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John Simm 'planning Doctor Who comeback'

The Life on Mars actor's return may surprise many after he previously admitted he was happy to be rid of the role.

John Simm is reportedly set to return as villain The Master in the upcoming series of Doctor Who.

The Life on Mars actor originally appeared in the hit sci-fi series back in 2007 as the evil version of the Time Lord, acting opposite David Tennant’s Doctor in the final three episodes of the third series.

He then returned for two episodes in 2009 and 2010, and according to The Sun Online John is to step back into The Master’s evil shoes once again in the upcoming series, this time opposite current Doctor Peter Capaldi.

“This is huge for Whovians (Doctor Who fans) and is seen as a big coup by show boss Steven Moffat,” a source explained.

“John was hugely popular as The Master and they’ll be delighted he’s coming back. It’s a closely guarded secret and was meant to be a huge surprise for fans.”

It’s thought his comeback will be teased in a new trailer for the tenth season, which also marks Peter’s last outing as the famous character.

Actress Michelle Gomez, who previously played the first female reincarnation of The Master, is also slated to have a part in the new series,

While fans will be excited to learn of the pair’s involvement in the programme, many may be left confused by John going back after he previously spoke about how happy he was to be rid of the role.

Talking to the Radio Times back in 2013, the 46-year-old admitted: “I’ll be so happy when that’s gone from my life.

“It’s great to be into something, but for goodness’ sake, really? I’m not the Master, I’m not that evil Time Lord who rules the galaxy, I’m just in Tesco with my kids. Leave me alone!” he added of the unwanted attention the role garnered.

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