Tonight saw the amazing return of iconic Doctor Who villain, and my personal all-time favourite, The Master. However, a lot of people found this reappearance surprising, and in some cases disturbing, as he is now a she.
It would appear that during The Masters last regeneration he transformed into a woman, now calling herself The Mistress, or Missy for short. Played by the brilliant Michelle Gomez, Missy has been making appearances during the series since Peter Capaldi’s first episode ‘Deep Breath’. Many quick minded fans, myself included, put together the connection from her name and went into the episode hoping eagerly for the reveal we were given.
The series has toyed with the idea that Galliferyans (remember guys, Time Lord/Lady is a title not the name of the race) can also change gender when they regenerate, even stating very clearly in the 2009 episode ‘The Doctors Wife’ that it is a possibility. This episode, however, makes the first time in the series that we have actually seen it in the flesh.
There were many reactions to the reveal on the internet, particularly Twitter, some very pleased with the revelation, some a little less so.
A huge range of reactions from the fans. I even chuckled a little at the Brian Blessed one.
For all those people who are complaining that The Master is now a woman and are quitting the series. Good. The rest of us don’t want you. If a character that belongs to a species that changes their bodies when they’re dying becoming female disturbs you then there’s something wrong with you. What is I was a black Master, or Asian? Would that be terrible then too? What happens eventually when the Doctor changes gender?
Oh, we all know that that day is coming. Fans have been clamouring for it for a long time now. And that’s probably what this is about. Yes, it’s some brilliant storytelling and one of the best things they’ve done to the character in decades, but it’s very clearly a test run to see how people react. A female Doctor is coming one day, though hopefully not for a while because Capaldi is brilliant.
At the end of the day who cares if the Master is a man or a woman? As long as she’s good in the role, and so far she’s been absolutely brilliant and I want loads more of her, it shouldn’t matter at all.