At the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the actor explained that he’d like to offer ‘another take’ on the part, making the Doctor’s arch-enemy ‘…a bit quieter’.
He went on: ‘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… I started annoying myself after a while.’
‘There’s a new writer now,’ said Simm, referring to current showrunner Steven Moffat, ‘and I’m sure his take on him would be very different, so I’d be interested to have a look at it. I’d like to take the Master to a very, very dark place.’