Sacha Dhawan talks about the return of the Master!

How did Sacha Dhawan become the Master? The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine has all the details with an in-depth interview with the latest incarnation of the Doctor’s nemesis.

Doctor Who Magazine #548 is on sale now.


Doctor Who Magazine had a long chat with Sacha Dhawan, finding out how he became this very new Master of malevolence… You can read an extract from the interview here:

“I looked online at a few little things, just the history and the bare facts. I thought, ‘What’s going to be useful for me for this season?’ I didn’t want to overload myself because you kind of end up hindering the performance. I didn’t really look at any previous performances either.

I watched a little bit of John Simm and then I just stopped it. It’s an amazing performance but my tendency is I’ll end up mimicking that and I didn’t want to. I wanted to put my own stamp on it. I felt that was quite a big risk because I wasn’t sure if they were going to like it. But I just thought, ‘If I know exactly why I’m doing what I’m doing, if I can understand the decisions behind this character’s actions and behaviour, then I can run with that.’"

You can read the full story in the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine (#548).


The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (#548) has a choice of collectable covers, one featuring Sacha Dhawan and one featuring Jodie Whittaker. The issue also includes:

  • Exclusive previews of the final four episodes of Series 12.
  • The latest Production Notes from showrunner Chris Chibnall.
  • A report from the filming of Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror at the Nu Boyana Film Studios in Bulgaria.
  • An exclusive interview with Robert Glenister, who played Thomas Edison in Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror.
  • A tribute to the 1960s writer and story editor Donald Tosh, with Peter Purves sharing his memories.
  • Updates on Doctor Who luminaries, past and present, with new feature Time and Space Visualiser.
  • The final part of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • Reviews of the Series 5 Blu-ray Steelbook and Sophie Aldred’s novel At Childhood’s End.

Doctor Who Magazine #548 is on sale now, priced at £5.99.

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