He’s got The Beard!
He’s got The Beard!
Never mind all the sadness of Capaldi’s impending regeneration, or the anticipation of the return of the Mondas Cybermen, following The Moff’s warning at the recent screening of The Pilot, fandom was scratching it’s collective head as to what the Mega Spoiler at the end of episode one was going to be…
Was it going to be a cameo of River and Eleven at the frost fair in episode three?
Was it Jenny, the Doctor’s Daughter?
Was it Susan, the Doctor’s Granddaughter?
Was it Polly, turning up to help defeat the Mondas Cybs in the finale?
So what could this mega-spoiler possibly be?
Well, it was this:
I bet nobody saw that one coming, I certainly didn’t!
Can’t wait to see how Simm and Gomez are going to get on together…
Exciting as the news is, Whopix can’t help thinking that perhaps two incarnations of the Master and the Mondas Cybermen in the series finale is maybe a bit much? Having Simm and Gomez on screen together would make a two-part finale on its own, and the idea of having two incarnations of the Master meeting each other has been done before…
And if the BBC Publicity Dept hadn’t stuck Simm in the trailer, I wonder how much longer they would have managed to keep his inclusion under wraps? We haven’t had a real surprise reveal since Derek Jacobi told us who he really was in Utopia…
Despite being comprehensively spoiled by the Press, fandom can at least hold its collective breath for the next eleven weeks until in antici…pation of Simm’s return to the show, and wonder just how the Simm incarnation of the Master is going to get along with the Gomez incarnation of the Master…
…as well as wondering just how two Masters are tied up with whatever the Mondas Cybermen are up to. Still, not long to wait and now we know the last two episode titles…!
The Master. We first meet him in 1971, in Terror of the Autons, and back in those days he looks like Roger Delgado alongside the Pertwee Doctor, although personally I think Edward Brayshaw’s War Chief from The War Games was the Master too, but anyway, be that as it may…
After Frontier In Space he disappears for ages before turning up again in his decaying thirteenth – and ordinarily, final – body, looking like Lon Chaney with really bad dermatitis in The Deadly Assassin. By the time we get all the way to the McGann Doctor he’s looked, variously, like Geoffrey Beevers, Anthony Ainley, Eric Roberts and Alexander McQueen and we’re on the verge of the Time War. The Paul McGann Doctor dies on Karn and regenerates into John Hurt, having finally decided to get involved and fight in the War. All we know of the Master at this point is that somehow he’s ended up dead. Properly, finally dead. At last. Only he doesn’t stay that way.
Somehow the Time Lords resurrect him to fight in the War, only he uses a fob watch Chameleon Arch to make himself into the human Professor Yana and legs it to the end of the Universe, which is where we – and the Tennant Doctor – next meet him, in Utopia, looking now like Derek Jacobi.
And here’s the interesting thing – when the Doctor meets Yana he doesn’t recognise him as the Master, that only happens when Yana opens the fob watch and the Tennant Doctor becomes aware of the Master’s presence. So that means that, during the Time War, the Hurt Doctor never met the Jacobi Master, which is a damn shame as a face off between those two would have been a sight to behold…
Towards the end of Utopia, the Jacobi Master gets shot and regenerates into the John Simm Master who also gets shot and “dies” only to get resurrected as SkeletorMaster for the events of The End of Time, when Rassilon and the Time Lords turn up. So the last we see of the SkeletorMaster is him zapping away at Rassilon as Gallifrey slips back into the Time War, specifically to The Last Day Of The Time War, something that gets established early on in The End of Time Part Two, and confirmed in The Day of The Doctor.
So the SkeletorMaster and Rassilon and the Time Lords all go back to the last day of the War, the same day that the Hurt, Tennant and Smith Doctors “destroy” Gallifrey. Which, in turn, means that the SkeletorMaster is still on Gallifrey on the very day when it’s going to get shunted into another Universe, safe but frozen in a moment of time, or so the Doctors think. But hold on a minute…
After leaving Liz One, the only way the Doctors can get into UNIT’s Black Archive is via the Gallifrey Falls No More painting, which isn’t a painting, it’s a stasis cube, Time Lord art. A stasis cube of The Fall Of Arcadia. Which took place when? The Last Day of The Time War! So when the three Doctors, plus Clara, go into the painting they are going back into the Time War, into the last day of the Time War, back to The Fall of Arcadia.
Now at the same time as that is happening, where is the SkeletorMaster? What is he up to? Well, if Missy is telling the truth, and she really is the Master, only this time in a female body, how did that happen? Well, this is where we get into the realms of conjecture ahead of whatever official explanation The Moff has for us this coming Saturday, but here goes…
Assuming that MissyMaster, chronologically, comes after the John Simm SkeletorMaster, a safe bet since Twelvy doesn’t recognise her, then that means that SkeletorMaster survives the battle with Rassilon. He certainly seems to have the upper hand as they all fade away, but he has depleted almost all of his life force. So he hot foots it to the nearest Matrix Data Slice and uploads his mind into it…
Then he downloads himself into the first unfortunate Time Lord who comes anywhere near it, or Time Lady, he’s not fussy, all he cares about is his own survival. And it just so happens that a Time Lady who, we assume, looks like Missy, is unfortunate enough to wander within range and gets her own mind erased and replaced with that of the Master.
So next, MissyMaster knows that Gallifrey is rapidly running out of time. And she can sense that the Doctor is nearby so she legs it from the Capitol to Arcadia and sure enough, there he is. All three of him. And Clara. And then, as they all step out of the Gallifrey Falls No More painting, maybe she steps out too. That’s what I think anyway. I could very well be wrong, but that doesn’t make the guesswork any less fun. And I was right about Matt Smith being the Thirteenth Doctor when you all thought I was wrong so maybe I’m right about this too. Either way, can’t wait to find out!
What with all the attention being paid to the Cybs revisiting St Pauls over the weekend, seeing Missy alongside Twelvy got me thinking.
Take a look at this screengrab from Day of the Doctor…
There’s no way that’s Clara’s right hand [unless her arm’s made of rubber] so who’s right hand is it? It’s clearly a woman’s hand so is it Missy? The rings aren’t the same as the ones Missy wears in the shots from the weekend’s filming but that doesn’t mean it’s not her in this shot.
Whoever it is, someone else was hiding in the “Gallifrey Falls No More” painting. But who was it? And, more to the point, will we find out this series?
Of course, and only a Fan could come up with this, Missy is a contraction of Mistress and Mistress is the feminine of Master… hmmm, I doubt it. She certainly seems bonkers enough from her brief scene in the workprint of Deep Breath but, if she is a female Master that would make her an incarnation in between Alexander McQueen and Derek Jacobi, or whoever it was that regenerated into Derek Jacobi.
Like I say, only a Fan could come up with an explanation like that but with The Moff, anything’s possible!