Sure, we all knew that Michelle Gomez was returning as the Master in the next season of Doctor Who.
But now we know she’s being joined by one of her former selves: none other than John Simm himself.
I mean, sure, if the Doctor can bring along his past selves for adventures, why not his best friend/mortal nemesis?
The news announced today by the BBC—which was preceded by recent talk from Steven Moffat of a “major spoiler” appearing in a next time trailer attached to the show’s season 10 premiere—marks Simm’s first return to the role of the Master since 2010's “The End of Time.”
That story, the final one of David Tennant’s tenure as the Doctor, saw Simm’s Master sacrifice himself to stop the Time Lords from wrenching their home world back into existence.
Even that was after he’d already “died” a first time in the climax of his debut in the show in season three.