Benedict Cumberbatch 'to play The Master'

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to take on the role of the Time Lord's archenemy, The Master, as part of the 50th anniversary of 'Doctor Who'.

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to take on the role of The Master as part of the 50th anniversary of 'Doctor Who'.

The 'Sherlock' actor will reportedly assume the part of the Time Lord's archenemy as the BBC One sci-fi drama prepares to mark half a century since it first hit screens next year.

Despite the Doctor's deadly foe having appeared in the show in various guises since 1971, this is the first time Matt Smith's incarnation of the Time Lord will come to blows with his biggest enemy.

An insider explained: "It's fitting that the Doctor comes face to face with his ultimate enemy, The Master, for the 50th anniversary and it's felt Benedict is the perfect choice if schedules can work.

"Fans will love the idea of the man who plays Sherlock Holmes taking on the Doctor."

While Benedict has been linked with the role of the Doctor in the past, he has previously played down the prospect.

The source added to the Daily Express newspaper: "Benedict has often been asked about whether he would like to play the Doctor so it will be ironic if he now ends up being The Master instead."

John Simm was the last actor to portray The Master opposite the 10th incarnation of the Time Lord, David Tennant.

Meanwhile, actor John Barrowman has previously admitted he is keen for his character Captain John Harkness to return to the BBC One series for its landmark anniversary in November 2013.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "It's the 50th anniversary coming up of 'Doctor Who' and Jack is an integral part to this story and, if I'm going to be a little self-absorbed, I would hope he would be involved, it would be a shame if he wasn't."


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