Doctor Who: Season 3, Episode 12

The Sound of Drums (23 Jun. 2007)

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The Doctor, Martha and Jack return to the 21st Century eighteen months after the Doctor and Martha left. They find they've missed the election, and the new Prime Minister, Harold Saxon, is someone they've met before by another name.

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With the Master having regenerated himself and taken the TARDIS, the Doctor, Martha and Jack Harkness manage to return to Earth. When they arrive, they see the new British Prime Minister, Harold Saxon, on television and Martha immediately recognizes his voice: it's the regenerated Master. He announces that he has been contacted by alien beings and that they will arrive in two days' time. Despite an attempt by the American President to take over the situation, the Master is very much in charge. The situation is particularly stressful for Martha in particular as the Master has taken her family as prisoners. Written by garykmcd

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Mister Saxon (the Master's pseudonym) is an anagram of Master No. Six. Excluding Derek Jacobi's brief moment of glory, John Simm's Master is the sixth incarnation of the character seen on television. However, according to executive producer Russell T. Davies in an interview with the Radio Times, the anagram is merely coincidental. Derek Jacobi played the master twice: once as Professor Yana (aka the master) and in the Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (2003) mini-series (voice). See more »

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When the Master runs to the window to watch the spheres descend, he presses against the wall, which visibly bows out. See more »

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Female Toclafane: The lady doesn't like us.
Male Toclafane: Silly lady. Dead lady.
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References Little Britain (2003) See more »

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John Simms The Heath Ledger of Dr Who
7 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Lke Jack Nicholson/Heath Ledger in Batman, John Simm totally was the star. He made David Tennant look like Colin Baker in the Dr Who stakes. Every bit of screen time he had, was classic. It's always more fun to play baddies and he needs to come back to this show ASAP. The Master has always been the No1 Dr Who baddie- period. However compared to John Simms, The previous actors come off as Dick Darstidly gone wrong! I have worn out my VHS seeing his scenes. Don't forget the Scissor Sisters Scenes- very funny and when regenerates- pure quality. Even when he dies, he refuses defeat. Please resurrect his character, as you need a flamboyant pyschopath with a taste for camp retro themed disco music on Saturday Evening TV!!!!!!!!!!


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