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Michelle Gomez leaving Doctor Who ahead of John Simm's Master-ful return

The 51-year-old Scottish actress revealed that she couldn't contemplate staying on the series without Peter Capaldi or Steven Moffat.

Michelle Gomez has confirmed she is leaving Doctor Who, after three years of playing Missy on the sci-fi show.

The 51-year-old Scottish actress revealed she couldn't contemplate staying on the series without Peter Capaldi, who recently announced he is leaving his Time Lord role at the end of the current season, or show runner Steve Moffat, who is also leaving after series 10.

"My guys, my lads, Missy's men - they're all moving on!" Michelle told Digital Spy. "Steven writes so amazingly for me - it's like he's got my voice in his head, and I don't know how that would be, moving forward.

"I'm probably just shooting myself in the foot here. This time next year, I'll be like, 'Why did I say that?! I'll work for anybody!' – but I don't know how I'd feel about being The Master to any other Doctor, because I feel like I'm part of Peter's time."

Missy is short for Mistress, with Michelle the first female to take on The Master role. The Master is an alien Time Lord who is the Doctor's arch enemy and, like the Doctor, he can also regenerate into different bodies.

John Simm is another actor to have previously played The Master, and referring to his upcoming return to the role, Michelle admitted she hasn't ruled out a comeback herself at some point in the future.

"Exactly - never say never!" Michelle smiled. "I'm sure in a couple of years' time, the urge to blow things up will just be too strong and Missy will come in guns blazing!

"But at the moment, it just feels like this is the end of an era - there may be something in the future but at the moment, I feel like this is the end of a chapter."

Missy will be seen a few more times before Michelle leaves the show, however, including in this Saturday's (20May17) episode of the programme, entitled Extremis.

She will also return for the season 10 finale alongside John's new incarnation of the Master, with the actress hinting as to how the regeneration will happen.

"I would say... think of it in terms of... a two-headed Master!" she laughed. "That's what I'll give you. It's sort of... two Masters in one, in a way! I hope that's not giving too much away!"

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