Doc­tor Who fi­nale

Peter Ca­paldi and John Simm on this week’s thrilling fi­nale of Doc­tor Who, plus where to next for the Timelord…

TV Times - - News - Doc­tor Who satur­day / bbc1 / 6.30Pm Nick can­non

John Simm’s re­turn as the Mas­ter af­ter more than seven years, Bill be­ing shot dead then turned into a Mon­dasian Cy­ber­man… it’s fair to say that the first in­stal­ment of Doc­tor Who’s two-part se­ries fi­nale last week had some ma­jor shocks. And Peter Ca­paldi prom­ises there are more sur­prises to come in the con­clud­ing episode this Satur­day.

‘This has been a fan­tas­tic se­ries with some amaz­ing twists, and we’ve given every­one plenty of sur­prises – the shock fac­tor has been greater than ever,’ says Peter, who will depart as the Doc­tor in the up­com­ing Christ­mas spe­cial.

‘One of the rea­sons I’m go­ing is that it’s hard with the vol­ume of work Doc­tor Who en­tails to sus­tain this level of cre­ativ­ity,’ he says. ‘I know the role will prob­a­bly never leave me. When fans meet me, es­pe­cially the younger ones, I am and al­ways will be Doc­tor Who in their eyes.’

The Mas­ter’s dra­matic en­counter with Missy (Michelle Gomez) steps up a gear in the fi­nale and John re­veals he’s rel­ish­ing his re­turn.

‘It’s very en­joy­able to play the Mas­ter again,’ he smiles. ‘I first played the char­ac­ter op­po­site

David Ten­nant. My son was a mas­sive fan so I took the role just to prove to him that I’m an ac­tor.’

While the Doc­tor is faced with some­how try­ing to res­cue Bill from her Mon­dasian night­mare, Peter is over the moon that the char­ac­ters are back for the first time since 1966. ‘I was thrilled when I heard I’d be the Doc­tor to face them,’ he says. ‘I re­mem­ber see­ing them in the 1960s and they were ter­ri­fy­ing with their cloth faces.’

The sec­ond part of the fi­nale also fea­tures Babs star Sa­man­tha Spiro as feisty or­phan­age man­ager Hazran, who is des­per­ately fight­ing off an at­tack of Cy­ber­men, many of which are now ‘weapons grade’.

‘The or­phan­age is set in lovely rolling hills where every­thing ap­pears rather beau­ti­ful,’ says Sa­man­tha. ‘We filmed in the gor­geous Welsh coun­try­side. Then the or­phan­age comes un­der at­tack from the Cy­ber­men and may­hem breaks out. I have lots of scenes where there are ex­plo­sions and I got to han­dle a gun, which was all very ex­cit­ing, as I never ex­pected to be do­ing many ac­tion movies.’

Sam has plenty of scenes with Peter, Pearl Mackie’s Bill and Matt Lu­cas as alien ser­vant Nar­dole.

‘I did like the more hu­man scenes Hazran has with Nar­dole,’ she says. ‘I think it’s the clos­est Nar­dole gets to af­fec­tion. View­ers will see him in a very dif­fer­ent light.

‘The first scene I did was with Pearl, which I loved, too. She’s been a rev­e­la­tion as the Doc­tor’s com­pan­ion. The Doc­tor and Hazran have a cou­ple of ten­der mo­ments, as well. It’s a beau­ti­ful episode – I was re­ally moved by it.’

I know the role will prob­a­bly never leave me

Peter Ca­paldi

Arch en­e­mies: The Doc­tor must face the Mas­ter again

On the at­tack: A Mon­dasian Cy­ber­man

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