What's it like to return as the Master?

Jodie Whittaker (the Doctor), Mandip Gill (Yaz) and Chris Chibnall (showrunner) talk exclusively to Doctor Who Magazine about the return of the Master in 'The Power of the Doctor'

Making a dramatic return in the the centenary special episode is Sacha Dhawan’s Master. The last time we saw him, in 2020’s The Timeless Children, he was engulfed inside Gallifrey’s exploding Capitol. But since when has the Doctor’s oldest enemy let a small detail like that stop him making a showstopping comeback? Find out in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, out Thursday 13th October 2022.

The Master

“When we were doing The Timeless Children, I had a conversation with Sacha about coming back for Jodie’s finale,” reveals Chris Chibnall. “Since then we’d kept in touch, and I’d talked to him about the story.” 

Jodie Whittaker was delighted to go head-to-head with her nemesis for one final round. “Working with Sacha again was really joyous,” she says. “I can’t tell you how highly I rate him as an actor. As a human being, he is phenomenal – he’s a team player, he’s wonderful to other actors, he’s wonderful to crew, and he’s a right laugh. But on top of that, in a scene, he’s phenomenal to work with. His energy is incredible – I mean, I’m pretty manic, but if I was ever having a day where I was feeling a bit tired, Sacha would bound in with 50 gallons of fizz. I loved that.” 

Mandip Gill enjoyed playing a different dynamic with Sacha this time around. “Yaz is up against the Master again – but she’s maybe a little bit more in control than she was last time,” she teases. “It was great to have Sacha back. We all know how amazing he is.”

Doctor Who Magazine 583

Issue #583 also includes:


  • Jodie Whittaker (the Doctor), Mandip Gill (Yaz), John Bishop (Dan) and writer Chris Chibnall talk exclusively to DWM about The Power of the Doctor in our 19-page preview. 
  • Chris Chibnall signs off as showrunner in his final Production Notes.
  • More from Chris, as he braves questions randomly selected from the TARDIS tin.
  • A full preview and contents list of the forthcoming Blu-ray box set Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 2.
  • A previously unpublished interview with the late Colin Lavers reveals the stories behind the costumes he designed for 1983’s The King’s Demons and The Five Doctors.
  • The sets of 1965’s Galaxy 4 are recreated, providing new insights into this mostly missing story.
  • The Fact of Fiction travels deep inside the most incredible machine in the universe as it looks back at 2013’s Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.
  • The final part of The Everlasting Summer, a new comic-strip adventure for the Doctor, Yaz and Dan.
  • Previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser, Sufficient Data and more.


  • Doctor Who: A BBC Production, a 28-page supplement tracing the behind-the-scenes history of the show and highlighting the BBC executives who have steered its course.
  • A diorama of the First Doctor’s TARDIS control room.
  • A huge double-sided poster with images from The Power of the Doctor.
  • A download code for a complete, 60-minute Doctor Who audio drama.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue #583 is on sale from Thursday 13th October 2022. It is available to order as a subscription, either physical or digital, here.

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