Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Michelle Gomez Reveals Mistress' Return in DOCTOR WHO Series Nine

What, you didn't really think The Mistress was actually disintegrated by the CyberBrigadier's arm weapon, did you?

The new Doctor Who Magazine #480 features an interview with Michelle Gomez, the new Seventh Master (or the First Mistress, depending on your point of view) about taking on the role of the Doctor's best enemy.

During the interview, Gomez was asked if "Missy" will be returning for Series Nine next year and she replied, "'Yes' is my answer.  I’ll be back.  Can I say that?  Am I allowed?  If not… well, I guess we’ll have to see how she’s received..."  The recurring threat of The Mistress for Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor follows in the tradition of Roger Delgado's First Master plaguing Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor and Anthony Ainley's Third Master coming back repeatedly to face the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors.

Also, the interview reveals that a decoy version of the revelation in "Dark Water" was shot in case any members of the public overheard.  In this version, Missy said she was actually classic Doctor Who villain The Rani.  The dialogue from the scene was "You know who I am.  I’m Missy.  Or, if you’d prefer, Random Access Neural Integrator.  Rani for short."

The actress recently addressed complaints about the Series Eight finale "Death in Heaven" focusing on death and whether the subject matter was suitable for children.  Speaking to BBC Radio 5, Gomez said "There was around five million viewers, I believe, and I think there was around about 100 complaints.  Now that’s not very many.  My philosophy is that it’s a bit like The Simpsons – there’s something for everybody.  If you’ve got kids, you want to sit down and watch something with your children, but you also want to get something out of it as well.

"Now if you’re a child you’re not necessarily going to get the concept of death.  But if you’re a little older it gives you something to think about.  And if you are watching it as an adult can I just point something out – it’s Doctor Who.  So you get what you tune in for.  We are blessed with Peter Capaldi now because he does bring maturity and gravitas to it.  So there really is something for everybody.  And I do think if you’re a kid you’re not necessarily going to grasp all those larger, scarier concepts we were dealing with.  [They're] just going to enjoy the blowing up of Cybermen and stuff.  The adults will get the slightly darker stuff."

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