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Benedict Cumberbatch taking on Doctor Who next year?

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

If this one is nothing more than a rumor, it's good enough that Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner Steven Moffat should make it happen. According to unnamed sources tattletaling to Britain's Daily Express newspaper, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is reportedly "close" to inking a deal that would see him play the newest visage of The Master, one of the main adversaries of Doctor Who.

Cumberbatch's breakthrough role in two seasons of Sherlock has brought him acclaim and big opportunities to breakthrough with American audiences. He's currently filming the untitled Star Trek sequel and playing the main villain in it, a character who we know next to nothing about save that he fights Spock at some point in the movie (and withstands a Vulcan nerve pinch.) Cumberbatch will also provide the voice of the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit movies.

The Moffat connection makes the Cumberbatch-as-The Master idea seem like a no brainer, but would the rising British actor find the time in his busy schedule to play the part in next season's Who episodes? Filming on Matt Smith's third season as The Doctor started two weeks ago and runs on for the spring and summer, so it is conceivable that Cumberbatch could squeek in some off time to jump on a plane and shoot some DW episodes in the latter half of the series 7 run.

In related Doctor Who news, the first released photo from the set has been released by the BBC showing Arthur Darvill (Rory), Matt Smith (The Doctor) and Karen Gillan (Amy).

-Daily Express, BBC.

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