On this, our officially longest ever episode of Nerd & Tie, we celebrate Invader Zim‘s impending return, discuss John Simm’s returning as The Master on Doctor Who, lose our minds over the New Warriors television show (featuring Squirrel Girl), contemplate Rainn Wilson’s casting as Harry Mudd on Star Trek: Discovery, and speculate on the possibility of a Joss Whedon written/directed Batgirl movie.
Then we tackle the con scene, where Angry Goat Productions continues to do things that are absolutely insane, and AnachroCon’s management seems to have devolved into complete anarchy. We also talk about the great time we had at Karoshi Con, and look forward to No Brand Con.
Plus, y’know, there’s a mailbag. This episode is just full of stuff.
In a turn of events I’m sure most of us didn’t expect, John Simm will be stepping back into the role of The Master this upcoming series of Doctor Who. Simm last played the character in 2010, during David Tennant’s final story as The Doctor.
Michelle Gomez took over the part a couple of series ago, and will also appear this series. She’s not leaving the part any time soon though, as Simm’s Master will appear via time travel. In all likelihood we’re getting a multiple Master story, and that’s probably one of the more exciting things I could think of. Gomez and Simm are both phenomenal at chewing the scenery, and putting them both onscreen together is probably my favorite idea ever.
Doctor Who returns to the air April 15th, with the story featuring The Master(s) later in the series.
On this installment of the podcast, we talk about Spider-man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the weird Wheel of Time Pilot that aired, the Master returning in the Doctor Who Series 9 opener, the new Rick Flagg in Suicide Squad, the first picture of Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Deadpool-casting-pa-looza, and Nick and Pher’s trip to Anime Milwaukee.
Michelle Gomez will return in the Doctor Who Series 9 opener because of course she will. Gomez’s stint as the Master last season was impressive, and according to RadioTimes she will star in the two-part premiere penned by Steven Moffat.
We all knew the Master would be back (especially since her “death” used the same special effect as the earlier teleportations from the same episode), but I don’t think we expected to see her back this quickly.
Gomez was great as “The Master,” who I have a hard time calling “Missy.” While it’s true that “Master” is a gendered term (although only in certain contexts), “Missy” is a diminutive. It lessens the character. I could have taken the name change seriously if it had been to “The Mistress” even… but Missy?
Michelle Gomez deserves the full title of The Master, full stop.