon-to-be-elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.Simm reprised the role in 2009’s double-act special “The End of Time,” and later revealed that he’d “love the opportunity to play him [the Master] differently.”“I’d love to have another take on him, to be a bit quieter,” he told an audience at the 2012 Cheltenham Literature Festival.“I started annoying myself after a while,” he admitted of the cackling character. “Russell T. Davies had a specific idea of what he wanted him to be like. So I just had to do exactly what he wanted me to, and he wanted a giggling lunatic.”Viewers of season 10’s two-part finale know that Simm finally got his wish: Departing showrunner Steven Moffat wrote a more reserved, yet equally corrupt, version of the villain.Missy (Michelle Gomez) and the Master (John Simm) team up for destruction (via BBC)“I had the opportunity to play it differently,” Simm said in the most recent issue of Doctor Who Magazine.The actor was just as surprised as fans to see the male Master return.“I thought this ship had sailed. I really did,” he told DWM, adding that “I was very happy being David’s Master, and I really thought that was it [with] the whole changing of the guard. I thought, ‘Well, that’s my era over.’“So I was thrilled—I was really thrilled—to get to revisit a character 10 years on, especially such an iconic one,” Simm added.Don’t hold your breath, though, for a fourth turn as the Master, who was literally stabbed in the back by Missy (who, in turn, was shot in the back by the Master).Get your John Simm fix in two seasons of Shonda Rhimes’ thriller The Catch, and look for him in the upcoming TV mini-series Collateral, also starring Billie Piper (Rose Tyler).Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img

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